Trolley wars a boon for suppliers

Original article by Sue Mitchell
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 9-Sep-15

Australian consumers are making more frequent trips to supermarkets rather than doing a major grocery buy each week. Supermarket operators have responded to the trend by deploying smaller shopping trolleys and reducing the cycle for upgrading their fleet of trolleys to every 3-4 years. This in turn has benefited companies that supply shopping trolleys, such as QHDC Australia. The company’s Chinese subsidiary manufactures trolleys for retailers in Australia, the US and several Asian countries.

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QHDC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, SUZHOU QDHC METAL PRODUCTS, WOOLWORTHS LIMITED – ASX WOW, COLES GROUP LIMITED

Coles was ‘entitled’ to payments

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 17 : 20-Oct-14

Ian McLeod, CEO of the Coles retailing arm of Wesfarmers for six years until mid-2014, has rejected allegations by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC). The watchdog claims that the supermarkets chain in 2010 acted unconscionably, when it demanded suppliers bear the cost of wastage as well as make payments so that Coles could reach its profit goals. McLeod says no unethical practices were engaged in during the group’s relationships with grocery companies. The ACCC court action names five suppliers as having been affected

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WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, COLES GROUP LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, DEUTSCHE BANK AG

Kennett to steer Coles supplier charter

Original article by Richard Gluyas
The Australian – Page: 20 : 7-Aug-14

John Durkan, CEO of dominant supermarkets chain Coles, has announced a new charter to safeguard the interests of its suppliers. The initiative is in addition to the ongoing talks by Coles, rival Woolworths and the Australian Food & Grocery Council on a code of conduct for the sector, which have entered a consultation period to last until the end of August 2014. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission had accused Coles of forcing small food manufacturers into contributing $A16m to the cost of a supply chain overhaul. The new charter will be overseen by ex-Victorian premier Jeff Kennett

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WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, COLES GROUP LIMITED, WOOLWORTHS LIMITED – ASX WOW, AUSTRALIAN FOOD AND GROCERY COUNCIL, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

Growers grumpy over hidden fees as Woolies makes us eat our vegies

Original article by Blair Speedy
The Australian – Page: 17 : 31-Jul-14

Scott Davidson, head of produce at Woolworths, says the recent fresh food promotion featuring celebrity cook Jamie Oliver lifted sales in the category by 7% per customer and store visit. Over the six-week period in June and July 2014 the supermarkets chain says it sold an extra four million kilograms of fresh fruit and vegetables. However AusVeg, the lobbying body for the producers, says many are unhappy at having had to contribute $A0.40 a crate to the cost of the marketing push

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WOOLWORTHS LIMITED – ASX WOW, AUS VEG

Retailers ‘will lose out to Chinese’

Original article by Blair Speedy
The Australian – Page: 18 : 29-Jul-14

Dominant supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths have been urged to raise their farmgate prices, or risk losing supply as primary producers instead export to the lucrative market in China. The warning has come from Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, who noted that the companies are selling white label milk for just $A1 a litre when consumers in China are prepared to pay $A7 or more. Joyce also said he fully backed a Federal Court case by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission against Coles, over alleged unconscionable conduct in its relations with food sector suppliers

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WOOLWORTHS LIMITED – ASX WOW, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, COLES GROUP LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF AGRICULTURE, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, ALDI STORES SUPERMARKETS PTY LTD, NORCO CO-OPERATIVE LIMITED, MURRAY GOULBURN CO-OPERATIVE COMPANY LIMITED

Supply deals the way to go, says Coles

Original article by Blair Speedy
The Australian – Page: 19/22 : 4-Jul-14

Coles has signed a 10-year contract with Murray Goulburn for the supply of milk. On 3 July 2014, Murray Goulburn opened a new milk processing plant in the Melbourne suburb of Laverton. The plant will produce 1.3 million litres of milk per annum, which will be sold at Coles supermarkets under its own brand. Coles MD John Durkan said the company will seek similar long-term supply arrangements with other food manufacturers

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WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, MURRAY GOULBURN CO-OPERATIVE COMPANY LIMITED, COLES GROUP LIMITED, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, MASTER GROCERS’ AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Coles takes a bite of UK’s Tyrells Crisps

Original article by Damon Kitney
The Australian – Page: 19/23 : 25-Jun-14

David Milner, CEO of UK premium snack foods company Tyrrells Crisps, has visited Australia to announce a new alliance with supermarkets chain Coles. The retailer will sell the product line in its 700 stores, and Milner says that if sales can be grown to Stg2m ($A3.6m) per annum a local processing plant may also be rolled out. Fresh potato production in Australia has declined 15% over the past 10 years while imports have risen from $A36m to $A132m. The domestic potato crisps market is dominated by Frito-Lay Australia and Snack Foods

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WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, COLES GROUP LIMITED, TYRRELLS POTATO CRISPS, INVESTCORP SA, GUCCI GROUP NV, TIFFANY AND COMPANY, HELLY HANSEN, HORTICULTURE AUSTRALIA LIMITED, PEPSICO AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, FRITO-LAY AUSTRALIA, THE SMITH’S SNACKFOOD COMPANY LIMITED, SNACK FOODS LIMITED, ARNOTT’S BISCUITS LIMITED, CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY, PROCTER AND GAMBLE COMPANY, MARS INCORPORATED, THE KETTLE COOKED CHIP COMPANY PTY LTD, TESCO PLC