UK: Amazon Prime members can now get free delivery on HelloFresh orders
Amazon UK reported: "Save on HelloFresh meals all year with free delivery through your Prime membership. If your New Year’s resolution is to expand your cooking skills, being an Amazon Prime member will come in handy. Prime members can now access inspirational recipes and fresh ingredients from HelloFresh with no delivery charge for a whole year".
Source: aboutamazon.co.uk

Spain: Dia posts 3.1% sales growth in FY 2023
Spanish retailer Dia closed 2023 with year-on-year growth of 3.1% in like-for-like sales to €7.65bln, while fourth-quarter sales reached €1.98bln. Dia said in a trading update that its performance was marked by financial stability, as it prioritized profitability and debt reduction alongside sales growth.
Source: esmmagazine.com

Aldi makes it even easier for customers to buy British
Aldi UK reported: "Aldi has introduced a ‘Best of British’ section to its website in a bid to help shoppers support British businesses. Last year, over 80% of Aldi’s sales came from British suppliers, with the supermarket being the market leader in sales of fresh British fruit and veg".
Source: aldipresscentre.co.uk

UK: Too Good To Go app boasts 30mln meals saved since launch
Surplus food redistribution app Too Good To Go says it has reached a milestone 30mln meals saved since launching in the UK eight years ago. The company says it is still gaining momentum, with 2023 seeing 36% year-on-year growth in meals saved and UK users saving more than £95mln. London, Birmingham, and Bristol were the top cities.
Source: talkingretail.com

Australia's Woolworths flags $1bln charge against New Zealand stores on bleak outlook
Woolworths forecast a non-cash impairment of NZ$1.6bln ($974.40mln) in its 2024 interim results, as the retailer's New Zealand business faces challenges and a weak market outlook, with shares losing most in a fortnight.
Source: reuters.com

UK: John Lewis considering cutting 11,000 jobs after slashing redundancy terms
The owner of John Lewis and Waitrose is considering cutting up to 11,000 staff jobs in the next five years after the retail group slashed redundancy terms.
Source: theguardian.com

SPAR Gran Canaria reflects on 2023 retail network investment
SPAR Gran Canaria reflects on investment in its retail network in 2023: Three new stores opened their doors to customers - SPAR Bahía Feliz, SPAR Express Puerto Azul, and SPAR Taliarte in Telde. A further eight stores were modernized - SPAR Pi y Margall, SPAR Anfi, SPAR San Juan de Guía, SPAR La Garita, SPAR Siete Palmas, SPAR Pintor Felo Monzón, SPAR Castillo del Romeral, and SPAR Tejeda.
Source: spar-international.com

UK: Aldi creates new recipe page to help shoppers get a varied five-a-day
Aldi is on a mission to get the nation out of a fruit and veg rut after new research revealed a quarter (24%) of Brits buy the same produce items every week. The UK’s cheapest supermarket has compiled a set of recipes to inspire the nation when cooking, which it will continue to add to with new recipes throughout the year. The research also revealed how nearly seven in 10 (68%) will always buy bananas and potatoes, with more than half (55%) saying they always ensure apples and onions are in their basket. Meanwhile, butternut squash, pomegranate, and aubergines are at the bottom of these lists, with things like kale, asparagus, avocados, and cherries also featuring low down.
Source: aldipresscentre.co.uk

Denmark: Pernille Skipper nominated as chairperson of Coop Amba
The national council of Coop has nominated a former member of parliament and political spokesperson for Enhedslisten, Pernille Skipper, for the post of chairperson of Coop Amba. Coop Amba, the association behind Coop Danmark, has nearly two million Danes as members and owners.
Source: esmmagazine.com

Groupe Casino disposes of stake in Colombia’s Éxito Group
Groupe Casino has completed the sale of its 34.05% direct stake in Colombian subsidiary Éxito Group. Grupo Pão de Açucar (GPA), a Brazilian company controlled by Groupe Casino, also contributed its 13.31% stake in Éxito to the bids, the French retailer noted in a statement.
Source: esmmagazine.com

US: Grocery Outlet appoints Ramesh Chikkala to newly created EVP, Chief Operations Officer role
Grocery Outlet Holding Corp. ("Grocery Outlet" or the "Company") announced that it has appointed Ramesh Chikkala to the newly created position of EVP, Chief Operations Officer.
Source: globenewswire.com

US: Kroger unveils new produce supplier biodiversity goal
The Kroger Co. announced a new goal to advance sustainability in its fresh produce supply chain, further protecting pollinators and biodiversity. Kroger will require all of its fresh produce suppliers to use Integrated Pest Management practices for all products supplied to Kroger by 2028 or 2030, based on the grower's size. Medium- to large-sized growers will be expected to meet the goal by the end of 2028 and small-sized growers by 2030.
Source: prnewswire.com

US: Indiana-based Raydia Food Group acquires B & B Foods Distributors, Inc.
Indiana's largest independent foodservice distribution company - Raydia Food Group, formerly Stanz-Troyer Holdings, LLC - announced that it had acquired Terre Haute, Indiana-based B & B Foods Distributors, Inc. B & B Foods, a second-generation, family-owned company, is a full-line food distributor, restaurant equipment supplier, and wholesale grocery store. The company currently enjoys $33mln in sales and has 60 employees. B & B Foods owner Scott Isles will continue to serve as president of B & B Foods, reporting to Raydia Food Group CEO Moe Alkemade.
Source: prnewswire.com

Walmart engaged in illegal union busting at California store, U.S. agency says
Walmart has been accused by a U.S. labor agency of using a series of illegal tactics to deter unionizing at a California store. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said it had issued a complaint alleging Walmart interrogated workers at the Eureka, California, store about their union activities, removed pro-union flyers from a break room, and threatened employees who distributed union literature in violation of U.S. labor law.
Source: reuters.com