The Rise of Vegan, Gluten-Free and Kombucha

Fancy a vegan steak with a gluten-free beer? It appears you’re not alone. Over the past few years, the number of veggie and vegan foods available in Australia has soared. According to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), between 2014 and 2016 there was a 92 per cent increase in the number of food products launched in Australia carrying a vegan claim, and an eight per cent increase in the number of products launched carrying a vegetarian claim. While meat and regular alcoholic drinks may be off the menu, the hottest drink trend – kombucha – is well and truly on. Australia played host to the second highest number of kombucha drink launches globally in 2016, just behind the USA. Kombucha is proving to be far more than a fad and its popularity is gradually spreading amongst health-conscious consumers globally.    Source: (for link) The Vegan supremacy

9 Surefire Ways to Supercharge Your Strategic Planning

‘Dwight Eisenhower once said, “In planning for battle, I have always felt that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” I love that quote, because it speaks to the priority of the planning process over even the plan itself. But even if plans are seen as useless, or our skills as planners are marginal, we still must respect the process of planning. In my experience, this is exactly where most companies fall short. Companies are not very strategic about being strategic; they lack a planning process for their planning process … …’   Source: Brett Duncan, via World of Direct Selling Strategic planning


Quote for the month:

“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal”    Anon.



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Cosmetics (& Household cleaning products):

NICNAS Public Consultation Forecast The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) regulates the use of all chemicals within Australia, as well as helps protect the Australian people and…


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