Retail World Editor

Wesfarmers’ write-downs put dent in profits

Wesfarmers has posted a significant decline in its net profit after tax for the 2017-18 financial year, according to IBISWorld. IBISWorld says the results clearly show the effects of impairment charges on its Target and Bunnings UK businesses. Revenue improved by three per cent, including an 8.9 per cent increase …

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Chip in the ol’ block

Cadbury Australia has put chip pieces in Cadbury Dairy Milk milk chocolate, with a disruptive launch targeting consumers who enjoy trying new and unique products. Combining “smooth, creamy” milk chocolate with “crunchy” Kettle Sea Salt or CC’s Original chips, it is marketed as a “deliciously unexpected combination”. The range will …

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MLA shares red meat’s story on new online platform

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has launched a new online platform that it claims is a trustworthy source of information. It gives consumers what MLA describes as an open and trusted source of information about the production of beef, sheep and goat meat in Australia. MLA launched the Good Meat …

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No more plastic bags for NZ’s Foodstuffs

New Zealand grocery distributor Foodstuffs has announced that all its retail and wholesale brands will stop offering plastic checkout bags. The bag ban will start on January 1, 2019. Among its brands are New World, PAK’nSAVE, Four Square, Raeward Fresh, Gilmours, Trents, Henry’s and On The Spot convenience stores. Liquorland …

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SPAR-tacus? SPAR Hellas launches bold Greek expansion

SPAR Hellas, SPAR Partner in Greece, aims to have 80 SPAR stores open by the end of 2018. It also wants to add another 300 over the next four years. It’s already opened eight stores since officially relaunching the brand in the country earlier this year. To date, SPAR Hellas …

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Gemmill Homes and Foodbank WA hit hunger where it hurts

Residential Home builder Gemmill Homes and Foodbank WA have teamed up to support the hungry this August. Foodbank WA describes itself as “the state’s largest food-relief organisation, providing over 5.7 million meals a year to people in need”. It claims to help more than 94,000 WA families each month, including …

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Coles to match customer donations to Australian farmers

Coles has pledged to match dollar-for-dollar every donation by Coles’ customers to help support drought-hit Australian farmers. The supermarket says it will carry out this pledge for the entire month of August. This follows $5 million in grants and interest-free loans from the supermarket’s Nurture Fund. A number of other …

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New Roast Chicken & Thyme flavour for Smith’s Thinly Cut

Smith’s says it has introduced a new “mouth-watering”, limited-edition flavour for its Thinly Cut range – Roast Chicken & Thyme. “We’re pleased to unveil the latest limited-edition flavour for the Smith’s Thinly Cut range,” Smith’s Brand Manager Alison Silver said. “They make the perfect edition to any social occasion and …

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Design agency Cowan Australia relaunches

International design agency Cowan has just relaunched in Australia, the company has announced. It comes at a time, says the company, when client needs in Australia and Asia are once more driving marketers to invest in regionally based brand design. According to the agency, the Cowan Australia team will work …

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