Donkey cheese hits London, Aldi increases prices

Donkey cheese hits London, Aldi increases prices

Kick-ass cheese Dear old Dobbin the donkey has been upgraded. She is now the source for a pedigree cheese. Donkey cheese has arrived in London, made at just one farm in the Zasavica Nature Reserve, Serbia. It’s called Pule and costs £880 a kilo. Its selling points include being high in protein, calcium and omega […]

Aldi hurting Metcash, LVMH buyback

Aldi hurting Metcash, LVMH buyback

Less cash at Metcash Metcash increased first-half sales to October 31 by just 0.3 per cent. But as the table shows, profit after tax dropped 38.6 per cent to $74.9 million: Liquor sales increased 1.6 per cent to $1.56 billion, accounting for 23 per cent of sales, and grew 4.6 per cent in EBIT to […]

Coles and Woolworths first quarter results

Coles and Woolworths first quarter results

Super duo Coles and Woolworths have recently published their first-quarter 2017 results. They’ve had a tough time in recent years, with Aldi and Costco taking market share and price deflation shaking the big two. An article in The Sydney Morning Herald by Madeleine Heffernan on November 6 included the following, which shows why consumers are […]

Reviewing great value Aldi wines

Reviewing great value Aldi wines

Aldi wines get their own review section because Aldi is the only supermarket group that sends a selection of samples. Should Woolworths via Dan Murphy’s, or Coles via 1st Choice, send their own-label or cleanskin wines they too would be reviewed. What happens is: wineries send samples and if they like my review they’ll post […]

Lidi rejects Australia

Lidi rejects Australia

Lidi out: According to an article on the Starts at 60 website Lidi the large German competitor to Aldi will not be opening in Australia. If true it leaves the way clear for Aldi. No doubt Coles and Woolworths are pleased not to have another discounter pulling prices hence profits lower. The reason given in […]

UK supermarkets poor summer & China figures

UK supermarkets poor summer & China figures

Not so super summer UK supermarkets suffered their worst sales performance in at least two years in the month following the Brexit vote, according to the latest stats from Kantar Worldpanel [KW]. However, KW says, “analysts are blaming poor weather rather than fears about life outside the EU”. The figures show the grocery market (including […]

Constellation in Canada & Pernod in China

Constellation in Canada & Pernod in China

Constellation floating in Canada News is circulating that Constellation Brands is getting closer to floating its Canadian wine business and has put a value of C$1 billion ($1.05 billion) on the business. It’s said the company will list on the Toronto Stock Exchange in the autumn. It will join Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd (CSW), […]

Oregon wine in London, smart Aldi, Indian tucker

Oregon wine in London, smart Aldi, Indian tucker

Why there: Burgundy negociant Louis Jadot has released an Oregon pinot noir. It’s the first non-French wine that the company has produced. Called Résonance, it was shown to UK media and trade this past week. The retail price is said to be £48 ($89), so it’s not cheap, and production is small. The question: why […]

Lions Club Wine Auction Fundraiser

Lions Club Wine Auction Fundraiser

The tasting, dinner and auction held on April 2 to raise money for local good causes administrated by the Bangalow Lions Club raised more than $4000. I am deeply grateful to the companies listed below for their generosity: Accolade Wines Aldi Casella Family Wines Delatite Wines Majella Pernod Ricard Australia Pinnacle Drinks Shingleback Vasse Felix […]

4 February 2016 – Changing landscape

4 February 2016 – Changing landscape

The National Australia Bank’s January Business View has a focus on state economies and how the movement of economic activity towards the non-mining states is continuing, while conditions in mining states have become tougher as commodity prices have fallen further. The report says that though the dollar is acting as a stabiliser we should be […]