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Could your business withstand a product recall?

By now I’m sure you have heard about the urgent national recall that was issued for pre-package lettuce and salad by Woolworths and Coles. Because of the sheer size of the retailers they’ve been able to easily navigate the recall of this product and have been on the front foot with the public. Now, not all businesses have the same…

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How robust contract management can keep your money where it belongs

By now we’re all aware of the upcoming changes to our Grocery Services Agreements due to the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct. If you need a refresher read our previous article which covered the FGCC in detail. As you know, every organisation has a multitude of different types of contracts, some of which command more or less focus than…

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Consumer pressure on retailers creates an opportunity for suppliers

With upcoming changes to your Grocery Supply Agreements have you considered how you can navigate the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct to successfully negotiate your terms with the retailers? The ACCC has recently instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Woolworths limited. This is due to the retailer’s unconscionable conduct in dealing with its suppliers. Woolworth’s “Mind the Gap”…

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What Food and Beverage companies can learn from the BHP crisis in Brazil

We’ve all recently been shocked by the BHP Samarco disaster which saw 11 Brazillian villagers lose their lives, with 15 still reported as missing. This tragedy has rocked BHP, with Samarco’s publically traded bonds initially losing 50% of their value. So, what can the Food and Beverage industry take away from this crisis? People are always going to want answers…

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What the 7-Eleven scandal means for your organisation and your job security

We’ve all read about the huge scandal 7-Eleven recently faced after Fairfax Media and Four Corners blew the lid off a “half pay” scam being conducted by franchisees. Obviously, franchisees are forced to back pay the exploited staff, and fines have been imposed by Fairwork legislation, but what about the impact felt at the highest levels of the organisation? The…

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Millions of reasons why you need to care about the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct

As we all know, major Grocery retailers across Australia have agreed to the voluntary Food and Grocery Code of Conduct, which ensures they adhere to certain standards of conduct whilst engaging with suppliers. As a supplier, this provides you with a valuable tool to engage and negotiate your terms and conditions with these powerful retailers. The catch? You must do…

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Are you becoming complacent when it comes to supply chain risk management?

Recently, the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) released a report claiming the Food and Beverage industry is highly capable of managing their supply chain risk. Despite this statement by the AFGC, there is a serious possibility of complacency if we pat ourselves on the back with respect to supply chain risk. Ask yourself the following two questions: How good…

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Would a global expansion make or break your organisation?

With the mining boom all but over, commentators are hungry to seek the next driver for Australia’s growth. And with a fast growing middle class in Asia seeking more products for consumption, the Asian Food Bowl becomes an obvious source of potential. This Asian potential was reinforced with the 2014 trade mission by the Prime Minister and 600 or so of…

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What does the food industry have in common with FIFA?

A Four Corners investigation that aired in early May revealed widespread exploitation of labour on Aussie farms and factories who supply some of our country’s major supermarkets. Some labour hire contractors are playing the middle-man between vulnerable migrant workers and food producers, paying these workers below their entitlements to win lucrative contracts. In some cases, this exploitation extends to slave-like…

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How quickly would a fire spread through your building?

After reading the report issued by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade into the cause of the fire that ripped through Melbourne’s Lacrosse tower in November last year, it struck me how similar the issues highlighted by this incident are to the Insulated Sandwich Panel exposure faced by many Australian Food and Beverage organisations. In particular, the legal action being considered by…

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