NEWS IN BRIEF
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