US: NGA Foundation tapped to advance SNAP online programs
The National Grocers Association Foundation (NGAF) has been awarded a $5mln grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to establish a technical assistance center that will guide grocers through the process of implementing online Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) grocery purchasing.
Costco’s Canadian sales up in December
Costco reported net sales of $23.8bln for the month of December, up 7% from $22.24bln last year. The club’s sales were up 4.7% in Canada, while overall e-commerce sales fell 6.4%. Net sales for the 18-week period totalled $82.16bln, up 7.6% from $76.34bln last year.
US: Walmart now operates drone delivery in 7 states, completes 6,000 drone deliveries
Walmart’s drone delivery program is soaring into the new year, having successfully completed its intended expansion plans for 2022. The company now operates, with its vendors, 36 drone delivery hubs across seven states, including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
With new Tabitha Brown collection, Target gets a taste for veganism
Target is introducing a new collaboration - its third - with mega-food influencer Tabitha Brown. And while its earlier collections focused more on lifestyle, including apparel and home décor, the new Tabitha Brown For Target line is all about food. The collection ranges in price from $2.99-$90, with most items under $10. There are vegan dips, spreads, soups, sauces and snacks, along with refrigerated plant-based proteins like sausages and patties.
Holland: Vomar sees turnover up 30% in full-year 2022
Dutch retailer Vomar Voordeelmarkt has reported a 30% increase in turnover in its 2022 full year, positioning itself as the fastest-growing supermarket in the Netherlands for the sixth year in a row, it said. The group took steps to offer greater value to shoppers amid constrained economic circumstances, lowering the price of 300 basic groceries, including bananas, coffee, milk and meat products, at the end of August.
Spud-U-Latte? A Manchester Butty Shop is using potato milk as a plant-based alternative this Veganuary
Sndwch has made an unusual addition to its plant-based milks in the form of potato milk. The launch comes in partnership with DUG®, the world’s only potato-powered plant-based milk. Its new DUG® Barista blend is not only smooth, creamy, low in sugar and allergen-friendly, but it’s planet-friendly too.
Lidl GB's Christmas sales up 24.5%
The British arm of German discount supermarket group Lidl said its sales rose 24.5% in the four weeks to December 25 compared to the previous year, reflecting new store openings and consumers’ search for savings in a cost-of-living crisis. Lidl GB said over 1.3mln more customers shopped at its stores in the run-up to Christmas.
UK: Worker co-op launches fruit tree nursery and heritage orchard in Sheffield
Worker co-op Sheffield Fruit Trees is fundraising to expand its work of filling the South Yorkshire city with fruit trees. The co-op runs a fruit tree nursery which supplies allotments, councils and commercial gardens with trees, as well as donating trees to community groups and organisations. It says it wants “Sheffield of the future to have fruit trees in every park and on every street corner”, and is now embarking on a project to further that vision.
Aldi to strengthen Scottish presence with £35mln investment
Aldi is set to invest £35mln in Scotland in 2023, including £10mln to open new stores in Cumbernauld and Coatbridge. The supermarket has also committed an additional £5mln to upgrade its existing stores under its ‘Project Fresh’ initiative.
Chinese billionaire Jack Ma to relinquish control of Ant Group
Ant Group's founder Jack Ma will no longer control the Chinese fintech giant after the firm's shareholders agreed to implement a series of adjustments that will see him give up most of his voting rights, the group said.
German shoppers buy more vegan products from discounters, survey finds
Shoppers in Germany are buying more vegan products from discounters, according to a survey by Appinio commissioned by Aldi. The study also unveiled that 90% of respondents rated the price-performance ratio of Aldi's vegan range as 'rather good' to 'very good'.
Jumbo loses ground in Belgium
Dutch retailer Jumbo is suffering from an eventful year: its home market share is stagnating and sales grew by only 3.2%, despite an inflation of more than 10%. Figures for Belgium are even more worrying.
The Good Glamm Group partners Delhivery to strengthen end-to-end supply chain
The Good Glamm Group, South Asia’s largest content-to-commerce conglomerate, has further extended its partnership with Delhivery, India’s largest fully integrated logistics provider, to implement end-to-end supply chain solutions and increase its customer satisfaction.
Switzerland: Coop posts 7.3% sales growth in FY 2022
Coop Switzerland has posted 7.3% year-on-year growth in sales to CHF34.2bln (€34.6bln) in its financial year 2022. The cooperative's retail unit saw net sales up by 1.6% to CHF19.9bln (€20.2bln). Coop supermarkets including Coop.ch reported net sales of CHF11.6bln (€11.8bln), corresponding to an increase of 8.8% compared to full-year 2019, before the pandemic.
Kazidomi doubles in size with baby acquisition
Belgian organic web shop Kazidomi is doubling in size after a new acquisition: the healthy food specialist is buying Bébé au naturel, a French e-commerce player in natural baby products.
Chinese giant Alibaba to invest over $1bln in Turkey
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba plans to invest over $1bln (TL18.75bln) in Turkey, Alibaba President Michael Evans said during a visit to Turkuvaz Media Group in Istanbul. “There is a great production power in Turkey, which is the most advantageous country in the world in this sense”, he said.
UK: Aldi launches biggest ever vegan cheese range with prices starting from just £1.49
Arriving just in time for Veganuary, supermarket Aldi has launched its biggest ever vegan ‘cheese’ range - starting from just £1.49. From plant-based soft cheese and cheddar, to mozzarella and fake feta, shoppers can choose from the huge new range from 2nd January. Aldi’s new Plant Menu Vegan Soft Cheese (£1.99, 200g) comes in either classic plain or a delicious garlic and herb flavour.