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Food science, customised technology and wholesomeness set to shape food industry

Health and sustainability, smart diets and food science are trends that will shape the global food, drink and foodservice industries over the next decade, according to Mintel. Its research highlights that brands which bring wholesomeness and best practice to the table will gain the upper hand. Change, Incorporated; Smart Diets …

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Michael’s Fresh Food Market IGA opens in Keysborough

A supermarket described as “the first of its kind in Melbourne” has opened in the suburb of Keysborough. Opened last week, the new 3,200sqm Michael’s Fresh Food Market IGA Keysborough provides a “state-of-the-art shopping experience”. The store features a sushi bar, florist, a selection of bulk spices, nuts and confectionery, …

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Expected Christmas spend revealed

A survey of 1,000 respondents revealed that Australians will spend an average $686 each on Christmas. Of this average spend, $351 is expected to go towards groceries. The Accenture Research survey also revealed that the main spending influencing factors include grocery costs (35 per cent), disposable income (31 per cent) …

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Groceries have gone up this Christmas

Groceries are set to be more expensive for Christmas 2019 than in other years, according to the Choice Christmas Basket Challenge. What is the Choice Christmas Basket Challenge? Choice conducts the comparison by putting together a shopping list of 22 items from each store that Australians typically purchase around Christmas …

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Woolworths opens its most sustainable supermarket

Woolworths has opened what is believed to be its most sustainable supermarket. Located at the brand-new Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre in east Melbourne, the new Woolworths store will operate using 100 per cent renewable energy. “Woolworths Burwood Brickworks is the next step in our journey to create a neighbourhood food …

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Retailers dismayed at low consumer spend this festive season

To the dismay of retailers, consumers are holding back this festive season after one of the worst years on record. Weak wage growth, high debt levels and increasing price pressures are hurting demand, while tax returns and interest rate cuts have yet to fully come through, says Deloitte Access Economics’ …

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Sydney’s Castle Towers unveils $180m retail hub

Castle Towers, a shopping centre in north west Sydney, has unveiled the first stage of its $1 billion master-planned retail and lifestyle destination. Repurposed from an under-used carpark, the new $180 million retail precinct was officially opened by QIC Global Real Estate Managing Director, Michael O’Brien and State Member for …

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IGA celebrates women in business

The inaugural Women in Business event was hosted by Metcash Food and Grocery in October. Held at Sirromet Winery at Mt Cotton in south east Queensland, the event gathered more than 80 IGA QNN retailers, suppliers and the Metcash Queensland team to connect, learn and network. Inspirational speakers Guest speakers …

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Coles to pay Norco $5.25m following ACCC investigation

Coles will pay dairy co-operative, Norco, around $5.25 million for distribution to its dairy farmer members. This payment follows an ACCC investigation into whether the retailer has “fully passed” on to Norco the 10 cents per litre (cpl) price rise it charged consumers for Coles-branded fresh milk, as it claimed …

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Collective bargaining a ‘game-changer’ for small players

Kate Carnell

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says small supermarkets should be able to engage in collective bargaining to remain competitive and viable. The Ombudsman has written to the ACCC in support of a proposal by Co-Operative Supermarkets Australia, to participate in collective bargaining to help small …

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