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IGA’s exclusive ready meals take home award

IGA’s exclusive ready meals have been awarded ‘Ready Meal of the Year’ at the National Food & Beverage Industry Awards. Metcash and Creative Food Solutions’ Appetite for Healthy range, stocked only at IGA, has been awarded top spot in the Ready Meal of the Year category at this year’s National …

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Modest recovery predicted in Australia’s retail sales growth

Figures published in the 26th edition of the quarterly AFGC CHEP Retail Index indicate signs of a modest recovery in retail turnover growth in Australia as 2017 progresses. This follows a sustained period of softening growth over 18 months that has reflected uncertainty in Australian and global economies. The index, …

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IGA opens first supermarket on Hamilton Island

In a landmark move for the island, IGA Hamilton Island will aim to deliver greater convenience and ease for local shoppers and Australians on holiday, and enhance the community feel and delight for customers with a range of local, fresh and independent produce. The store, which opened on August 1, …

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International news: strong growth expected for Asian big-box retailers

Asia’s leading large-format grocery retailers are forecast to grow on average 3.5 per cent a year between 2016 and 2021, according to figures from international grocery research organisation IGD. Although growth in large grocery formats varies significantly across the region and – as in other markets around the world – …

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AmazonFresh threat ‘overhyped’

IBISWorld research indicates that concerns relating to the impending entry of AmazonFresh in 2018 have been overplayed in the Australian supermarkets and grocery-stores industry.  The company’s analysis suggests that traditional bricks-and-mortar and online grocery players will not be as severely affected by Amazon as operators in other retailing industries. “While …

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Private-label shift in supermarket strategy

New IBISWorld research suggests Woolworths’ decision not to stock many of Coca-Cola Amatil’s Mount Franklin-branded products from next month signals a distinct shift in supermarket strategy away from big brands and towards private-label products in an increasingly competitive industry. The decision follows the retailer’s decision not to stock CCA’s highly …

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Supermarkets move away from single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags

Grocery retailers Woolworths, Coles, IGA and Harris Farm Markets announce their commitment to phasing out plastic bags. Woolworths Group will stop offering single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags across its entire store network in Australia within the next 12 months. This approach will cover all stores across the Woolworths Group nationwide, …

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IGA celebrates excellence in independent retailing

Australia’s leading IGA stores were recognised at the prestigious yearly IGA Awards of Excellence held on the Gold Coast this week. Romeo Retail Group was the big winner of the night, with its McLaren Vale Foodland IGA, South Australia (SA), named National Retailer of the Year and SUPA IGA Store …

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International news: Tesco rolls out contactless loyalty card

Thames Card Technology has completed a project with Tesco to launch the UK’s first contactless loyalty-card program. Several million cards are now in the hands of customers and many more will be issued over the coming months. With 66 per cent of global shoppers enrolled in loyalty programmes (Nielsen) and cardholders …

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