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Steady retail results, concerning forecasts

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released its retail trade figures, showing a steady result for the retail industry leading into the last half of 2017. July showed an estimated turnover of 0.3 per cent, which aligns with May and June’s 0.4 per cent increases. “The trend estimate rise …

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Costco heads north

Retail giant Costco has selected its second Queensland site – Walker Corporations’ $1 billion Citiswich Business Park in Ipswich. The decision ended months of speculation giving the Ipswich business park, located 25 minutes west of Brisbane a welcome boost. “We are thrilled to be continuing our investment in South East …

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Woolworths launches Pick Up service

Woolworths has launched a pick-up service nationwide to make their customers lives easier. Pick Up, which was formerly known as Click & Collect, is aimed at providing a convenient collection service for Woolworths customers. According to Woolworths, it is the first and only supermarket to provide such a service nationally, …

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Ageing population offers huge opportunities for FMCG marketers

The number of people aged 60 will increase by 56 per cent globally, from 900 million in 2015 to more than 1.4 billion, by 2030, according to GlobalData, which says FMCG brands will have to adapt to cater for this age group. In its latest report, TrendSights Analysis: Aging Populations, …

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Woolworths/FoodCo’s ‘meet the buyer’ event

Woolworths/FoodCo and Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL) will hold a meet-the-buyer event as part of the Fine Food Australia trade exhibition in Sydney next week. FIAL and Woolworths are giving suppliers the chance to learn more about the way Woolworths operates, and to pitch their products to the buyers during …

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SA family companies team up for home cooks

Thomas Farms Kitchen and Drakes Supermarkets have joined forces to introduce a new product category in South Australia with “time-poor home cooks” firmly in sight. The Thomas Farms Kitchen Recipe Bags, exclusively launched with Drakes Supermarkets, contain portioned ingredients for fresh, ready-to-cook meals. The bag range features six recipes, with …

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Coles celebrates its suppliers

NSW-based family-owned business The Cordina Food Company has won the Coles Supplier of the Year Award for Product Innovation. The Coles Supplier Awards were presented at a gala dinner in Melbourne last week, attended by about 1,200 suppliers and team members, with Cordina honoured for its fresh and chilled crumbed …

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Sunshine Coast SPAR cuts plastic bags

SPAR Supermarket Alexandra Headland on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has banned all plastic bags from the store as of September 1. Store owners Bruce and Sue Luchterhand made the decision to remove all plastic bags well ahead of the state’s official ban, which will take effect from July 1 next year. …

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POPAI and GfK to run Shopper & Retail Marketing Industry Survey

POPAI and GfK are calling on shopper- and retail-marketing professionals from all retail-related disciplines to participate in the first Australia/New Zealand Shopper & Retail Marketing Industry Survey in three years. The study, a joint initiative of POPAI in partnership with shopper- and retail-research specialist GfK, will track advances in shopper …

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