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Meat and masculinity: why some men just can’t stomach plant-based food

Forcing people to abandon animal meat is a non-starter, given how strongly we react to perceived loss of freedoms.

How Australia’s biggest wine-growing region came to pioneer alcohol control

The Chaffeys wanted a reliable, industrious and, above all, sober workforce.

The case for forcing the tobacco industry to pay for cigarette butts

In Australia, an estimated 8.9 billion butts are littered each year. This could be cut by 4.45 billion under a proposed ...

How customer hostility is impacting grocery workers’ mental health

Our research shows that rates of mental health distress among grocery workers are very high.

Why Australia’s ‘great resignation’ is a myth: The Conversation

Possibly more important will be how employers manage workers who became accustomed to working from home during the pande...

Australian companies face more climate-focused resolutions than ever before

In 2020, for the first time in Australia, more than half the shareholders of a public company voted in support of a clim...

Consumers are wise to ‘woke washing’ – so where does that leave you?

With brands increasingly engaging in social change campaigns, the time has come to ask a couple of big questions: is thi...

Should police be responsible for enforcing Covid vaccine certificates?

The National Retail Association has said the “onus cannot be on the retailer” to enforce vaccine certificate compliance ...

Coles, Woolworths move to automation, gig workers as home deliveries soar

Australia’s supermarket duopoly, Coles and Woolworths, have raced to implement new technology and transform labour arran...

Appetite for convenience: how online food delivery is impacting health

The smartphone has brought convenient online food delivery straight to your door – but how is this growing trend impacti...

Why the alcohol industry is getting sober curious

But recent years have seen a rise of the “sober-curious”, or the “mindful drinking” movement.

‘Biodegradable’ plastic will soon be banned – a big win for the environment

“Biodegradable” suggests an item is made from plant-based materials. But this isn’t always the case.

‘Panic-buying’ events are the new normal; here’s how supply chains have adapted

I live in Perth. Like most people here, on Sunday I was ready for a busy week of getting the kids to school, going to wo...

How Aldi has changed the face of grocery retailing and the way we shop

Twenty years ago, on January 25 2001, a virtually unknown German supermarket chain quietly opened its first stores in Au...
Hardware Lane in Melbourne's CBD

The suburbs are the future of post-Covid retail

The Covid-19 pandemic delivered a body blow to CBD retailers, but it’s just the latest of their challenges in recent yea...

What Victoria’s abattoir rules mean for the supply and price of meat

Shoppers return to panic buying in Stage 4 lockdown in Melbourne.

America has corn and Asia has rice. It’s time Australia had a native staple food

Only 1% of Australia’s native food sector is produced by Indigenous people.

There’s serious talk about a “job guarantee”, but it’s not that straightforward

It will take a mix of measures to ensure that high unemployment is only temporary.

Sure, let’s bring production onshore, but it might not ensure supplies

OPINION: "The best way to achieve supply chain robustness is to build supply chains involving more than one supplier, lo...

Why Melbourne’s supermarket shortages will quickly pass

The only thing stopping supply returning to normal is the speed of transportation and restocking.