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Store hat trick in London for Lidl

Mercadona is in talks to sell about 30 stores to MDSR

UK: Supermarket group Asda says 5,000 jobs at risk in restructuringBritish supermarket group Asda said it has started a consultation with 5,000 workers potentially impacted by operational changes to simplify the business. Asda, now owned by the Issa brothers and private equity group TDR Capital,…

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The GIANT Company: New partnership with Rodale Institute

Presidente Supermarkets plans to open 7 grocery stores across Florida

Canada: Pandemic demand lifts comps at LoblawThe pandemic is driving demand at Canada's Loblaw Companies, as the grocery chain said same-store sales both in-store and online rose impressively during the fourth quarter. For the quarter ended January 2, Loblaw reported revenue of $9.8bln. This represented…

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Rewe’s turnover reached the €75bln mark for the first time

Majid Al Futtaim recorded a 188% rise in its online sales

Australia: Woolworths warns of slowing sales growth after first-half profit surgeWoolworths Group warned of slowing sales growth ahead after a pandemic-driven surge in demand helped Australia’s largest supermarket chain post a 28% jump in the first-half profit. “We expect sales to decline over the March…

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BigCommerce sealed a new partnership with Walmart

Amazon Go stores generate a high level of interest among Americans

US: Natural Grocers™ brings organic and natural groceries and free nutrition education to Jefferson City on March 3Natural Grocers, the nation's largest family-operated natural and organic grocery retailer, announces the opening of its Jefferson City, Missouri location, scheduled for Wednesday, March 3,…

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Village Grocer stops use of plastic bags

CBI: UK retailers see sharp fall in sales and mounting job losses

Retail and wholesale vital to Europe's recovery: EuroCommerceEuroCommerce director-general Christian Verschueren has emphasised that retail and wholesale play a pivotal role in driving Europe's economic recovery and global competitiveness. Speaking at the EU Industry Days event, he also stressed that…

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U.S. online grocery sales shot back up in January

PPIH has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Gelson’s Markets

Increased delivery, pickup use hoists U.S. online grocery salesFueled by a surge in delivery and pickup purchases, U.S. online grocery sales shot back up in January after declining from an early summer peak, according to the Brick Meets Click/Mercatus Grocery Shopping Survey. Online grocery sales totaled…

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Supermarket chain Svetofor to open its first store in Serbia

Bestway Wholesale completed its acquisition of the Costcutter Supermarkets Group

France: Carrefour does not see Casino as an acquisition targetCarrefour, Europe’s largest food retailer, does not see major acquisition opportunities in France and does not view smaller domestic peer Casino as a possible target, Carrefour Chief Executive Alexandre Bompard said. “We do not see…

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Meijer’s Rivertown Market in Detroit is searching for 2,000 items

Debut for FMI’s Supermarket Employee Day

US: Meijer’s forthcoming small format seeks hyperlocal productsMeijer’s fourth small-format store, Rivertown Market in Detroit, is searching for hyperlocal products - 2,000 items to be exact - to fill its shelves upon opening later this year. Store Manager Marcus Reliford set the goal and is inviting…

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Hy-Vee: Winner of the 2021 Healthiest State Large Workplace Award

Giant urban flagship store in Philadelphia

Walmart's Mexico unit boosts logistics spending in $1bln capex planWalmart’s Mexico unit will ramp up logistics spending this year as a part of a 22.2bln peso ($1.09bln) plan aimed at further boosting online sales, which soared in 2020, the retailer said. Walmart de Mexico said it will put a quarter of…

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Navis Capital Partners is exploring a sale of The Food Purveyor

Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd are to merge their e-commerce activities in Germany

Majid Al Futtaim taps IBM blockchain for food traceability at Carrefour storesCarrefour will use blockchain to enable food traceability across the supply chain. Majid Al Futtaim, which holds the Carrefour franchise for the Middle East, Asia and Africa, will leverage IBM Food Trust, a blockchain-enabled…

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South Korean retailer Shinsegae Group has invested in Singapore’s Grab

AMCU has allowed Silpo to buy Furshet retail chain

Britain's Asda ends Walmart era on the upBritish supermarket group Asda ended its 22 years under Walmart ownership with accelerating underlying sales in the Christmas quarter, driven by strong demand for premium ranges. Asda, now owned by the Issa brothers and private equity group TDR Capital, reported a…

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Meijer is on track to complete implementation of Flashfood program

Walmart: Record Q4 and FY21 revenue

Amazon retains title of the world’s most valuable retail brandBrand Finance has released its latest retail ranking that has been expanded to include 100 brands to give a fuller picture of the diverse sector. Amazon has retained the title of the world’s most valuable retail brand, recording a 15% brand…

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Tata Group has reached an agreement to acquire a majority stake in BigBasket

Carrefour: Best sales performance in 20 years

Switzerland: Coop reports ‘stable profit’ in FY 2020Coop Switzerland has posted a ‘stable profit’ of CHF539mln (€499.2mln) in its financial year 2020 with sales amounting to CHF30.2bln (€28bln). Sales at Coop supermarkets grew by 14.3%, to CHF12.0bln (€11.1bln), and contributed to its performance during…

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Invatron fresh-ordering software chosen by The Fresh Market

More Kroger store closings fuelled by Seattle pay mandate

US: New Acosta COVID-19 report reveals 75% of shoppers plan to stick to at least some of their new habits post-COVIDAcosta, an integrated sales and marketing services provider in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, released findings from its most recent COVID-19 shopper insights study. The…

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Tesco Malaysia has officially changed its name

Profit rises on higher revenue for Ahold Delhaize

UK: Completion of acquisition of Asda by the Issa Brothers and TDR Capital LtdWalmart Inc. (“Walmart”), Asda Group Limited (“Asda”), the Issa brothers and TDR Capital have announced that the Issa brothers, founders and co-CEOs of EG Group, a global convenience and forecourts retailer, headquartered in…

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Hy-Vee has filed plans to build a “online grocery pick-up kiosk”

The Giant Company and Peapod Digital Labs subsidiary have partnered with Swisslog

Walmart temporarily closes over 600 stores as winter storms pound parts of USWalmart closed hundreds of stores as a result of the winter storm bringing freezing rain, snow and subfreezing temperatures across the U.S. Approximately 628 Walmart and Sam's Club stores from Oregon to Florida have temporarily…

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Spar Scotland: Future plans for growth

Ahold Delhaize has agreed to take over 39 stores from the Deen chain in the Netherlands

Romania: French retailer Cora tests supermini mixed format in BucharestHypermarket operator Cora, controlled by French-Belgian group Louis Delhaize, will launch a new convenience store format in Romania, Economica.net reported. The new stores will also serve as pick-up points for online shopping. If…

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Start date for new CFO confirmed by Ocado

Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores will be rebranded as US Foods CHEF’STORE

US: Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores to become US Foods CHEF’STOREUS Foods Holding Corp. announced that effective March 1, Smart Foodservice® Warehouse Stores will be rebranded as US Foods CHEF’STORE®. US Foods acquired Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores in April 2020 to accelerate growth in the cash…

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Morrisons confirmed possibility of redundancies at Head Office

Grofers has reported a 111% increase in its revenue

Saudi Arabia: LuLu launches its first all-woman store, in JeddahThe hypermarket operator LuLu has launched its first all-woman store - at its LuLu Express store in Jeddah. This comes as the retailer hits the 200-location mark in its network. The team of 103 women is led by Maha Mohammed Alqarni, General…

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Wakefern: ‘Beyond the Bag’

Food Lion and Instacart are expanding SNAP payments

Amazon shareholders support union formationMore than 70 Amazon investors are backing warehouse workers who want to form a trade union in the US. The e-commerce giant is trying to thwart these plans, but investors stood up against Amazon. In a letter, more than 70 Amazon shareholders ask the company to…

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Ahold Delhaize USA is joining forces with HowGood

National Grocers Association pushes back against $15 federal minimum wage

Ahold Delhaize USA reveals latest sustainability goalsAhold Delhaize USA has revealed new health and sustainability goals as part of the retailer’s strategy to develop a more sustainable food supply chain. The new goals arrive as the company’s proprietary research shows that 43% of consumers feel…

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Grofers is in talks for an indirect listing in US via SPAC route

Edeka is to complete the takeover of 44 Real stores

Germany: Wholesaler Metro optimistic despite first-quarter sales slumpWholesale group Metro said that its performance in key markets such as Germany, France and Italy was better than expected in the first quarter of its financial year, despite the group posting a 11.2% sales decline in the period. Group…

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U.S. Conference of Mayors highlighted how Dollar General partnered with Baton Rouge to increase fresh produce

Aldi plans to open 100 new stores

Mexican online grocer Jüsto raises $65mln in General Atlantic-led Series AJüsto, an online supermarket based in Mexico City, announced it has raised $65mln in a Series A round led by General Atlantic. The amount is sizable for a Series A in general, but supersized for a LatAm startup. In fact, according…

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Carrefour partners with Altarea

Most popular destination for online retailers looking to expand: The Netherlands

UK: Tesco urged by investors to sell more healthy foodA group of investors is trying to pressure Tesco, the UK's largest supermarket, into selling healthier food and drink amid a growing obesity problem. Investors led by pressure group ShareAction will ask shareholders to vote for their plan. Tesco is…

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Spar: First major food retailer in Austria to launch a partnership with Too Good To Go

ICA has launched a new health strategy

Food retail landscape is changing for good, says Britain's OcadoBritish online grocer and technology group Ocado said the landscape for food retailing was changing for good as it reported a 69% jump in annual core earnings that were boosted by the COVID-19 pandemic generating huge demand for home…

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Instacart has acquired over 250 patents from IBM

DoorDash has acquired Chowbotics

US: United Supermarkets CEO to RetireUnited Supermarkets LLC CEO Robert Taylor has revealed he will retire on March 1, and that Sidney Hopper, currently president of Lubbock, Texas-based United, will succeed him. Taylor will remain in an advisory role for the company as EVP - senior advisor.Source: progressivegrocer.com  US: GrubMarket…

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ICA has posted a 5.4% increase in sales in January

Aldi: First click-and-collect service launched for customers in Ireland

Brits are creating the highest demand for fruit and vegetables this centuryTesco reported: "Healthy-minded Brits are creating the biggest demand for fruit and vegetables this century, latest sales data can reveal. Since the first lockdown started last year, stay-at-home Brits with more time on their…

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Imperfect Foods announced its Series D commitment will total $110mln

Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops Markets have entered into a definitive merger agreement

US: First deliveries made into Kroger’s Ocado CFCThe first cases have been delivered into the first CFC that is due to open as part of the strategic partnership between Kroger and Ocado. The delivery of the first cases marks an important milestone in the Kroger Ocado partnership. The delivery, into the…

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In's Mercato is planning 30 new store openings

New strategy of Biedronka stores

Germany: Metro to appoint Wuerth Manager Greubel as CEOMetro AG, the German wholesaler that has been without a permanent chief executive since the start of the year, is set to appoint Steffen Greubel to the post. Greubel will take the helm at Metro from May 1, if approved by the supervisory board, Metro said in a statement. He…

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BJ’s expands New York presence

First quarter fiscal 2021 results for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

US: Chicory survey reveals that over 50% of consumers place an online grocery order once a week or more oftenChicory, the leading digital shopper marketing platform for CPG and grocery companies, released the results of a new national grocery consumer research study, Online Grocery Usership Changes Year…

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Musgrave Group has teamed up with SEAI

Carrefour Taiwan finalized the purchase of Wellcome supermarkets and Jasons Market Place stores

UK: Sainsbury’s brings a new flagship store to the marketSainsbury’s has opened the doors to its relaunched Hempstead Valley supermarket in Kent, showcasing its latest product offer and format design. After 8 months of redevelopment works, the 62,000 sq. ft supermarket has been transformed into a next…

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Launch of Goodfood WOW in Toronto

Fresh food and e-commerce sales surged at Costco in January

US: Food supply chain Teamsters vote to strike third largest grocery chain in the SouthwestTeamster drivers and warehouse workers at a critical Albertsons grocery distribution center have overwhelmingly voted by 98% to authorize a strike to protest the company's failure to address workers' COVID-19…

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Amazon Fresh: Launch in Madrid

Carrefour has set its sights on Prosol

China’s Sun Art: 2020 review and 2021 growth planChina’s largest grocery retailer reported its revenue up by +0.1% year-on-year (YoY) for the 12 months ended 31 December. Sun Art achieved total revenue of CNY95,486mln (US$14,786mln) in 2020, a 0.1% YoY increase from last year’s CNY95,357mln…

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The National Grocers Association and FMI-The Food Industry Association have issued an open letter

Giant Food is celebrating 85 years in business this year

Amazon reveals eye-catching helix office tower for Virginia headquartersAmazon revealed plans for the next phase of its headquarters redevelopment in Virginia, featuring a signature 350-foot (107-meter) helix-shaped office tower that can be climbed from the outside like a mountain hike. The head-turning…

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Meijer’s neighborhood market store: 1st year operating in pandemic

Amazon: Sales record and CEO Jeff Bezos steps down

US: Kroger blames pandemic pay for store closuresKroger is blaming mandated pandemic hazard pay for the upcoming closings of two supermarkets it owns in Long Beach, California. The stores scheduled to close are: The Ralphs store located at 3380 N. Los Coyotes Diagonal, and the Food 4 Less store located…

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Update in relation to acquisition of Asda by Issa Brothers and TDR Capital

Alibaba Group: Impressive earnings figures for the last quarter

British lockdowns drive acceleration in grocery sales growthThe British grocery market saw sales growth accelerate to 12.2% in the latest 12-week period as reintroduced lockdown restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19 caused people to spend more on food and drink, industry data showed. Market…

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Amazon and University of Southern California: Joint research center

Loblaws has partnered with Loop

US: UNFI taps Walmex VP Dorn Wenninger to lead produceWalmart Mexico executive Dorn Wenninger has joined United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) as senior vice president of produce. UNFI said that Wenninger will oversee the company’s strategy and expansion in the produce category. He reports to Paul Green, president of fresh at the…

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Tegut will launch a new store format 'QUARTIER'

X5 Retail Group and McDonald's announce an update on their pilot project

UK: Aldi is calling for Arcadia and Debenhams staff to apply as it creates 4,000 jobsAldi is calling for those affected by the collapse of the Arcadia and Debenhams retail empires to apply as it aims to create 4,000 jobs across the UK this year. The UK supermarket, which announced recently that it would…

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Amazon is reportedly set to open a new distribution base in Ireland

Eurotorg: 4Q 2020 and FY 2020 operating results

Auchan to focus on modernisation in RussiaAccording to reports in Finmarket, Auchan is not planning to open any stores in Russia in 2021. Instead, the retailer will focus on its current projects of modernising existing stores and improving operational efficiency. As part of this, it will look to evolve…

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Children have tried to feed robots bananas

Southeastern Grocers withdraws IPO

US: Autonomous food delivery company Starship Technologies, which has enjoyed explosive growth, says kids are feeding its robots bananasStarship Technologies, the autonomous delivery company that sends little six-wheeled robots to people's doorsteps with groceries and takeout, has had an astonishing…

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Amazon and Samara Capital invest in supermarket chain More

Lidl GB: After tax loss of 13.6mln pounds

Denmark: Coop 365 appoints store managers as partnersManagers and deputy managers of Coop 365 chain in Denmark have become partners of the company as part of a new agreement, Coop Denmark said in a press release. The retailer hopes the agreement will give managers more earning opportunities, increased…

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Mercatus: Launch of SNAP EBT Online

C&K Market completed a transaction to become a 100% employee-owned company

US: Kroger announces Kevin Brown and Amanda Sourry elected to Kroger Board of DirectorsThe Kroger Co. announced that Kevin Brown and Amanda Sourry have been elected to the company's board of directors. The company also announced that Bobby Shackouls is retiring from Kroger's board after more than 21…

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Yonghui has opened 37 new stores

Lidl GB: Supermarket of the Year

Spain: Mercadona will no longer provide plastic bags to customersSupermarket chain Mercadona has announced the withdrawal of plastic bags both in physical stores and in home and online service. This comes as part of its 6.25 Strategy, and means that compostable bags made using potato starch will be available for purchases in…

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Trader Joe’s Customer Choice Awards category Favorite Produce: Teeny Tiny Avocados

Walmart is enlisting the help of robots

US: Sunbasket evolves into full-service health-forward food delivery companySunbasket announced its reimagined identity as a full-service food delivery company, empowering every consumer to lead a healthy lifestyle. Expanding beyond the meal kit category, the brand has broadened its appeal to deliver an…

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Lidl is to create 1,200 jobs in Ireland over the next year

Whisk has now added Sainsbury’s to its platform

Singapore: Sheng Siong to reward staff with up to 16 months’ bonus after ‘tremendous’ performance in 2020After a bumper year, Sheng Siong's employees will receive bonuses of up to 16 months, inclusive of the annual wage supplement (AWS), an internal memo shows. In a copy of the memo seen by TODAY,…

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Albertsons joined the Beyond the Bag Initiative

Metro: 2021 first quarter results

US: Tops 'ties' in produce department sustainability effortsIn its quest to ensure that even the tiniest detail of its operation is reducing environmental waste, Tops Markets LLC has partnered with TagBack by Bedford Industries to reuse and recycle small but essential produce tags and twist ties. The…

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Lidl opens Baltic logistics center in Riga

Aldi has reached the milestone of 100 stores in Italy

Russia: Lenta reports retail sales growth of 7.3% in FY2020Russian retailer Lenta has posted retail sales growth of 7.3% to RUB438bln (€4.8bln) in full-year 2020. Despite changes in consumer behaviour due to the pandemic, the retailer saw an 11.6% growth in average ticket in hypermarkets as well as…

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Canadian retail sales climbed for the seventh straight month

Empire: Seven Safeway-to-FreshCo conversions

Canadian retail sales bounce back as online shopping surgesRetail sales climbed for the seventh straight month in November as Black Friday deals and a rush to order online gifts early to avoid shipping delays pushed sales up 1.3% to $55.2bln, Statistics Canada said. But the federal agency's unofficial…

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Japan supermarket sales: First rise in 5 years

Tesco: "The highest increase is being seen with leeks and cabbage as well as broccoli and sprouts"

Russia: X5 Retail Group sees digital sales rise more than threefold in 2020X5 Retail Group said that sales across its various digital platforms rose by 362.2% year-on-year, driven by the coronavirus pandemic. The group's digital arm, which includes Perekrestok Vprok, express delivery and 5Post, posted…

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The Giant Co. has joined the GreenChill program

Kroger and Ocado announce location of high-tech Customer Fulfillment Center

Canada: After failed Carrefour bid, Couche-Tard seeks to reassure befuddled shareholdersCanadian convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc has been quietly reassuring shareholders about its growth strategy after its abrupt plan to buy French retailer Carrefour SA befuddled investors and…

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Nisa: Record store recruitment in 2020

Amazon is suing EU antitrust regulators

Romania: Retailer Mega Image leases cold storage, offices in logistic hub near BucharestSupermarket chain Mega Image, part of Ahold Delhaize group, which operates one of the widest networks of stores in Bucharest, has leased 4,500 sqm of cold storage and office spaces in Chitila Logistic Hub. The…

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Imperfect Foods received a commitment to fund $95mln in a Series D growth investment

Southeastern Grocers has launched an IPO

Canada: Downtown Toronto is getting a new Farm BoyDowntown Toronto is getting its third Farm Boy store. Set to open at the corner of Front and Bathurst on January 28, the 33, 478-sq.-ft. store will include many of the hallmarks associated with Farm Boy, including local farm fresh produce, pizza grill and…

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Farmstead expands to Miami

Jackson Whole Grocer is being purchased by Whole Foods Market

US: Meijer seeks products made in the Midwest at upcoming Localization SummitMeijer announced that it will host its first virtual Localization Summit, giving local businesses across the retailer's six-state footprint the opportunity to showcase their offerings to Meijer merchants. "We are proud to be a…

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eBay might be selling its South Korea marketplace

Migros: Sales rise 4%

Holland: Albert Heijn increases market share to 35.0% in 2020: NielsenDutch retailer Albert Heijn increased its market share to 35.0% in 2020, driven by strong demand for home delivery of groceries, according to data from Nielsen. In a year marked by 'extremes', the retailer witnessed the closure of several Albert Heijn 'to go'…

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Carrefour’s acquisition of supermarket chain Supersol costs 338 jobs

Sainsbury's will open its first branch in Qatar

UK: Aldi gives all store colleagues a New Year pay riseAldi has recognised the contribution of its store colleagues by giving them a New Year’s pay rise and increasing its minimum hourly rates from 1 February 2021. All of Aldi’s 30,000 Store Assistants will benefit from the pay rise, with Aldi paying a…

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New online organic grocery market Fergus

Amazon will open 5 facilities in Quebec

US: Kroger testing smarter cartsKroger is getting smarter about its carts. Caper, which describes itself as the creators of the world's first AI-powered shopping cart, says that Kroger has selected Caper's AI-powered shopping cart to test at a Cincinnati store. The new "KroGO" branded smart cart, powered…

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Couche-Tard CEO would love second shot at Carrefour deal

Sprouts Farmers Market: Partnership with MyFitnessPal

Canada: Couche-Tard CEO would love second shot at Carrefour dealAlimentation Couche-Tard would revive its $20bln bid for France’s Carrefour if the Canadian convenience store operator saw a change in the French government’s stance on the proposed deal, its chief executive said. “We’d love to do the…

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Konzum has made its products available through Uber

Amazon will open two new logistics centres in Italy this year

Spanish court drops inquiry into Russian tycoon's bid for DIA retailerSpain’s High Court has dropped an investigation into allegations that Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman acted to depress the share price of DIA while trying to take over the supermarket chain, two judicial sources told Reuters. Following…

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President and CEO Walmart US ecommerce is leaving the business at the end of January

Couche-Tard and Carrefour to work on partnership opportunities after takeover talks failed

Southeast Asia's Grab considering U.S. IPO this year - sourcesSoutheast Asian ride-hailing and food delivery giant Grab is exploring a listing in the United States this year, encouraged by robust investor appetite for IPOs, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The IPO could raise at least…

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Midcounties Co-op has reported a positive performance over the Christmas period

Despite supermarket closures DIA maintains turnover

SPAR Spain continued expansion and modernisation in fourth quarterSupport for local communities continued with investment in new stores and refurbishment by SPAR Spain partners. Home delivery services have been included wherever possible. SPAR Own Brand product ranges complement the full range of…

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CEO Steve Spinner: "This is a really exciting time to be at UNFI"

GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Bengard Marketing

Not just snacks: Albertsons says US customers now make more trips to load up on fresh productsSnacks have proliferated in American grocery baskets during COVID-19. But Albertsons Cos. Inc. says customers are also visiting its stores to stock up on fresh items, whether meat or produce or flowers. “We…

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Jeronimo Martins: Solid FY2020 showing

France’s government says it opposes the proposed takeover of Carrefour by Couche-Tard

South Africa: Pick n Pay CEO Brasher to retire in AprilRichard Brasher, the chief executive of South Africa’s Pick n Pay Stores Ltd, will retire with effect from April 21 after eight years at the helm, the grocer said. Basher will be succeeded as CEO by Pieter Boone, former Chief Operating Officer of…

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Just Eat Takeaway delivered almost 180mln meals in Q4

Tesco: Buoyant Christmas trading

Sweden: ICA posts lfl sales growth of 6.6% in December 2020Swedish retailer ICA Gruppen has reported a like-for-like sales growth of 6.6% across its stores in December 2020. The retail giant generated sales worth SEK12.3bln (€1.22bln) in this period across all banners. In the January to December period, like-for-like sales…

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Target Corporation: Update on holiday sales

Canada's only My Health My Choices program guide launched by Metro

US: Grocery retailer confidence strong heading into 2021, says SN surveyMore than 150 grocery retailers (including brick-and-mortar, online and omnichannel) shared their thoughts and plans for 2021 in Supermarket News’ first Retailer Expectations Survey, covering such topics as the economy, sales…

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Deliveroo plans to expand into around 100 new towns and cities across the UK in 2021

Morrisons: The first UK supermarket group to guarantee pay of at least £10 an hour

Spain: El Corte Inglés to open 28 Supercor stores amid adverse weatherSpanish retailer El Corte Inglés has announced that it will open 28 Supercor supermarkets to provide food and other essential items amid adverse weather conditions. Out of this total, 23 stores are located in Madrid and 5 are in other…

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Walmart: New form of grocery delivery

Couche-Tard is exploring a potential acquisition of Carrefour

US: Digital investments pay off for AlbertsonsSurging online grocery sales lifted Albertsons Companies to stronger-than-expected earnings during the third quarter. For the period ended December 5, same-store sales at Albertsons grew 12.3% on the strength of digital sales, which skyrocketed 225%.…

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Groceries Code Adjudicator Mark White has launched the regulator’s annual survey

Todis expects to report a 13% annual growth in turnover

Click & Collect slots now available from 447 Morrisons stores across the UKMorrisons is expanding its Click & Collect service to 447 stores across the UK to help feed the nation during the third national lockdown. At the start of March 2020, there were just 14 Morrisons stores offering the Click &…

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Amazon Top U.S. Grocery Retailer for the 2021 dunnhumby Retailer Preference Index

HelloFresh has opened a new distribution center

US: Walmart announces creation of new fintech startupWalmart announced the creation of a new fintech startup designed to develop and offer modern, innovative and affordable financial solutions. The new company is a strategic partnership with leading fintech investment firm Ribbit Capital. The venture…

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Gruppo Selex has become the second largest player in the Italian grocery sector

Auchan Retail Romania has signed a partnership with foodpanda

Coop Switzerland sees slight decline in sales in 2020At a group level, Coop Switzerland reported sales fell by 0.2% to CHF30.2bln (US$34.4bln), with its performance held back by its specialist formats. Its grocery formats, though, saw strong growth, as shoppers changed where they bought food and cooked…

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NCR has acquired grocery e-commerce company Freshop

Costco generated double-digit net and comparable sales growth in December

US: Schnuck Markets keeps it in the family with new VPSchnuck Markets has appointed Ted Schnuck as the food retailer’s vice president, fresh. He will lead strategy development and execution for fresh food categories including meat, seafood, bakery, produce, floral as well as deli and prepared foods. This…

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Vietnam’s retail sales: The lowest growth in 9 years

Aldi Portugal has opened the first of 25 new stores it plans to open in 2021

HelloFresh expands to JapanWithin 5 to 7 years, HelloFresh aims to grow from 3.6bln to 10bln euros in turnover. To achieve this, the German company is now preparing for further international expansion. The market leader in recipe-kit services is looking at the Asian market: a vacancy for managing…

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FMI: Fresh Foods Agenda for 2021

Albertsons is piloting an automated, temperature-controlled pickup kiosk

US: The Giant Company offers virtual classes to fight ‘meal fatigue’Nutritionists at The Giant Company, the Carlisle, Pennsylvania-based operator of 190 supermarkets, will be offering a series of free virtual cooking classes to help consumers combat “meal fatigue”, as the continuing coronavirus pandemic…

Running a pilot in Ukraine's national supermarket chain

Vertical Field has signed an agreement with Moderntrendo S.R.O, one of the largest agricultural distributors in Ukraine, for the promotion of nationwide deployments of vertical farms. Vertical Field will conduct an initial pilot at Varus, one of the biggest national supermarket chains in the country, in…

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InRetail has acquired Makro stores in Peru

Profit outlook raised by Sainsbury's after stellar Christmas

Britain's Asda urges lockdown shoppers not to stockpileBritish supermarket group Asda urged its customers to shop considerately and not buy more than they normally would after new COVID-19 lockdowns were introduced across the United Kingdom to stem the spread of the virus. Asda, Britain’s third largest…

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Tops has expanded its participation in the Flashfood program

Amazon made its first-ever purchase of Boeing 767-300 aircraft

US: Hitchcock’s Markets introduces nutrition incentivesNorth central Florida independent grocer Hitchcock’s Markets has joined forces with the Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) program in the Sunshine State, part of the non-profit Feeding Florida food bank network, to offer nutrition incentives in all but one of…

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Don Quijote will open its first Taiwanese store

Alibaba plans to raise at least $5bln through the sale of a bond this month

UK: Supermarket websites struggle amid new lockdownSupermarkets' online shopping operations have come under strain with customers rushing to book deliveries as the new coronavirus lockdown began. Within a couple of hours of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's speech to the nation, shoppers reported problems…

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A large segment of the population wants to have in-store experiences

Ahold Delhaize and Centerbridge Partners have closed the acquisition of FreshDirect

US: Traditional grocers projected as ‘2021 winners’Three of the nation’s four largest supermarket operators - The Kroger Co., Albertsons Cos. and Publix Super Markets - are expected to be “winners” in 2021 when it comes to store visits, according to location-based retail foot traffic specialist…

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Metro AG has announced the takeover of Davigel Spain

Aldi: Record Christmas sales

UK: Morrisons' sales rise 8.1% in latest trading periodMorrisons, Britain’s fourth largest supermarket group, reported a rise in underlying sales in its latest trading period, encompassing Christmas and benefiting from out of home eating and drinking being restricted by strict COVID-19 regulations. The group said that group…

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Giant Co. has launched a new initiative to help local public schools across its market area

Sprouts Farmers Market has launched portobello mushrooms and pea protein burgers

U.S. holiday retail sales rise 3% as online shopping booms - Mastercard reportU.S. retail sales rose 3% during this year’s expanded holiday shopping season from October 11 to December 24, a report by Mastercard Inc said, powered by a pandemic-driven shift toward online shopping. U.S. ecommerce sales…

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Tesco has removed 1bln pieces of plastic from its UK business

Carrefour: Acquisition completed of 224 proximity stores in Taiwan

Aldi to spend additional 3.5bln stg on food and drink from British suppliersBritain’s fifth-biggest supermarket Aldi said it plans to increase the amount of food and drink it buys from British suppliers by 3.5bln pounds ($4.77bln) within the next five years as the company continues its rapid expansion…

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Meijer has joined the Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag

Save A Lot has sold its 51 company-operated stores in the Tampa, Florida market

US: Giant Food's investment of $800mln in retirement benefits for union associates approved by UFCW Locals 400 and 27Giant Food, the leading greater Washington D.C. regional grocery chain, announced that the Company and United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Locals 400 and 27 have fully implemented the…

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US: Amazon to face U.S. union push in year ahead

Aldi close to closing deal at one Tallahassee location as hiring begins for anotherAldi is setting its sights on a new grocery store at the University Village on Tallahassee's west side. The German discount grocery is close to closing a deal to build a 20,000 square-foot new store in a detached parcel, a…

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Woolworths launches same-day delivery service

UK: Sainsbury's and Marks and Spencer battle it out for the same York train station locationA Marks and Spencer food shop may not open at York railway station – after a rival supermarket put in plans for the same site.Sainsbury’s has applied for planning permission to open one of its Local branches in…

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US: Online grocery delivery companies recruit extra staff to cope with spike in demand

FDA warns Amazon's Whole Foods Market for misbranding food productsThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Tuesday it has issued a warning letter to Amazon.com Inc’s Whole Foods Market for not labeling some products for the presence of food allergens, which led to a series of product recalls.…

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Morrisons orders 150 fresh new trailers for UK supermarket fleet

India: Billionaires fight it out for India’s retail crownAmazon.com Inc’s chief executive Jeff Bezos, the world’s wealthiest man, is determined to retain his company’s pre-eminence in India’s retail market, estimated to reach $1.3 trillion by 2025, amid a surge in online shopping, and stave off an…

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US: Walmart unveils new product return service

Walmart unveils new product return serviceWalmart Inc said on Monday it had launched a service through which customers can schedule a return for a product bought online, in-store or from a third-party vendor. The service, called Carrier Pickup by FedEx, can be initiated either on the Walmart app or…

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Costcutter acquired by Bestway Wholesale

UK: Costcutter acquired by Bestway Wholesale Convenience symbol group Costcutter has been acquired by Bestway Wholesale. In a statement, Bestway Wholesale confirmed agreement for the acquisition of Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG), from Bibby Line Group. Pending Financial Conduct Authority approval,…

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US: Amazon slams Walmart for not paying workers $15 per hour

Amazon, Kroger & Walmart boosted by 'once in a lifetime' convergence of online retail, grocery buysAs COVID-19 continues to reshape spending patterns, CFRA analyst Arun Sundaram found that the biggest winners have become one-stop shop retailers like Amazon, Albertsons, Kroger and Walmart. Along with a…

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Carrefour and Tesco buying alliance is being restricted

Dutch supermarket wants to turn facial recognition system back onA year after shutting off its facial recognition system under regulatory pressure, a Dutch supermarket wants to plug it back in, and the government is saying no. The Netherlands’ Data Protection Authority has warned the store’s owner not to…

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Cardenas Markets is partnering with Instacart

Southeastern Grocers: More than 40 enhanced stores in 2020

US: Food and beverage sales decline in NovemberRetail sales declined 1.1% in November compared to the previous month, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau - though sales increased 4.1% year over year. Food and beverage sales decreased 17.2% in November compared to the previous…

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Countdown is trialling technology to prevent theft at self-service checkouts

Amazon has managed to double its reach in the Netherlands

Tesco completes sale of businesses in Thailand and MalaysiaFollowing the announcement on 9 December 2020, Tesco is pleased to announce that it has completed the sale of its businesses in Thailand and Malaysia to C.P. Retail Development Company Limited (CPRD), the acquiring entity in which Charoen…

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Amazon plans to build a 510,000-square-foot distribution center

Robomart launched an invite-only beta test

US grocery ecommerce set to hit $82.0bln by 2022New data from IGD reveals that the online grocery channel is set to represent 5% of the US grocery market by 2022, with a value of $82.0bln. This new forecast represents a significant acceleration of growth within the channel. Previously IGD had forecast…

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Norway’s top three food retailers face fines

2MX Organic SA is studying a potential takeover of Grand Frais

IGD research: over half of UK consumers claim to have eaten more fruit and vegetables in first lockdownNew research from IGD reveals significant opportunity for the food industry to shift consumers’ mindsets around fruit and vegetables. More than three-quarters (83%) of consumers changed how they…

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Blue Apron has debuted a new campaign

Walmart is expanding its existing pilot programme with Gatik

US: Farmstead reaches key online grocery profitability milestoneFarmstead, the first online grocer to offer fresh, high-quality groceries, delivered for free, at better prices than local supermarkets, announced that it is now contribution-margin positive in its San Francisco hub (meaning the service is…

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Colruyt Group's revenue increased by 5.7%

Metro AG: Like-for-like sales - decline of 3.9% in full-year

India: Swiggy moves away from grocery and fresh produce marketplaceSwiggy has pulled the plug from grocery, fruits, vegetables and other essential deliveries in about 100 cities. The service was bundled with Swiggy Stores and started from Gurugram two years ago. The move signals a departure from a…

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Yonghui Fresh Food has secured a corpus of $153mln

Supermarket chain Biedronka fined

Carrefour France’s CEO discusses reorganising store operationsIn an interview with France-based trade publication LSA, Carrefour France’s chief executive Rami Baitieh has discussed the retailer’s TOP project, which aims to reorganise in-store operations. However, the plan has had to be paused, due to a…

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Asda paid its parent Walmart $1.52bln dividend

Mexico’s antitrust regulator has approved Uber’s Cornershop acquisition

US: Stockpiling returns as more grocery shoppers go omnichannelU.S. grocery shoppers have resumed stockpiling and become more frequent omnichannel consumers amid a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic, according to new surveys from Shopkick and ACI Worldwide. Of nearly 8,000 consumers polled nationwide November…

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MPPA is adding its supermarket chains to e-commerce platform Tokopedia

Missfresh bags $305mln in investment

Maxima Latvija SIA names Tomas Rupšys as new CEOMaxima Grupė has announced the appointment of Tomas Rupšys as the new chief executive officer of Maxima Latvija SIA. He has also joined the management board of Maxima Grupė UAB, the company added. CEO and chairman of the board of Maxima Grupė, Mantas…

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Dollarama: Employees to receive pay bonus

Instacart: First "New Year, New Cart" 2021 Grocery Trends Report

Canada: Dollarama’s Q3 profit rises, employees to receive pay bonus Dollarama Inc. said it would pay a bonus to its employees for their work during the pandemic as it raised its dividend and reported its third-quarter profit rose compared with a year ago. The discount chain had come under fire earlier…

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Empire: Financial results for the second quarter

The Giant Co. will expand Flashfood partnership

US: UNFI ramps up business with new, existing customers in Q1Strategic initiatives, new business, and strong retail and e-commerce performances boosted results at United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) for its fiscal 2021 first quarter. For the quarter ended October 31, net sales totaled $6.67bln, up 6% from…

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Asda has expanded its partnership with Uber Eats

Lidl: New store concept test in Belgium

Germany: HelloFresh SE increases its full year 2020 guidance and provides first indicative outlook for full year 2021HelloFresh SE (“Company”) has experienced continued exceptionally strong demand across most markets, partly influenced by the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdown measures.…

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Metro is partnering with Bringg

Food Lion has rolled out 112 remodeled stores

Kroger breaks into top 10 U.S. e-commerce companiesRiding the success of its ongoing investments in e-commerce and powered by a COVID-19 surge in online grocery sales, The Kroger Co. entered eMarketer’s annual list of Top 10 U.S. Retail E-Commerce Companies with $11.28bln in sales this year. Kroger, the…

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Sainsbury’s has created 12,000 seasonal roles

Ocado: Earnings outlook raised again on strong trading

Pandamart to expand across Malaysia bringing groceries and fresh produce in under 20 minutesPandamart recently held a virtual tour of one of their 25 Pandamart dark stores showing off their wide range of groceries, body care products, cosmetics, fresh produce and more. While they’ve been open since July…

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Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Fresh in Singapore

Tesco: All conditions have been satisfied for the sale of business in Thailand and Malaysia

UK regulator starts probe of Asda sale to Issa brothers and TDR Britain’s competition regulator said it had formally launched an inquiry into the acquisition of British supermarket group Asda by the Issa brothers and private equity group TDR Capital. In October, Mohsin and Zuber Issa and TDR agreed to…

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Village Super Market: Continued strong sales momentum

GrubMarket's first acquisition in New York

US: Ingles makes sales gains as pandemic ragesIngles Markets posted a 11.3% year-over-year revenue gain for its fiscal fourth quarter ended September 26, with net sales reaching $1.2bln. Gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 totaled $324.5mln, or 27.1% of sales. Gross profit for the fourth…

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Stater Bros.: New bonuses

Walmart to explore an initial share sale of its Flipkart unit in the US

US: UNFI commits to setting science-based targets to limit climate change impactUnited Natural Foods, Inc., one of the largest wholesale grocery distributors in North America, announced that it will lead the way towards a net-zero economy by setting science-based emissions reduction targets covering its…

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Deliveroo: Partnership with Don Don Donki

JD will launch 3 Seven Fresh Life stores

JD.com becomes first online platform to accept China's digital currencyChinese e-commerce company JD.com Inc said it has become the country’s first virtual platform to accept Beijing’s homegrown digital currency. JD Digits, the company’s fintech arm, will accept digital yuan as payment for some products…

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Jumia: "At the market offering” sales agreement with Citi

FreshToHome picks up a deal in Abu Dhabi

Russia: Sistema not planning to reduce stake in online retailer OzonRussian business conglomerate Sistema is not planning to further reduce its stake in online retailer Ozon, CEO Vladimir Chirakhov said. Ozon raised nearly $1bln from its New York share listing on November 24, marking Russia’s biggest IPO…

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First Amazon Fresh store outside of California is set to open December 10

Walmart distribution center in South Carolina: about 1,000 full-time jobs

US: Dollar General sets 2021 expansion plansThe retailer, in announcing its third quarter earnings, said that it plans to open 1,050 stores in 2021, remodel 1,750 stores and relocate 100. Dollar General operates roughly 17,000 stores. CEO Todd Vasos offered more updates about DG Fresh: "We plan and…

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Glovo expects to double income in pandemic year

Grab: Launch of delivery-only GrabSupermarket in Malaysia

Britain's John Lewis won't return pandemic business rates reliefThe John Lewis Partnership, owner of the eponymous department store chain and Waitrose supermarket, said it had no plans to repay to government the business rates relief it has received during the COVID-19 pandemic. The employee-owned group…

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Meijer has partnered with Instacart

Afresh and WinCo Foods: Partnership

US: Walmart gives bonuses to employees, extends emergency leave as pandemic worsensWalmart is paying a fourth special bonuses to hourly employees on December 24. Since March, the big-box retailer has hired more than half a million employees and more than 20% of those have moved into permanent positions…

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Spar: Global partnership with Too Good To Go

Grab and Gojek working out a deal in what would be the biggest internet merger in Southeast Asia

UK: Morrisons follows Tesco in paying business rates during pandemicBritish supermarket group Morrisons joined market leader Tesco in deciding to pay government business rates for the period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest grocer, committed to paying business rates for the…

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Cardenas Markets has joined forces with DoorDash

Costco: November and Q1 fiscal year 2021 sales results

US: Stop & Shop to hire 5,000 new workers across NortheastAmid a pandemic and an ongoing omnichannel transformation, Stop & Shop aims to fill more than 5,000 jobs across its stores, distribution centers and e-commerce operations. The Ahold Delhaize USA chain said that openings include store roles in…

Central England Co-op: Brand new service trial

Waitrose and Deliveroo: Expansion of delivery trial to 40 stores

Finland: Online shopping gets a huge corona boostOnline grocery shopping in Finland finally made a breakthrough this year and it doesn't look like there will be any turning back. More and more customers are now ordering food supplies online, either for home delivery or as a pick-up service. “Many people…

KeHE has opened a new distribution center in southern Indiana

Uber has completed the acquisition of Postmates

US: Blue Apron hires new COOBlue Apron Holdings has a new chief operating officer. Charlean Gmunder takes over the job, bringing more than 30 years of food operations experience to her new role, including deep knowledge in food manufacturing and fulfillment, Blue Apron said. As COO, Gmunder is…

Magnit launches its own delivery service from hypermarkets

Dada Group and Lianhua Supermarket expand strategic partnership

Casino Group completed the sale to ALDI France of 545 Leader Price stores, 2 Casino supermarkets and 3 warehousesCasino group has completed the sale to ALDI France of 545 Leader Price stores, 2 Casino supermarkets and 3 warehouses, for an enterprise value of 717mln euros (including an earn-out of up to…

DoorDash is looking to raise up to $2.8bln in its IPO

Wakefern has welcomed Madison Food to the retailer cooperative

Stop & Shop local unions ratify previously announced withdrawal agreement on UFCW International Union - Industry Pension FundAhold Delhaize announced that the UFCW Locals of its U.S. brand Stop & Shop have ratified the agreement to terminate participation in the United Food & Commercial Workers…


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