Are Media rebrands food mag to ‘Cooking with The Australian Women’s Weekly’

Are Media has rebranded ‘The Australian Women’s Weekly Food’ magazine to ‘Cooking with The Australian Women’s Weekly’, to appeal to a broader audience of food and cooking enthusiasts.

Published 11 times a year, the September issue of ‘Cooking with The Australian Women’s Weekly’, on sale from 30 August, features the new masthead, along with a refreshed cover and content design and follows extensive research and testing with Are Media’s ‘Insiders Community’ group of food and cooking enthusiasts.

The design will be managed by ‘The Weekly’s’ art team to ensure consistency with its parent brand, while still retaining the same content.

Nicole Byers, editor-in-chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly, said: “A key driver for the change was to set it apart from other brands in the market and provide a fresh approach for passionate food and cooking fans.”

“The Cooking with The Australian Women’s Weekly name also brings it closer to The Weekly’s primary brand and our other key properties, ‘Easter with The Australian Women’s Weekly’ and ‘Christmas with The Australian Women’s Weekly’, and enables Are to build out additional opportunities for ‘… with The Australian Women’s Weekly’.

Online and social platforms will remain branded ‘Women’s Weekly Food’ and continue to be the digital home for all ‘The Weekly’s’ cooking brands, from the magazines to the cookbooks.

The rebrand comes as Are Media reveals the latest exclusive insights and research on food with the launch of Trendtalks: Food, a virtual expert panel discussion showcasing the emerging food trends marketers need to understand.

Hosted by former Masterchef finalist and deputy editor of Gourmet Traveller, Karlie Verkerk, Trendtalks: Food featured Denise Hamblin, head of sensory at Kantar, discussing how food choices are being driven as Australians transition from a period of safety, security and conformity, to one of being empowered.

“When those changes in social values collide with the inability to travel and explore, what we do is start to explore different cuisines and cultures within the home. You can see that at a meal time… breaking the rules in terms of flavours and cuisine combinations and often we’re seeing this come through in different types of heat and spice, more complex textures and challenging textures, as well as more complex flavours,” Hamblin said.

Fran Abdallaoui, editor of Cooking with The Australian Women’s Weekly and food director of The Weekly said Are Media’s ‘Food Language’ research showed Australians were also shifting to more conscious eating.

“More than 80% of people preferred buying Australian wherever possible and two-thirds of those planned to keep buying Australian made after the pandemic is over,” she said. “When it comes to sustainability and eating, we found that over 70% are more carefully planning their families’ food requirements now to avoid wasting food,” Abdallaoui said.

Are Media’s cross-platform food network reaches a reported 4.5 million plus women each month through brands including Gourmet Traveller, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Cooking with The Australian Women’s Weekly, Better Homes and Gardens, New Idea Food, Now to Love and Homes to Love.


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