UK: New Aldi store in Chadderton to open on December 7
Aldi is set to open its brand new store on Lydia Becker Way in Chadderton on Thursday, December 7, at 8 am. Team GB star Sarah Jones will be giving away complimentary bags of fresh fruit and vegetables from Aldi's famous Super 6 range to the first 30 customers in the queue on opening morning.
Source: oldham-chronicle.co.uk

Monoprix to open first Belgian store near Brussels
Casino is expanding its city-centre supermarket concept Monoprix to Belgium. The French retail group plans to open its first shop - through a franchisee - in Waterloo as a spearhead of its European expansion ambitions. Master franchiser Transversale obtained a location permit from the municipality near Brussels last month, Belgian newspapers De Tijd and L'Echo report. An exact opening date is not yet known.
Source: retaildetail.eu

Amazon's logistics workers in Spain plan Cyber Monday walk-outs
Spanish union CCOO called on 20,000 warehouse and delivery workers at Amazon's local unit to stage a one-hour strike on each shift on November 27, a date known by retailers as 'Cyber Monday,' and the same on the following day to demand better wages and working conditions. There are three working shifts a day at Amazon in Spain.
Source: reuters.com

Belgium: SPAR International launches SPAR ENJOY healthy food-to-go solution
SPAR ENJOY was officially launched at the opening of SPAR Lamot in Mechelen, Belgium, and developed in collaboration with SPAR International. This food service solution provides customers with a variety of healthy meals to go, which are prepared using only fresh ingredients.
Source: spar-international.com

Commission launches new 'EU One Stop Shop' to boost Green Line trade in Cyprus
The Commission has launched the new 'EU One Stop Shop Supporting Green Line Trade and Businesses' service in Nicosia, Cyprus. It is designed to provide information and technical assistance to businesses and individuals who are or are interested in trading across the Green Line in Cyprus.
Source: commission.europa.eu

UK: Deliveroo's top trending dishes of 2023 have been revealed, and a fruit has been a surprising hit
According to Deliveroo's ‘100 Report', the fifth was - somewhat surprisingly - a bunch of small Fairtrade bananas from Waitrose: Small Fairtrade Bananas 7 per pack from Waitrose, London.
Source: metro.co.uk

UK's M&S wins judicial review of Marble Arch store plan
The British government's decision to block retailer Marks & Spencer from rebuilding its flagship store in Marble Arch in London can go to judicial review, the High Court ruled.
Source: reuters.com

Holland: Payment of contingent consideration in relation to the sale of iFood stake
Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V., hereinafter the "Company," or together with its group companies "Just Eat Takeaway.com," announces that the contingent consideration on the disposal of its stake in iFood amounted to €6mln and will be settled before year-end.
Source: justeattakeaway.com

Scotland food banks' dreading the winter' as demand rises
Food banks across Scotland have noticed a continuing increase in users, while some say donations have dropped. The People's Pantry aims to provide nutritious and "culturally appropriate" food to accommodate the community, particularly as Govanhill is one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Scotland. Ms Uygun is the chief executive of Govanhill Baths, which manages the pantry: "There are lots of vegetables that you wouldn't get in supermarkets because they're eaten by a particular ethnic group, and they don't get catered for."
Source: bbc.com

Who is Monoprix, the French newcomer on the Belgian market?
Monoprix, a famous French retailer with a rich history, is coming to Belgium. What can shoppers - and competitors - expect from this remarkable newcomer?
Source: retaildetail.eu

US: Publix announces Executive Chairman, CEO, and President
Publix announced that effective January 1, 2024, CEO Todd Jones will become Executive Chairman, President Kevin Murphy will be promoted to CEO, and Senior Vice President John Goff will be promoted to President. Chairman of the Board Ed Crenshaw will remain on the board of directors as Chairman Emeritus.
Source: businesswire.com

US: KeHE Distributors' 2024 macro trends show consumers want healthier, more convenient options
KeHE Distributors®, a distributor of natural & organic, specialty, and fresh products in North America, has identified the top macro trends in the food and beverage industry to inform retailers' product selections for 2024: Better for Us; Redefined Convenience; Seeking Sustainability; Influenced Foods; Finding Functionality; The Real Deal; Nutrient-Focused Consumers.
Source: kehe.com

How Walmart stays on top with its trading partners
For the 27th consecutive year, Walmart has claimed the top retailer spot in Kantar's annual industry benchmarking report. The Kroger Co. took the No. 2 spot, and Target placed No. 3 among retailers in this year's PoweRanking, which identifies retailers and manufacturers/suppliers that set the standard of performance, ranked by their trading partners.
Source: progressivegrocer.com

US: Edible barrier packaging for snacking on the go
The peels and skins of fruits and vegetables are quite possibly the most perfect food packaging, inspiring Foodberry, a Boston-based food tech startup, to take a cue from Mother Nature with its development of a novel, edible food coating positioned as a nutrient-rich alternative to plastic.
Source: packagingdigest.com

US: Host a last-minute Thanksgiving for 8 on a $100 budget with Sam's Club
Sam's Club is helping members set an effortless, elevated, and affordable holiday table with a traditional Thanksgiving feast for at least eight people for under $100. Amongst other things: Member's Mark Brussels Sprouts $5.88/lb; Pre-prepped and seasoned Brussels sprouts - bake uncovered for 30 minutes - stirring halfway through cooking. Member's Mark Cranberry Crunch Salad $5.28/lb; Elevate your salad experience with this fresh baby spinach salad, complete with Tessemae's sweet and tangy Organic Honey Poppyseed Dressing, crunchy chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, and juicy fresh blueberries.
Source: corporate.walmart.com

US: Associated Food Stores debuts smaller concept for Macey's brand
Associated Food Stores (AFS) has opened the first Macey's Market in the Pinebrook neighborhood of Park City, Utah. Macey's Market's produce department continually sources local produce throughout the year.
Source: progressivegrocer.com

Food waste is a huge problem in the US. More knowledge about packaging could help.
According to MSU's study, fruits and vegetables, prepared foods, and dairy are the most frequently wasted food categories in American households. Fruits and vegetables accounted for 77% of waste, with bananas (32%), lettuce (25%), and strawberries (8%) discarded most frequently. AMERIPEN, the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment, co-sponsored the study.
Source: globenewswire.com