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Sugary drinks linked to premature death

Drinking sugary drinks, or sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB), heightens the risk of premature death, according to new research from Harvard University. According to the study, led by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the main cause of this premature death is from cardiovascular disease (CVD). To a lesser extent, …

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Almost a third of global seafood labelling is wrong

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) says nearly a third of all seafood labelling worldwide is wrong. Some of the mislabelling is deliberate fraud, says the not-for-profit, and the problem is growing as demand for seafood rises. By contrast, researchers found that less than one per cent of more than 1,400 …

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Woolies sells fuel network, scales down BIG W

Woolworths has completed the sale of its petrol business to EG Group and will return the proceeds via a buyback. The buyback will be off market and return $1.7 billion to shareholders, Woolworths says. The offer period will open on April 16. Shareholder value Woolworths Group Chair Gordon Cairns says …

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Woolies to fund new generation of ‘environmental champions’

Woolworths says its Junior Landcare Grants program will help fund environmental initiatives in hundreds of schools across Australia. The supermarket will give 538 schools up to $1,000 each to encourage a new generation of “environmental champions”. This first round of the funding program will see up to half a million …

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Just one in ten Aussies always grocery shops online

Despite the long-predicted death of bricks-and-mortar shopping, online grocery shopping is a category that’s proving stubbornly resistant. This is the standout finding of new research commissioned by consumer awards program Product of the Year Australia (POY). It revealed that: Fewer than one in 10 consumers surveyed said they “always” shop …

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Spread bet – butter winning out against margarine

Aussies are increasingly choosing butter over margarine, while other spreads, including butter-blend and dairy spreads, are also increasing in popularity. This is one of the findings from Roy Morgan’s latest research in the 12 months to December 2018. According to Roy Morgan, more than 12.3 million Australians buy butter, margarine …

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Coles teams up with Ocado to enhance online grocery

Coles has entered an exclusive services agreement with British online supermarket group Ocado. Under the agreement, Coles says it will launch an end-to-end online grocery shopping solution. This will include: A significantly enhanced customer experience, supported by Ocado’s entire end-to-end proprietary software applications and technology solutions required to operate a …

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Health concerns driving boom in plant-based foods

Consumers are choosing plant-based meat and dairy alternatives for many reasons, but health remains the key driver. This is the latest finding from Dutch consumer research company Innova Market Insights (IMI), whose ‘Top Trends for 2019’ report looks at the rise of replacement foods and ingredients. IMI found that half …

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Woolworths creates own media business, Cartology

Woolworths Group has announced the launch of a new stand-alone media business, which it has called Cartology. According to Woolworths, the new business will ensure supplier partners are able to better communicate and engage with customers along the path to purchase. “At Woolworths, we know in order to continue to …

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