NEWS IN BRIEF

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Wes­farm­ers posts profit Wes­farm­ers has re­ported a $2.87 bil­lion full-year profit de­spite com­pa­ra­ble food and liquor sales growth at its Coles su­per­mar­kets slow­ing to just one per cent.

Coles’ earn­ings de­creased 13.5 per cent to $1.61 bil­lion and com­pa­ra­ble sales growth fell from 4.1 per cent in 2016 amid fierce com­pe­ti­tion with local ri­val Wool­worths and Ger­man chain Aldi.

Bun­nings and Of­fice­works both re­ported im­proved earn­ings, while Tar­get trimmed its pre-tax loss from $195 mil­lion to $10 mil­lion as Wes­farm­ers con­tin­ues to over­haul the de­part­ment store chain to exit un­prof­itable cat­e­gories and im­prove mer­chan­dis­ing. Craft beer a sur­prise win­ner Dain­ton Fam­ily Brew­erys Cher­ry­wood Smoked Baltic Porter was named Cham­pion Aus­tralian Craft Beer at the Aus­tralian Craft Brew­ers Con­fer­ence on July 28.

The con­fer­ence is run by the Craft Beer In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion, the trade as­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sent­ing craft brew­ers na­tion­wide.

The Cher­ry­wood Smoked Baltic Porter, made by the Car­rum Downs brewer, was a sur­pris­ing win­ner, given its com­plex and un­ex­pected flavour pro­file.

The beer won the cat­e­gory of Cham­pion Porter Stout be­fore be­ing named the over­all win­ner of the in­dus­try award.

Dain­ton Fam­ily Brew­ery also re­ceived gold medals for its IPA and Choc Or­ange Porter, sil­ver for its Draught and bronze for its Cran­berry Gose.

Founder and head brewer Dan Dain­ton said the award was a huge sur­prise and they were thrilled to think that they rated along­side their peers in the in­dus­try.

Mr Dain­ton sug­gested the win sig­nalled a healthy thriv­ing craft beer in­dus­try, say­ing ‘‘the fact that a beer that drinks like a cho­co­late ci­gar has one Aus­tralia’s best craft beer makes us be­lieve we as a beer drink­ing com­mu­nity are on the right track to drink­ing more ex­cit­ing, flavour­some and in­de­pen­dently made beer’’. New sec­re­tary for DELWP The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment has ap­pointed John Bradley as the new sec­re­tary of the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Water and Plan­ning.

Mr Bradley was pre­vi­ously di­rec­tor gen­eral of the Queens­land De­part­ment of Premier and Cabi­net, and di­rec­tor gen­eral of the Queens­land De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Re­source Man­age­ment.

Since 2013, Mr Bradley has been chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of En­ergy Net­works Aus­tralia, the peak body rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia’s elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion and gas dis­tri­bu­tion busi­nesses.

Mr Bradley has also held se­nior po­si­tions with the Queens­land Water Com­mis­sion and the West­ern Aus­tralian Of­fice of En­ergy.

He has pre­vi­ously ad­vised the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund and held sev­eral board di­rec­tor­ships. Spot­light on old­est food crops

A na­tional road­show will throw new light on Aus­tralia’s old­est food crops, thanks to sup­port from the Farm­ing To­gether pro­gram.

The road­show is be­ing or­gan­ised by Aus­tralian Na­tive Food & Botan­i­cals, rep­re­sent­ing 200 grow­ers and har­vesters from across Aus­tralia.

The $169 900 grant will see 10 road­shows across Aus­tralia, with the road­show trav­el­ling to Mel­bourne in Fe­bru­ary 2018 with the lo­ca­tion to be an­nounced.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit: www.farm­ing­to­gether.com.au

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