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Local manufacturing up despite tough conditions

The Australian Food and Grocery Council’s (AFGC) latest annual industry snapshot shows the nation’s food and grocery manufacturing sector experienced 4.5 per cent real growth in 2017-18 despite challenging domestic and international conditions. The industry remains a key economic contributor and employer, according to the State of the Industry Report, …

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Woolies to feed Sydney Zoo animals with surplus fresh food

Woolworths and the newly opened Sydney Zoo have announced a partnership this week. Through the Woolworths Stock Feed for Farmers program, Sydney Zoo will utilise the retailer’s surplus food as animal feed. Addressing a large problem Woolworths says there is a $20 billion food waste problem in Australia. In June, …

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IGA is sponsoring Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight

IGA has announced its sponsorship of Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight, held in Melbourne this Christmas Eve. The retailer is supporting the annual Christmas concert and fundraiser as the official Christmas Partner. IGA at the ‘heart’ of communities Tony Ingpen, owner of IGA Mt Evelyn and Deputy Chair of the …

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Roy Morgan unveils Australia’s favourite premium brands

Vintage Cellars and Harris Farm Markets are among Australia’s top 10 premium brands, according to Roy Morgan’s latest research. Coles Group’s Vintage Cellars is the standout premium brand, taking out the number one spot in the national survey. Harris Farm Market – placing at number five – is “the most …

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$14 billion splash out in week before Christmas

The National Retail Association (NRA) has revealed that Australians are set to splurge $14 billion nationwide in the final week before Christmas. With just days until Santa rides his sleigh into town, consumers are set to descend on shopping centres across the country in the mad final rush before Christmas …

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Coles adopts ‘world-class’ digital platforms

Coles Group says it has taken a “significant step” in its ongoing digital transformation strategy. According to the retailer, it has adopted “world-class” global supply chain management and core finance and procurement platforms to improve product availability for customers while enabling efficiencies in supply chain to support Coles’ Smarter Selling …

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Global grocery to add $2.2tr in sales by 2024

The global grocery retail market will generate an additional US$2.2 trillion in sales by 2024, growing by 24 per cent, according to the latest forecast from IGD. The international research organisation forecasts the following. Asia IGD predicts that Asia will account for nearly 50 per cent of all new sales …

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Little Christmas cheer but some promise in 2020 for retailers

It has been a tough year for the retail sector so far in 2019, and the upcoming festive spending will likely do little to change that underwhelming result according to Deloitte Access Economics. Weak wage growth, high debt levels and increasing price pressures are hurting demand, while tax returns and …

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Woolworths starts work on Townsville DC expansion

Woolworths and Queensland builder Spaceframe have turned the first sod on a $12 million expansion of the existing Townsville Regional Distribution Centre (TRDC) to improve stock availability for North Queensland customers year-round. Upon completion, the site will more than double its footprint to 10,000sqm. Woolworths says this will make it the largest …

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Tesco and WWF to map environmental impact of food production

Tesco and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have launched a new metric to map the environmental impact of some of the UK’s most popular foods. According to Tesco, the Sustainable Basket Metric will track the environmental impact of a sample of some of the most regularly purchased foods …

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