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Keybridge bins $20m Yowie takeover

ASX listed investment firm Keybridge Capital has cancelled its proposed $20 million takeover of Yowie, citing the Perth-based confectionery company’s worsening financial results.

ALDI says it contributed $139m to WA

A report commissioned by ALDI has found the German supermarket giant contributed over $139 million to Western Australia’s economy in 2018.

Heytesbury posts $7.9m profit

Revenue at agribusiness Heytesbury Holding dropped 14 per cent to be $47.7 million in the year to December, but sales income was steady.

IGAs feel pinch as Aldi rolls in

Perth's grocery wars, amplified by giant Aldi’s market push and price cuts by Coles and Woolworths, have claimed five struggling smaller supermarkets over the past five months.

Gage Roads raises $8m for canning

Gage Roads Brewing Company has raised $8 million via a share placement, with the funds raised to go towards its new canned beer product strategy.

Liquor licence approval successfully appealed

The process for obtaining liquor licences in Perth has become less clear after the Commissioner of Police successfully challenged approvals for a new Dan Murphy’s store in Rockingham.

Lookout! Galway’s a go while Beach Bar’s a Peach

Publicans and restaurateurs have spent more than $5 million on a string of refurbishments and new developments in the flourishing precinct around Scarborough.

Order-In, Yordar make WA moves

Two online platforms are aiming to shake up business catering in WA.

Freo.Social brews festival feel

New Fremantle venue Freo.Social is drawing on the founders’ experience with music festivals and outdoor cinema.

Gage Roads to open microbrewery in Sydney

Perth-based Gage Roads Brewing Company is setting up shop in Sydney after securing a site for its first microbrewery and taproom in the inner-city suburb of Redfern.

Keybridge unwraps $20m bid for Yowie

Listed investment firm Keybridge Capital has unwrapped a $20 million takeover bid for loss-making confectionary company Yowie.

Jobs to be cut at Mrs Mac's following automation move

Mrs Mac’s is planning to cut staff numbers at its Morley packing facility as the pastry maker moves towards full automation of its manufacturing processes.

New plan approved for old synagogue

Fremantle’s idle synagogue will be transformed into a restaurant and hospitality venue after Fremantle Council’s planning committee approved the proposal last night, the latest of a string of approved plans to repurpose heritage buildings in the area.

Coles unloads pubs operation in $200m deal

Coles is offloading management of its 87 pubs, including four in Western Australia, in a $200 million deal with private equity controlled Australian Venue Co.

Evolving the offering a priority for Perth publican

With the recent acquisitions of The Breakwater and the Newport, Perth-based hospitality group Capitol Corp is continuing to diversify its offering.

Single Fin drives solid quarter for Gage Roads Brewing

Gage Roads Brewing’s Single Fin Summer Ale has propelled the Palmyra-based brewer to a quarter of solid growth, after the brew was named the nation’s fastest-growing beer brand late last year.

City of Perth scraps alfresco fees

Alfresco dining areas will now be fee-free for restaurant and cafe owners within the City of Perth.

Kelly softens tone on lobster takeover

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly has signalled he may well walk back plans to take control of about 17 per cent of an enlarged local lobster catch, saying his priorities would be an International Lobster Festival in Perth and a domestic quota.

Old school cool in new Northbridge

Graham Hardie is continuing to evolve his entertainment empire after nearly four decades in Northbridge hospitality.

New Normal for restaurant waste

A small bar in Subiaco is demonstrating the benefits to business of developing more efficient waste management practices.

New owner for Beach Bar

Scarborough Beach Bar has been thrown a lifeline, with insolvency specialist WA Insolvency Solutions selling the company to hospitality operator the ARK Group, which currently operates venues including The Generous Squire and Market Grounds.

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