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Oxbotica and autonomous delivery company Goggo Network are teaming up

Jeronimo Martins posted a 23% jump in fourth-quarter net profit

Top 10 supermarket retail chains in Belgium
Here's an overview of the top ten supermarket retail chains in Belgium, according to their most recently-available full-year turnover. All data is supplied by Retail-Index ( 1. Colruyt turnover: €7.96bln (2020); 2. Delhaize turnover: €5.2bln (2020); 3. Carrefour turnover: €4.3bln (2022); 4. Aldi turnover: €2.7bln (2020); 5. Lidl turnover: €1.88bln (2020); 6. SPAR (Colruyt) turnover: €707mln (2020); 7. Makro C&C (Metro) turnover: €647mln (2021); 8. Intermarché turnover: €497mln (2020); 9. SPAR Lambrechts turnover: €185mln (2020); 10. Bio-Planet turnover: €178mln (2021).

French retailer Carrefour extends boss's tenure for three years
French supermarket retailer Carrefour has agreed to extend chairman and CEO Alexandre Bompard's term for another three years, through to its 2026 annual shareholder meeting, it said.

Amazon raises hourly pay for UK workers by 50 pence; union mulls more strikes Inc raised the minimum starting pay for its employees at its UK operations by up to 50 pence to between 11 pounds ($13.50) and 12 pounds per hour, a move that has angered its union that had demanded a bigger hike.

New Zealand: The Warehouse says freeing up grocery supply chain has done nothing for competition or prices
The Warehouse Group chief executive Nick Grayston says the Government’s move to help free up wholesale grocery supply has done nothing to enable competition. The operator of The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery, Noel Leeming and last year began selling groceries in its Warehouse stores. It followed with the introduction of fresh fruit and vegetables in six stores in February. Retail giant The Warehouse Group has taken a financial hit, with its earnings down by 60.9% in its first half of the trading year.

Company's main objective in Latvia at the moment is expansion - head of Lidl Latvija
The main objective of the Lidl supermarket chain in Latvia at the moment is expansion, and that the company currently is in the intensive investment phase, Maciej Urbanski, the head of Lidl Latvija, told LETA in an interview. Urbanski did not comment on the results of the last financial year of Lidl Latvija, which lasted from March 1, 2022 to February 28, 2023, before they are made public, but, according to him, Lidl Latvija also operated with losses in the previous financial year, focusing on investments in the opening of new stores.

Delivering the goodness of 100% Australian made fruit juice
Producing the freshest quality juice year round is a task that Grove Juice takes seriously, ensuring every single orange is picked and grown right here in Australia, Food & Beverage Industry News reports. Australian owned and operated family business, Grove Juice is the largest vertically integrated agri-manufacturing business with large scale Valencia production, high volume raw juice extraction and bottling factory.

Portugal: Inflation boosts Jeronimo Martins' Q4 profit but dents margins
Portugal's second-largest retailer Jeronimo Martins posted a 23% jump in fourth-quarter net profit as soaring inflation boosted sales - especially in Poland, its key market - but also dented its margins. The company, which netted 171mln euros ($185.65mln) from October to December, warned that food inflation remained high and only showed early signs of abating. At home, supermarket chain Pingo Doce posted a 13.7% rise in sales to 1.2bln euros, while in Colombia, its Ara stores booked 477mln euros in sales, up 38.5% from a year earlier.

UK: John Lewis chair Sharon White moves to clarify Partnership plans
Sharon White, the chair of the UK's John Lewis Partnership, has issued a statement in response to suggestions that the company plans to dilute its partnership structure.

Holland: Amsterdam to ban rapid grocery delivery services from residential areas
Amsterdam is moving closer to becoming the first city in the Netherlands to ban rapid grocery delivery services from operating out of residential areas, the city announced. City administrators aim to establish an amended zoning plan that regulates the establishment of the distribution centers used by these services, known as dark stores.

UK: Oxbotica, Goggo team up for autonomous middle-mile delivery
British self-driving software startup Oxbotica and autonomous delivery company Goggo Network said they are teaming up to test middle-mile deliveries for retailers and other customers including Carrefour and Dia.

US: Cardenas Markets promotes Eric Stover to CEO
Cardenas Markets has promoted Eric Stover to CEO, the Hispanic grocer announced. Stover, who joined the company in March 2020, most recently served as chief merchandising officer. In his new position, he will report directly to Doug Sanders, chairman and CEO of Heritage Grocers Group (HGG), the parent company of Ontario, California-based Cardenas Markets.

US: Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes opens listening session for proposed Kroger-Albertsons merger
Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes will be at the Catalina High School Auditorium 3645 E. Pima St., Tucson, AZ 85716 on Tuesday, March 28 11am-1pm to discuss the proposed merger between the Kroger Co., parent company of Smith’s and Fry’s Food & Drug Stores, and Albertsons Companies, which operates supermarkets under the Albertsons and Safeway brands in Arizona.

Canada: Save-On-Foods to open new store in Richmond, British Columbia
Western Canadian grocer Save-On-Foods is opening the doors to its newest location in Richmond, B.C.’s Garden City shopping centre. Grand opening celebrations kick off Thursday (March 23).

US: Membership milestone in ReposiTrak Traceability Network (RTN) for FSMA 204 compliance reaches 8% of the retail grocery industry
ReposiTrak is welcoming thousands of food supply chain companies to its ReposiTrak Traceability Network® (RTN), the solution backed by the industry as the lowest-cost and easiest-to-adopt for compliance with FDA’s updated traceability rule, the Food Safety Modernization Act Section 204(d) (FSMA 204). The ReposiTrak Traceability Network now represents nearly 8% of the retail grocery industry, with more than 3,000 retail stores, 1,100 suppliers and more than 20 distribution centers joining the network since the rule was passed into law in January.

Amazon has rolled out contactless tech to 200 locations including Panera cafes Inc's palm-scanning or cashier-less checkout technology is in more than 200 establishments in and outside the company, a vice president told Reuters. The e-commerce and cloud-computing giant is widening deployment of its contactless technology with existing customers, Vice President Dilip Kumar said in an interview.

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