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Demand for reusable shopping bags at all-time high

With less than a month before major supermarkets start removing lightweight plastic bags from stores, consumer demand for reusable grocery bags is at an all-time high, according to Trolley Bags. The company, whose reusable shopping bag system achieved viral success in 2015 has experienced a 150 per cent jump in …

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SafetyCulture completes $60 million Series C funding round

Leading Australian workplace solutions tech firm SafetyCulture has recently closed its largest funding raise to the tune of $60 million in 2018, turning the company into a $440 million business. The company that facilitates more than a million safety and quality inspections a month says its recent Series C funding …

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Tesco to remove ‘best before’ dates to cut down on food waste

Tesco is set to remove ‘best before’ consumption guidance dates off close to 70 fruit and vegetable lines in its latest move to help reduce food waste. The move is being made to help prevent perfectly edible food from being thrown away. It follows a recent campaign by the National …

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Mobile shopping evolves from convenience to ‘retailtainment’

A new report from PayPal Australia reveals that although mobile commerce may have begun as a convenient way to shop on the go, it has quickly developed into an ‘retailtainment’ experience for many Australians. According to the ‘PayPal mCommerce Index: Trends Report 2018’, 67 per cent of Australian smartphone owners …

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Vend brings Afterpay to shop floor for independent retailers

Retail management software company Vend has teamed up with retail payments platform Afterpay to announce a joint solution for independent retailers that will enable small to medium-sized enterprises to offer the alternative payment in-store, opening up an entirely new revenue channel. Afterpay’s ‘buy now, pay later’ solution is used by …

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Darrell Lea business sold for $200 million

Quadrant Private Equity this week confirmed it had bought the confectionery business from the Quinn family, and said it had plans to expand the brand’s reach in Australia and overseas. Best known for its liquorice and Rocklea Road products, the iconic Darrell Lea brand has been around for more than …

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WA retailers prepare for plastic bag ban

Western Australia is joining Queensland retailers in ‘banning the bag’ on July 1, bringing the states in line with South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT, which already have plastic-bag bans in place. WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson says 84 per cent of Western Australians support a ban …

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Bertocchi invests in growth

Smallgoods manufacturer Bertocchi will undergo a major expansion – creating more than 700 jobs – with support from the Victorian government.  Victorian Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll visited Bertocchi Smallgoods’ Thomastown factory in late 2017 to announce support for the $46.7 million project to increase sales and revenue, …

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Spring Gully Foods springs back

Four and a half years after entering voluntary administration, Adelaide’s Spring Gully Foods has cleared the debts that almost forced the company to close its doors. Final payments under the company’s deed of company arrangement (DOCA) have been dispatched to unsecured creditors, completing the company’s fightback from its near-death experience. …

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Violet Crumble finds a new home with Robern Menz

South Australian confectioner Robern Menz is bringing an Australian favourite snack back under Aussie ownership with the acquisition of the Violet Crumble brand from Nestlé. The fourth-generation family-owned business has secured Nestlé’s rights to the Violet Crumble trademark and brand globally, with manufacturing, sales, and marketing to transition from Nestlé …

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