Woolworths in hot water over Anzac campaign
April 15, 2015

Woolworths in hot water over Anzac campaign Australian supermarket giant Woolworths may face a $50,000 fine over a social media campaign that used the word ‘Anzac’ in connection with the Woolworths’ slogan “Fresh Food People”. The social media campaign, which Woolworths called “fresh in our memories”, encouraged Australian consumers to share a memory of someone affected by war to commemorate the centenary of the World War 1 Gallipoli campaign. The campaign asked people to change their... ...Read more »

SPC rolls out fruit products with real families on the cans
April 8, 2015

SPC rolls out fruit products with real families on the cans Food brand SPC has introduced new labels across its range of brands and an accompanying social media campaign that highlight some of its farmer-suppliers. Featuring six real-life Victorian farming families – who each grow food products for SPC – the Company said the initiative “recognises that consumers want assurance that the food they eat is locally grown”. “We know consumers want to know who grows their food and we’re... ...Read more »

International private equity firms show interest in Australian vegetable companies
April 7, 2015

International private equity firms show interest in Australian vegetable companies The under-cover vegetable growing industry has remained sheltered from the erratic weather conditions of the past five years, according to market research organisation IBISWorld. As a result, international private equity firms have expressed interest in some of Australia’s major horticulture companies, with Costa Group’s impending initial public offering (IPO) the latest example of the trend. Vegetables grown under... ...Read more »

Woolworths director retires
March 30, 2015

Woolworths director retires Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has announced that Ian Macfarlane has retired from the Woolworths board, effective 31 March 2015. Mr Macfarlane, who is a Former Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, joined the Woolworths board in January 2007, following his retirement as Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia. He will be succeeded by Scott Perkins, who was appointed in September 2014. Woolworths said Mr Macfarlane’s retirement was part of the board’s... ...Read more »

Woolworths finance director appointed as new Coca-Cola Amatil CFO
March 25, 2015

Woolworths finance director appointed as new Coca-Cola Amatil CFO Food and beverage company Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has announced the appointment of Martyn Roberts as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). An accomplished CFO with 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles, Mr Roberts joins CCA from Woolworths Australia where he has held various senior executive positions, most recently Finance Director – Supermarkets. He previously spent over 9 years as CFO with Louis Vuitton where he gained... ...Read more »

Kellogg’s responds to CHOICE’s sugary cereals accusations and Health Star ‘failings’
March 18, 2015

Kellogg’s responds to CHOICE’s sugary cereals accusations and Health Star ‘failings’ Breakfast cereal manufacturer Kellogg’s has responded to the recent accusation by consumer group CHOICE, which claimed the cereal manufacturer had “refused” to include Health Star Ratings on its products. Kellogg’s now says it is looking at a number of ways to reduce sugar in its portfolio. The Company has now indicated that it has several “exciting new offerings” in the pipeline. CHOICE launched... ...Read more »

Woolworths expands Farmers’ Own milk brand to Queensland
March 16, 2015

Woolworths expands Farmers’ Own milk brand to Queensland Woolworths has announced that it has introduced Farmers’ Own milk, “sourced directly from dairy farms in the Sunshine Coast hinterland”, across 194 stores in southern Queensland. Woolworths buys Farmers’ Own milk directly from farmers rather than through a processor. The brand is only available in Woolworths supermarkets. Queensland is the fourth State to roll out the highly successful Farmers’ Own brand, following a trial with... ...Read more »

Woolworths partnership with eBay attracts big criticism
March 4, 2015

Australian supermarket giant Woolworths recently announced a partnership with online auction website eBay that will enable eBay shoppers to pick up their online purchases in selected Woolworths and Big W stores. The service has been launched initially in more than 90 Woolworths and Big W stores in Sydney in Tasmania. However, the deal had been criticised as a display of management weakness by Woolworths. Commentators such as John Durie, writing in The Australian newspaper, have suggested that this... ...Read more »

ALDI to opt in to the Federal Government’s Food and Grocery Code of Conduct
March 2, 2015

ALDI to opt in to the Federal Government’s Food and Grocery Code of Conduct German-owned supermarket ALDI Australia has welcomed the Australian Government’s finalisation of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct and announced that it will be signing up to the Code as a party. The Australian Government has introduced the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct, which has been more than two years in the making, saying that the Code will help to “ensure fair and transparent commercial dealings between... ...Read more »

Concerns about trends in Woolworths results
March 2, 2015

Concerns about trends in Woolworths results Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has announced a drop in Net Profit After Tax of 3.1 per cent, to $1,280.4 million, for the half year ended 4 January 2015. Woolworths reported sales of $32.4 billion, up 1.8 per cent, or 3.4 per cent excluding Petrol, and Earnings Before Interest and Tax of $2,129.2 million, up 4.7 per cent. Woolworths Limited Chief Executive Officer Grant O’Brien said sales momentum in October 2014 and November 2014 “showed improvement,... ...Read more »

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