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Everli announced plans to expand into Germany and Romania in early 2022

Continente: Certification for fruit and vegetable supply chain

Grocery sales fall in UK, with shoppers making fewer trips due to fuel concerns
The recent fuel supply crisis at British forecourts led to shoppers making fewer trips to the supermarket last month, Kantar has said, with take-home grocery sales dropping by 1.2% in the 12 weeks to 3 October. Despite the dip, sales are still 8.1% higher than they were before COVID-19, Kantar added.

Portugal: Continente announces certification for fruit & veg chain
Portuguese retailer Continente has announced that its fruit and vegetable supply chain has acquired GLOBALG.A.P. certification. The supermarket and hypermarket chain, owned by retailer Sonae MC, obtained the GGN seal, a 13-digit code that validates the certification of its supply chain for fruit and vegetables.

Everli announces plans to expand into Germany and Romania
Everli, Europe's leading marketplace for online grocery shopping, announced plans to expand into Germany and Romania in early 2022. The announcement follows the company's recent Series C $100m investment round and a period of rapid growth for the company which is now operating in over 80 cities across Italy, Poland, Czech Republic and France.

Discounter Mere calls off plan to open new stores in Belgium this year
Russian discounter Mere will not open new stores in Belgium this year, a report in the publication said, citing a source close to the supermarket. In July May of this year, the discounter announced plans to open 10 new outlets in Belgium this year.

Italy: Codè Crai Ovest invests €30mln in opening 30 new stores
Italian cooperative and supermarket chain Codè Crai Ovest has announced plans to invest €30mln in opening 30 new stores by early 2022. The retailer ended 2020 with a 25% increase in turnover, to over €340mln, and is forecasting an additional 15% growth this year, according to the Ansa news agency.

China tech stocks surge despite $534mln antitrust fine slapped on food delivery giant Meituan
China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) hit food delivery giant Meituan with a 3.44bln yuan ($534.3mln) fine for abusing its dominant position. Analysts said the fine has removed an “overhang” over Meituan and the company’s shares closed more than 8% higher in Hong Kong. Other Hong Kong-listed Chinese giants rose in early trade. Tencent closed 2.9% higher while Alibaba jumped nearly 8%.

Belgium: Colruyt Group opens Fine Food Salads production site in Halle
Colruyt Group Fine Food has opened a new, future-oriented sustainable site in Halle for the production and packaging of salad spreads. The new 4,200 square-metre site will enable Fine Food to respond better to the evolving needs of consumers and make the packaging of its salad spreads more sustainable.

UK: Iceland trials new packaging in bid to reduce plastics
The frozen food supermarket chain Iceland has announced the launch of 9 new product lines that it says are plastic-free or have a heavily reduced plastic content, reportedly resulting in a reduction in plastic of 36.6 tonnes. Some of the new packaging solutions include cartons for frozen vegetables and herbs sold in Iceland stores, such as garlic, coriander, ginger and chilli.

UK: M&S commits to sustainable agriculture through 5-year programme
M&S has committed to sustainable agriculture through a new 5-year collaborative programme designed to help its Select Farmers gain resilience to the biggest environmental challenges they face. The ‘Farming with Nature’ programme will provide farmers with industry-relevant, specialist support in the areas of climate change, biodiversity, soil health and water usage to help them to become more sustainable and deliver measurable improvements to their businesses.

China: Dada Group and accelerate omni-channel operation with launch of "Shop Now"
Dada Group, China's leading local on-demand delivery and retail platform, and announced that they jointly launched "Shop Now", the JD Xiaoshigou, a jointly built new business dedicated for JD's on-demand consumer retail section. Shop Now delivers on the model of "order online, delivery from store, within one hour" and will accelerate Dada Group's and JD's omni-channel operation in the on-demand retail space.

Sweden: ICA sees lfl sales up 0.6% in September
Swedish retailer ICA Gruppen has reported a 0.6% year-on-year sales growth in like-for-like stores in September 2021. Total sales for the period amounted to SEK10.3bln (€1.02bln) excluding VAT, which represents a 0.9% growth in sales, the company noted.

US: Save A Lot taps ex-Supervalu chief Craig Herkert as interim CEO
Discount grocer Save A Lot has quietly appointed Craig Herkert as interim chief executive officer with the departure of CEO Kenneth McGrath. Save A Lot disclosed Herkert’s appointment in reporting the sale of 17 metropolitan Philadelphia stores to independent grocer and current Save A Lot operator Leevers Supermarkets Inc., a previously unannounced deal.

Mexico: Jüsto and Rappi team up to leverage each other’s growth
Delivery platform Rappi has partnered with Jüsto, the digital supermarket, to offer the best supermarket offer to users in Mexico. This partnership will make it easier for Rappi users in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puebla, and Querétaro to order Jüsto products in the Supermarket or Express section of the Rappi app.

US: Walmart teams with Netflix for online shopping hub
Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, and Netflix, the world’s largest entertainment streaming service, have teamed up to launch Netflix Hub, an online shopping destination for Netflix merchandise in the United States.

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