From June, Aldi Süd will start a food delivery service in Germany

Expansion of Amazon Fresh to over 60 cities in India

Younger men urged to get to grips with type 2 diabetes risk
Diabetes UK and Tesco team up to encourage the dramatic uptake of free, type 2 risk assessments in men under 40 to prevent a type 2 diabetes surge. Over 80% don’t eat recommended portions of fruit and veg, or take enough exercise. The partners warn cases in under-40s could top 200,000 in five years.

Belgium: Renewed Spar Colruyt Group in Heultje reopens doors on 26 May
On Friday 26 May, the renewed Spar Colruyt Group store in the centre of Heultje is reopening after renovations. In addition to new, more spacious wall refrigerators, Spar Heultje now also has a larger fruit and vegetable section, with more space for potatoes, chilled vegetables and fruit salads.

Top 5 supermarket retail chains in Sweden
Here's an overview of the top ten supermarket retail chains in Sweden, according to their most recently-available full-year turnover. All data is supplied by Retail-Index ( 1. ICA turnover: €9.09bln (2021); 2. Axfood turnover: €5.315bln (2020); 3. Coop turnover: €3.14bln (2020); 4. Lidl turnover: €1.31bln (2020); 5. Bergendahls turnover: €1.11bln (2019).

France: Casino's holding company Rallye opens process to get grace period over debts
Rallye, the holding company behind indebted French supermarket company Casino, said it had started proceedings with a Paris court to get a period of grace over its debt situation.

Amazon Fresh expands to 60+ cities in India
Amazon India announced the expansion of Amazon Fresh, its full-basket grocery service, to over 60 cities in the country. The Amazon Fresh app-in-app experience will offer an expanded selection of grocery products, including fruits, vegetables, chilled products, beauty, baby, personal care, and pet products, among other daily grocery needs, the company said in a release.

Aldi Süd becomes the first hard discount retailer to start delivering groceries
From June, Aldi Süd will start a food delivery service in Germany. This is a test, in the region around the city of Mülheim in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where the discounter’s headquarters are also located. Initially, only employees will be able to order their groceries in the webshop or the app, by the fourth quarter the service will become available to all residents, German trade magazine Lebensmittel Zeitung knows.

Australia: Coles and Woolworths food prices rise by 9.6% in past year, outpacing inflation rate
Australian supermarket food prices have increased by a new peak of nearly 10% over the past 12 months, outpacing annual inflation as the cost of living continues to rise. Newly published analysis, conducted by investment bank UBS, found prices at Coles and Woolworths had increased by 9.6% over the past 12 months to April.

ExCeL becomes first UK venue to introduce checkout-free store, powered by Amazon
‘Market Express’ was launched at London’s largest event venue ExCeL, becoming the first frictionless, checkout-free store within an events space in the UK. Driven by the desire of both ExCeL and its long-standing catering partner, Levy UK + Ireland, to be pioneers in retail tech, the store, powered by Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, will further enhance the visitor food and beverage experience with the introduction of the latest checkout-free technology. A snack range including fruit, granola bars, cereals and biscuits are also available, along with essential convenience items from medical supplies and toiletries to reading glasses and umbrellas.

Swedish online grocer MatHem raises €84.9mln from Kinnevik, Verdane, others
Stockholm-based MatHem, a company that claims to be Sweden’s largest online grocery store and the leading ecommerce company in  the grocery trade, announced that it has raised nearly SEK1bln (approx. €84.93mln) in an oversubscribed round. The main shareholders including Kinnevik, Axfood, Verdane, and AMF, have all invested in this funding round. New investors, such as Bonnier Ventures and VNV, also supported this investment.

US: Save-A-Lot, Dollar General best for SNAP, study says
Save-A-Lot is the grocer with the best offerings for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) shoppers, according to a new report. Following Save-A-Lot (based in Saint Ann, Missouri) in the rankings is Food 4 Less (Compton, California), Dollar General (Goodlettsville, Tennessee), Winco (Boise, Idaho), and Grocery Outlet (Emeryville, California), according to the report from Chicago-based customer data science company Dunnhumby.

US: Hy-Vee spreading its wings in Tennessee
More Hy-Vee stores are in the works for the state of Tennessee, according to reporting from the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. The first Hy-Vee location is slated to go in Spring Hill, and a local commission recently approved plans for two Hy-Vee stores in an area that has experienced a ton of population growth.

US: Walmart opens first Market Fulfillment Center in Arkansas as the retailer doubles down on store fulfillment
Walmart opened its first high-tech Market Fulfillment Center in Arkansas at Store 100 located at 406 S Walton Blvd in Bentonville, underlining the retailer’s strategic move toward expanding the use of its stores as fulfillment centers to enhance the shopping experience for customers everywhere.

US: Kroger grills up a red, white and blue backyard barbeque with sizzling savings
The Kroger Co. shared red, white and blue menus specially curated for Memorial Day backyard barbeques, featuring grilling favorites, fresh sides and a dessert to be enjoyed around the campfire. Red $5.00 per person: On the grill: Kroger 100% Pure Ground Beef Quarter Pound Burgers and Nathan's Bigger than the Bun Beef Franks. Buns and toppers: Kroger White Enriched Hot Dog Buns, Kroger Enriched Sesame Hamburger Buns, Kroger Colby Jack Cheese Slices and tomato. Fresh sides: Kroger Southwest Chopped Salad Kit BIG Deal!, Kroger Creamy Cole Slaw and strawberries. Salty Snack: Kroger Cheddar and Sour Cream Ripples Potato Chips Party Size; White $7.50 per person: On the grill: Kroger St. Louis Style Pork Spareribs and Simple Truth Boneless and Skinless Natural Chicken Breast BIG Deal! covered in Private Selection Applewood Smoke Honey Maple BBQ plus Sweet Corn on the Cob. Fresh Sides: Kroger Sweet Kale Chopped Salad Kit BIG Deal!, Kroger Southern Style Potato Salad and watermelon. Salty Snack: Kroger Classic Wavy Potato Chips Party Size; Blue $10.00 per person: On the grill: Private Selection Angus Beef Boneless Flank Steak marinated in Private Selection Original Steakhouse Marinade, Kroger Tail-On Peeled Frozen Cooked Shrimp and kabobs made with yellow squash, jumbo red onion, red bell peppers, zucchini and Simple Truth Sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms. Fresh sides: Kroger Ultimate Caesar Salad Kit Bag BIG Deal!, Kroger Creamy Cole Slaw. Salty Snack: Kroger Sweet and Mesquite BBQ Potato Chips Party Size.

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