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Empire: Financial results for the first quarter

US: Amazon Fresh opens a new California store
Just a week after its last store opening, fast-growing Amazon Fresh opened yet another high-tech supermarket, this one in East Pasadena, California, the retailer announced. The 42,000-square-foot store is the company’s 44th Amazon Fresh location. It features Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology that allows shoppers to skip the checkout line and pay using an in-store QR code in the retailer’s app.

Canada: Empire reports fiscal 2023 first quarter results
Empire Company Limited ("Empire" or the "Company") announced its financial results for the first quarter ended August 6, 2022. For the quarter, the Company recorded net earnings of $187.5mln ($0.71 per share) compared to $188.5mln ($0.70 per share) last year.

Grocerist-powered Gong’s Market gets USDA approval, becoming the first single-store grocer in California able to process SNAP EBT payments online
Grocerist, which makes e-commerce profitable for grocers with the first and only industry-specific solution built on Shopify, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the Grocerist-powered Gong’s Market, an IGA grocer, as the first single-store independent grocer in California to be able to process SNAP EBT payments online.

US: Kroger expanding use of PackIt totes in e-commerce
The Kroger Co. has expanded its collaboration with PackIt, a brand of New York-based Tenth Avenue Holdings LLC, to new storefronts and regions of the United States. “After successful pilot programs at multiple storefronts in the Midwest and western United States, the PackIt Fresh Mobile Refrigeration Solution is now being implemented at Kroger stores across Atlanta and Nashville for the first time”, said Melissa Kieling, founder of Agoura Hills, California-based PackIt.

US: Superior Grocers unveils new location in SoCal
Superior Grocers has hit a milestone, opening its 70th store in Southern California. The location at 280 E. Harvard Blvd. in Santa Paula operates under The Market by Superior banner. The Santa Paula store northwest of Los Angeles features grocery staples as well as a large selection of produce, fresh meat, baked goods and ready-to-eat hot food options.

Amazon hands out shipping software to merchants, including on rival sites Inc said it would give merchants free software for managing shoppers' orders on and off its platform, as the retailer extends its e-commerce reach. The company is ending monthly fees of Veeqo, a shipping software firm it recently bought, for sellers including when they fulfill orders via rival platforms like Shopify Inc, eBay Inc or Etsy Inc.

Albert Heijn the top online supermarket in The Netherlands, survey finds
Albert Heijn is the first choice of online supermarket for Dutch shoppers, a new study by Deloitte has found, with some 54% of those that shop online ordering their groceries with the retailer. According to the consumer survey of 2,326 respondents, 41% opt for specialist retailer Picnic, while 34% choose Jumbo when shopping online.

Musgrave agrees supply partnership with e-commerce platform in Singapore
Ireland’s Musgrave Group has announced a new supply partnership with RedMart Singapore, the online supermarket arm of e-commerce platform Lazada Singapore, which is part of the Lazada Group. The agreement was facilitated by Bord Bia and Enterprise Ireland and follows a trade mission to South East Asia with Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue showcasing Ireland’s vision for a sustainable food system.

Poland: Żabka unveils their new Eko Smart shop
During the Economic Forum in Karpacz, Żabka Polska presented a new kind of shop - Eko Smart, combining sustainable solutions with new technological developments. The first such shop will be opened in Poznań, with 3 more to follow.

Portugal: €5.6mln fine for price fixing supermarkets
The Competition Authority (AdC) has fined the supermarket chains Auchan, Modelo Continente and Pingo Doce, as well as the joint supplier of alcoholic beverages Active Brands/Gestvinus, €5.6mln, for participating in a price-fixing scheme.

UK's John Lewis sinks to loss as cost of living crisis weighs
Britain's John Lewis Partnership reported a loss for the first half of the year and warned that the outlook for the rest of 2022 was highly uncertain due to the impact of the cost of living crisis on discretionary spending. The employee-owned group, which runs John Lewis department stores and the upmarket Waitrose supermarket chain, logged a loss before tax and exceptional items of 92mln pounds ($106mln) in the six months to July 30. That compares with a profit of 69mln pounds in the same period last year. It said that while department store sales were up 3% on a like-for-like basis to 2.1bln pounds, Waitrose sales dropped 5% to 3.6bln pounds.

ESM meets Mario Mercadini, marketing manager, Sorma Group
Founded in 1973, Sorma Group is a leading manufacturer of machinery used to automatically grade, weigh and pack fruit and vegetable products - supplying the entire range of machines and technology required for all types of fresh produce packaging. Boasting facilities in Spain, Germany, France, Turkey, the Netherlands, the USA and Brazil, the company also works with 40 specialist distributors around the world to provide a truly global service. ESM caught up with Mario Mercadini, marketing manager at Sorma Group, ahead of the company's participation at Fruit Attraction in Madrid this coming October.

Holland: Albert Heijn and World Wildlife Fund start collaboration to halve the ecological footprint of the food system by 2030
Albert Heijn and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-NL) will work closely together in the coming years to halve the ecological footprint of products in fresh and sustainable chains by 2030. By signing a multi-year cooperation agreement, Albert Heijn and WWF-NL are joining forces to accelerate the sustainability of the food system.

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