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German giant Lidl unveils plastic-free initiatives

Lidl will remove black plastic packaging from its entire fruit and vegetable range across all 195 Ireland and Northern Ireland stores before Christmas. It follows a similar move in Lidl’s other UK stores. The supermarket will scrap packaging, which cannot be recycled, from fresh fish products by February 2019. Fresh …

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Health and convenience triumph at New Zealand Food Awards

A vegetable noodle range by The Whole Mix Co has emerged as the Massey University Supreme Award winner at this year’s New Zealand Food Awards. The Whole Mix Co Limited also won the Massey University Health and Wellbeing Award and the James & Wells Business Innovation Award for its noodle …

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Four million Aussies go hungry, says Foodbank

A new report from Foodbank reveals that four million Australians have experienced food insecurity in the past 12 months. Now in its sixth year, the ‘Foodbank Hunger Report’ surveys charities and food-relief recipients nationwide. It does this to determine who accesses assistance, why, and what kind of assistance they need. …

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IBISWorld: Coles must invest to catch Woolworths

Coles is set to be a standalone company for the first time in a decade. Investment is therefore key to its future success, says market-research company IBISWorld. As parent company Wesfarmers presses on with demerging its supermarket division, Coles will have to fend for itself. IBISWorld says Coles must capitalise …

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Woolies’ Drought Relief Milk hit shelves this week

Woolworths started selling its Drought Relief Milk range in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and the ACT this week. The limited-edition range offers customers the option to buy Woolworths Full Cream and Woolworths Lite Milk varieties at $2.20 for 2L and $3.30 for 3L. The extra 10 cents per litre will go …

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Want business success? Look after your mental health

For World Mental Health Day, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell reminded small business owners of the importance of mental wellbeing. “Today [Wednesday October 10] marks World Mental Health Day,” she said. “A timely reminder for Australian small businesses and family enterprises to assess their work practices …

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Soft sell: slow retail year continued in August

The retail sector has continued its slow year, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report. The report showed soft sales figures for the month of August. There was a small rise in turnover of 0.3 per cent, making it the weakest back-to-back results for 2018. Acting National …

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Waitrose & Partners to deliver ‘inside the home’

Waitrose & Partners is set to become the UK’s first supermarket to deliver groceries to customers inside the home. And it will even put them away while the customers are out. A trial of the ‘While You’re Away’ service will test demand with 100 customers located within the delivery area …

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More Aussies online than ever before, but gaps remain

More Australians have internet access than ever before, according to a new report. But ‘digital inclusion’ varies according to both geography and socioeconomic status. The findings come from the third Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII). It was researched, developed and produced by researchers at RMIT University’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre …

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