This week in FMCG

ThisWeekInNews-Mar1-BThis week has delivered top headlines from an egg recall to supermarket giants caving on milk prices. Read on for snippets of what has happened this week.

Eggs recalled from Coles and Woolies over salmonella fears

Australian company Bridgewater Poultry on Thursday recalled its 12 egg cartons from Woolworths and independent stores in NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT and Coles in VIC and SA. The product recall was due to salmonella contamination. Egg Farmers of Australia moved to reassure consumers on Friday with spokesman John Coward saying to the ABC that it’s a common occurrence for salmonella to appear sometimes in eggs, since the warm-blooded animals can carry the bacteria in their intestines.

Lion takes 50 per cent stake in Four Pillars Gin

Beverage giant Lion has bought a 50 per cent stake in Healesville-based distillery, Four Pillars Gin. The beer giant is hoping to capitalise on the growing demand for craft gin in Australia. Four Pillars co-founder Stuart Gregor said that the “partnership with Lion really is a ripper for us.”

Coles expanded the Uber Eats trial to include grocery staples

Supermarket giant Coles has expanded its Uber Eats trial to four more stores in Sydney. It will also now include grocery products. The Uber Eats trial started in the supermarket’s Pagewood store in January with ready-to-eat and ready-to-heat ranges. Now it is extended to stores in World Square, Bondi Junction, Leichhardt and North Sydney. Each of the new partner stores offers an “Absolute Essentials” range, which includes milk, juice, bread, salad, fruit, cereals and more.

Crowdfunding platform created for ruby chocolate

As the introduction of the ruby chocolate celebrated its one year anniversary in the market, its founder Barry Callebaut unveiled a new online platform where consumers can now share their ‘rubylicious’ moments and give their messages for artisans and brands to come up with more product innovation using ruby chocolate. At the same time, Nestle also released its new KitKat Everyday Nuts and Cranberry.

Coles and ALDI cave on milk price increase

Supermarket giants Coles and ALDI have finally followed suit Woolies by increasing their milk pricing to help aid farmers. Both supermarkets have increased the price of milk by 10 cents per litre, bringing the price of the 2 litre cartons to A$2.20 and the 3 litre to A$3.30. Both supermarkets said they will pass on the proceeds directly to dairy farmers. Coles Group CEO Steven Cain said that Coles supports “proposals to make Australia’s dairy industry more sustainable, and we are continuing to explore long-term solutions with government and industry stakeholders.”

That wraps up the headlines in the FMCG sector for this week. Have a good weekend everyone!

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