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Analysis: Australia closer to protecting suppliers

Australia is set to see the introduction of a code overseeing relations between suppliers and retailers. Will the country be a fairer place...

Metcash to "champion" brands, independents

Australian wholesaler Metcash will champion branded suppliers and "sustainable" independent retail businesses as the country's largest retai...


Ben Cooper | 19 Sep 2011

In describing Australia as an "inhospitable" market, Heinz expressed what many suppliers feel but fear to say. But it's an awkward truth, Ben Cooper writes. The last thing the Australian food industry wants is international investors viewing it as a hostile market.


Petah Marian | 19 Nov 2010

The Australian competition watchdog's decision to block the sale of retailer Franklins to local distributor Metcash has highlighted the heavily concentrated nature of the grocery industry in the country.


just-food.com | 19 Nov 2010

The merger between Greencore and Northern Foods, the race to own Yoplait, reform of Europe's farm policy and Unilever's new push on sustainability all got people talking this week. Here is the best of who said what.


just-food.com | 24 Sep 2010

This week has been firmly focused on private label relaunches, with Asda, Ocado and Sainsbury's all relaunching various aspects of their own-label ranges. The war of words between Casey's and Couche-Tard may calm a little bit this week as Casey's slate of board nominees were reinstated on the convenience operator's board. Here's the best of what was said this week:

Latest Interviews

Ben Cooper | 27 Sep 2011

There is no doubt that Australia is a tough place for a food manufacturer to do business. Competition between two powerful local food retailers is putting pressure on domestic and international suppliers. In this month's just the answer, Ben Cooper discusses the challenging trading conditions with Kate Carnell, chief executive of industry association the Australian Food and Grocery Council.

Latest News

Katy Askew | 3 Mar 2015

The Australian federal government has created a food and grocery code of conduct that, it said, will help ensure "fair and transparent" dealings between the country's largest supermarkets and their suppliers.


Katy Askew | 6 Feb 2015

Legal action has been launched against Metcash, Australia's third-largest grocery retailer, over supplier claims of "unconscionable conduct".


Hannah Abdulla | 24 Mar 2014

Australian wholesale grocer Metcash has announced it will spend up to A$480m (US$437m) to overhaul its business to prepare it for "long-term sustainable growth".


Dean Best | 12 Dec 2013

Aldi has indicated it does support the idea of a code of conduct overseeing dealings between retailers and manufacturers in Australia after facing criticism for not signing up to a recently-introduced agreement.


Dean Best | 9 Dec 2013

Australian wholesale grocer Metcash has decided to split the running of its supermarket operations from its convenience stores, reversing a move taken just last year to merge the two together.


Katy Askew | 2 Dec 2013

Australian retailer Metcash saw its share price jump almost 8% today (2 December) after the group booked a "modest" improvement in first-half top line growth.


Katy Askew | 29 Aug 2013

Australian retailer Metcash has struck a downbeat note on its outlook for the remainder of the year, suggesting that weak consumer sentiment and a highly price-focused environment are unlikely to abate in the near term.


Katy Askew | 1 Jul 2013

The British Retail Consortium's annual symposium brought together the great and the good of the UK retail scene. On the other side of the globe, retail was also a focus as debate over the relationship between Australian suppliers and the country's powerful supermarkets continued. Food safety was back in the spotlight in China - a market that US spice maker McCormick is "bullish" on. Here is just-food's week in words.


Dean Best | 1 Jul 2013

General Mills unveiled plans for a raft of new products last week as it seeks to improve sales across its business, particularly in the Yoplait owner's yoghurt division. There was a major piece of consolidation in the French dairy sector this week, with dairy co-ops Sodiaal and 3A to merge. We discussed FrieslandCampina's sustainability strategy with its CSR director, while we also interviewed the CEO of The Bart Ingredients Company about his moves to revitalise the UK firm.


Katy Askew | 24 Jun 2013

Australian wholesale retailer Metcash has reported lower annual sales and earnings from its core food and grocery business.


Katy Askew | 27 Feb 2013

Australian wholesaler Metcash has indicated that Ian Morrice will take the reigns as CEO, replacing Andrew Reitzer who plans to retire at the end of June.


Michelle Russell | 30 Nov 2012

Australian retail distributor Metcash has recorded a drop in first-half earnings as a results of store closures in the period.


Katy Askew | 27 Sep 2012

The chief executive of Australian wholesaler Metcash, Andrew Reitzer, has announced he will retire as CEO in nine months.


Michelle Russell | 28 Jun 2012

Australian retail distributor Metcash has booked a drop in full-year profit.


Michelle Russell | 10 Apr 2012

A potential merger combining Symington's and Premier Foods plc's brands was a hot topic for analyst speculation this week. Elsewhere, Australian wholesaler Metcash CEO Andrew Reitzer remained optimistic despite announcing 470 job cuts.


Dean Best | 3 Apr 2012

Over 470 jobs are to go at Australian retail distributor Metcash as the company adapts to the "difficult" trading conditions in the country.


Dean Best | 27 Jan 2012

Australian retail wholesaler Metcash has created a role of food and grocery COO to "protect and develop" the country's independent food retail sector.


Sam Webb | 6 Dec 2011

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has abandoned its bid to halt Metcash's acquisition of rival retailer Franklins.


Dean Best | 5 Dec 2011

India's plan to relax restrictions on foreign investment in its retail sector continued to generate fierce debate this week. Two other contentious issues - the EU health claims process and the true potential of intense sweetener stevia - were also covered on just-food this week, as was the latest attempt by Nestle to eradicate child labour in cocoa production.


Sam Webb | 1 Dec 2011

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) bid to stop Metcash's takeover of fellow retailer Franklins has been quashed.


Sam Webb | 19 Oct 2011

South African retailer Pick n Pay has reported an expected fall in its half-year profits despite a jump in sales.


Sam Webb | 11 Oct 2011

Rod Sims, chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has warned the country's supermarkets that they will be "closely watched".


Katie Smith | 26 Sep 2011

Tesco announced a revamp of its promotional strategy in the UK last week, a move that was immediately criticised by its rivals. However, grocers in Scotland were united in their opposition to a tax on major retailers in the country.

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