Retail World Editor

Follow through on SME commitments, urges Ombudsman

Ombudsman Kate Carnell says the returned coalition government must make good on its pre-election commitments to small businesses. She called its focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) a “major factor” in its surprise election win. But she added that she now expects the coalition to act on its campaign …

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Disruption Podcast: John Donlan, ‘Building an A-Team’

Superior Sales Consulting’s Disruption Podcast series shares the stories behind some of the biggest disruptors in FMCG. Retail World has compiled highlights from Episode 4, ‘Building an A-Team’, which interviews Pharmacare CEO John Donlan (right). Could you give a quick snapshot of where you grew up, went to school and …

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Keep up with health trends at Naturally Good 2019

The 2019 Naturally Good expo will take place on June 2-3 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. The two-day expo is the southern hemisphere’s largest business event for healthy retailers, brands and practitioners. There will be more than 360 exhibitors across the beauty, personal-care, health, home, living, …

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Supermarkets must invest ‘heavily’ in technology, says IRI

Big-data firm IRI says supermarkets must invest “heavily” in technology to keep up with rapidly evolving consumer trends. Chief Commercial Officer, Asia Pacific, IRI, Alistair Leathwood, has outlined the challenges facing the retail sector in IRI’s ‘Retail Outlook for 2019 and Beyond: Staying One Step Ahead’. Investing in data and …

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Fed up with plastic? Try corn bags instead

Foodstuffs is stepping up its fight against plastic by testing bespoke certified home compostable bags – made from corn. The Kiwi company, which owns New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square, is testing the bags in the produce, bakery and butchery departments. The trial is taking place in selected stores around …

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Manuka Health voted ‘Most Trusted Honey Brand’ again

Manuka Health New Zealand has won ‘Most Trusted Honey Brand’ in Australia at the Reader’s Digest Most Trusted awards. It’s the second year running Manuka Health has won this award. It has also featured among the top-three honey brands since 2016, winning Highly Commended accolades in 2016 and 2017. This …

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Vegan sausage rolls selling for $13 EACH on eBay

Demand for Greggs vegan sausage rolls in the UK is so fierce that people are bidding up to £7 ($13) each for them on eBay. The British bakery chain launched its “vegan-friendly” sausage roll on January 3 this year in 950 stores. The rollout followed what Greggs describes as “strong …

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Credit to PayPal, as it eclipses credit cards

Research from Salmat has found that more consumers are choosing PayPal (50 per cent) over credit cards (48 per cent) for the very first time. In fact, Salmat’s research found that digital options are increasingly popular in general, which it calls “a significant shift in consumer behaviour”. Salmat’s Head of …

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Red Rock Deli launches ‘Fusion’ flavours

Red Rock Deli is introducing a Limited-Edition Fusion range of potato chips, the company has announced. The new flavours are: Thai Red Chilli and Creamy Coconut Steak and Chimichurri. Engaging the senses “Red Rock Deli is renowned for its premium products and innovative flavour combinations,” Senior Brand Manager Lauren Mather …

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