Retail World Editor

Western Sydney a food and grocery ‘powerhouse’

Western Sydney has become a “food and grocery manufacturing powerhouse”, according to the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC). The AFGC says the region generates $17 billion in output per year and employs 24,400 workers. The research revealed that Parramatta is the food and grocery manufacturing capital of Sydney, employing …

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Anyone for crickets? Sainsbury’s UK to sell edible insects

Sainsbury’s will become the first major UK supermarket to sell edible insects – or “smoky BBQ crunchy roasted crickets”, to be precise. They come in bags of about 50 and cost £1.50 per bag. They went on sale on Monday in 250 Sainsbury’s stores. The insects are acheta domesticus, more …

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Nanna’s brings indulgence to the freezer

Nanna’s Indulgent Collection Mini Crèmes are marketed as filling a gap for dinner-party hosts, romantics and all dessert lovers. Currently available in Woolworths and independent retailers nationally, the premium range includes smooth Caramel, sweet Strawberry and rich Chocolate. Each box contains 16 pieces of a flaky pastry base, topped with …

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ALDI introduces domestic violence policy

ALDI has introduced a new domestic violence policy in light of the Fair Work Commission’s (FWO) decision to award some victims five days’ unpaid leave. The supermarket says its new domestic-violence policy “goes beyond” the FWO’s provisions. In a statement on its website, the company wrote: “ALDI stands opposed to …

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Deloitte Christmas Survey – all smiles for retailers?

Australian retailers are approaching Christmas with a strong sense of optimism, according to the latest Deloitte Christmas Survey. Now in its seventh year, key survey findings include: 80 per cent of retailers expect to see higher sales this Christmas compared with last year. Forty-one per cent predict growth of five …

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Vinnies and IGA launch Christmas bauble appeal

Vinnies and IGA hosted a BBQ in Sydney last week to celebrate the launch of the 2018 Vinnies Christmas Appeal. The launch took place at Matthew Talbot hostel in Woolloomooloo with Vinnies NSW CEO Jack De Groot and Channel 9 News Weather Presenter Belinda Russell. Also attending were IGA NSW …

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Wesfarmers shareholders vote for Coles demerger

Wesfarmers shareholders have voted overwhelmingly to demerge Coles into a $20 billion standalone business. The decision means Coles should debut on the ASX next week. Ninety-nine per cent of shareholders approved the demerger at a specially held vote after the Wesfarmers’ annual general meeting (AGM) on Thursday. The Perth-based conglomerate …

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Plant-based Beyond Burger to hit Australia

Beyond Meat says it’s bringing its “revolutionary plant-based breakthrough to Australian dinner tables” – the Beyond Burger. According to Beyond Meat, the burger has “all the juicy meat deliciousness of a traditional burger, but comes with all the upsides of a plant-based meal”. The company says Beyond Burger: Packs 20g …

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Female SME leaders cope better with stress

Female SME leaders are better at handling stress than their male counterparts, says research from merchant services provider Paymentsense. According to the findings, 45 per cent of the UK male respondents said stress affected their clear thinking at least five times a day. This figure compared with just 17 per …

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