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Robert Stockdill

Robert Stockdill is Head of News and Asian correspondent for Octomedia's B2B titles Inside Retail, Internet Retailing and Inside FMCG. Based in Asia, he has 25+ years experience writing and commentating on retail and FMCG industry issues.

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Russian liquor pulled from shelves in response to invasion

"As an organisation, ... we are deeply concerned with the situation in Ukraine and we join the calls for peace.”

Violet Crumble, FruChocs brands boost Easter ranges

South Australian confectionery maker Menz has expanded its Easter offer this year, adding new versions of its Violet Cru...

US sales growth boosts BWX Group’s first-half fortunes

Second quarter trading showed a broader retail-led recovery as consumers return to socialising and in-store shopping.

Higher average spend, overseas growth boost Retail Food Group’s first half

Retail Food Group reported robust operating performance across its quick-service restaurant business, the Gloria Jean’s ...

McDonald’s faces massive court claim over ‘shameful’ worker treatment

Case described as the biggest of its kind in Australian history, and “a groundbreaking moment for some of the most vulne...

Restaurant Brands sales exceed $1 billion, despite Covid-19 impact

Strong contribution from new California business helps listed operator reach target milestone.

Unilever walks away from GSK consumer business bid

Unilever has backed off its plan to buy GlaxoSmithKline's consumer healthcare business.

Four-month-old grocery startup Milkrun raises $75 million

Founder sees huge potential in Sydney market and will soon expand into Melbourne.

Pharmacies, grocers face ACCC probe over ‘outrageous’ RAT price gouging

Complaints run to 150 a day with consumers being charged as much as $500 for kits that wholesale for up to only $11.45 e...

Robern Menz rebrands as it chases growth at home and abroad

Over the coming two years, all of the company’s packaging will progressively adopt the new tagline “Making Life Sweet” a...

AFGC demands consistent, nationwide rules on Covid close contacts

Workforce reductions are running as high as 40 per cent among companies trying to maintain the supply of essential items...

My Foodie Box raises $6 million in IPO, plans expansion

From its launch in 2019, My Foodie Box has grown to more than 1650 subscribers and delivers around 1000 boxes per week.

JBS settles Rivalea deal for $175 million

JBS Australia has completed the acquisition of Rivalea Holdings and Oxdale Dairy Enterprise from Singapore food company ...

New Zealand’s Life Health Foods plans to buy Chalmers Organics

Life Health Foods NZ has sought Commerce Commission approval to acquire competitor Chalmers Organics.

Second plastics summit will help shape path to National Packaging Targets

A second National Plastics Design Summit will be held in February to find common ground on achieving the National Packag...

Sustainable Nutrition Group buys Australian Superfood Company

ASX-listed Sustainable Nutrition Group is to purchase The Australian Superfood Company, for $3 million.

Voly to expand beyond Sydney after $18 million seed funding round

Founders promise to disrupt retail sector that offers “some of the slowest delivery times in the world”.

Australia wins another round against New Zealand in rights to manuka honey

New Zealand honey makers have lost a bid to trademark the term ‘manuka honey’ in the UK after a legal challenge from riv...

Harvest Road takes stake in alt-meat maker ProForm Foods

Agri-food business Harvest Road has taken a strategic minority stake in alt-meat protein company ProForm Foods, owner of...

James Squire launches new artisan brew with $30,000+ bottle opener

Brewer James Squires is auctioning off what it describes as Australia’s most valuable bottle opener to raise funds for R...