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French Casino Q3 sales rise

UK's 'Big Four' see declines in market share

South Africa's Pick n Pay reports 25% profit fallSouth African supermarket operator Pick n Pay on Tuesday reported a 25% fall in half-year earnings as a weak economy and staff cuts weighed on profit. Headline earnings per share fell to 61.88 cents for the six months to August 31 from 82.43 cents a year.....

Ahold Delhaize CEO focused on integration amid talk of Kroger deal

Loblaw lays off 500 office workers

Walmart pulls back on store openingsWalmart plans on opening fewer that 15 Supercenters and fewer than 10 Neighborhood Markets next year. This will be its lowest pace of new store openings for over 15 years, and extends the slowdown we have seen in new space development at the retailer over recent years. As.....

Lidl to create 500 jobs in UK expansion

Ex-CEO of Asda calls for ban on plastic packaging

Carrefour teams up with Barilla to fight food waste in ItalyCarrefour Italia has partnered with Italian pasta and sauces producer Barilla to reduce food waste in the country. The two companies have said that they are working together to educate their customers, encouraging them to use leftover vegetables with.....

Costco is 58% cheaper than Whole Foods, JPMorgan finds

Kroger wants to expand local and natural brands

US: Costco is 58% cheaper than Whole Foods, JPMorgan findsJPMorgan's latest price checks point out that Whole Foods' value proposition still contrasts that of Costco. Prices at Costco, on a per-unit basis, are 58 percent cheaper than those at Whole Foods, the firm found. Costco was the least expensive option.....

Walmart to open more hypermarkets

Booths groceries on Amazon Fresh

Italian Carrefour launches a "Quality Line" Carrefour Italia announced the launch of “Quality Line”, a new brand featuring the products of 4,700 Carrefour suppliers operating according to the principles of sustainability. The products in Carrefour Italia’s Quality Line are made to the highest standards by.....

Study: Amazon’s grocery sales rising steadily

Walmart to open more hypermarkets in China

US: FMI calls for tax relief to aid grocersThe Food Marketing Institute has called for lower taxes on grocery stores, according to a press release. Currently, the industry pays $153 billion in taxes each year, or $32,000 for each employee. Slim profit margins make it difficult for retailers to stay profitable.....

Italian Crai opens new fruit and veg platform

Seven & i H1 profit up, driven by strong 7-Eleven sales

Middle East’s LuLu eyes investments in PhilippinesLuLu, is looking to invest in the Philippines, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Charito Plaza said. Plaza told reporters that the LuLu Group visited PEZA last week to look at investment opportunities in the country. As it plans to.....

Southeastern Grocers expands in Florida

Kroger says it wants to sell convenience stores

Metro invests $400-million in distribution networkMetro announced today a projected $400-million investment over 6 years in its Ontario distribution network. The company will modernize its operations in Toronto between 2018 and 2023 by building a new fresh distribution facility and a new frozen distribution.....

China: New retail challenges for cold chain logistics

The retail sector changes very quickly. Every day, there are more small orders, frequency increases, channelcharacteristics change, product quality and consumption scenarios have changed too. The retail sector adjusts itself according to young customers needs and it is a huge challenge for logistics. That is.....

Germany: HelloFresh aims for IPO

France delays retail price increases

German EDEKA completes the conversion of TengelmannEDEKA Südbayern has successfully completed the integration of the Tengelmann supermarkets. This week, the two last Tengelmann supermarkets were converted, of the more than 170 locations in the southern Bavaria region, to the EDEKA brand. The takeover of the.....

Alibaba launches $15bn overseas R&D drive

Walmart doubles down on grocery to fight Amazon

Alibaba launches $15bn overseas R&D driveChina’s top e-commerce firm, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [BABA.N], is launching a $15bn (£13.43bn) drive to build overseas research hubs as the deep-pocketed firm looks to compete with global leaders in e-commerce, logistics and cloud technology. The Alibaba ‘Damo’.....

Aldi to build 75 mln pound UK distribution centre

Alibaba and New Hua Du supermarkets form JV

NZ: New World introduces healthy snacks to checkouts Waikanae New World is trialling fruit and healthy snacks at all their checkouts in a bid to give customers healthy choices as they add a little treat to their trollies while paying for their groceries. Foodstuffs external relations manager Catherine Reiss.....

Alibaba & New Hua Du supermarkets forming JV

Fresher produce at 70 Food Lion stores

NZ: New World introduces healthy snacks to checkouts Waikanae New World is trialling fruit and healthy snacks at all their checkouts in a bid to give customers healthy choices as they add a little treat to their trollies while paying for their groceries. Foodstuffs external relations manager Catherine Reiss.....

UK: Gousto launches new Alexa skill as the business grows

Hofer named cheapest supermarket in Austria

Profi opens eight new stores in RomaniaRomanian supermarket chain Profi has continued to expand its network by opening eight new stores across the country in the past week. With 631 stores in 343 locations across Romania, Profi is the leading grocery retailer in the country in terms of geographical coverage......

Online grocery startup Farmstead uses AI for precision sourcing

Costco launches new grocery delivery service

US: Meijer reducing its IT payroll by 400 employeesMeijer is making major cuts in its information technology department, laying off or transferring hundreds of employees. Former employees told 24 Hour News 8 that 400 IT department workers are no longer employed by Meijer. They say 250 contract workers were.....

Waitrose appoints new head of fresh buying

German grocer Kaufland buys site in Australia

German grocer Kaufland buys site in AustraliaAustralia's fiercely competitive grocery sector is set for another shakeup after German giant Kaufland purchased a landmark South Australian site for its first major supermarket in this market. Kaufland, part of the world's fourth-largest grocery conglomerate, has.....

US grocery ecommerce offers $20bn growth opportunity

Real Canadian Superstore gets fresh produce in new ad campaign

US: Costco's quarterly comp sales beat estimatesCostco Wholesale Corp reported higher-than-expected quarterly comp sales on Thursday. Sales at established stores open at least a year rose 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter, excluding the impact of changes in gasoline prices and foreign exchange, the company.....

Choppies plans new stores across Africa

French Auchan to launch new formula

Tesco CEO: Ex-Sainsbury boss is wrong on Brexit Ex-Sainsbury's CEO Justin King said Brexit will lead to "higher prices, less choice, and poorer quality" at supermarkets. Tesco CEO Dave Lewis says EU exit won't affect choice or quality but says prices are being squeezed. Lewis said that a no deal scenario, if.....

Analysts question Ahold Delhaize’s bid for Kroger

Sprouts to grow footprint with Mid-Atlantic expansion

Walmart tests in-fridge deliveryWalmart has partnered with smart lock startup August Home to facilitate in-fridge deliveries in Silicon Valley test homes, according to reports. Delivery drivers are given a one-time passcode, which allows them to access the home (assuming the driver rings the doorbell once and.....

FairPrice to offer 2% discount on fruit & vegetables on Wednesdays

Amazon wants to buy French supermarket | Tesco H1 sales up

Alibaba launches Tmall in RussiaChinese ecommerce giant Alibaba will launch its online b2c marketplace Tmall in Russia, sources say. Currently, the service is in test mode, but it should become fully operational somewhere next month. It will be launched within the AliExpress platform. (esmmagazine.com) ICA.....

Lidl's American conquest sluggish

Whole Foods price cuts hit hardest at Trader Joe's & Sprouts - report

Lidl's American conquest sluggishLidl’s first American stores’ performance was “frighteningly weak”, German and American media report. The board will take measures and The German company has strengthened its grip on its overseas operations. The discounter is not satisfied with how its expansion plan is being.....

Thanksgiving 2017:

Organic apple farmers optimistic despite harvest failure

Local apple farmers are dealing with a harvest failure of up to 70% compared to last year. This is caused by the the same weather conditions that damaged the trees in 2017.However, the organic farmers are not too worried. They rely on their long-standing relationships with the natural food retail trade and are.....

Shell and 7-Eleven chain end partnership

Walmart India starts cash and carry in Mumbai

Delhaize sees 10% increase in sales of vegetarian productsBelgian retailer Delhaize has extended its range of vegetarian products in order to meet the increasing consumer demand. Indeed, the retailer says that it has seen a 10% increase in category sales in 2017, and so has launched eleven new products since.....

Metro's $4.5-bln takeover of Jean Coutu creates mega-firm

Hannaford to reward private-brand purchases

Whole Foods CEO: Amazon saved us from the 'whole paycheck' trapBefore Amazon bought Whole Foods for $13.7bln, the upscale grocery chain had a nickname: "Whole paycheck." The name referred to the company's tendency to sell more high-end, niche items than traditional grocers — Whole Foods has carried things like.....

Whole Foods private label brand gets boost from Amazon.com

Walmart's Jet.com starts own grocery line

Russian Lenta opens first three supermarkets in YekaterinburgRussian retailer Lenta has opened its first three supermarkets in Yekaterinburg, in the Urals region of the country. The three stores are located in different districts of the city, and all feature a product range of around 5,000 to 6,500 SKUs,.....

Exports from New Zealand to China increased by 19%

On September 26, Statistics New Zealand published figures for the year ending in September. In August, New Zealand's exports to China reached 10.8 billion New Zealand dollars (US $ 0.72). Compared with last year's August figures, the export volume increased by 19%. The Chinese market demand for Golden kiwis.....

Carrefour: End of the remodeling process for BILLA stores in Romania

AU: Foodland and Aldi beat Woolies and Coles

Foodland and Aldi beat Woolies and Coles in AU supermarket customer satisfaction ranksWoolworths and Coles may dominate the local supermarket space, however when it comes to customer satisfaction Foodland and Aldi win out, according to a new report from Roy Morgan Research. Among the big five supermarkets,.....

US: Loblaw exploring partnership with Instacart

Foodland and Aldi beat Woolies and Coles in AU supermarket customer satisfaction ranksWoolworths and Coles may dominate the local supermarket space, however when it comes to customer satisfaction Foodland and Aldi win out, according to a new report from Roy Morgan Research. Among the big five supermarkets,.....

K Group on track to reduce food waste by 10%

Franprix launches 'Noé' organic store concept in Paris

K Group on track to reduce food waste by 10%Finnish retailer K Group has said that its efforts to reduce food waste in its stores are proving effective, and waste is currently decreasing by 1-2% each year. This is part of the retailer's target, which was set in 2013, to reduce food waste from its K-Food stores.....

ALDI US wins 'Best of the Best'

Whole Foods, Walmart & others embrace online grocery shopping

K Group on track to reduce food waste by 10%Finnish retailer K Group has said that its efforts to reduce food waste in its stores are proving effective, and waste is currently decreasing by 1-2% each year. This is part of the retailer's target, which was set in 2013, to reduce food waste from its K-Food stores.....

More growth for the frozen food market

Frozen food products are more popular

The frozen food market continues to grow: according to a prediction from the German Frozen food market institute (dti), the sales of frozen food products will once again increase by 2 percent. Fresh, healthy and quick are the key words - that is and will continue to be what private households and professional.....

Aldi named UK's 'Favourite Supermarket'

SuperValu remains largest grocery retailer

Carrefour Belgium opens 15 new pick-up points for online ordersOn September 29, Carrefour will open three new pick-up points for drive.be. This will bring the total number of new pick-up points opened this month up to 15. With these 15 openings, customers now have 152 points from which they can pick up orders.....

"Michel Pure Taste"

Pure fruit juice delight from cold-pressed fresh juices

Michel, a fruit juice brand that is well known in Switzerland, launches "Michel Pure Taste", a new line of products with, for the first time, cold-pressed fresh juice. Cold-pressed from fresh fruits and made long-life by a gentle high pressure process, these juices are as fresh as home-made juices and offer.....

Customer monitoring: Edeks is Germany's favourite supermarket

The customers have spoken: EDEKA is the supermarket with the highest customer satisfaction rate and has further distinguished itself from comparable competitors. The EDEKA centres are also on top in the category of self service department stores. That is the result of the now published studies "Customer.....

Opportunities for offline retailers have arrived in China

Aldi reports record sales but profits drop amid price war

M&S launches trials for online grocery deliveryMarks & Spencer has started trials for an online grocery service to find out "what works for [its] customers", amid mounting concern among supermarkets about how Amazon may shake up the market. M&S said it would be running two "small trials" for the.....

Analyst predicts Costco will soon build stores in China

Retailers are already feeling the Lidl effect

Meijer now offers 'misfit produce' at a discount price"Meijer offers more than 600 types of produce, so the Misfits program has been an incredible extension to our overall selection," said Peter Vail, Vice President of Produce, Deli and Bakery for Meijer. "There is an inner beauty of this perfectly-imperfect.....