Retail World Editor

Sally Williams gives Supercart a big push

Former Brand Power Australia presenter Sally Williams has given sustainable-trolley manufacturer Supercart Australia a big boost. The 3AW presenter and TV personality has joined Supercart as its first ambassador. She’s joining the push to boost awareness of the sustainable shopping carts. Supercart makes the carts from recycled plastic two-litre milk …

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Squeezed Aussie shoppers cutting their spending

Anxious Australian shoppers are reining in their spending due to worries about the economy, according to new research by IRI. Early results indicate Australians are feeling more concerned about their financial situation. In fact, more than half (51 per cent) of respondents feel the economy will not improve in the …

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Superior Sales to launch weekly podcast

An industry-first podcast launching next month will highlight the stories behind some of the biggest disruptors in FMCG. Superior Sales Consulting has produced a new podcast series, Superior Sales Disruption. Superior Sales’ Managing Director Jamie Lobina and Mark Truelson (pictured) will lead the podcast, which will feature discussions with a …

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Allergy awareness – are your staff trained?

By MGA Trainer and Assessor David Grey-Smith. Food allergy is an immune system response to a food protein that the body mistakenly believes is harmful. The reaction to a food can be potentially life threatening. A food allergy is not the same as food intolerance. A food intolerance is the …

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Nestlé launches Milo 30% Less Added Sugar

Nestlé will launch Milo 30% Less Added Sugar – a new version of Milo without cane sugar – in May. “Milo was originally designed as a nutritious drink for undernourished children during the Depression, delivering added vitamins and minerals in a format children enjoyed,” Nestlé General Manager Andrew McIver said. …

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ARA predicts cracking Easter trade for retailers

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) predicts that retailers across Australia will enjoy bumper sales of Easter treats this year. However, IBISWorld struck a more cautious note. Many retailers stock their shelves with Easter products just after New Year. Yet most Easter sales take place the week before Good Friday, says …

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Kraft Heinz Australia appoints Simon Laroche as CEO

Kraft Heinz Australia has confirmed Simon Laroche (right) as its new CEO. “I’m delighted to join the team,” Mr Laroche said in a statement. The company says Mr Laroche’s remit will be to grow the business, to strengthen relationships with retailers and supply-chain partners, and to extend the company’s local …

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Online grocery shoppers spend more than in-store shoppers

Australians who shop for groceries online spend more than shoppers at bricks-and-mortar stores, Roy Morgan has found. Although online grocery shoppers remain a small minority – for now – they’re a lucrative one for both Coles and Woolworths. This is the finding of Roy Morgan’s latest report ‘People who have …

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SIAL China to take place in Shanghai on May 14-16

SIAL China, the largest food innovation exhibition in Asia, will take place on May 14-16 in Shanghai. According to the organisers, it will give food professionals “a unique platform for exchange and business opportunities with Asian markets”. Fast facts When? May 14 to May 16, 2019. Where? Shanghai New International …

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Retailers would welcome nationwide plastic bag ban

The NRA has welcomed Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s proposal to implement a single-use plastic bag ban nationwide from 2021. National Retail Association Manager of Industry David Stout says the retail sector applauds laws that are consistent across the country and allow enough time to avoid disruption. “Retailers are happy to …

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