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GreenChoice has collaborated with Walmart, Walgreens, and Target to launch a platform

Natural Grocers has raised more than $800,000 in its efforts to fight food insecurity

US: Greenchoice launches online platform to optimize sustainable shopping
American online marketplace GreenChoice has collaborated with retail chains Walmart, Walgreens, and Target to launch a platform that enables shoppers to sort through several items and offsets the carbon footprint of their purchases. Using the platform, shoppers can browse through items using filters, view their climate and health ratings, find the appropriate product to purchase, and offset its associated emissions.

US: Natural Grocers raised more than $800,000 over the past year for food banks in its communities
In honor of National Food Bank Day, Natural Grocers, the nation's largest family-operated natural and organic grocery retailer, announced that its food bank donation efforts from August 2020 through July 2021 has raised more than $800,000 in its efforts to fight food insecurity. The donation translates to more than 3.2mln meals for people in need.

UK: Bidding war for supermarket giant Morrisons set to be decided in dramatic auction showdown 'within weeks'
The Takeover Panel is expected to begin talks with the 2 bidders and the Morrisons board as soon as this week. The panel hopes to get a consensus between the board and the private equity bidders - Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Fortress - over the format of the auction. The bidding war became public in June and the CD&R bid of 285p per share, posted at the end of last month, will now push the process into its 4th month. Fortress and CD&R could continue to bid in the run-up to the auction date, and the bid elected by the board could still go to a shareholder vote in early October.

UK: Deliveroo teams up with Very Hungry Caterpillar with meal for World Literacy Day
This World Literacy Day, Deliveroo has teamed up with The Very Hungry Caterpillar to launch a limited edition Very Hungry Caterpillar Meal Box, including a copy of the beloved children’s favourite to get kids reading. On September 8 for 1 day only parents can order a feast fit for a caterpillar which includes: The Very Hungry Caterpillar cake with vanilla sponge, edible eyes, nose and legs, a Fruit Salad Smoothie made with all of the Caterpillar’s favourite fruits; strawberries, apples, pears, oranges, watermelons and plums, leaf crisps made with delicious crunchy kale, plus ‘build your own’ The Very Hungry Caterpillar sandwiches filled with beetroot bread, Emmental cheese and sausage - just some of foods the Caterpillar munches on as he hunts along branches and leaves for more.

Italy: Conad launches new store format in Milan
Italian grocery retail market leader Conad has rolled out its new store format - Urban - in the Piazza Loreto area of Milan. Taking the place of a Conad City store, the Spesa Facile outlet sits on 300 sq. m space, and features several novelties, targeted at the medium-high end of the market. The delicatessen counter with sliced cold cuts has been replaced with a large self-service offer, while a bulk offer has been added to the packaged fruit and vegetables section. Speaking to Gdoweek, the head of the Conad City channel of Cia-Conad, Gianluca Abriani, explained that the intention is to “win new customers among those interested in quick shopping”.

SPAR stores in Mozambique expand e-commerce capabilities, offer home delivery
Several SPAR stores in Mozambique have expanded their services to now offer e-commerce. In cities, businesses and residents alike can use these new e-commerce capabilities to have groceries delivered to their doorstep. In rural locations, online retailing with home delivery is particularly popular with households. Due to the ongoing pandemic, instore retail trading hours are shorter than usual, making online retailing more attractive.

South Africa: Shoprite chalks up 20% annual profit rise
South Africa's largest grocery retailer Shoprite Holdings reported a 20.3% rise in annual earnings and said it hopes to conclude the sale of assets in Madagascar and Uganda during the 2022 financial year.

UK: Tesco calls for urgent reform to help create 8,000 new apprenticeships
A new Tesco report reveals that reform to the Apprenticeship Levy could lead to an additional 8,000 new apprenticeships across the retail sector every year, with 500 at Tesco alone. The challenges of the pandemic have affected every person, every business and every community across the UK. As the UK lays the foundations for economic recovery, Tesco recognises the important role it needs to play.

UK: Collectiv Food uses what3words
Food wholesaler Collectiv Food has announced it is using the location-addressing platform what3words to give exact delivery locations to its delivery partners. The firm works with delivery companies Apex, DHL and AnyVan who take goods from its warehouses and Points of Distribution (PoDs) to the exact, 3mx3m what3words squares requested by its clients.

E. Leclerc boss issues warning about French consumers' purchasing power
Rising rents, transport and utilities costs, coupled with food price inflation, are starting to erode the purchasing power of French consumers, Michel-Édouard Leclerc, the chief executive of supermarket group E. Leclerc, has warned. In a post on his blog, the CEO referenced a recent report by France Stratégie, which measured the drop-off in the purchasing power perceived by French consumers, and the actual purchasing power, as measured by INSEE.

Holland: Ahold Delhaize announces changes to management
Ahold Delhaize has announced a management change at its e-commerce arm, with the appointment of Margaret Versteden - van Duijn as brand president at the business, commencing 1 November. She replaces Huub Vermeulen in the role, who has announced his retirement from the business, after more than 20 years of service

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