UNFI is adding 3 store locations and remodeling 2 existing stores

Walmart has officially opened its first “next-gen” fulfillment center

US: Misfits Market hosting repurposed-food challenge
To mark the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, Misfits Market and the Upcycled Food Association (UFA) are launching The Upcycling Challenge, a contest for food entrepreneurs to create an innovative, sustainable and tasty food product that repurposes excess food or waste.
Source: progressivegrocer.com 

US Foods CHEF’STORE to open in St. George, Utah
US Foods Holding Corp. announced its plan to open a US Foods CHEF’STORE® in St. George, Utah, in February 2023. The new 20,000-square-foot built-to-suit CHEF’STORE will be the second CHEF’STORE location in Utah and will offer a one-stop shop for restaurant operators, food industry professionals, community groups and at-home chefs seeking ingredients and supplies of various sizes and offerings.
Source: businesswire.com/ 

US: Walmart’s 1st of 4 high-tech fulfillment centers opens in Illinois
Walmart has officially opened its first “next-gen” fulfillment center in Joliet, Illinois, southwest of Chicago. One of four such centers that the retailer plans to construct over the next three years, this 1.1mln-square-foot site is set up for maximum efficiency, using advanced robotics and machine learning to cut down a manual 12-step process to a patent-pending five-step process.
Source: progressivegrocer.com 

US: UNFI to increase investment in its shoppers banner by adding 3 store locations and remodeling 2 existing stores
As part of its commitment to build its Shoppers banner by adding to and improving the stores in its portfolio, United Natural Foods, Inc. (“UNFI”) announced it is reacquiring three former store locations which had previously been sold and remodeling two existing store locations. This reinvestment in remodels and new store acquisitions will greatly improve the shopping experience for loyal customers in the Baltimore and Prince George’s County communities who have relied on Shoppers for over 70 years.
Source: businesswire.com 

US: Kroger joins White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health
The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, outlined new efforts in its quest to fight hunger and create healthier communities during the Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health convened by President Joe Biden. Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen participated in the Conference aimed at ending hunger and increasing healthy eating and physical activity among Americans.
Source: prnewswire.com

UK: Co-op unveils new strategy with major multi-million pound price investment
Co-op unveiled a new-look food strategy with a renewed focus on convenience and commitment to offer greater value, led by a major £37mln investment to slash the price of over a hundred products. Everyday favourites, from pizza, pasta and burgers to fruit and vegetables, have been lowered in price and ‘locked in’ into 2023 as Co-op responds to help its members, customers and communities who face rising household bills.
Source: co-operative.coop 

Dutch online sales grew 9% in first half 2022
During the first half of 2022, consumers in the Netherlands spent 16.1bln euros online. This is a 9% growth when compared to the same period a year earlier. The growth mostly stems from a rise in online sales of services. In total, Dutch consumers placed 168mln purchases online in the first 6 months of 2022. This is a finding from the newest Thuiswinkel Market Monitor, which shows consumer spending in ecommerce in the Netherlands.
Source: ecommercenews.eu 

Germany: Aldi Nord expands store network
German retailer Aldi Nord is opening new stores and focusing more on central, easily accessible locations in Germany, including city centres and district centres. The chain believes its customers benefit from shorter distances and easier shopping, irrespective of their choice of transport.
Source: esmmagazine.com 

UK: Snappy Shopper reports soaring sales driven by customer loyalty
Home delivery platform Snappy Shopper has reported a bumper summer for sales, as the demand for delivery rose with the soaring temperatures. From 1 June 2022 - 31 August 2022, the business saw record-breaking order numbers and GMV, continuing the high growth achieved post pandemic as customers continue to support their favourite local retailers.
Source: talkingretail.com 

UK: Co-op accelerated support scheme for values-led and innovative suppliers sees first products hitting the shelves
Co-op launches accelerated support scheme for smaller suppliers with products from the first phase of innovative and values-led businesses hitting the shelves. Via the incubator scheme, known as ‘the Apiary’ is first to launch: Scrapples who take ‘wonky fruit’ to avoid food waste and create healthy snacks which are 100% fruit with no added sugar, salt or fat. At under 50 calories per bag they are popular with parents as lunch box fillers for children and, they will supply Co-op with its apple, apple and mango and apple and strawberry crisps.
Source: co-operative.coop 

UK: Sainsbury's reveals list of foods shoppers should freeze in bid to save big money
Sainsbury's has urged shoppers to freeze foods they wouldn't normally consider to save hundreds on grocery bills. Pineapple: Chopped into bite-sized chunks. Berries: In reusable freezer bags or containers. Grapes: Can be eaten straight out of the freezer. Peppers: Slice and freeze them in reusable freezer bags. Fresh herbs: Chopped in an ice cube tray with some olive oil. Courgettes: Grated in a freezer bag.
Source: birminghammail.co.uk 

Romania: Consumer protection authority fines hypermarket chain Auchan
Romania's consumer protection authority ANPC said it has fined hypermarket chain Auchan with 750,000 lei ($144,800/151,580 euro) for various irregularities related to pricing, storage and sale of expired goods. ANPC officials fined 50 Auchan stores in September, the authority said in a press release.
Source: seenews.com 

SPAR and Too Good To Go save 2.5mln meals together
SPAR International is delighted to announce another significant milestone in its partnership with Too Good To Go, having now saved 2.5mln meals across European markets. Since the inception of the international partnership in December 2020, the collaboration between SPAR and the social impact company has expanded to fourteen overlapping markets, playing a key role in helping SPAR retailers distribute surplus food that could otherwise go to waste. The partnership now sees over 2,360 stores actively curbing food waste with this innovative digital solution.
Source: spar-international.com 

UK's Co-op first-half profit tanks 84% on supply-chain snags, high costs
Britain’s Co-operative Group reported a sharp drop in its interim profits, as it continued to face supply chain snags and higher costs amid rising inflation. The supermarkets-to-funerals provider posted an 84% slump in its first-half profit before tax to 7mln pounds ($7.54mln). ($1 = 0.9282 pounds)
Source: reuters.com 

Tesco Ireland toasts 25 years of ‘little helps’ for farmers
Tesco Ireland has marked a calendar milestone with a celebration of all the ’little helps’ it has undertaken over the past quarter century to give a leg up to suppliers. '25 Years of Little Helps' is the first campaign from BBH for Tesco since opening a Dublin office in May to serve its founding client. Thrusting suppliers center stage, the advert shows the lengths Tesco goes to ensure local produce is always on the shelves, concluding with the great table of Ireland; an endless spread of fresh fruit, vegetables and meats where milk is always on tap.
Source: thedrum.com 

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