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Make Australian retail great again!

July retail figures presented by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed annual growth of 2.36 per cent. The growth is described as “an unexpected sobering economic snapshot” by the Executive Director of the Australian Retailers Association, Russell Zimmerman. It is noted however that month-on-month figures show a fall in July …

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Woolworths Group continues to make ‘good progress’

Woolworths Group sales increased by 3.4 per cent to just under $60 billion for FY19. According to Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci, the company made “good progress” on its transformation across all of its businesses in FY19 with improving sales and EBIT momentum in the second half of the year. …

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Global Table on how to feed the world descends to Melbourne

Leaders in food, agricultural science, technology and medicine will arrive in Melbourne next week for a global conference tackling questions around how to feed a growing world population in the face of a climate crisis and unsustainable levels of development. Sandro Demaio (AU), Danielle Nierenberg (USA), Derk Hendriksen (USA) and …

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Fine Food Holdings’ new facility set for cracker of a future 

Todd Wilson

Fine Food Holdings launched its new facility on Tuesday, where CEO Todd Wilson spoke about his “experience with space, which enables a company to be daring and creative with NPD”. And FFH’s new 12,500sqm custom-designed manufacturing facility in Dandenong South, Melbourne, will most certainly enable the company to be daring …

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‘Solid’ results for Metcash despite a challenging market

Metcash Group delivered a “solid set” of financial results during FY19, says Chairman Robert Murray, and continued to “successfully” execute its key strategic initiatives. Reported Group sales (which excludes charge-through sales) increased 1.8 per cent to $12.7 billion, while sales (including charge-through sales) increased 1.4 per cent to $14.6 billion. …

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Roy Morgan: Foodland tops Supermarket of the Month again

Foodland has secured its twelfth straight Roy Morgan Supermarket of the Month Award with a customer satisfaction rating of 86 per cent for July 2019. The retailer has now won nineteen of the past twenty monthly awards. Foodland’s customer satisfaction rating of 86 per cent was followed by Aldi (83 …

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Nielsen Shopper Trends: shoppers centre of everything

Australian shoppers make approximately 37 shopping trips every month and, if retailers want success during these trips, they need to put their shopper at the centre of what they do, reveals the latest Nielsen Shopper Trends report. Nielsen Pacific Executive Director for Consumer Insights Frank Caristo says that Australian shoppers …

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BP and David Jones to explore the future of convenience

A partnership between BP and David Jones will give customers access to locally sourced, ready-made meals and other fresh, quality offers at selected BP sites. The partnership combines David Jones Food’s exclusive, high-quality product range with BP’s global expertise in convenience retailing and national footprint. The new range will see …

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Plastic-free packaging sways purchases

According to data and analysis company, GlobalData, 35 per cent of shoppers are more likely to purchase products with plastic-free packaging compared to products with recycled plastic. Refill service “Many brands and supermarket chains have either chosen to introduce packaging with reduced or recycled plastic such as Solero’s first wrapper-less …

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