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Healthy Food Guide says November magazine will be its last local print edition

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The owners of Healthy Food Guide magazine say the November edition will be its last print run.

After that, the magazine will be online only.

The magazine has been printed for 15 years and provides consumer-focussed information on healthy food with a focus on nutrition as the basis of good health.

Founding editor and later editor-at-large Niki Bezzant said she felt really sad about it.

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“It was my baby for a long time.”

Bezzant said the magazine had fared better than others in the market, holding its position for a relatively long time. However, over the last couple of years, the decline of print media had caught up with the magazine, she said, which had seen readers migrate online and become less willing to pay for content. 

She said it was still the top-selling food magazine, with a current readership of around 290,000.

Niki Bezzant is a chef and editor-at-large of the Healthy Food Guide.

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Niki Bezzant is a chef and editor-at-large of the Healthy Food Guide.

In a statement posted on the website, Healthy Life Media managing director Phil Ryan said its audience had increasingly moved online and the print format was becoming unsustainable.

Ryan said it would continue to invest in its website to serve that digital audience with “evidence-based, expert advice on healthy editing and improving lifestyle”.

“For those who prefer the print version of the magazine, we are expecting the Australian edition of the magazine will be in shops from late November,” he said.

The Healthy Food Guide's November issue will be its last.

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The Healthy Food Guide’s November issue will be its last.

Bezzant said the Healthy Food Guide had been the bastion of independent and locally produced food and nutrition content.

“I think it’s a bit of a shame for evidence-based nutrition messages. We’ve had this great mainstream magazine totally based on that and that’s going to be gone from print.”

Food writer and blogger Catherine Milford said in a Facebook post that she was “immensely saddened” by the news and lamented the decline of the print format.

“Huge congratulations to the whole team there, especially Niki Bezzant – food and nutrition writer who has put her heart and soul into the magazine. With Healthy Food Guide you could always be 100 per cent sure that you were getting great food and advice that had been scientifically and thoroughly checked. No pop science, no make-believe,” she said.

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