From birthday cakes to choc tops:Vending machines gather momentum around Melbourne

From birthday cakes to choc tops:Vending machines gather momentum around Melbourne

At a time of rising costs,robots are coming to the rescue,ushering in a new age of food on the run.

  • byBianca Hrovat,Tomas Telegramma andEmma Breheny

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August rate rise on RBA agenda after inflation increases

August rate rise on RBA agenda after inflation increases

Even though prices fell in May,overall inflation has lifted to a six-month high of 4 per cent. Mortgage holders face a nervous wait for the Reserve Bank’s next meeting.

  • byShane Wright
No money for jam
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No money for jam

These prices will berry us all in debt!

‘Kind of scary’:The real reason so many restaurants are closing

‘Kind of scary’:The real reason so many restaurants are closing

The predictions are devastating:one in 13 hospitality businesses could close in the next 12 months. So what’s gone wrong,and what can be done to help?

  • byDani Valent
‘Not a supermarket’:Bunnings rejects calls to be included in grocery code

‘Not a supermarket’:Bunnings rejects calls to be included in grocery code

Woolworths and Greenlife Industry Australia have formed an unlikely alliance against the hardware giant,whose managing director says the industry code of conduct is for grocery retailers.

  • byJessica Yun
Supermarket prices under pressure in new grocery code

Supermarket prices under pressure in new grocery code

Treasurer Jim Chalmers said the government would reform competition rules for supermarkets to drive down prices and address claims of market manipulation.

  • byMike Foley andJessica Yun
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Supermarket review recommends huge fines,mandatory code for Woolies and Coles

Supermarket review recommends huge fines,mandatory code for Woolies and Coles

The review,led by Craig Emerson,recommended potentially huge fines and a mandatory code of conduct to ensure farmers get fairer prices and consumers receive greater savings.

  • byJames Massola
While you are sleeping,this major suburban food market quietly powers Melbourne

While you are sleeping,this major suburban food market quietly powers Melbourne

A miniature city rises and falls each night,built on cucumbers,apples,forklifts – and bacon and egg rolls. Meet some of the people behind it.

  • byEmma Breheny
How Australia’s economy is faring – in five charts

How Australia’s economy is faring – in five charts

In the midst of a cost-of-living crisis,the national accounts give us an insight into the performance of the economy. Here are five graphs to explain it all.

  • byShane Wright andRachel Clun
Trouble brews in Australia’s craft beer industry,with ‘alarming rate’ of closures

Trouble brews in Australia’s craft beer industry,with ‘alarming rate’ of closures

More than a dozen independent breweries have been pushed to the brink of insolvency in the past 12 months.

  • byBianca Hrovat
‘Groundbreakers can’t survive any more’:Is Australia’s restaurant industry on the brink?

‘Groundbreakers can’t survive any more’:Is Australia’s restaurant industry on the brink?

For many restaurants today,just breaking even is cause for celebration. Will 2024 be remembered as a year of closures? And what can cash-strapped diners do to help?

  • byDani Valent