Posts tagged "Woolworths"

Baby formula stockpiling footage sparks shock

[22 October/NZ Herald] A debate over Australia’s baby formula stockpilers resurfaced after footage showing a shopping frenzy at a Woolworths store in Melbourne. Shopper, Ben Barak, was surprised that at 8am there were around 50 people lining up with boxes in a line from one end of the supermarket to the other. They all had...

Strawberry needle tampering cause still not known a month on from first report

[11 October/ABC News] Almost a month after the first strawberry with a needle in it was reported, the source of the initial contamination has not been revealed. Affected punnets were found across Australia. Queensland Police were still investigating the incidents, and would tell the public if charges were laid. There were several confirmed cases. Berry...

Chicken prices shrink as industry grows

[3 August/Stuff] Chicken prices are decreasing with the expansion of the poultry industry. According to Statistics New Zealand, prices fell 8.5 percent in the last 12 months. A Woolworths NZ Spokeswoman said there were a number of factors that influenced food prices. She added simple demand and supply was one factor driving the trend in...

Plastic straws to be shelved by Woolworths this year and Coles commits to 90pc diversion from landfill by 2022

 [5 June/ABC News] Coles and Woolworths announced new environmental commitments in response to a shift in consumer attitudes. Coles pledged to halve its food waste across its supermarkets in two years, and divert 90 percent of its waste from landfill by 2022. Senior Communications Manager, Martine Alpins, said Coles wouldn’t be setting these targets if...

Qantas executive to take over as a2 Milk Company chief executive

[14 December/Stuff Business] Experienced Qantas Executive, Jayne Hrdlicka, has been named as the new CEO of a2 Milk Company, replacing Geoff Babidge. Ms Hrdlicka is currently leading the customer loyalty business of Qantas having previously been CEO of Jetstar. She has also served as a non-executive director of Woolworths and was a partner at Bain...

Aldi’s fresh food offer puts heat on Woolworths and Coles

[6 September/ The Sydney Morning Herald] Morgan Stanley analysts have said Aldi’s new store format was a game changer and has accelerated its market share growth against Coles and Woolworths by 30 basis points annually, and that extra sales proceeds could be put into further price cutting. The new format, which Aldi introduced in 2016,...

Supermarket slammed for packaging kumara in plastic

 [5 June/ Stuff] A photo of Woolworth’s Select brand gold kumara being sold in plastic trays has received more than 6000 angry responses after being posted on the company’s Facebook page on 3 June. Plastic free New Zealand campaign advocacy organisation Our Seas Our Future Trustee, Noel Jhinku said retailers needed to take more responsibility...

ACCC court case against Woolworths puts supermarkets on notice not to treat suppliers like children

 [11 November/ ABC Rural] The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has taken Woolworths to court for unreasonable conduct after the supermarket chain demanded 820 suppliers to make extra payments worth millions of dollars in the lead up to Christmas 2014. The case was heard in the Federal Court last week, with a judgement expected in...

Increased avocado export co-operation pays off

[29 September/ NZ Herald] Australian avocado growers have recently complained about Woolworths switching over to imported New Zealand avocadoes a month earlier than expected. However, New Zealand exporters have agreed to hold back on the Australian market to allow the locally grown produce to clear, showing the increased cooperation within the New Zealand industry. Southern...

Murray Goulburn flags $100m hit in contract blow

 [30 July/ The Sydney Morning Herald] Woolworths has dumped Murray Goulburn as the supplier of many of its private label dairy products, replacing the dairy co-operative with Bega Cheese. A Murray Goulburn statement said the loss of the bulk of its contract with Woolworths would cost the co-operative AUD 100 million a year. The statement...

Blood being spilt in battle of the meat price cuts

 [23 June/ The Sydney Morning Herald] Coles have been running an AUD 9 per kilogram of lamb special to rival Woolworths’ AUD 10 per kilogram in what has turned into a meat price war between the major supermarket chains. Woolworths Meat Company Director, Pat McEntee said the discounts on lamb were developed to meet shopper...

Budget brands – Kiwis prefer branded groceries over private labels

[1 April/ Business Day] Woolworths have taken their Homebrand products off supermarket shelves in Australia. Marketing experts said the brand had become outdated, and Woolworths would focus on promoting its lesser known Essentials brand instead. In New Zealand, research has shown that consumers prefer branded products over private labels. Countdown, Woolworth’s subsidiary, still has over...