Kantar: Mercadona, Carrefour and Lidl continue to lead retail growth

JD.com: In general, women are stronger buyers of fresh produce

E.Leclerc, Aldi and U Post strongest market share gains in France
E.Leclerc, Aldi and Groupement U were the strongest-performing retailers in France in the period from 23 January to 19 February, new data from Kantar has revealed.
Source: esmmagazine.com 

Belgium: Nearly 100 Delhaize supermarkets closed as staff spontaneously strike
Staff at some of Delhaize's largest supermarkets spontaneously went on strike on Tuesday morning, after Delhaize announced that all shops would be transferred to independent operators.
Source: brusselstimes.com 

JD.com’s data reveals women’s consumption trends: Inner-beauty, self-realization and sustainability
Women are leading the way in healthy eating. They bought 2.49 times more organic food products than men on JD.com in 2022. In general, women are stronger buyers of fresh produce. JD’s data showed that sales of vegetables increased 81% YoY. Grapes, cherries, blueberries, and other fruits all achieved over 40% growth.
Source: jdcorporateblog.com 

A new grocery delivery option for Czechia: How does Billa rate?
Billa customers in Prague and Brno can now shop online thanks to the supermarket chain’s new e-shop, which officially launched a pilot phase. After evaluating the testing phase, the grocery store plans to expand the service throughout Czechia.
Source: expats.cz 

ADB invests in Hard Discount food retail in the Philippines
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed an equity investment of $15mln in DALI Hard Discount to expand its network of retail stores and distribution centers and cold chain infrastructure in the Philippines, creating at least 4,300 new jobs, nearly half of them for women.
Source: adb.org 

New Zealand: Rapid grocery delivery company expands reach
Teddy grocery delivery, a new supermarket and grocery delivery service, have announced that they extended the range of their delivery zones in Auckland. The new range reaches Windsor and Blockhouse Bay, then out west in Mt Roskill and Onehunga, eastwards to St Heliers and Panmure, and as far north as Takapuna and Northcote.
Source: supermarketnews.co.nz 

Mercadona, Carrefour and Lidl continue to lead retail growth
Kantar reported: "Mercadona, Carrefour and Lidl continued to lead retail growth in 2022 with 25.6% 9.7% and 5.8% market share, respectively. However, as people are shopping around for deals, this has meant that all chains have gained shoppers and penetration".
Source: kantar.com 

Twiga Foods begins farming under new partnership with Kenyan government
In May 2022 Twiga Foods opened its first farm, as it moved to integrate part of its supply chain. Launched under a new subsidiary, Twiga Fresh, the company invested $10mln to produce onions, tomatoes and watermelons on 1,606 acres of land, with an estimated yearly output of 150,000 tons of fresh produce.
Source: techcabal.com 

Australia: Aldi sued over ‘copycat’ snacks
Supermarket chain Aldi is being sued for “alleged” copyright breaches by organic snack food brand, Little Bellies. According to The Australian Financial Review, Hampden Holdings - which owns the intellectual property for the Baby Bellies, Little Bellies and Mighty Bellies snack ranges and licenses the brands to Every Bite Counts - said the supermarket chain “ripped off” its Organic Blueberry Puffs, Carrot Puffs and Apple & Cinnamon Puffs since August 2021.
Source: insidefmcg.com.au 

New Zealand: Countdown to promote Hawke's Bay and Gisborne growers' produce
Countdown will promote fresh produce from Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne growers in stores and online, so customers can show their support for those affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.
Source: stuff.co.nz 

Supermarket trolleys the new frontier on health crusade
Supermarket trolleys with advertising that prompts shoppers to buy fruit and vegetables could lead to healthier grocery purchases, research finds. A recent study published in Nutrition Bulletin tested if ‘social norm nudges’ placed in shopping trolleys could influence shoppers to buy more fruit and vegetables. The results were positive.
Source: thenewdaily.com.au 

France's Casino begins potential $600mln sale of Assai stake
Reuters reported: "Brazil supermarket chain Assai said its controlling shareholder French food retailer Casino has started "preliminary" work to potentially sell part of its stake in Assai for around $600mln".
Source: nasdaq.com 

US: PlantPlus Foods powers up choices and unveils new superfoods line-up and chef-inspired appetizers
PlantPlus Foods is excited to showcase a range of new plant-forward food experiences during its presence at this year's Expo West (booth number 4908) from March 9th to 11th, 2023. Featuring products from PlantPlus Foods and the company's two leading plant-forward retail brands, Hilary's PrimePlants and Sol Cuisine, visitors of the booth will have the opportunity to sample new delicious foods before these products are officially launched in stores this Summer 2023.
Source: prnewswire.com 

Get fresh healthy food on the GO with Daily Blends
Metrolinx has partnered with Daily Blends to offer healthy, grab-and-go meal options across GO and UP Express stations. Daily Blends AI-driven smart vending machines have begun rolling out to stations across the network, including the Union Station Bus Terminal, UP Express Union Station and the Highway 407 Bus Terminal.
Source: metrolinx.com 

WARP launches “DirectFresh” a service enabling perishable shippers with same and next-day direct store delivery across the U.S. and Canada
WARP, a tech-powered freight network specializing in middle-mile solutions, announced that it has launched “DirectFresh” a service enabling perishable shippers with same-day and next day direct store delivery. The service offers shippers an end-to-end solution for their fresh freight including manufacturer to cold storage transfers and high touch, in-store deliveries. WARP’s DirectFresh service enables shippers to transfer product from cold storage directly to a store or a WARP Station (cross dock) depending on their inventory needs within the same day without needing to work with a last-mile delivery service.
Source: globenewswire.com 

Walmart to invest nearly $1.5bln in Mexico and Central America in 2023
Walmart's unit in Mexico and Central America, known as Walmex, plans to boost spending in the region 27% from last year to total around 27bln pesos ($1.49bln) in 2023, it said.
Source: reuters.com 

US: Nalley Fresh to open within Giant Food store
Giant Food is testing a new foodservice-at-retail partnership. According to local media reports, a Giant Food store in Ellicott City, Maryland, is close to opening a Nalley Fresh outpost. The Baltimore-based fast-casual chain specializes in salads, bowls and wraps and currently operates nine locations in Maryland, including a site at Baltimore/Washington International Airport. The first Nalley Fresh within a Giant Food store will be unveiled at the end of March at 9200 Baltimore National Pike.
Source: progressivegrocer.com 

Brazil: Americanas proposes $1.9bln for creditors from top shareholders
Bankrupt Brazilian retailer Americanas SA said it has offered a capital injection to its creditors of 10bln reais ($1.93bln) which would come from top shareholders.
Source: reuters.com 

Lidl faces a steep path in the US. Will it succeed?
While the German grocer is a household name in Europe, the company faces tough challenges as it looks to connect with shoppers on this side of the Atlantic, analysts said.
Source: grocerydive.com 

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