Metcash stands its ground as share price falls

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 19 : 25-Jun-19

Grocery wholesaler Metcash has posted a net profit of $192.8m for the year to 30 April, following a loss of $148.2m previously. The group’s underlying profit was three per cent lower at $210.3m, but revenue increased by 1.8 per cent to $12.7bn. CEO Jeff Adams says Metcash is confident that its restructuring program, which includes further cost reductions, will pay off. Metcash shares fell 9.8 per cent on 24 June, closing at $2.84.

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METCASH LIMITED – ASX MTS, COLES GROUP LIMITED – ASX COL, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW

Coles CEO’s $1bn refresh gambit

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 17 & 20 : 19-Jun-19

Coles Group has outlined plans to reduce costs by $1bn over the next four years in a bid to arrest the 20 per cent downturn in earnings over the last two years. The proceeds from the cost-cutting program will be redirected to initiatives such as refurbishing stores and enhancing Coles’ online operations. Coles plans to open about 10 new stores in 2020, compared with 21 in 2019. It also intends to refurbish 75 stores in 2020, up from 50 in fiscal 2019. Coles shares closed 3.44 per cent higher at $13.21 on 18 June.

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COLES GROUP LIMITED – ASX COL, COLES SUPERMARKETS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW, ALDI STORES SUPERMARKETS PTY LTD, COSTCO WHOLESALE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, KMART AUSTRALIA LIMITED, TARGET AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, VERTIUM ASSET MANAGEMENT PTY LTD

Online grocery shoppers are a small but lucrative market

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 15-Apr-19

New research from Roy Morgan shows that Australian grocery shoppers aged 14+ who bought groceries from Woolworths online in the year to December 2018 spent an average of $186 a week, compared to only $103 for those buying from Woolworths’ ‘bricks and mortar’ stores. The same trend is evident for Coles, with grocery shoppers spending $158 at Coles Online in an average week, compared with $97 on average for those shopping at a ‘bricks and mortar’ store. The huge difference in spending patterns between the online and ‘bricks and mortar’ stores is driven by women, who spend far more on average via the online outlet than via the physical store.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, COLES SUPERMARKETS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, WOOLWORTHS SUPERMARKETS

Woolworths and Aldi grow grocery market share in 2018

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 8-Apr-19

Roy Morgan’s latest ‘Supermarket & Fresh Food Currency Report’ shows that Woolworths increased its share of Australia’s total grocery market to 34% in 2018, an increase of 1.4ppts. Coles’ share of the total grocery market fell 1.6ppts to 27.6% in 2018, while Aldi’s market share grew by 0.5ppts to 11.4% and IGA’s market share was down 0.4ppts to 7.1%. Over the last year Woolworths has grown its market share in dollar terms across all four fresh food sub-categories (fresh meat, fresh deli, fresh bread, and fresh fruit and vegetables) and increased its lead over nearest rival Coles. The report is compiled from data collected as part of Roy Morgan’s Single Source survey, which involves more than 50,000 in-home, face-to-face interviews each year, including more than 12,000 detailed surveys of grocery and fresh food buying behaviour.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW, COLES GROUP LIMITED – ASX COL, ALDI STORES SUPERMARKETS PTY LTD, IGA

Wesfarmers to outline Coles move

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 19 : 4-Oct-18

There is speculation that Wesfarmers could release the scheme booklet for its proposed demerger of Coles before 15 October, when the supermarket chain will announce its sales figures for the first quarter of 2018-19. JPMorgan has upgraded its forecast for same-store sales growth from 2.5 per cent to four per cent. In contrast, the firm has scaled back Woolworths’ same-store sales growth expectations from 1.8 per cent to 1.3 per cent. However, Shaun Cousins of JPMorgan expects Woolworths to outperform Coles in the medium-term.

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WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, COLES SUPERMARKETS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, WOOLWORTHS SUPERMARKETS, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED

Suppliers revolt over Woolies’ plan to cut data

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 19 : 1-Oct-18

Woolworths will make changes to the sales data it provides to suppliers as from 2019. The retailer states the data will be of a much broader nature, with intellectual property and competitive information being protected from being shared with rival companies. However, suppliers have expressed concern about the proposed changes, stating that not having access to specific sales data will leave them "defenceless" if Woolworths decides to stop stocking their products. They are also concerned that Woolworth’s private label brands will benefit from the changes.

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WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW, AUSTRALIAN FOOD AND GROCERY COUNCIL

$40b+ fresh food market dominated by fruit & veg & meat

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 23-Apr-18

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey has found that Australia’s $40 billion+ fresh food market is dominated by the two staples of fresh fruit/vegetables (45.6% of the market) and fresh meat (33.7% of the market). The survey, which was carried out in the year to December 2017, also shows that fresh bread has a 7.5% share of the fresh food market, ahead of fresh deli (6.8%) and fresh seafood (6.4%). Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine says competition in Australia’s fresh food market is heating up as ‘Big 2’ supermarkets Woolworths and Coles aggressively grow their fresh food market share at the expense of niche competitors. Recent research by Roy Morgan shows that they now account for over 50% of Australia’s fresh food market.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, COLES SUPERMARKETS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, WOOLWORTHS SUPERMARKETS

It’s official: Majority of fresh meat now bought at Coles & Woolworths

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 16-Apr-18

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey shows that Australia’s two largest supermarkets captured more than 50% of the $13bn+ fresh meat market for the first time in 2017. Woolworths Group had a 26.5% market share, up 1.1% since 2016, while Coles Group’s share rose 2% to 24.3%; their combined share of the fresh meat market was larger than all other retail outlets, including rival supermarkets Aldi and IGA, butchers, markets, other supermarkets and other non-supermarkets combined. Both Australian supermarket giants have enjoyed stronger growth in the fresh meat market over the past year than rival Aldi, which now has a 9.6% share of the fresh meat market, up 0.9% in a year – although all three have clearly taken substantial market share from traditional butchers. Ten years ago butchers and markets had 32% of Australia’s fresh meat market; today this is just under a quarter (24%). In the last 12 months fresh meat market share for butchers and markets dropped 3% points. This is the steepest drop of any time period in the last decade.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW, COLES GROUP LIMITED, ALDI STORES SUPERMARKETS PTY LTD, IGA

Woolworths increases lead in $100b+ grocery war

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 26-Mar-18

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey shows that Woolworths had 32.2% of Australia’s total grocery market (including fresh food) in the year to December 2017, an increase of 0.8% over the 2016 result. Coles Group’s share of the grocery market rose by 0.1% in 2017, to 28.8%. Aldi’s market share rose 0.8% to 12.1%, but IGA’s share fell 1.1% to 7.4%. Non-supermarket food retailers such as butchers, fruit shops, markets and convenience stores currently have an 11.8% market share, which is down by a combined 0.8% points. Meanwhile, very few customers only shop at one supermarket; although 72.7% of grocery buyers shop at Woolworths, just 8% shop only at Woolworths. Likewise, 70% of grocery buyers shop at Coles, but only 6.6% shop there exclusively. The store overlap in shoppers of the big two is very large, with over half of them shopping at both Coles and Woolworths.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW, COLES GROUP LIMITED, ALDI STORES SUPERMARKETS PTY LTD, IGA

Aussie Farmers Direct wilts in tough market

Original article by Sue Mitchell
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 26 : 6-Mar-18

Aussie Farmers Direct was placed into voluntary administration on 5 March, 13 years after it first began delivering fresh produce to people at home. It had 100 franchisees and 260 employees, and Craig Shephard of KordaMentha says the business will cease trading immediately. One part of the company, Home Delivery Services, is not affected by the collapse and will continue to trade. Aussie Farmers Direct had sales of $A137m in 2014-15, but it lost $A15.5m. Its failure has been attributed to competition from supermarkets and meal-kit providers.

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AUSSIE FARMERS DIRECT, KORDA MENTHA AND COLLEAGUES PTY LTD, EQUITY PARTNERS PTY LTD, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW, SHAW INVESTMENTS, COLES SUPERMARKETS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, CRESCENT POINT, PEPPERLEAF, YOUFOODZ, FIVEPOINTFOUR, TASTEBOX, YOUR GROCER, THOMAS FARM KITCHEN, DISH’D, GOURMET DINNER SERVICE