Tag Archives: MGA

What’s the difference between ‘Use by’ and ‘Best before’ dates?

By MGA Trainer and Assessor David Grey-Smith. Knowing the difference between the ‘Use by’ and ‘Best before’ date is important for your business, as this will save you money. If the use by and best before dates are monitored correctly, it will reduce the amount of perfectly edible food being …

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Allergy awareness – are your staff trained?

By MGA Trainer and Assessor David Grey-Smith. Food allergy is an immune system response to a food protein that the body mistakenly believes is harmful. The reaction to a food can be potentially life threatening. A food allergy is not the same as food intolerance. A food intolerance is the …

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‘Follow the process, Kaufland!’

Ritchies CEO Fred Harrison has expressed his dismay at German supermarket giant Kaufland and backed up recent claims made by Master Grocers Australia (MGA), saying the Schwarz Group owned business is getting favourable treatment by the Victorian government in their planning applications. MGA has said that local Melbourne retailers are …

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Kaufland picks Melbourne for Australian distribution centre

Kaufland, one of the world’s largest supermarket chains, will open its first Australian distribution centre at Merrifield Business Park, Melbourne. The business park is in the suburb of Mickleham, about 30km north of Melbourne’s CBD. Kaufland has bought a large 28-hectare site in the brand-new “masterplanned” community. It says it …

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Small businesses can now ‘stand up’ to big business – MGA

Master Grocers Australia (MGA) has welcomed the government’s decision to allow easier access to justice for small businesses. According to MGA, the ‘Small Business Access to Justice’ policy aims to help small businesses bring cases of anti-competitive behaviour to court. It does so by allowing requests for a ‘no adverse costs order’ …

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MGA praises government for double dipping regulation

Master Grocers Australia (MGA) has praised Minister Kelly O’Dwyer for taking “prompt action” in stopping double dipping for casual employees. In 2018, a federal court decided a casual worker employed on a regular basis could claim annual and sick leave. The employer had therefore breached the Fair Work Act, the …

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MGA President Rod Allen retires

MGA’s long-serving Director Rod Allen has officially retired from all MGA Board of Directors duties, the organisation has announced. He was Director for more than 20 years and dedicated Board President for more than 15 years. From statewide to nationwide MGA made the news official at its Industry Business Breakfast …

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MGA welcomes bringing forward of SME tax cuts

Master Grocers Australia (MGA) has welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s decision to bring forward tax cuts for SMEs. These include small-to-medium-sized supermarkets, liquor stores and hardware outlets. CEO of MGA Jos de Bruin said: “Our members are facing cost increases at a rate never seen before. Bringing forward a reduction …

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NSW government promises to help CDS-affected businesses

After months of government lobbying, MGA says it has persuaded the NSW government to save the livelihoods of many NSW retailers. Following the new NSW Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), MGA says shoppers of packaged beverages who live near the Victoria/NSW border are crossing the border to buy drinks and other …

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MGA cautions against deregulation of WA trading hours

Western Australia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Chief Economist Rick Newnham claims WA has the most restrictive retail trading hours in the nation, but MGA Independent Retailers warns that deregulation of trading hours will have a serious impact on the viability of small businesses throughout the state. Mr Newnham’s …

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