Chilean apples, prunes, blueberries, kiwifruits, and walnuts are available from Chilean pavilion on BigBasket

US Foods signed a definitive agreement to acquire Saladino's Foodservice

US: Smart & Final Extra! set to open Wednesday, November 15, in Madera, California
Smart & Final, the smaller, faster grocery warehouse store, is pleased to open its first Smart & Final Extra! store in Madera, California, on November 15 at 2237 W. Cleveland Ave., Suite 101. Store amenities include A wide assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Customers can now get Amazon's fast, affordable grocery delivery without a Prime membership
Amazon announced it is making grocery delivery and free pickup available to all customers in all US cities and towns where Amazon Fresh is available for Prime members. This service expansion, previously available only to Prime members, makes it easier for all customers to get their grocery needs met both in-store and online.

Canada: Metro gets new Quebec fresh and frozen distribution center underway
Retailer Metro Inc. has completed the first phase of a multiyear project with the opening of an automated distribution center for fresh and frozen foods in Terrebonne, Quebec, just north of Montreal.

US Foods reports third quarter fiscal year 2023 earnings
US Foods Holding Corp., one of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States, announced results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2023. Third quarter fiscal 2023 highlights: net sales increased 2.1% to $9.1bln. Nine-month fiscal 2023 highlights: net sales increased 4.4% to $26.7bln. Dave Flitman, CEO: "Finally, we are excited to announce that we have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Saladino's Foodservice, our second tuck-in acquisition this year, and look forward to welcoming the Saladino's team to US Foods, adding improved scale as we continue to enhance our position with new and existing customers in central California."

US: Publix ups the ante in Kentucky with 6th store
Publix Super Markets has raised its number of upcoming Kentucky locations to six. The Lakeland, Florida-based grocer said that it has signed a lease for a 55,701-square-foot Publix supermarket in Covington, sited in the Triple Crown Shopping Center at the southwest corner of Triple Crown Boulevard and Richwood Road.

ProChile partners with BigBasket to bring authentic Chilean flavors to Indian homes this festive season
The India office of ProChile is conducting a promotion of Chilean foods with BigBasket, India's leading online grocery platform, during the upcoming festive season. Currently, products like Chilean apples, prunes, blueberries, kiwifruits, and walnuts are available from the Chilean pavilion on BigBasket. More products, including Chilean cherries, Chilean salmon, etc., are likely to be added soon.

UK: How Amazon Fresh is helping to make your Christmas festivities easier
Amazon reported: "With a new Amazon Fresh store opening up in Notting Hill and the lowest prices of the year, Amazon Fresh is here to help you make the most out of the joyful season. Leading up to Christmas, we're offering even more great savings with our biggest round of price cuts of the year, including hundreds of products online and in-store. The promotion offers savings as much as 40% off on everyday items such as fruit and vegetables."

Carrefour re-entering Bulgaria via Greek franchise holder
French food retailer Carrefour said it is expanding its partnership with Greek master franchise holder Retail & More in order to reintroduce its brand and resume selling its products in Bulgaria.

Latvia: Fruit and vegetable growers ready to fight for reduced VAT
Fruit and vegetable producers are not prepared to give in to the government's idea of raising the value-added tax (VAT) rate on produce from 5% to 12% next year. Industry representatives are concerned about the shadow economy and say the fight is not over yet, Latvian Radio reported. "Sad. Anger at stupidity", Gundega Sauškina, chairwoman of the board of fruit company SIA "Very Berry," commented on the government's decision to raise the VAT rate on produce to 12% from next year.

Italy's DAO opens cashierless Tuday Conad store in Verona
Italian regional cooperative DAO (Dettaglianti Alimentari Organizzati) has opened a cashierless store in Verona under the Tuday Conad banner. The store, formerly a Conad City outlet in Via Stella, utilizes smart cameras, video camera systems, apps, and artificial intelligence to track the items chosen and process payments, DAO noted.

EuroCommerce expresses 'serious concerns' over proposed late payments regulation
EuroCommerce, the European association representing retailers and wholesalers, has expressed serious concerns over the draft Late Payments Regulation, saying that its impact will be disproportionate and dramatic if the proposal is not reconsidered.

Slovenia: SPAR modernized INTERSPAR Europark Maribor
SPAR Slovenia reopened its fourth largest store, the INTERSPAR hypermarket in the Europark Maribor shopping center. In the center of the store is a market with seasonal produce, package-free items, and an island, including a sushi bar, new registers, shelves, and refrigeration units.

Spain: Bonnysa participates in this year's Meninas Madrid Gallery
Once again, Bonnysa is participating in the outdoor art exhibition Meninas Madrid Gallery, which runs from November 1 to December 15, 2023. The Alicante-based company will bring the diverse flavors of the Mediterranean diet to the streets of Madrid by featuring one of its meninas at Gran Vía 32, the main commercial artery of the capital.

UK's evaluation of changes in dietary methodology in the National Diet and Nutrition Survey rolling program from year 12 (2019 to 2020): stage 2
This report presents findings from the second stage of evaluation of the changes in dietary assessment methodology in the National Diet and Nutrition Survey rolling program (NDNS RP) implemented from fieldwork year 12 (2019 to 2020). Analyses have been carried out to assess the representativeness of the DLW sub-sample in relation to the core survey sample in years 12 to 14 for total fruit and vegetable consumption (g/day). The results indicate that the DLW sample is representative of the main NDNS RP sample with respect to these measures.

Singapore: Grab reports third quarter 2023 results
Grab Holdings Limited announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023. Revenue grew 61% year-over-year to $615mln. Loss for the period improved by 71% year-over-year to $99mln.

UK: Booths supermarket puts staff back behind its tills
A supermarket has become the first in the UK to go back to fully-staffed checkouts, axing almost all its self-service tills. All but two of Booths' 28 stores will see staff back on the tills, the firm, which trades in northern England, said. The exceptions are two of its seven shops in Cumbria.

The UK's favorite Christmas foods have some seriously confusing choices
Tech retailer Currys surveyed the nation, asking them to pick their favorite Christmas foods, drinks, and treats, and found that Brussels sprouts are the third favorite trimming on average.

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