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Woolworths welcomes new research centre to fight food waste

The announcement of the federal government’s new Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and $30 million in funding to eliminate food waste has been welcomed by Woolworths. The Fight Food Waste CRC will support industry-led collaborations between researchers, industry and community partners to help improve the future sustainability and profitability of the …

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New community engagement program announced by Scentre Group

Scentre Group has announced the launch of its community recognition and grants program ‘Westfield Local Heroes’ across its Australia and New Zealand portfolio. The new community engagement program aims to recognise and support individuals and organisations whose work benefit their communities. This year will see almost $1.2 million in funds …

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Partnership delivers new health and wellness insights

Global measurement company Nielsen, and medical research company The George Institute, have commenced a new relationship that enables Australian grocery brands to better understand the impact of nutritional information on food packs, such as sugar, protein, fat, calories and recommended serving size. The relationship will provide never-before-seen data and insights …

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Coles and Woolworths hold lion’s share of fresh meat

Analysis of long-term market trends by Roy Morgan shows that Australia’s two largest supermarkets captured more than 50 per cent of Australia’s $13 billion+ fresh meat market between them in 2017. Market leader Woolworths Group with a 26.5 per cent share, up 1.1 percentage points since 2016, and Coles Group …

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Bunnings site to be repurposed as shopping centre

A former Bunnings warehouse in Springvale, Victoria, will become Ouson Plaza – a shopping centre anchored by an ALDI supermarket and The Good Guys store. According to Burgess Rawson Leasing Director David Mark, the successful repurpose of the ‘Bunnings box’ will deliver a significant retail boost for the area. “Burgess …

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NQR sold as a going concern

Victorian discount-supermarket chain NQR has been sold as a going concern and will continue to operate. Bruno Secatore and Luke Targett of turnaround, restructuring and insolvency advisory firm Cor Cordis were appointed as administrators of the Australian-owned NQR Grocery Clearance Stores on January 24. “Following a process of making improvements …

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MGA warns against deregulation of SA trading hours

The calls for deregulation of trading hours in South Australia might suit the growth of the chains, but according to the MGA, family enterprises and private businesses will inevitably suffer heavy financial losses. MGA CEO Jos de Bruin says the deregulation of trading hours in SA will seriously affect the …

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Health Minister’s ban on e-cigarettes faces mounting opposition

The crossbench has put the Turnbull government on notice, stating no bills for which Health Minister Greg Hunt is responsible will pass through the Senate until he reverses the ban on nicotine e-cigarettes. A recently released report by the House of Representatives’ Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport …

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February figures show end to retail spending slump

The spending slump in Australian retail has come to an end following the release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures for February, showing a rise in turnover of 0.6 per cent. National Retail Association (NRA) CEO Dominique Lamb says the February results are “promising” for the retail sector, …

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June date for Woolworths national plastic-bag ban

As of June 20, Woolworths supermarkets, BWS, Metro and Woolworths Petrol outlets will no longer provide single-use plastic shopping bags nationally. The commitment, made last year, to end the use of single-use plastic shopping bags across the Woolworths network eliminates the 3.2 billion plastic bags handed out by the retailer …

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