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E171 food additive ‘harmful’ to human gut

E171, an additive found in more than 900 food products, may have a “substantial and harmful influence on human health”. So says a University of Sydney study investigating the health impact of the food additive, also known as titanium dioxide nanoparticles. Many food and medicine manufacturers use E171 as a …

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AI already transforming retail sector

Retailers are buying into artificial intelligence (AI) in a big way, but they’re choosy and sceptical, says a new survey. The Oxford Economics for Synchrony Financial survey found that retailers are counting on AI to “transform their companies and industry”. But they’re still sceptical about the enormous hype surrounding the …

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Coles wants to put customers on the road to wellness

Coles has launched its Wellness Road range of health foods, claiming “uncomplicated goodness” is the key to healthier eating. The supermarket says the new range will make it easier for customers to choose healthier options. ‘Accessible and affordable’ Wellness Road is a range of 28 new products, including Organic Black Rice …

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Supermarkets must invest ‘heavily’ in technology, says IRI

Big-data firm IRI says supermarkets must invest “heavily” in technology to keep up with rapidly evolving consumer trends. Chief Commercial Officer, Asia Pacific, IRI, Alistair Leathwood, has outlined the challenges facing the retail sector in IRI’s ‘Retail Outlook for 2019 and Beyond: Staying One Step Ahead’. Investing in data and …

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Fed up with plastic? Try corn bags instead

Foodstuffs is stepping up its fight against plastic by testing bespoke certified home compostable bags – made from corn. The Kiwi company, which owns New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square, is testing the bags in the produce, bakery and butchery departments. The trial is taking place in selected stores around …

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Bulk up: Coles upsizes family favourites

Coles is now offering a range of family favourites in bulk sizes, which will save customers up to 65 per cent. More than 25 of the supermarket’s popular products will be available nationally in value-sized packs while stocks last. Some of these products include: Barilla pasta, usually $1.95 for 500gm, …

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Vegan sausage rolls selling for $13 EACH on eBay

Demand for Greggs vegan sausage rolls in the UK is so fierce that people are bidding up to £7 ($13) each for them on eBay. The British bakery chain launched its “vegan-friendly” sausage roll on January 3 this year in 950 stores. The rollout followed what Greggs describes as “strong …

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Credit to PayPal, as it eclipses credit cards

Research from Salmat has found that more consumers are choosing PayPal (50 per cent) over credit cards (48 per cent) for the very first time. In fact, Salmat’s research found that digital options are increasingly popular in general, which it calls “a significant shift in consumer behaviour”. Salmat’s Head of …

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Want to join the Red Bull crew at Bathurst 1000?

Red Bull is giving people the chance to join the Red Bull Holden Racing Team at the Bathurst 1000. It’s supporting the offer with new Limited Edition Red Bull packs across all channels nationwide, launching in-store from June 3. ‘Join the Crew’ Red Bull is inviting fans to ‘Join the …

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