Retail World Editor

Sustainable packaging has hit global ‘tipping point’

Awareness of the environmental toll of plastic pollution is accelerating the drive towards sustainable packaging worldwide, says a report. According to Innova Market Insights’ ‘Top Ten Packaging Trends for 2019’, plastic packaging reached a “tipping point” in 2018. The report says it’s the result of such measures as widespread bans …

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Disruption Podcast: James Lane, ‘Master of Change’

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 2, ‘Master of Change’, which interviews former Coca Cola Amatil sales director James Lane (right). Please give us a small snapshot of where you grew up, …

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Coles and Woolies release third-quarter results

Each of the ‘big two’, Coles and Woolworths, reported third-quarter growth in supermarket sales, according to their latest results. Coles says it delivered a “solid outcome”, while also enjoying growth in Coles Online of 27 per cent. Woolworths hailed its own “sales momentum” and, like Coles, clocked up impressive growth …

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IRI appoints new managing director for Asia Pacific

IRI has announced the appointment of Paul Hinds to the role of managing director for the Asia Pacific region. Mr Hinds is a “highly experienced and accomplished global IRI executive”, according to IRI. He will be based in the Sydney office. IRI describes itself as a “big data and technology …

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Australia’s healthiest major supermarkets – ranked

A new study has ranked major Australian supermarkets according to the healthiness of their own-label foods. The George Institute for Global Health, in collaboration with the Global Obesity Centre at Deakin University, carried out the study. ‘FoodSwitch: The State of the Food Supply’ analysed more than 32,000 packaged foods across …

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Aldi claims to contribute $3.2bn to Aussie economy

Aldi Australia has released a new report claiming it contributed $3.2 billion to Australia’s GDP in 2018. The report is titled ‘Making a Good Difference: how ALDI contributes to the Australian Economy’. According to Aldi, it “measures the impact of its entry into Australia and the contribution it has made …

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Blackmores wins vote of trust for 11th year running

Blackmores has won the Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Vitamin and Supplement Brand 2019 for the 11th year running. Reader’s Digest commissions The Trusted Brands Survey as “a measure of brand preference in Australia”. The survey polls Australians to rank brands on trust levels. Few other brands have won an award …

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Shopping for one? Single-person households soaring

Single-person households are soaring worldwide, with important implications for the supermarket and convenience sectors, says Euromonitor. The finding comes from the global market-research company’s white paper ‘A Look at the Future of the Family’. It reveals how socioeconomic trends are rapidly transforming the traditional definition of the family. It also …

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KitKat celebrates Ruby anniversary

KitKat is celebrating the first birthday of ‘ruby’ chocolate with the launch of a limited-edition KitKat Ruby. It follows what KitKat describes as its “sell-out success” at KitKat Chocolatory in Melbourne last May. Ruby chocolate is claimed to be the world’s only new chocolate variety to be discovered in 80 …

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Aussies may waste even more food than first thought

The AFCCC has warned that government estimates of food waste could be too low because they don’t factor in transport. The Australian Food Cold Chain Council (AFCCC) has cautiously welcomed the federal government’s latest assessment of food waste. But it believes food losses in transport added to conventional wastage, making …

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