Nestle has bought the Australia/NZ franchise of Jenny Craig. Nestle bought the USA based Jenny Craig Inc in 2006 from private investment firms MidOcean Partners and ACI Capital and founders Jenny and Sid Craig. Founded in Australia in 1983, today they have 650 centres in US, Canada, UK, France, Australia, NZ and more. Jenny Craig is the world’s second largest diet firm (after Weight Watchers). [source]
Friends of the Earth Australia have released their latest Safe Sunscreen Guide. Some sunscreens sold in Australia have the potential to cause skin damage. They contain tiny particles (nanoparticles) which have not undergone safety testing and are not labelled. Which brands are nano-free? [source]
The Australian pig industry announced plans to phase out sow stalls by 2017. This follows Coles’ announcement to phase out sow-stall pork products, including ham and bacon, from Australian and overseas suppliers by 2014. [source]
Arnott’s announced that it will source ethical cocoa that has not been made with the use of child labour for all of its chocolate-based products, including the iconic Tim Tam biscuit, after being the target of a public campaign by World Vision earlier this year (2010). [source]
Independent supermarket Leo’s Fine Food & Wine in Heidelberg and Woolworths Mordialloc, both in Victoria, have taken top honours in the Checkout Fairtrade search to find Australia’s Most Fairtrade Friendly Supermarket, Fairtrade Labelling Australia & New Zealand announced today.
Held from 27 September to 11 October 2010, the Checkout Fairtrade competition set out to find the major and independent supermarkets stocking the biggest range of Fairtrade Certified and Labelled products in the country. [source]
Fairtrade Australia is getting ready to launch the Checkout Fairtrade campaign, to run from 27 September to 10 October 2010. The Checkout Fairtrade campaign is aiming to find Australia’s most Fairtrade Friendly Supermarket. People can be involved by visiting their local supermarket and noting all the Fairtrade Certified products they can find on a postcard. [See the old FTA site]
Update (2013): this campaign has ended and the site is no longer live.
The independent supermarket chain FoodWorks has been deeply wounded by its failed bid to take over 45 Coles stores, running up a loss of $26 million for the year. There is ‘significant doubt’ the group can continue as a going concern because liabilities exceed assets by $7.2 million. [source]
10 years ago, at the September 11 2000 protests at the Crown Casino, Nick and Clint were both inspired by a T-shirt that changed the way they thought about their voice in the world. Here are some reflections on the event, the changing world since then and learnings of the past decade.
The Revolution is just a ‘fairtrade’ T-shirt away: Nick’s reflection
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The Revolution is just a ‘fairtrade’ T-shirt away
by Nick Ray
Part of what we, the Ethical Consumer Group, do is help people work through the difficulties of trying to make better choices in their shopping practice where there are limited options and a minefield of different issues to consider. With this in mind I thought it may be useful to give some personal stories about how we, the people working on the project, do our daily shopping. Hopefully it gives an insight into the issues that come up and some…
Fonterra now receive a cross for criticisms by Greenpeace NZ including the use and importation of palm Kernel (PKE) animal feed and its impact on Indonesian rainforest, intensification and fertiliser use, burning coal and domestic deforestation. [source]
Pacific beverages, a joint venture between Coca Cola Amatil and SABMiller, opened a new brewery in Newcastle, NSW, in July 2010, where it will produce Bluetongue beer and the majority of brands in the SABMiller global portfolio. We have moved imported beers Castle, Grolsch, Miller Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell to the beer product table. [source]
Private equity controlled Heritage Brands (formerly Soda Brands) bought Creative Brands (owner of beauty brands Australis and Le Tan) in 2010. They also bought cosmetics company Innoxa in 2009. [source]
Fosters demerger of its beer and its struggling wine division will be finalised in the first half of 2011. Its struggling wine division will be listed as a new entity called “Treasury Wine Estates”. Japan’s Asahi Breweries, Belgium’s AB InBev, USA’s SABMiller and Coca-Cola Amatil are all rumoured to be interested in buying Fosters beer division after the demerger. [source]
The first major update of our popular Shop Ethical! iPhone app has just been released. What’s new in version 1.2? Updated data; more intuitive navigation; Share through Facebook, Twitter or email; ownership tree display improved; blurbs on Important Issues under Get Informed; improved sort order in tables; various bug fixes; compatible with iOS 4.0; and more. This is a free update for all Shop Ethical! owners. [source]
Greenseas canned tuna (owned by Heinz) had an outstanding product star from April to July 2010, for topping the list on Greenpeace’s Canned Tuna Guide. In the revised Tuna Guide they dropped to fourth place. We have removed the outstanding product star. [source]
Greenpeace’s updated Canned Tuna Guide reveals which brands to buy, and which brands still source overfished species or use destructive fishing techniques. Since Greenpeace launched their first tuna ranking, Australian tuna brands have started to clean up their act. For the first time, Australians can buy a sustainable canned tuna brand ‘ Fish4Ever. Aldi and IGA have introduced sustainable seafood policies. Tuna brands play a key role in the overfishing crisis by selling us unsustainable tuna. [source]
(AUST >> FOREIGN) Diversified conglomerate CSR Ltd has agreed to sell its sugar division, Sucrogen, to Singapore-based agribusiness Wilmar International Ltd for $1.75 billion. Wilmar is the world’s largest palm oil trader. [source]
Unilever has committed to sourcing 75 per cent of its paper and board packaging from sustainably managed forests or from recycled material by 2015, rising to 100 per cent by 2020. Unilever is the first global FMCG company to commit to sourcing all of its paper and board packaging from sustainably managed forests or recycled material within a clearly defined timeframe. [source]
(FOREIGN >> AUST) South African owned supermarket chain Franklins has been acquired by its wholesale supplier, Metcash Trading Ltd for $215 million. The sale is still pending approval from the ACCC.
Metcash will acquire 85 supermarkets (77 corporate outlets and supply to 8 franchises) with a view to selling them to independent IGA retailers. In the meantime, Metcash will operate the Franklins stores. [source]
Changing the definition of free-range eggs and lifting the maximum number of hens in an area would put Australia behind the rest of the world, critics say.
Discussions between the Australian Egg Corporation and farmers could see the maximum number of hens per hectare increase from 1500 to up to 20,000. [source]
7-Eleven Australia has agreed to acquire the retail fuels business of Mobil Oil Australia, comprising 295 company owned or leased service stations, bringing the total number of outlets to more than 650. Most of the Mobil sites will be converted into 7-Eleven stores by the end of 2011 [source]
Following a two month campaign by Greenpeace, Nestle, the biggest food and drink company in the world, announced it was committing to stop using products that come from rainforest destruction. The new policy commits Nestle to identify and exclude companies from its supply chain that own or manage ‘high risk plantations or farms linked to deforestation’. This would apply to notorious Sinar Mas, a palm oil and paper supplier that Greenpeace has repeatedly caught destroying the rainforest – if it…
According to Datamonitor, it revealed 57 per cent of consumers thought that it was important to buy ethical or socially responsible products and that packaging was a key consideration in their purchase decisions. [source]
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council have agreed to undertake a comprehensive review of food labelling law and policy.
This Review will play an important role both for consumers who are looking for clarity in labelling and industry who are looking for certainty about their roles and responsibilities. All Stakeholders are encouraged to take this opportunity to make a written submission. [source]
In a huge milestone for the Fairtrade movement, Cadbury Dairy Milk milk chocolate is now Fairtrade Certified and starting to hit shelves across both Australia and New Zealand. However the new Fairtrade Dairy Milk will not contain only Fairtrade ingredients. Instead, Cadbury (owned by Kraft) purchases “an amount of Fairtrade Certified cocoa and sugar equivalent to that required to make the Cadbury Dairy Milk milk chocolate products carrying the Fairtrade Label”. The end result for cocoa farmers in Ghana is…
Greenpeace launched a campaign in March 2010 asking Nestle to stop buying palm oil from Sinar Mas, who is trashing Indonesian rainforests, threatening the livelihoods of local people and pushing orang-utans towards extinction. [source]
The biggest selling seafood item in Australia is canned tuna. As supermarkets sell more and more of this profitable product, tuna stocks are in a critical condition. Supermarkets play a key role in the overfishing crisis by selling us overfished tuna. It’s time they take responsibility. Greenpeace’s Canned Tuna Guide exposes the supermarkets selling us overfished species or using destructive fishing techniques. [source]
Austraia’s last tuna cannery, at Port Lincoln, will halt production because of cuts to the southern bluefin tuna quota and the high Australian dollar.
At the end of May, Port Lincoln Tuna Processors will stop producing John West canned tuna products, which will instead be made in Thailand.
This will end Australia’s long history of canning tuna with Simplot sourcing the complete product from Thailand, along with every other major brand, including Greenseas, Safcol and Sirena. [source]
To help you navigate through the issues connected to your everyday purchases, we’ve not only updated company information, but also added a more detailed rating system, new blurbs, and two new categories ‘ Alcohol and Office Supplies. [source]