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Co-op to support British horticulture | M&S sales & profit fall

AU Amazon may launch grocery sooner than expected

UAE supermarket to boost fruit export from Sri LankaUAE-based retail giant Lulu group has announced plans to build a shopping mall and hypermarket in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital city. Yusuffali MA said: “it is our ongoing strategy to set up our own sourcing and food processing units around the world to.....

Amazon gives away 1.7M bananas | Costco debuts in Iceland

Target CEO: Border adjustment tax would hurt my customers

Costco opens its doors in Iceland US member-based warehouse wholesale giant Costco opens up in Iceland today brining a stir of change into the Icelandic retail market. The opening of Costco in Reykjavik suburb today has been in the pipes for the last three years. According to one of the store managers it’s the.....

JC.com tests heavy-duty drones for farm produce

Fruit German Amazon much cheaper | Co-op to sell 'fair bananas'

UK: Extra large avocado most popular at Waitrose 1British supermarket chain Waitrose is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its premium private label range, Waitrose 1. The range was originally launched with over 500 products, but now features over 700 as seasonal products were added throughout the year......

Michigan Walmart to remodel stores; focus on fresh and organic

JD.com tests heavy-duty drones for farm produce

JD.com tests heavy-duty drones for farm produceChinese online retailer JD.com plans to develop heavy-duty drones capable of carrying a tonne or more for long-distance deliveries. It says it will test the drones on a network it is developing in the northern Chinese province of Shaanxi. The drones will take farm.....

Lidl says it buys more Spanish agricultural products than Mercadona and Dia

The German retail chain Lidl has declared itself more patriotic (in terms of purchases) than the Spanish Mercadona and DIA. It says it has become the main buyer of Spanish vegetables, even though it ranks fourth in sales volume in Spain, behind Mercadona, Carrefour and DIA.Lidl says that the increase in.....

Tesco faces yet more legal action | Croatia grocer threatens a crisis

Amazon sets sights on grocery in EU with checkout-free trademark

Porgugal: Sonae concludes acquisitions of Brio and Go NaturalPorgugal's Sonae MC has announced that it has completed the deal to acquire 100% of Brio’s capital and 51% stake in the company that owns Go Natural. The Portuguese retail and telecommunications conglomerate said that both deals are in line with its.....

US: Instacart continues rapid pace of expansion

Amazon sets sights on grocery in EU with checkout-free trademark

ShopRite’s free fruit program expands in New JerseyThere are now 40 ShopRite stores that are a part of this program. The expansion includes some New Jersey ShopRites: ShopRite of Marlton, ShopRite of Union Mill Road, ShopRite of Evesham Road, ShopRite of Mt. Laurel and ShopRite of Garden State Pavilion......

Wal-Mart's food sales soar | M&S named UK grocer of the year

Alibaba sees 65% profit jump | Asda slows rate of sales decline

Dia facing litigations in Spain, Brazil and PortugalThe supermarket group Dia is facing 32 litigations filed by franchisees and ex-franchisees, ten of them in Spain, twenty in Brazil and two in Portugal. This has been reported by the company at the end of the shareholders meeting held this week, in which its.....

Meijer enters new territory | Unified posts $7.9M loss

Wal-Mart's grocery sales soar; online sales up 69%

Chinese Alibaba posts 65% operating profit jumpChinese Alibaba, which is exploring online grocery, said its income from operations surged 65% on the year to 48 billion yuan ($6.97 billion) for the fiscal year ended March, as the increase in domestic users of its e-commerce services slowed, but customers bought.....

Lidl also announces opening of 100 stores in US next year

Lidl CEO says prices up to 50% lower than US rivals; announces date of debut

Tesco-target Booker sees profit rise 15 percentBooker, the British wholesaler that has agreed a $4.8 billion (3.7 billion pounds) takeover by Tesco, said it still expected the deal to complete by early 2018 at the latest as it reported a 15 percent rise in annual profit. Total sales for the year, announced in.....

Tesco's free fruit scheme boosts fruit consumption

EU grocer predicts high veg intake in 2040 | Spar grows fastest in decade

Market share of Aldi grows in AU - ResearchThe latest Supermarket Currency report from Roy Morgan Research shows Australia’s grocery buyers spent $90.3bn at supermarkets during the 12 months to March 2017. Of that, $32.2bn was spent at Woolworths (35.7% of the market, down from 36.3% in the year to September.....

European grocer predict higher vegetable consumption in 2040

Albertsons is the fastest-growing retailer in US

Market share of Aldi grows in AU - ResearchThe latest Supermarket Currency report from Roy Morgan Research shows Australia’s grocery buyers spent $90.3bn at supermarkets during the 12 months to March 2017. Of that, $32.2bn was spent at Woolworths (35.7% of the market, down from 36.3% in the year to September.....

Italy: police take over Lidl offices | Carrefour organic starts in Spain

Sainsbury's to get 'banana rescue stations'

Italy: police take over four Lidl offices in mafia swoopPolice in the Italian regions of Lombardy and Sicily arrested 15 people and put four management offices of supermarket chain Lidl under state control on Monday as part of a swoop on a mafia gang. Four of the German company's offices, which manage around.....

Whole Foods teams up with Salted meal kits | Sales independent grocers down

Lidl confirms plans for Ohio | Aldi invests $180m in Chicago

US: Jewel makes $100M offer for 19 Strack & Van Til storesAlbertsons Cos. Jewel Food chain has been revealed as the mystery bidder for 19 Strack & Van Til stores, parent Central Grocers said in a filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Central said Jewel’s offer, for $70m plus $30m for inventory, is to be the.....

Brexit affects prices, just not at Tesco | Chinese like buying fruit online

Aldi extends fresh produce range in AUS

Morrisons named worst high street storeMorrisons has been named the worst shop on the British high street in a poll of more than 10,000 British shoppers. Consumer group Which? asked people to rate stores based on overall satisfaction and the likelihood of them recommending them to a friend. Morrisons ranked at.....

Chinese like buying fruit online | AU Aldi adds more fresh produce

Weis’ sales surge despite challenges

AU Aldi to add more fresh produce, keeping prices lowAldi, is extending the product range in its supermarkets and putting in more fresh food in an effort to gain a bigger share from rivals Woolworths and Coles. Aldi Australia CEO Tom Daunt last week gave me a tour of his new store design – around 50 stores.....

Asda launches fruit-to-go items | Aldi CEO aims to beat Walmart

Aldi UK plans one store for every 25.000 people

FamilyMart Southeast Asian chains under reviewFamilyMart Southeast Asian operations in Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia are under review after mounting losses. “If we can get them to rally we will, but we cannot continue to pour in resources,” president Koji Takayanagi told Reuters in an interview......

Marsh files for Chapter 11 | Albertsons’ Q4 comp declines accelerate

Aldi US plans to widen price gap with Walmart

German grocer Lidl is quietly buying up land in North TexasGerman grocer Lidl has started seeking approvals from local cities for new stores and has purchased land in North Texas as it prepares for its U.S. expansion. A search of area county records found a half dozen locations where Lidl has either purchased.....

Spanish Dia sees 4.1% sales increase | Bigbasket supports tomato farms

Lidl Express and click & collect cancelled

India: Bigbasket helps tomato farmers Bigbasket, India’s largest online supermarket, has shown its support to tomato farmers, who have been affected by the fall in prices in Karnataka, by procuring them at Rs 7 per kg to cover their cost of cultivation and provide them a subsistence income. The market price is.....

Sweeping changes at Whole Foods

Walmart's Jet.com to sell fresh in physical store

New grocery delivery company arrives, but vows not to compete with Amazon or InstacartSame-day delivery company Deliv announced a new grocery service called Deliv Fresh that’s partnering with specialty retailers such as Eataly Chicago and Plum Market, as well as meal kit companies and other perishable food.....

Study: How retailers can boost fruit sales

Ahold Delhaize Q1 beats expectations

ICA Gruppen sales of organic food growsICA Gruppen has reported continued growth in sales of eco-labelled, organic & and ethically labelled range products. Sales in these categories from ICA's central assortment grew 8% over the past 12 months. (esmmagazine.com)Ahold Delhaize cuts costs to beat.....

All Marsh Supermarkets stores to close if no buyer is found

Ahold Delhaize Q1 beats expectations

Ahold Delhaize cuts costs to beat first-quarter expectationsRetail group Ahold Delhaize reported on Wednesday a higher-than-expected operating profit in the first quarter, aided by cost savings that offset weaker sales in the United States. It reported a first-quarter operating profit, adjusted for one-off.....

Lidl to partner with local suppliers in Greece | Irish grocery sales increase

JD.com surprises as it makes profit for the first time

Sweden’s ICA sees net sales up marginally in Q1Swedish retailer ICA Gruppen has seen its consolidated net sales rise 0.9% to SEK 24.98bn (€2.59bn) for the first quarter of the year. Profit for the period was up considerably to SEK 1.13bn (Q1 2016: SEK 735m), however this was boosted by capital gains on sales.....

Groceries to be delivered to hotel rooms | Coming soon: Grocery delivery 2.0

Sprouts' sales keep growing | Southeastern Grocers to shut stores

US: Groceries to be delivered to hotel roomsHawthorn Suites by Wyndham now offers its guests easy access to the ingredients they need to feel at home on the road with its newly-launched grocery delivery service. Through new partnerships with Peapod and Instacart, Wyndham Hotel Group now brings groceries.....

Auchan launches health and wellbeing campaign internationally

Intense competition keeps UK grocery prices down

China: Dairy Farm profits marginal in Q1For the first quarter, Dairy Farm has reported increases in sales and operating profits for various divisions. However, this was offset by weak sales in their Food Division, particularly in the Southeast Asia markets. Sales were also lower than expected during Chinese.....

Target aims to grow in NYC | 7-Eleven US expansion halted

Kroger drops prices as it introduces meal kits

US: Publix, Wegmans continues to be US' favorite grocersMarket Force Information’s study on America’s favorite grocery retailers found Publix and Wegmans are the most popular. The survey tallied votes from more than 12,700 shoppers with both retailers scoring 77%. Trader Joe’s came in a close second to the two.....

AmazonFresh launches online supermarket in Berlin

Carrefour to grow their own produce

Denmark: Kiwi supermarkets to be rebranded as Meny and Spar storesDanish retailer Dagrofa earlier this week announced the closure of its Kiwi discount chain, and following that announcement, the retailer has confirmed that around 30 of these stores will be transformed into Meny and Spar outlets. The majority.....

US online grocery start-up 'neck and neck' with Amazon

Sobeys to ‘aggressively ’ cut costs

Whole Foods CEO recommends to eat non-organic potatoesSpeaking Wednesday at the Fortune Brainstorm health conference in San Diego, organic retailer Whole Foods' CEO Mackey attributed the Western obesity epidemic to a “tremendous amount of misinformation” about what constitutes a healthy diet. “Organic potato.....

Czech Tesco to sell more “ugly” fruit and veg | Morrisons' sales rise again

Middle East grocer to import Britsh fruit and veg

UK: Morrisons' sales rise for sixth straight quarterMorrisons beat forecasts as it reported a sixth consecutive quarter of underlying sales growth. The company said on Thursday that its expectations and guidance for the 2017-18 year were unchanged. Morrisons said sales at stores open over a year, excluding.....

Loblaw's enhanced fresh food offer pays off

Smart & Final posts Q1 loss | Costco's net sales grow

US: Food Lion to continue Easy Fresh and AffordableFood Lion said late Monday it would expand its ongoing Easy Fresh and Affordable initiative to 71 stores in the Richmond, Va., market. The changes under the Easy Fresh and Affordable initiative expand variety in areas like fresh food, healthy snacks and local.....

Woolworths to push fruit consumption | UK: All Big 4 see growth - Kantar

Tesco and Morrisons cut fresh produce prices

UK: Sainsbury holds profit steadyJ Sainsbury Plc showed it’s coping with a Brexit-fueled squeeze on industry profitability as it reported annual profit that met analyst estimates, Bloomberg reports. Underlying pretax profit fell 1% to £581m ($750m) in the 12 months ended March 11, the London-based company said.....

Publix suffers tough Q1 | Key Food posts flat annual comps

Instacart eyes 80% of US households by 2018

US: Key Food posts flat annual compsKey Food Stores Cooperative finished its fiscal year Saturday, posting flat comparable-store sales, and record earnings, revenues and store count, said CEO Dean Janeway. The comps came amid deflation and the effect of cycling the New York metro area disruption triggered by.....

Grocery stores devote more space to fresh food

Woolworths sales continue to grow

India: SnapBizz partners with BigbasketSnapBizz, a retail-technology firm, today announced its partnership with bigbasket, an online supermarket, to transform kirana stores into a technology enabled modern retail stores. With this partnership, SnapBizz and bigbasket will enable the kirana stores to automate.....

Grocery stores devote more space to fresh food

Food Lion to invest $110m in stores

Automation could help Amazon grocery reach breakeven sooner - reportAmazon may find automation is the key to reaching breakeven in its grocery business, according to a new report. "Automation could significantly reduce labor costs, driving massive improvements to fulfillment and delivery efficiency overnight,".....

Groceries for AmazonFresh to be delivered by Deutsche Post

Ocado & M&S explore tie-up | Danish chain shuts down

Tesco Malaysia sees more consumers going online for their groceriesMalaysians are generally still slow in embracing digital economy for their needs, particularly when it comes to groceries, but online sales are set to improve this year, in line with Malaysia’s online shopping growth. Tesco Malaysia CEO Paul.....

Groceries for AmazonFresh to be delivered by Deutsche Post

Weis sees more growth ahead | Ocado explores tie-up

Canadian discount grocers have ample room to grow: reportDiscount grocers had a small impact in most markets around the world a decade ago, but now the players, spurred by powerhouse businesses such as German discount chains Aldi and Lidl, are stealing more and more market share from conventional grocery.....