Distribution and wholesaling
Metcash has 3 business pillars: Metcash Food & Grocery (supplier to supermarkets and convenience stores including IGA), Australian Liquor Marketers (supplier to over 12,000 liquor retailers including Cellarbrations) and Mitre 10 (hardware). Metcash distributes primarily to independently owned stores. Acquired Home Timber & Hardware Group from Woolworths in 2016.
In Nov 2012 Metcash bought its first pub, joining Coles and Woolworths in the poker machine business for the first time. Metcash now owns 5 hotels with gaming facilities, all in Queensland, with more pub purchases expected to follow. The move has been criticised by anti-gambling campaigners such as Get Up! and senator Nick Xenophon.
[Source 2012][More on Gaming]
In 2018, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts towards removing commodity-driven deforestation and forest degradation from its direct operations and supply chains. Responding companies are scored across four key areas: disclosure; awareness; management; and leadership. This company received a CDP Forests Score of D.
[Source 2018][More on Forests]
Yellow rating in Greenpeace Canned Tuna Guide. "IGA's private labels came 7th. IGA has made big improvements to labelling and transparency in the past, but they still need to get to know their supply chain better. IGA needs to improve its sustainability and social responsibility policies. Labelling on catch method and tuna species is inconsistent across its private labels. IGA needs to improve its transparency in backing up its claims. Some IGA stores stock the worst performing brand, Greenseas, but individual store owners determine stocklines."
[Source 2017][More on Oceans]
The WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2019 assesses 173 companies on the commitments they have made, and the actions they have taken, to ensure that there is no destruction of nature including no deforestation along their supply chains; and support a responsible and sustainable palm oil industry beyond their own supply chain. This company failed to respond to WWF's requests for information.
[Source 2019][More on Palm Oil]
This 2013 report by The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) investigates the labour and human rights risks in supply chain sourcing. This company is identified on page 21 as a company which sources products from countries with known systemic labour and human rights concerns.
[Source 2013][More on Human Rights]
Involved in sale of tobacco-related products as a non-core business.
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According to the democracyforsale.net website, this company donated $197,018 to Australia's major political parties between 2012 and 2018, as disclosed to the Australian Electoral Commision (AEC).
[Source 2018][More on Politics]
This company won an award in 2014 from the Australian Packaging Covenant, for demonstrating their commitment to environmental sustainability by performing 'above and beyond' in their efforts to minimise waste. This company achieved the highest overall score in their category, Retailer.
[Source 2014][More on Packaging]
Brands owned by this company were rated 'green' in Greenpeace's 2011 Truefood Guide, signifying a clear policy on excluding GM-derived ingredients, including oils derived from GM crops, and animal products from animals fed on GM crops.
[Source 2011][More on Genetic Engineering]
This company is listed by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) as a Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation holder. The citation is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.
[Source 2019][More on Workers Rights]
In 2018, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change risk. Responding companies are scored across four key areas: disclosure; awareness; management; and leadership. This company received a CDP Climate Change Score of C.
[Source 2018][More on Climate Change]
In July 2011 Greenpeace revealed that IGA was buying its toilet paper from Indonesia's most notorious rainforest destroyer, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). Metcash terminated its contract with APP shortly afterwards.
[Source 2011][More on Habitats]
Directly involved in the manufacture, distribution or sale of alcohol as a core business. (Does not include sale of alcoholic beverages as a non-core business).
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This company received a SAM Rank of 45/100 in the Food & Staples Retailing category of the 2018 SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment. The index is based on an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, environmental reporting, climate strategy, human rights and labour practices.
[Source 2018][More on Sustainability Reporting]
|Company Structure||Public company|
|Revenue||$13.5 billion in 2014|
|# Employees||5,500 in 2014|
|Company Ranking||24 in top 2000 Australian companies|
|Subsidiaries||Franklins Supermarkets Pty Ltd
Metcash Food & Grocery Pty Ltd
Australian Liquor Marketers Pty Ltd
- Liquor Alliance Pty Ltd (67% owned)
Independent Hardware Group
- Mitre 10 Pty Ltd
- Home Timber & Hardware Group Pty Ltd
|Address||50 Waterloo Rd, Macquarie Park, NSW, 2113, Australia|
|Phone||02 9751 8200|
|Fax||02 9889 1557|
Products / BrandsMetcash Food & Grocery
Black & Gold House Brands
Community Co House Brands
Foodland (SA) Stores are independently owned Supermarkets
Foodland (SA) House Brands
IGA Stores are independently owned Supermarkets
IGA House Brands
No Frills House Brands
Purely Organic certified organic House Brands
Signature House Brands
Summer Dry Beer
Bottle-O Stores are independently owned
Cellarbrations Stores are independently owned Liquor Stores
IGA Liquor Stores are independently owned Liquor Stores
Thirsty Camel Bottleshops (67% owned)
Thirsty Camel Stores are independently owned
Independent Hardware Group
Home Timber and Hardware Stores are independently owned
Mitre 10 Stores are independently owned Hardware Stores
Thrifty-Link Hardware Stores are independently owned Hardware Stores
True Value Stores are independently owned Hardware Stores
Metcash buys more poker machines
30th Jun 2014 — Metcash has acquired another Queensland pub, the Brightwater Hotel on the Sunshine Coast, bringing their total to five, all of which contain gaming facilities including poker machines. Metcash joined Coles and Woolworths in the poker machine business for the first time when it bought its first pub in Nov 2012. The five pubs are:
* Queens Arms, Brisbane www.qahotel.com/gaming
* Envy Hotel, Broadbeach, Gold Coast www.envyhotel.com.au/index.php?page_id=22
* Mermaid Beach Tavern, Gold Coast www.mermaidbeachtavern.com.au/gaming
* Bellvista Tavern, Sunshine Coast www.bellvistatavern.com.au/gaming/stars-gaming-lounge/
* Brightwater Hotel, Sunshine Coast www.brightwaterhotel.com.au/venue/gaming
Queensland is the only state in the country where you are required to own a hotel to sell retail liquor. One hotel licence allows you to own three offsite bottleshops but they must be 10km apart. [source]
Metcash buys first pub with poker machines
3rd Dec 2012 — In Nov 2012 Metcash bought its first pub, joining Coles and Woolworths in the poker machine business for the first time. Metcash now own 50% of the Queen's Arms in Brisbane, with more pub purchases expected to follow. [source]
Metcash to buy Franklins supermarkets
1st Jul 2010 — (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]