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Metcash half-year results ‘pleasing amid challenges’

Metcash has reported that group revenue increased by 2.2 per cent to $6.2 billion for the half-year ended October 31 with all pillars delivering improved earnings. Food EBIT was up 2.4 per cent to $93 million. Group CEO Jeff Adams said the first-half results were “pleasing in the face of …

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Health consciousness to ‘limit’ Christmas alcohol sales

Although prosecco, craft beers and rosé will be the most popular drinks this Christmas, says IBISWorld, alcohol consumption is falling. One of the lifestyle trends behind this fall in per capita (per person) alcohol consumption is greater health consciousness. But the same trend is also driving demand for kombucha and …

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MGA President Rod Allen retires

MGA’s long-serving Director Rod Allen has officially retired from all MGA Board of Directors duties, the organisation has announced. He was Director for more than 20 years and dedicated Board President for more than 15 years. From statewide to nationwide MGA made the news official at its Industry Business Breakfast …

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Woolworths partners with WWF for ‘sustainable’ seafood

Woolworths and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have teamed up to “improve sustainable sourcing” in the seafood sector. From now on, WWF-Australia says it will assess all Woolworths’ Own Brand seafood on shelves and at the seafood counter. Using its own methodology, it will “implement standards of traceability” …

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Shoppers avoid robots with the ‘wrong’ faces

As online shopping starts to bite worldwide, bricks-and-mortar retailers are turning to in-store robots to attract customers. But research shows the robots need the right kind of faces to do their jobs well. Global retailers are experimenting with in-store robots to help customers with everything from navigating the aisles to …

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Farmers to get special weather guides

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud says a new series of weather guides will soon give Aussie farmers “easy access to crucial climate and weather information”. The climate-outlook guides are the fruit of a joint project between the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO. They’re developing them for 56 …

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Aussie food and grocery industry under ‘strain’, says AFGC

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has just released its tenth annual industry snapshot, State of the Industry 2018. Among other findings, it shows an industry under pressure, according to AFGC CEO Tanya Barden. Ms Barden also says the report reinforces the importance of the food and beverage, grocery …

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Cost of living changing traditional Christmas gifts

Rising living costs and stagnant wage growth are affecting the kinds of Christmas gifts Australians are buying, according to IBISWorld. They’re also causing Aussies to tighten their belts. The market-research company predicts Christmas spending will grow by just 1.2 per cent in 2018 compared with 2017. Rather than splashing out, …

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Online grocery buying surges 15 per cent in two years

Global online purchases of packaged and fresh groceries have risen by 15 per cent since 2016, according to Nielsen. The 2018 Nielsen Connected Commerce Report analyses consumers’ buying habits all over the world. Broadly, it found that, as confidence in online grows, so too does the range of categories in …

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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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