This week in FMCG

This week in FMCG, there has been some big stories dominating the headlines. Take a look back at what happened this week in FMCG.

Woolworths turns bread into brew

Woolworths Group and liquor business Tribe Breweries brewed the retailer’s first circular economy beer, from leftover bread. The limited edition pale ale, Loafer, is available at retailers, BWS and Dan Murphy’s for a limited time. They will donate a portion of the proceeds to NGO, Feed Appeal. Woolworths head of sustainability Adrian Cullen said that the company wants to challenge themselves in their commitment to sustainability and how they can impact the society.

Vittoria to sue Lavazza over alleged trademark breach

Coffee giants Vittoria and Lavazza are to battle it out in the Federal Court in a dispute over a trademark for the Italian word for “gold”. Vittoria owner Cantarella trademarked the term “oro” in the 1990s. But Cantarella said that Lavazza is unlawfully selling coffee beans with “oro” packaging since 2016. Italy’s Lavazza has allegedly “refused or alternatively neglected” to stop selling the products despite the warnings from Cantarella. Lavazza has allegedly been selling Arabica bean packs containing the word “oro” on its website and at Coles and Woolworths online.

Baker & Co Ingredients factory destroyed

A factory in Sydney’s southwest was engulfed in flames earlier this week. About 100 firefighters tried to put out the blaze at the Baker and Co food and beverage factory on Yulong Close in Moorebank on Tuesday. There was no reported casualties but nearby homes were evacuated.

Amatil restructured beverage operations

Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has simplified its manufacturing and sales structure. Australia’s Alcohol and Coffee portfolios joined Australian Beverages under Peter West, as Alcohol & Coffee managing director Shane Richardson left the company. CCA group managing director Alison Watkins said that the achievements in the drinks department under Richardson was impressive and expects that revenue will continue to grow under the new structure.

Keytone Dairy received first order from Walmart

New Zealand dairy manufacturer Keytone Dairy received its first order from retail giant, Walmart, for its subsidiary Sam’s Club China. It will provide $NZ107,000 ($AU100,000) worth of whole milk and skim milk powder for the first order. In May, Keytone was given an open-ended contract by Walmart China to produce the milk powder for Sam’s Club Chinese network of 18 superstores. The retail chain has stores in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Wuhan among other locations.

That’s it for this week. We’ll be back on Monday morning with the top industry news.

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