This week in FMCG
Woolworths and Coles reinstated purchase limits at Victorian stores as metropolitan Melbourne re-entered lockdown this week. Under the stage three rules, people can only leave their homes to get essentials and go to work for those who cannot do it at home. Woolworths said the move “will help ensure more customers have fair access to fresh food and essentials”.
Procter & Gamble filed a Federal Court lawsuit against Colgate-Palmolive accusing the business of misleading marketing of Colgate Optic White Renewal whitening toothpaste. P&G claimed that Australian consumers are being misled or deceived by ads and product labelling and that P&G has lost sales as a result. Colgate stated that the toothpaste, which contains 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide, removes a decade worth of yellow stains with twice-daily brushing for four weeks.
Walmart is launching a new subscription service, Walmart+, later this month. It will offer same-day delivery; petrol discounts and exclusive early access to the latest product deals. Recode reported that shoppers will be able to access products from Walmart Supercenters. They can also reserve delivery slots and avail of Express two-hour delivery.
Mars Wrigley Australia will produce M&M’S Pretzel range at its newly refurbished chocolate factory in Ballarat, Victoria. The move follows a $300,000 investment in local manufacturing. Andrew Leakey, general manager of Mars Wrigley Australia, said that “they are dedicated to continuing to support Australia’s manufacturing sector and invest and innovate in infrastructure, equipment and processes at our local factories to ensure they remain world class.”
Shoppers at a Woolworths store in Adelaide discovered needles and thumbtacks in fresh produce from June 27 to July 1, and detectives are investigating the matter. Woolworths said that it is also investigating the situation with the help of its fresh produce suppliers. The supermarket giant opened and inspected the rest of the stock in the batch but found no further product safety concerns. There were also no reported injuries from the food contamination.
That is it for this week. We will be back with the latest on Monday morning.