Study: Produce prescription programs have measurable benefits for health and food security

Demolition has begun at site of Connecticut’s first Wegmans, with opening expected in 2025

US: Bill Artman appointed Chief Executive Officer of Giant Eagle, Inc.
Giant Eagle, Inc., one of the nation's leading regional food, fuel, and pharmacy retailers, is pleased to announce that Bill Artman has been appointed Chief Executive Officer after having been named Interim CEO in March.

US: Produce prescription programs study shows promising benefits
In the largest known such study to date, an analysis of participant records by Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy researchers found programs that provide free fruits and vegetables have measurable benefits for health and food security. Around the country, non-profits and local governments are testing the idea of food as medicine through "produce prescription programs" - with promising results, according to researchers from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

Why both ALDI and Lidl pose a threat to grocers across the US.
With the news of ALDI's proposed acquisition of Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket, the industry is taking a closer look at the retailer's effects on the US market. A new report from dunnhumby details how the tie-up could change the retail landscape for shoppers and grocers in the Southeast and also how ALDI's competitor, Lidl, factors into the equation moving forward.

US: The Fresh Grocer coming to Brooklyn
New Jersey-based and family-operated Inserra Supermarkets is crossing the Hudson River to bring The Fresh Grocer banner to the eight-block-long Fulton Street Mall in Brooklyn, New York. As reported by the New York Post, Inserra has signed a lease for a 21,000-square-foot space to bring The Fresh Grocer to RMC Assets' 523 Fulton Street location.

Canada: Court restricts union pickets at Metro warehouses, grocer says deliveries to resume
Metro has been granted a temporary injunction to restrict pickets by striking workers at distribution warehouses in Toronto. Deliveries will resume, and stores will be resupplied as soon as possible, the Montreal-based grocer said in a statement.

US: CT's first Wegmans site begins demolition in Norwalk; opening set for 2025, promising 400-500 jobs
Demolition has begun at the site of Connecticut's first Wegmans, with its opening expected in 2025. Norwalk can anticipate 400 to 500 job opportunities with the new store on Connecticut Avenue.

Vietnamese firms look to Thailand amid export challenges
Nguyen Huu Nam, deputy head of the Vietnam Federation of Commerce and Industry in HCMC, said exports have been plagued by difficulties this year, including a decline in orders from the US and the EU, two key markets. Some fruits such as mango, longan, and lychee have been sold in Central Retail's supermarkets in Thailand at four or five times higher prices than in Vietnam, he added.

Poland: Eurocash Group posts double-digit revenue growth in first half
Eurocash Group has reported 11% year-on-year growth in revenue, to PLN16bln (€3.6bln) in the first half of its financial year. In the period, consolidated EBITDA increased by nearly 7% to PLN434mln (€97.2mln) compared to the first half of 2022, the company said in a statement.

UK: Morrisons creates 300 new jobs at Thrapston site after 'significant' investment
There are 300 new jobs on offer at Morrisons' Thrapston manufacturing site after it received a 'significant' investment. The supermarket chain is on the lookout for new full and part-time starters at the Haldens Parkway facility, which plays a role in supplying the 499 stores across the UK. The site prepares and packs fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

Australia's first 100% plant-based supermarket could change the country forever
Australia's first fully plant-based supermarket, Greens, which opened in Newtown on July 31, could pave the way for future and existing stores to operate. This was the aim of co-founders Sophia Stewart Kasimba and Peter Varvaressos when opening the supermarket.

Bulgarian former fruit picker at WB Chambers in Langley, near Maidstone, tells story of success
When you pop to the supermarket and pick up a punnet of strawberries, it's likely it has come from WB Chambers. The family-run company produces fruit across 20 locations in the South East. Its chief operating officer, Salih Hodzhov, grew up in Bulgaria before taking a chance on an agricultural scheme that changed his life.

Germany: Aldi Süd launches home delivery service
Aldi Süd's new home delivery service will be available via the "Mein Aldi" app to anyone living in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Duisburg, and Oberhausen, all of which lie in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Nigeria's online grocery store Easyshop Easycook shuts down operations
An online grocery store, Easyshop Easycook Services, has closed shop after 18 years of operations in the country. The firm arguably pioneered online grocery delivery service, but due to an unfavorable business environment, the organization has shut down its operations.

Sligro simplifies operations, removes Belgian management
Dutch food service retailer Sligro is merging its Dutch and Belgian food service into a single structure. As a result, managing director Belgium Rudi Petit-Jean is leaving the company.

UK: Marks & Spencer on track to return to FTSE 100 as pre-tax profits soar
Marks & Spencer is on track to re-enter the UK's list of top-rated companies for the first time in four years amid hopes of a permanent revival at the high street stalwart.

Thailand: Big C Retail postpones $1bln IPO
Big C Retail Corporation has postponed a planned initial public offering (IPO) due to unfavorable market conditions, parent firm Berli Jucker announced. Big C, the supermarket arm of Thai listed trading group Berli Jucker controlled by billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, could raise as much as $1bln in the IPO as early as Q4 of this year, sources had said.

Australia: Woolworths continues the rollout of Metro stores as supermarkets converted
Woolworths will continue its rollout of Metro stores across Sydney as it converts classic supermarkets into smaller-format stores. "Customers can expect to have a great range of products tailored to the needs of the local community," a Woolworths spokesperson said. "This includes more food for tonight's dinner, tomorrow's breakfast, snacking and entertaining while continuing to deliver the freshest fruit and vegetables."

Belgium: Revamped Okay Tremelo reopens as a sustainable neighborhood supermarket on August 30
On Wednesday, August 30, Okay Tremelo reopened its doors after undergoing a thorough facelift. The fresh and modern design of the store helps customers find their way around the varied fresh products range. "In the freshmart, our extensive range of fresh fruit and vegetables is shown to its full advantage," store manager Cindy explains.

South Africa: Woolworths' annual profit rises on sales, online boost
Retailer Woolworths reported a nearly 15% rise in annual profit as promotional sales, online growth, and lower debt offset the impact of power cuts in the country and a cost-of-living crisis in its operating regions. The food and fashion retailer posted headline earnings per share - a profit measure - of 423.4 South African cents from continuing operations in the 12-month period ended June 25, from 368.7 cents seen a year earlier.

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