Seasonal equilibrium: A fresh feast for well-balanced celebrations
5+ A Day Trustee and Principal Scientist and Team Leader at Plant and Food Research, Dr Carolyn Lister, says the festive season can lead to eating too much of the wrong types of foods. “We often have the tendency to eat lots of energy-dense foods that are lacking in nutrients”, she says. “Seasonal fruit and vegetables like blueberries, strawberries, cherries, tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, avocados and asparagus contain a whole range of vitamins and minerals to help your body use that energy more effectively and keep you going in the end-of-year rush”.
Source: 5aday.co.nz

UK: Tesco to introduce new scan-free technology on self-service tills at GetGo store
Customers at the Tesco Fulham Reach Express will be able to just walk up to the scan-free checkout and it will magically present them with a list of the products they have picked up, so they don’t have to spend any time scanning each item. They can check the list and then pay in the usual way.
Source: tescoplc.com

Portugal: Continente invests €35mln in 16 new proximity stores
Supermarket chain Continente has announced the opening of 16 new proximity stores by the end of the year. The project will require an investment of €35mln and will result in the creation of 512 jobs, the retailer said. As a result, the MC-owned brand will close the year with more than 180 Continente Bom Dia stores in Portugal, where around 8,000 people work.
Source: esmmagazine.com

UK: Asda donates 1mln breakfasts to mark decade of FareShare partnership
Asda announced that it will provide the equivalent of 1mln breakfast meals to mark 10 years of its partnership with FareShare, the UK’s biggest charity fighting hunger and tackling food waste. The donations are being provided via Asda’s wholly owned subsidiary IPL and will consist of a portion of cereal as well as a piece of fruit supplied to the Magic Breakfasts programme via FareShare.
Source: corporate.asda.com

Billa Bulgaria opens first Billa Today store in Plovdiv
Supermarket chain operator Billa Bulgaria, part of Germany's REWE Group, said that it has opened its first Billa Today store in the south-central city of Plovdiv, following an investment of over 2mln levs ($1.1mln/1mln euro).
Source: seenews.com

How this click-and-collect farmers' market has survived and thrived beyond the pandemic
For a time, small-scale farmers lost their ability to trade because farmers' markets shut or were restricted, and events disappeared. Chez Orchard, producer liaison from the Tasmanian Produce Collective said the food industry had to pivot quickly. "Our farmers, like lots of other businesses in Australia, were scrambling to find ways to service their market and sell their products", she said. It was halfway through 2020 when a group of like-minded farmers formed the co-operative Ms Orchard now helps to manage. They created an online store selling local, seasonal produce including meat, vegetables, eggs, cheese, bread, fruit juice, honey, and berries.
Source: abc.net.au

Spain: Eroski focuses on private label and debt reduction
Supermarket chain Eroski is intensifying its focus on private-label brands as a key strategy to compete with rivals Mercadona and Lidl. Eroski aims to appeal to value-conscious consumers by promoting its own brands, offering high-quality products at affordable prices, it said.
Source: esmmagazine.com

India: DMart is Morgan Stanley's most preferred online grocer
DMart is a preferred choice among online grocers for Morgan Stanley even as the retailer is not the go-to e-commerce platform and also does not offer instant delivery. The total addressable market for the supermarket chain, operated by Avenue Supermarts Ltd., is sufficient for online, offline, and quick delivery to co-exist, Morgan Stanley said in its report. The brokerage also cited DMart's profitability as one of the factors for its positive outlook.
Source: bqprime.com

UK: Urgent action needed at scale to tackle food waste in our homes
Catherine David, Director of Behaviour Change and Business Programmes at WRAP: “For example, we know that buying loose fruit and veg helps people waste less at home and so we’re working with retailers to sell more loose fresh produce which removes single use plastics too.”
Source: wrap.org.uk

Fainders.AI partners with GS25 to launch an autonomous convenience store in Seoul, South Korea
Fainders.AI has teamed up with GS25, the largest convenience store brand in Korea, to launch an autonomous store in Seoul, South Korea. The new autonomous convenience store is powered by Fainders.AI's latest vision AI technology.
Source: prnewswire.com

Italy: Unes drops ‘Every Day Low Price’ policy
Supermarket chain Unes has announced it is dropping its 'Every Day Low Price' policy, opting for a more traditional approach involving flyers, promotions, and a loyalty app.
Source: esmmagazine.com

UK: Tesco launches Nature Programme with step-up in support for water commitment
Tesco has stepped up its support for a key commitment on tackling water pollution and risk in the food industry, as it announced plans to roll out a programme of work to aid the shift to a nature positive food system.
Source: tescoplc.com

German union Verdi calls for strikes at Amazon on Black Friday
German trade union Verdi has called on members to go on strike at five Amazon distribution centres across Germany on Black Friday, it said in a statement. Strong demand thanks to bargains on Black Friday mean the day is usually one of the most profitable for online retailers like Amazon.
Source: reuters.com

US: Detroit Lions, Kroger, Lineage Foundation for Good tackle Detroit food insecurity this Thanksgiving with Gleaners Community Food Bank
The Detroit Lions, in partnership with Kroger Co. of Michigan and Lineage Foundation for Good, teamed up with Gleaners Community Food Bank to tackle food insecurity this Thanksgiving, packaging more than 57,500 total meals for families in the Detroit community. The week before Thanksgiving, Detroit Lions players, coaches and staff, along with Kroger staff, Lineage staff and Gleaners volunteers gathered at Gleaners headquarters in Taylor, Michigan to pack 2,500 meal kits. The kits were packed with the following ingredients provided by Kroger and Lineage: green beans, corn, fruit, dressing/stuffing, potatoes, mac' n' cheese, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy and corn muffins mix.
Source: detroitlions.com