Shop talk: bag yourself some deals

6th July 2020 | Eativity editors

One of the best things about agricultural shows, apart from the amazing produce and gorgeous animals on display, is the showbags. The cancellation of so many shows has meant that thousands of Aussie kids have missed out on their beloved bags of goodies. But for many in Queensland and Northern NSW, the show(bag) can go on, thanks to IGA. In other supermarket news, Coles has brought some very budget-friendly meal ideas to the table, and both Coles and Woolworths have added more purchase limits to products in Victoria.

Showbags! Treat your kids (or yourself) at Queensland and Northern NSW IGAs.

IGA brings Ekka magic to families

Despite the cancellation of the much-loved Ekka Royal Queensland Show, families in the Sunshine State will still be able to get their hands on an exciting range of iconic chocolate, confectionary and novelty Bensons showbags. The showbags will be available on the shelves of over 200 selected IGA stores throughout Queensland and Northern NSW as part of the Showbags Bonanza Sale, just in time for the school holidays.

From aspiring wizards to Pokémon traders and those with a sweet tooth, there’s a showbag for everyone. The range includes Dairy Milk, Caramello Koala, Curly Wurly, Chupa Chups, Zappo, Warhead, Harry Potter, Hot Wheels, Bluey and many more Ekka favourites. The full catalogue includes 20 themed showbags available for just $5, $10 or $30.

Showbags are available now across Queensland and Northern NSW IGA stores.

People outside these areas can still order showbags from

Coles launches new quick, easy and budget-friendly meals

Coles has given its “What’s for Dinner” meal solutions a major makeover, launching new fresh and easy recipes starting at $4 per serve, for four people.

What’s for Dinner is aimed at helping customers get dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less, using no more than five ingredients. Coles has chosen ingredients for the latest part of the campaign with an eye on value – all new recipes cost between just $4 and $9 per serve.

The meals contain a selection of fresh ingredients including Coles Australian No Added Hormones Beef Rump Steak & Beef Mince, Coles Free Range RSPCA Approved Chicken Breast Fillets, Responsibly Sourced Coles Fresh Tasmanian Salmon and lots of fresh vegies.

There are 20 recipes in the What’s for Dinner meal plans including Cheat’s Chickpea Korma Curry, 15-minute Turkey San Choy Bow, Fast Beef Tacos and Satay Chicken Stir-Fry.

More safety measures and product limits in Victoria

As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold in Victoria, Woolworths has added further precautionary measures across the state.

In addition to social distancing and safety measures already in place, Woolworths now has nurses in its hotspot stores, Victorian distribution centres and customer online fulfilment centres for its team members. Compulsory temperature checks are also taking place for all team members at these sites. 

For those in hotspot areas in Melbourne who don’t want to visit a store, Woolworths is offering thousands more weekly online orders with dozens of new trucks joining its fleet.

The chain is also putting additional product limits in place across the state. There will now be a purchase limit of two items on 18 products including frozen vegetables, loaves of bread, chilled fresh milk, pre-packed sausages and burger patties as well as tissues. This is in addition to limits that were announced on products last week.

Coles has also added more purchase limits in Victoria and Tasmania, including two-pack product limits on fresh milk, cheese, chicken and some canned vegetables.