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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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Unilever sells 34 tea brands – including T2 – to private-equity investor

Decision to sell Ekaterra division frees Anglo-Dutch FMCG giant to focus on "higher-growth spaces".

ACCC sounds warning over Dairy Code violations

"Future instances of non-compliance face a greater risk of enforcement action," warns ACCC.

‘Plant-based water’ hits shelves of Coles supermarkets

An Australian beverage brand is recovering water from the processing of fruit and vegetable juices to produce plant-base...

Premium Japanese beer Yebisu launches in Australia

Premium Japanese beer label Yebisu Premium Beer has been launched in Australia, through Coopers Brewery.   Coo...

Pact Group wins federal funding towards $76m upgrade of packaging plants

ASX-listed Pact Group has won $20 million in federal government funding towards a $76 million upgrade of 15 plastic pack...

Lyre’s latest fundraising round values company at $500 million

Alcohol-free spirits maker Lyre’s is now worth $500 million after a fresh funding round was completed which included inv...

Dan Murphy’s launches dedicated gifting hub online

Liquor chain Dan Murphy’s has launched an online gifting hub, specialising in hampers and a bespoke wine collection, liv...

Soft-plastics recycling gets boost as IQ Renew and RedCycle team up

Two Australian recycling companies – IQ Renew and RedCycle – have partnered to boost recovery and recycling of soft plas...

Bankers shop for Patties Foods buyer – report

Banks working on behalf of majority owner Pacific Equity Partners are said to be in talks with potential offshore invest...

Lion’s US brewery deal takes it to the top of the craft beer market

“Just as Lion once crossed the Tasman to establish itself in Australia, now we have crossed the Pacific to form a leadin...

Arnott’s commits to recyclable in-store point-of-sale displays

Arnott’s Group chief customer officer, Michelle Foley, said the change is the result of the ingenuity of its staff and i...

Woolworths expands BYO container plan for deli goods to two more states

Woolworths is to allow shoppers in Tasmania to bring their own reusable containers to fill up at deli, meat and seafood ...

Hendrick’s super-premium premixed cocktail helps Covid-19 hit bar trade

Hendrick’s Gin Martini was crafted by Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie, and cocktail specialists from Sydney’s Maybe Samm...

High-end Christmas KitKat range infused with rum – for a price

KitKat has taken to the top shelf with a limited-edition range of bars infused with rum and priced at $20 each.

V2Food seals major China deals, to launch local production

Two-year-old Australian alt-meat startup reimagines recipes to suit Chinese palate, eyes foodservice, retail growth.

ACCC clears the way for Lion to buy Stone & Wood

Lion has been cleared to acquire Fermentum, parent of Stone & Wood, with the Australian Competition & Consumer Commissio...

Norco to invest $30m expanding Hinterland ice-cream plant

Farmer-owned dairy cooperative Norco is to invest $30 million to boost production at its Lismore ice-cream plant.

Australian consumers vote on their top tipples

Thirty-five brands have been recognised in this year’s Australian Drinks Awards which celebrates excellence in the liquo...

Nestlé calls on FMCG companies to help end recycling confusion

Manufacturers urged to adopt the Australasian Recycling Label as research shows a vast majority of Aussies are putting e...

George Weston Foods cleared to buy NZ’s Dad’s Pies

Allied Foods has received regulatory approval to proceed with its planned acquisition of independent rival bakery Dad’s ...