Walmart Canada officially opened its new Marché Central Walmart Supercentre in Montreal

Sprouts Farmers Market is increasing its store count across the U.S.

Kroger's Rodney McMullen upbeat on Albertsons mega-merger's potential
To Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen, his company's planned merger with Albertsons isn't just about becoming stronger but also becoming better. The union of The Kroger Co. and Albertsons Cos. would form a national supermarket retailer that can take on larger competitors like Walmart, Costco Wholesale, and Amazon as well as thrive in a food retail playing field that has evolved well beyond the traditional grocery store, McMullen told Winsight Grocery Business in an interview.

US: Sprouts grocery chain expands across Central Texas
Sprouts Farmers Market is increasing its store count across the US with a focus on Central Texas as future locations are already being considered north and south of Austin, reports The Austin Business Journal.

US: Publix recognized as one of Forbes' 2023 Best-in-State Employers
Publix has once again been recognized as a Forbes' Best-in-State Employer, marking the fifth consecutive year the company has been included. This year, the company ranked No. 12 in Alabama, No. 16 in Florida, No. 12 in Georgia, No. 30 in North Carolina, No. 4 in South Carolina and No. 13 in Tennessee.

Canada: Walmart opens new 140,000-square-foot Supercentre in Montreal
Walmart Canada officially opened its new Marché Central Walmart Supercentre in Montreal. The community can now enjoy a modern, 140,000-square-foot store conveniently located at the Marché Central Shopping Centre. The new store offers a fresh assortment of affordable groceries, including Canadian produce, chicken and seafood, pork and beef from Quebec, a bakery, and an international food section, as well as general merchandise at Walmart's everyday low prices.

US: Instacart files registration statement for proposed initial public offering
Maplebear Inc. d/b/a "Instacart" announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the US Securities and Exchange Commission related to a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. Instacart intends to list its common stock on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol "CART."

Nilus: Leveraging image recognition and machine learning to rescue food
Latin America and the Caribbean account for 20% of the global food lost between post-harvest and retail. And this has led to an unfortunate reality: wasted fruits and vegetables could easily fulfill most food bank needs in the region, according to the certified B Corporation Nilus.

UK: Bumpy ride for billionaire brothers who banked on Asda's success
Blackburn's Moshin and Zuber Issa took over the supermarket, promising investment to make it the UK's second-largest chain, but Covid and the cost of living crisis meant it did not go to plan.

Iceland announces more store closures - full list of affected locations in September
Iceland has 500 sites and 153 Food Warehouse branches across the UK, but the supermarket will be closing some stores after the summer. Iceland stores closing in September: Llanelli, Wales - closing on September 2. Grange Road, Birkenhead - closing on September 16. Market Shopping Centre, Crewe - closing on September 16.

Migros first to open on Sundays in Switzerland's Ticino canton
Migros has become the first supermarket to open stores on Sundays in the Ticino canton of Switzerland. From July 23 to August 20, Migros kept two of its stores open, in Melano and Maggia, to test the waters.

Inside UK's 'food desert' village where 77% of locals struggle to find healthy meals
Consumer Editor Natasha Wynarczyk reported: "Searching for fresh fruit and veg in a small food shop serving nearly 11,500 villagers, all I can find are a few packs of frozen broccoli, mixed greens and cauliflower. Fresh produce is nowhere to be found. To buy that, I would need to visit the nearest supermarket, an Asda three miles away poorly served by local bus routes, making it hard to access for the thousands of residents without a car. Welcome to Knowsley, one of the country's worst 'food deserts'."

Taiwan in Time: Donating millions from a vegetable stall
Chen Shu-chu had never heard of Time magazine when it named her as one of its 100 most influential people of 2010. It was director Ang Lee who recommended her - though she also had no idea who he was. "I never understood why they chose me," the noted philanthropist states in her 2011 biography, Sensational Kindness by Liu Yung-yi. "I'm just a regular, insignificant vegetable vendor... There are countless people who are more famous than me and who have donated 10, 20, or even 100 times more money than me."

UK: Nisa reports 29% forecourt sales increase
Nisa is reporting significant success in the business it does with forecourt stores, with sales in 2022 up 29% over a three-year period. The wholesale and independent retail specialist revealed an increase in forecourt sales since 2019, alongside an improvement in average weekly sales by over 23%.

UK: Finding your niche in the world of organics
During medieval times, a large Norman castle stood tall on Shipbrook Hill Farm, just outside of Northwich in Cheshire. Nowadays, it is home to Riverside Organic, supplying locals with fresh, high-quality meat and produce. Riverside Organic is run by Simon Bennett, whose family have been tenants of the farm since 1939.

UK: How vegetables from Hartlepool allotment growers are landing fresh on the plates of those who need them
Not-for-profit organization Meals on Wheels Hartlepool noticed that "cauliflowers and cabbages have shrunk in size and grown in price" as a result of a poor European growing season and rising energy costs. So it spoke to allotment growers in town and decided to buy produce directly from them in what has been described as a "win-win arrangement."

Germany: Lufthansa expands e-commerce hub in Frankfurt
Lufthansa Cargo has the ambition to establish a 'European same-day and e-commerce network' centered around Frankfurt. Frankfurt Airport is set to become one of the world's most significant ecommerce hubs.

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