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ShopRite: First supermarket chain on the East Coast to utilize Tortoise delivery robots

Target has announced plans to hire 100,000 seasonal workers

US: Hy-Vee enhances customer experience through partnership with SimbeHy-Vee, Inc. announced a partnership with Simbe to roll out its autonomous inventory management and retail intelligence solution, Tally, to stores across Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri to improve the in-store experience for customers and…

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Delivery Hero plans to invest in Gorillas

Lidl said it would invest 1.5bln euros in Spain between 2021 and 2024

UK: Morrisons wins ‘Supermarket Of The Year’ at Retail Industry Awards 2021Morrisons has been named ‘Supermarket Of The Year’ at this year's Retail Industry Awards 2021. Taking the top title, Morrisons was praised for strong financial results that saw sales increase by 9% in the 12 months to the end of…

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Giant Food is making online grocery delivery and pickup orders more affordable

Albertsons: First U.S. grocer to employ the Firework platform

US: Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen delivers opening keynote at GroceryshopThe Kroger Co. Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen took the stage in Las Vegas at Groceryshop, a leading U.S. event for the retail, grocery, and consumer packaged goods industries, for its annual conference during the opening…

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Strongest performer in the French grocery market in August: Les Mousquetaires

Spar Australia has started construction of its new Brisbane Distribution Centre

SPAR South Africa sees 'solid' performance from Ireland, Switzerland and Poland operationsSouth Africa's SPAR Group has reported 'solid turnover growth' in its Ireland operations in the 48 weeks to 27 August, while its Swiss business saw 'an extraordinary performance' during the period. In a trading…

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Mirakl is raising $555mln in a Series E round

Carrefour: Delivery from BIO stores in Poland

Realty Income announces expansion into Continental Europe: Strategic sale-leaseback transaction in SpainRealty Income Corporation (Realty Income), The Monthly Dividend Company®, announced that the company has closed on a €93mln sale-leaseback transaction in Spain, consisting of 7 properties under…

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Schnuck Markets expects the “most expansive local produce season” in its history

Walmart: “Built for Better”

US: Instacart gets under way with 24/7 deliveryAmid the fanfare of its “virtual convenience store” launch with The Kroger Co., Instacart quietly introduced another convenience-focused offering: 24/7 delivery service. San Francisco-based Instacart said that 24/7 delivery will be available at selected retail partners with stores…

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Wayve will partner with Asda to trial autonomous delivery vans

Aldi is trialling its first checkout-free store in London

Jumbo to open 700th store in the NetherlandsJumbo is set to open its 700th store in the Netherlands this week in the Gelderlandplein shopping centre in Amsterdam. Residents and visitors of Amsterdam and the surrounding area will be able to go to the new Jumbo City outlet on all days of the week for daily…

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Ahold Delhaize USA has opened a new 1mln square-foot distribution center in Connecticut

Afresh Technologies and Arizona’s hometown grocer Bashas’ have partnered

US: More Fresco y Más stores upcoming from Southeastern GrocersSoutheastern Grocers is expanding its Fresco y Más supermarket banner with a pair of new stores. Plans call for the Hispanic grocery chain to open stores in Deltona and Tampa, Florida, in early November, Southeastern Grocers said. The 2 new…

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Jiffy is releasing its own brand of fresh produce

Colruyt Group wants to add another 20 Bio-Planet stores

Italy: Esselunga posts 6.7% sales growth in first halfItalian supermarket chain Esselunga has reported €4.33bln in sales in the first half of its financial year, up 6.7% year-on-year. Growth was affected by COVID-19-related restrictions imposed on mobility between different municipalities, which also…

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HelloFresh is adding 1,000 new technology roles

GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Farmigo

Amazon faces Teamsters union drive at 9 Canadian sitesThe Teamsters Union has launched campaigns to organize employees in at least 9 Canadian facilities of U.S. e-commerce company Amazon.com, according to Reuters interviews with union officials.Source: reuters.com  Canada: Longo’s launches new online e-commerce…

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FMI: Consumer demand for groceries swelled by 50% last year

Successful checkout terminal pilot for Allegiance Retail Services

US: Omnichannel top of mind in grocery retailer technology investmentFrom midlevel executives on up, grocery retailers are well-attuned to where they need to invest to spur growth in today’s omnichannel marketplace, a new survey from Inmar Intelligence shows. Of 300 U.S.-based grocery and retail brand…

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Jumbo will open its first urban store in Belgium

Picnic has raised 600mln euros in funding to speed its expansion

UK retail sales fall unexpectedly in August - ONSBritish retail sales volumes fell 0.9% last month to stand unchanged from a year earlier, the Office for National Statistics said. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast on average that sales volumes would rise 0.5% on the month in August and show…

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Majid Al Futtaim to acquire 6 Carrefour stores in Uganda

Co-op and Starship Technologies to expand partnership

UK: Co-op warns supply chain disruption to hit full year profitBritish supermarket group the Co-operative Group reported a first half loss and warned the country’s supply chain disruption would put pressure on full year profit. The group, which is owned by its members and also provides funeral and other…

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Mercato has formally rolled out in the metropolitan Houston market

Walmart is expanding its partnerships with self-driving vehicle companies

US: Blue Apron co-founder Matthew Salzberg resigns from boardBlue Apron Holdings Inc said its co-founder and chairman Matthew Salzberg has resigned from the board of the meal kit delivery company to focus on other business interests.Source: reuters.com  US survey: Convenience drives online grocery shopping…

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Misfits Market has closed a $225mln Series C-1 funding round

Kroger has teamed up with Instacart

US: Pandemic-sensitive online grocery sales grow to $8.6bln in AugustThe U.S. online grocery market generated $8.6bln in sales during August, a gain of 4.7% versus a year ago, as ship-to-home sales dropped nearly 22% to $2bln and the combined delivery/pickup segment grew more than 16% to $6.6bln,…

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Chaldal raises $10mln Series C

Glovo has reached an agreement to acquire Lola Market and Mercadão

Finland: Kesko Group sees sales up 9.7% in AugustKesko Group has reported a 9.7% year-on-year growth in sales (+7% on a comparable basis) to €971.8mln in August. Sales in the company's grocery division grew by 1.6%, amounting to €503.8mln in this period.Source: esmmagazine.com  Poland: Allegro in talks to…

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Pasarnow has raised $3.3mln in funding

Auchan Retail Portugal has launched a new online shopping pick-up service

UK: Ocado Retail lost 35mln in orders from warehouse fireBritish online supermarket Ocado Retail said a July fire at its largest automated warehouse in Erith, southeast London, cost it around 35mln pounds ($48.5mln) of revenue in its latest quarter. Source: reuters.com  Malaysia: Boxed looks to license e-commerce…

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GrubMarket: $120mln in an oversubscribed Series E round of funding

Amazon Canada to hire 15,000 new warehouse and distribution workers

US: Hy-Vee hires Jason Farver to lead perishables distribution armJason Farver has joined Hy-Vee as president of Perishable Distributors of Iowa (PDI), a fresh and frozen food distribution subsidiary. Plans call for Farver, currently president of door and countertop manufacturer VT Industries, to start…

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ThryveAI is rebranding as Wynshop

Kroger’s omnichannel retailing ecosystem fueled better-than-anticipated Q2 results

Ahold Delhaize announces appointment of Dave Bass as Managing Director of FreshDirectAhold Delhaize announced that Dave Bass will be appointed Managing Director of FreshDirect, effective September 20, 2021. He succeeds Farhan Siddiqi, Chief Digital Officer of Ahold Delhaize, who has served as interim CEO…

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Sainsbury's: Purchase option to buy back 13 stores from Supermarket Income REIT

Albert Heijn completes transaction for acquisition of DEEN with Vomar Voordeelmarkt and DekaMarkt

France: Carrefour launches its own express delivery serviceBarely a few days after Carrefour announced it had taken a minority stake in French start-up Cajoo, the supermarket chain has announced the launch of its own express delivery service in France. According to Linéaires, Carrefour would like to…

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GS Foods Group announced its acquisition of C&C Produce

Afresh Technologies and CUB have partnered

US: Shipt announces largest nationwide expansion in 3 yearsShipt has announced its largest nationwide expansion in 3 years, adding its same-day delivery services to more store locations and reaching millions of potential new customers. As part of this expansion, customers across the country are able to…

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Marginal sales growth for ICA in August

Aldi has opened its largest supermarket in Portugal

Indian court stalls regulatory approval for Future's $3.4bln deal for 4 weeksIndia’s top court ordered authorities to withhold any final decision on Future Group’s sale of $3.4bln of retail assets for 4 weeks, prolonging its dispute with Amazon.com Inc which has challenged the deal. Amazon has for months…

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Walmart has teamed up with Meredith Corporation

Cardenas Markets has partnered with Shipt

Amazon expands investment with 7 new sites in MichiganAmazon.com, Inc. announced plans to launch its first mid-Michigan fulfillment center, and 3 additional operations facilities that will support customers in metro Detroit and the Grand Rapids area. This announcement comes as the company celebrates the…

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Shopee may soon enter the Polish market

Morrisons reported a 37.1% fall in first-half profit

New Zealand's Foodstuffs South Island names new CEO: Fashion retail boss Mary Devine takes helmThe South Island's biggest supermarket business has a new boss who has worked most of her career in the retail fashion sector. Mary Devine is taking over as Foodstuffs South Island's chief executive, replacing…

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Segari raised US$16mln in its Series A funding round

Kaufland Slovakia will distribute fresh fruit and vegetables in primary schools

One in 6 EU stores of Ahold Delhaize Group is in RomaniaThe Romanian market is, by store number, among the 3 most important European ones, for the Dutch-Belgian group, together with the Netherlands and Belgium. Dutch-Belgian group Ahold Delhaize, owner of Mega Image store network, has around 5,200 stores…

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GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Bartolotta

Save A Lot announced the completion of the sale of 32 company-owned stores

US: Publix plans first store in KentuckyPublix Super Markets plans to enter its 8th state, Kentucky, with a new store opening in 2023. Lakeland, Florida-based Publix said that it has signed a lease for a 55,702-square-foot supermarket in Louisville, Kentucky. The store will be located at the northwest…

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GreenChoice has collaborated with Walmart, Walgreens, and Target to launch a platform

Natural Grocers has raised more than $800,000 in its efforts to fight food insecurity

US: Greenchoice launches online platform to optimize sustainable shoppingAmerican online marketplace GreenChoice has collaborated with retail chains Walmart, Walgreens, and Target to launch a platform that enables shoppers to sort through several items and offsets the carbon footprint of their purchases.…

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Shoprite Holdings reported a 20.3% rise in annual earnings

Conad has rolled out its new store format

UK: Deliveroo teams up with Very Hungry Caterpillar with meal for World Literacy DayThis World Literacy Day, Deliveroo has teamed up with The Very Hungry Caterpillar to launch a limited edition Very Hungry Caterpillar Meal Box, including a copy of the beloved children’s favourite to get kids reading. On…

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Supermarkets PLUS and Coop will merge

METRO Austria has announced the acquisition of AGM wholesale business from REWE Group

China: JD.com appoints new president as founder steps back from day-to-day operationsJD.com’s founder and CEO Richard Liu is stepping back from day-to-day operations while the Chinese e-commerce giant said it has created a new president role. Xu Lei, who was previously CEO of JD Retail, will take up the…

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Lowes Foods has partnered with Delivery Solutions

PFG has completed the acquisition of Core-Mark

Amazon is now shipping cargo for outside customers in its latest move to compete with FedEx and UPSAmazon is on a spending spree to grow its shipping business and isn’t content with only delivering products purchased on its own site. The company is now moving cargo for outside customers in its latest…

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Walmart is raising hourly wages for more than 565,000 store workers by at least $1

Goodfood collaborates with Microsoft

US: Costco Wholesale Corporation reports August sales resultsCostco Wholesale Corporation (“Costco” or the “Company”) reported net sales of $15.75bln for the retail month of August, the 4 weeks ended August 29, 2021, an increase of 16.2% from $13.56bln last year. For the 16-week 4th quarter ended August…

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Mere has made its plans for the French market tangible

Metro to cease operations in Myanmar

China: Alibaba to invest $15.5bln for "common prosperity"China's Alibaba Group will invest 100bln yuan ($15.5bln) by 2025 in support of "common prosperity", it said, becoming the latest corporate giant to pledge support for the initiative driven by President Xi Jinping.Source: reuters.com  Amazon, food, postal…

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Indotek is in talks with ELO Group about forming an alliance

Partnership between Intermarché and Groupe Casino has now officially started

SPAR Ghana presence in the market one year onOne year after the introduction of SPAR in Ghana, the brand has seen strong successes with a string of new store openings and growing local support. The first SPAR stores opened in the capital city, Accra, in August 2020 as part of SPAR’s growth strategy in…

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Walmart teams with Instacart to offer grocery delivery in New York City

Amazon is looking to hire 55,000 staff globally

US: Big Y rolls out Scan & Go in partnership with FutureProof RetailBig Y has partnered with FutureProof Retail (FPR) to roll out its new myExpress Checkout Scan & Go service. Big Y customers can now check out on their phone and skip the line at the cash register. Customers simply scan their items with…

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Gatik has opened a new autonomous-trucking facility in Fort Worth, Texas

Walmart plans to hire 20,000 workers at its supply chain division

Buying groceries the Amazon wayHappy Birthday, Amazon Fresh! This month marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of Amazon.com Inc.’s physical grocery store. Today, there are 18 locations clustered in and around southern California, Chicago, Seattle and Washington. Amazon has confirmed that seven…

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The Agache Group to sell the remainder of its stake in the Carrefour Group

Aldi is planning to open 7 stores in Poland in September

India: Amazon Retail launches agronomy services to empower farmers with technologyAmazon Retail has launched its agronomy services to empower farmers through an initiative that gives them timely advice and enables them to make accurate decisions on actions required for their crops. This includes…

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The National Retail Federation issued a statement

Mercatus is now offering the Instacart Connect integration to its retail clients

SN Retailer of the Year: Target's on a runIn today’s omnichannel retail game, Target Corp. has center-shot the bullseye. The Minneapolis-based retailer added more than $15bln to its top line in fiscal 2020, exceeding combined sales growth over the past 11 years. E-commerce generated about two-thirds of…

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WeFast has changed its name to Borzo

First 7-Eleven store in Cambodia

Philippines: AllDay Supermarket launches 'dark store' conceptAllDay Supermarket, currently the fastest growing supermarket operator in the Philippines, has recently launched its “dark store” concept as it continues to banner a global standard in the local supermarket industry. “Dark stores” are standalone facilities optimized…

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Walmart plans to build a distribution center in the Charlotte region

Schnucks: Smaller format focused on fresh

US: Richmond/Hampton Roads associates ratify new agreement with the Kroger Mid-Atlantic DivisionKroger Mid-Atlantic Division associates in the Richmond/Hampton Roads bargaining unit have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement between the company and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union,…

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Countdown opens new Palmerston North distribution centre 3 weeks early

Lenta LLC has completed the acquisition of Semya Group

French retailer Auchan cautious on H2 due to COVID restrictionsRetail group Auchan said shopping activity in the second half of the year would depend on pandemic restrictions, although cost savings under its revival plan boosted profits in the first half. Asked about speculation Auchan and French rival…

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Point Pickup Technologies has acquired GrocerKey

Schnuck Markets: An industry-first chainwide expansion with Simbe Robotics

US: Dollar General celebrates fresh milestoneDollar General says it completed the rollout of fresh and frozen food to most store assortments during the second quarter, a period that saw the company continuing to cycle its pandemic gains from last year. For the quarter ended July 30, Dollar General's…

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Massmart: Half-year headline loss narrowed 40.8%

Dada Group: Over 4,300 retailer stores adopting Dada Haibo System

Poland: Eurocash Group sees sales up 2% in first halfEurocash Group has reported a 2% year-on-year growth in sales, to PLN12.36bln (€2.70bln), in the first half of its financial year. Consolidated EBITDA for the period amounted to PLN202.6mln (€44.3mln), down from PLN336.6mln a year ago.Source:…

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Membo has plans to expand its locally produced groceries operations across Europe

Massmart is in advanced talks to buy a controlling stake in OneCart

Spain: Mercadona to expand to Lisbon next yearSpanish food retail chain Mercadona is set to enter the Portuguese capital Lisbon as it continues to expand its presence in the country. By the end of 2021, 5 stores are to open in Matosinhos, Valongo, Vila do Conde, Felgueiras and Santa Maria da Feira, all…

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Thrive Market has opened its third fulfillment center

Kroger released its 2021 ESG report

Analysis - Higher U.S. food benefits give legs to dollar stores' fresh food pushU.S. dollar stores including Dollar General and Family Dollar are likely to see a sales and earnings boost from the Biden administration’s plan to hike food stamp benefits, an added payoff for the chains’ strategy to tap the…

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Yandex has launched an online grocery delivery service in Paris

International purchasing alliance, Epic Partners, launched by Edeka

Amazon offers £1,000 bonus to recruits as battle for workers heats upOnline marketplace Amazon is offering new warehouse workers a £1,000 joining bonus as it tries to compete in the current hiring crisis. The business says warehouse pickers and packers across the UK are "urgently needed" to meet booming…

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Albertsons tests Instacart pickup in 6 major cities

GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Atlantic Fresh Trading

US: ShopRite launches new ‘Fresh to Table’ in-store experienceMeal solutions are taking center stage at a Philadelphia ShopRite store, which recently introduced Fresh to Table, an innovative store-within-a-store concept where customers can find fresh, on-trend foods and easy-to-prepare ingredients in a…

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JD.com's profits took a hefty hit

South Africa's Shoprite Holdings is withdrawing from Uganda and Madagascar

Australia: Coles praised for produce innovation amid calls for wider changeColes has been praised for implementing a new award-winning approach to selling fresh produce, with customers calling for it to be rolled out to all their stores across the country. The supermarket recently won the award for the…

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Walmart: Launch of delivery service

Doordash has pulled out of negotiations to buy a large stake in Gorillas

US: July online grocery sales hold steadyU.S. online grocery sales fulfilled by delivery and pickup stayed level for the 3rd straight month in July, even as the overall market dipped due to declined ship-to-home sales. The latest Brick Meets Click/Mercatus Grocery Shopping Survey tallied $6.7bln in…

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Woolworths and Uber Eats are partnering

Massmart sells most food assets to Shoprite

Dino Polska sees LFL sales growth of 9.5% in first halfPolish retailer Dino Polska has reported a 9.5% like-for-like sales growth in the first half of its financial year. The group’s total revenue amounted to PLN6bln (€1.3bln), up from PLN4.7bln (€1bln) in the same period last year. Source:…

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Publix’s newest GreenWise Market is located in Tampa

Retail Aware: Newest pilot launched with Home Chef

US: Dollar Tree to hold another nationwide hiring eventDollar Tree Inc. will hold another nationwide hiring event at participating stores and U.S. distribution centers on August 25-26. The two-day Nationwide Management Hiring Event is intended to hire store managers, assistant store managers and…

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Supermarket chain Iceland has put its expansion plans for Ireland on hold

Morrisons has agreed a takeover offer from CD&R

Russia: Magnit sees revenue up 7.7% in first halfRussian retailer Magnit has posted a 7.7% increase in revenue in the first half of its financial year, to RUB822.2bln (€9.48bln), with the group opening a net new 780 stores in the period. The group, which completed the acquisition of Dixy Group last…

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SpartanNash saw sales decline across its distribution and grocery retail businesses in Q2

Amazon is planning to open department stores

US: BJ’s Wholesale Club builds on prior-year gains in Q2BJ’s Wholesale Club topped the high end of Wall Street’s earnings forecast for its fiscal 2021 second quarter, as the company added to COVID-19-driven growth from a year ago. Westborough, Massachusetts-based BJ’s said that, for the quarter ended…

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Target generated strong net and comparable sales growth in Q2

Walmart is chartering ships to ensure it has enough freight capacity

US: Fareway Stores promotes Garrett Piklapp to presidentMidwestern grocer Fareway Stores is reorganizing its leadership team, with the promotions of Garrett S. Piklapp to president and Michael J. "Mike" McCormick to chief retail officer, effective immediately. Piklapp has served at Fareway for 13 years,…

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Airlift has raised $85mln in its Series B financing round

Flipkart is creating 4,000 jobs in Maharashtra by opening 4 new facilities

Montenegro: Domaća Trgovina rolls out new store conceptMontenegro-based retail group Domaća Trgovina has rolled out a new urban store concept in 10 locations across the Adriatic coast. The City Market concept has been developed for everyday and easy shopping. It is tailored to meet the needs of the local…

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Grofers: 10-minute grocery delivery launched in 10 cities

Record loss for Just Eat Takeaway

Discounters ramp up the competition in Bosnia & HerzegovinaRetailers Lidl and Mere have announced that they are seeking to break into the grocery retail market in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Both are hoping to succeed by targeting the discounter segment, which has thus far been somewhat underserved by…

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Jüsto expands its presence into Puebla

GrubMarket: 4th acquisition in New York

US: Nicole Wegman named to lead Wegmans brandWegmans Food Markets has promoted Nicole Wegman to president of the Wegmans brand, a newly created position. In the role, Wegman will oversee the Rochester, New York-based supermarket chain’s store-brand program, the grocer said. Source: supermarketnews.com  US:…

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FreshRealm announced the expansion of its operational facilities nationally

Aldi U.S. plans to hire more than 20,000 new store and warehouse employees

Walmart Canada breaking ground on distribution centre in Moncton this weekWalmart Canada is breaking ground on its first distribution centre in Atlantic Canada later this week. The $56mln facility in Moncton will ship fresh and frozen groceries to the retailer's 43 stores in the region. It is slated to…

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Amazon has added own-brand groceries to its UK website

Grocery shopping in Australia to be redefined by new online supermarket

Swedish retailers expect strong trading in autumnConfidence in the future of retail trade for August 2021 is at historically high levels in Sweden despite a slight decline, new data from retail and wholesale trade organisation Svensk Handel has revealed. Confidence in the future of retail trade for the…

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CCI has approved Zomato's bid for acquiring 9.3% stake in Grofers

GS Retail consortium to buy Delivery Hero's Yogiyo

Poland: Carrefour accelerates expansion into convenienceCarrefour Poland is ramping up its presence in the convenience market, with the group announcing that it has opened 52 new convenience outlets to date this year. The new stores include 36 Carrefour Express convenience stores and mini-markets, 8…

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Giant Eagle: First U.S. grocery and convenience store chain to accept PayPal and Venmo in store

Wakefern adopts RPCs for fresh produce

US: Choctaw Country Market rolls out Market Curbside + DeliveryChoctaw Country Market has recently launched Market Curbside + Delivery. The convenient, accessible service, which provides a contact-free online ordering, delivery-to-car or delivery-to-home shopping experience, is now available at all 3…

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Ahold Delhaize's FreshDirect acquisition bears fruit

Gopuff is acquiring Dija

US: Grocery Outlet to take e-commerce plungeAfter holding off on online shopping, Grocery Outlet Holding Corp. has begun exploring options for e-commerce partners. Discussions with potential third-party online grocery providers are under way, and Grocery Outlet expects to be piloting one or more solutions within months, CEO…

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X5 reported a 10.7% rise in second-quarter revenue

CVC Funds to buy 24.99% of Sonae MC

Finland: Kesko sees grocery sales continue to riseGrocery sales at Finland's Kesko Group were up 4.5% in July 2021, the retailer has said, while the group's Kespro wholesale operation increased 12.4% during the month. Grocery sales totalled €514.9mln during the period, with grocery sales at K-food stores…

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Metro: Profit declines year-on-year

Lojas Americanas to acquire grocery chain Hortifruti Natural da Terra

Russian discounter Mere eyes U.S. expansion, job listing showsMere, the bare-bones Russian food chain that calls itself the fastest-growing discounter in Europe and cheaper to shop than Aldi or Lidl, is exploring expansion to the U.S., WGB has learned. A recent job posting by the company seeks a…

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Shufersal reported a 21% rise in quarterly profit

Carrefour to launch sale of its Taiwan business

SPAR Croatia celebrates opening of 100th SupermarketWithin only 3.5 months, SPAR Croatia’s latest and 100th SPAR Supermarket was developed in the town of Novi Marof. The very modern exterior of the store contrasts with the warm wood tones used instore. The diversity, richness and uniqueness of the SPAR…

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Spar International: Worldwide integrated grocery e-commerce platform

Ahold Delhaize reported strong figures in Q2

Shoprite announces restoration of services in South Africa after unrestThe Shoprite Group has said that it has restored operations across its stores in parts of South Africa affected by recent social unrest, with the reopening of 89 stores in the past 3 weeks. The group said that it has worked 'day and…

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American meal delivery company Doordash has European ambitions

Flashfood teams up with Price Rite Marketplace to launch pilot in Greater Buffalo area

US: Grocery Outlet cycles 2020 pandemic salesThe opening of 11 new stores couldn't bring Grocery Outlet's revenue or comps into the positive during the second quarter. For the quarter ended July 3, net sales decreased by 3.5% to $775.5mln at Grocery Outlet. Same-store sales decreased by 10% compared to a…

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Merqueo landed a $50mln series C round

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage: Q3 fiscal 2021 results

US: Saladworks comes to more Kroger storesThis summer, fast-casual restaurant chain Saladworks plans to wrap up the opening of 4 more locations inside Kroger supermarkets in Ohio and Kentucky. So far, 2 of the new Saladworks sites have opened at Kroger stores in Cincinnati, including the grocer’s…

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Launch of new grocery app

Aldi to create more than 2,000 new roles between now and Christmas

Holland: Jumbo hatches plan as margins shrinkDutch supermarket chain Jumbo is working on a recovery plan to boost its margins, which have come under increasing pressure in recent months due to higher raw material prices and increasing competition. Franchisers in particular are concerned about the…

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Carrefour achieved solid results in the second quarter

Morrisons has agreed to Fortress' raised offer worth £6.7bln

UK: Asda CEO steps down ahead of scheduleBritish supermarket group Asda said its chief executive, Roger Burnley, has stepped down, having said in March he would not be departing until next year. In February, Mohsin and Zuber Issa and private equity group TDR Capital completed their purchase of a majority…

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Presidente Supermarkets is opening 7 new stores in 2021 plus a new wholesale concept

GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Grant J. Hunt Company

US: iFresh announces strong 2021 harvest and sales of exotic fruit productsiFresh, Inc. (“iFresh” or the “Company”), an Asian American grocery supermarket chain and online grocer, is pleased to announce that its sales of dragon fruit, lychee, and longan this year have been strong. The increase in sales…

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Grupa Muszkieterów: 11.5% growth in first half

Magnit has completed the acquisition of the Dixy Group

UOKiK opposes Carrefour Polska's acquisition of retail space used by TescoPoland's consumer watchdog, UOKiK, has raised objections to Carrefour Polska's acquisition of retail space used by Tesco in the Aleja Bielany Shopping Centre in Bielany Wrocławskie. President of UOKiK Tomasz Chróstny issued the…

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Walmart de Mexico: Revenue grew 3.3% in the second quarter

Instacart: Next-gen fulfillment initiative for North American retailers

US: Kroger hires grocery pro as Mid-Atlantic presidentThe Kroger Co. has named Lori Raya president of its Mid-Atlantic division. Raya succeeds Paula Ginnett, who has been promoted to group VP, retail operations at Kroger’s corporate headquarters in Cincinnati. Bringing with her more than 30 years of…

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Uber and Costco have entered a delivery pilot with 25 locations across Texas

GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Terminal Produce

US: The online grocery market nearly tripled in 2020The U.S. food and beverage industry has been impacted heavily by COVID-19. In 2020, more consumers than ever before were deciding to order food and beverage items online to avoid grocery shopping in crowded stores, where they might be exposed to the…

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Morrisons shareholders will get to vote on Fortress offer on August 16

Kaufland reported full-year sales in Poland

Jumbo speeds up Belgian expansion with franchisingUntil now, Jumbo has only opened company-operated stores in Belgium, but that is about to change. At the end of this year, the chain will open a supermarket run by an independent entrepreneur and for next year 2 contracts have already been signed with…

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Jokr: $170mln from investors to power growth

Jumbo on track to turnover exceeding 10bln euros for 1st time in its 100-year history

UK: Sainsbury’s pulls the plug on wholesale operationSainsbury’s has unilaterally decided to close down its wholesale business and therefore stop supplying the SimplyFresh group with Sainsbury-labelled products. SimplyFresh announced that as a result of Sainsbury’s decision it no longer has an ongoing…

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Feeding America has launched OrderAhead

Carrefour Brasil: Argentina CEO Maquaire as new head

US: Retail industry vets join board of Save A Lot’s parent companyTwo new high-profile industry leaders have been appointed to the board of directors at Moran Foods, parent company of the Save A Lot chain. Fred Boehler, president and CEO of Americold Logistics, and Mike Motz, CEO for Staples U.S. retail,…

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Agreement for AWG to serve as the primary wholesale supplier to Coborn’s

Albertsons has added Uber's grocery delivery service to around 1,200 stores

Canada: Eat Beyond appoints Michael Aucoin, a Senior CPG and Food Industry Veteran, as CEOEat Beyond Global Holdings Inc. ("Eat Beyond" or the "Company"), an investment issuer focused on the global plant-based and alternative food sector, is announcing the appointment of Michael Aucoin as the Company's…

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Kantar: Online grocery sales in the United Kingdom fall for first time

The prospect of a bidding war for Morrisons has receded

Over 500mln ecommerce users in Europe in 2021Ecommerce in Europe is set to cross a major milestone in 2021, as the number of ecommerce users will probably pass 500mln. The penetration rate is also projected to reach almost 60%. Ecommerce in Europe is becoming more and more popular across the continent…

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Sprouts Farmers Market has joined MyFitnessPal

Halla closes $4.5mln Series A1 to predict which grocery items shoppers will buy

US: Grocery shoppers are ready to return to storesAfter lockdowns and quarantines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers are ready to return to physical grocery stores. 4 times as many shoppers plan to shop more often in a store in 2021 as those who plan to shop less, according to The Feedback…

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Morrisons set to unveil unmanned store

Ocado has cancelled thousands of orders after a fire at a fulfilment centre

Covid: 'Pingdemic' threatens shop openings say UK supermarketsSupermarkets have warned they will have to cut opening hours or even shut shops if the number of workers forced to self-isolate continues to rise. M&S said the number of workers being notified by the NHS app is rising exponentially, and it may…

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Inabuggy expands its 3D virtual grocery shopping portal with Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market

C&S Wholesale Grocers plans to buy Piggly Wiggly Midwest

US: Grocery supply chain disruption possible as regional work stoppage loomsSafeway grocery distribution throughout the Puget Sound area is in danger of grinding to a halt as soon as 12:01AM on Sunday morning, as a group of around 175 members of Teamsters Local 174 and 500 members of Teamsters Local 117…

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Lidl and Kaufland parent had a healthy 2020

Record loss for Just Eat Takeaway

Russian retailer Magnit to buy fewer Dixy stores to comply with competition lawRetailer Magnit’s purchase of rival Dixy was approved by Russia’s competition regulator with the provision that 142 convenience stores be left out of the deal, the company said. Magnit agreed in May to pay 92.4bln roubles…

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GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Pacific Farm Management

SpartanNash plans to open its first Micro-Fulfillment Center

US: Dollar General seeks more workers ahead of Labor DayDollar General has set an ambitious goal of opening 1,050 new stores in its fiscal 2021 and is gearing up to support the expansion. The retailer is on a major hiring blitz, planning to bring on 50,000 or so employees between now and Labor…

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Sales up by double digits in June for Kesko Group

John Lewis and Waitrose are planning to cut 1,000 jobs

Hungary: SPAR continues store network expansion with €5.3mln investmentSPAR Hungary has recently opened 2 new supermarkets and reopened 2 modernised stores as it continues to invest in its store network. The new stores are located in a residential area in Budapest and Sopron, Western Hungary,…

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FreshRealm has raised $32mln in funding

Walmart teams up with Symbotic

US: National Co+op Grocers partners with MercatoMercato, the e-commerce platform created for America's independent grocers and specialty food stores, announced that it has partnered with the National Co+op Grocers (NCG), an organization that works to foster growth and efficiency within the cooperative grocery sector. Through…

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Aldi Australia: Change is on the horizon

HelloFresh will acquire 100% of the share capital in Youfoodz

UK: Nisa highlights success of Deliveroo partnershipNisa has revealed that its partner retailers using the Deliveroo app broke through the £100,000 sales barrier last week as better weather and the final stages of the Euro 2020 football championship saw shoppers step up their online purchasing. Currently…

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Berkshire Grey: $23+mln multi-phase order for grocery picking robots

Loblaw is winding down its PC Chef meal kit delivery service

US: Food 4 Less grocery workers ratify new contractFront-line associates at Food 4 Less/FoodsCo supermarkets who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) in Southern and Central California have overwhelmingly voted ratified a new contract. A worker-led bargaining committee from…

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Talabat aims to expand its UAE operations

Alibaba Group’s Freshippo plans to launch a next-generation distribution center in early 2022

British retailers report record second-quarter growthRetailers in the UK reported a record annual increase in sales in the 3 months to the end of June, new data has shown, although growth was flattered by widespread store closures a year earlier due to the coronavirus pandemic. The British Retail…

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ACM approves acquisition of DEEN by Albert Heijn, Vomar Voordeelmarkt and DekaMarkt

Stokrotka parent filed application to proceed with acquisition of 9 stores in Warsaw region

Sweden: ICA Gruppen sees June sales up 1.4%Swedish retailer ICA Gruppen saw store sales up 1.4% year-on-year in June to SEK11.8bln (€1.2bln), excluding VAT. Sales in like-for-like stores increased by 1.2% compared to the same period last year, the retailer added.Source: esmmagazine.com  Portugal: Continente…

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Save A Lot announced its plan to accelerate investment in its stores

Smart & Final makes history

US: Big Y’s myPicks online shopping to expand to 10 sitesLaunched just 2 months ago, Big Y’s myPicks Online Ordering e-commerce platform is expanding to 10 sites throughout the greater Springfield, Massachusetts, area. The program will enable Big Y customers to purchase groceries by ordering online for curbside pickup via…

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Costco: June sales results

US delivery app Gopuff is in talks to acquire Dija

US: Instacart taps Facebook executive as CEOInstacart is turning to a Facebook legend to help build the grocery delivery leader into the next trillion-dollar tech company. Instacart has named Fidji Simo as its next CEO, effective August 2. Simo replaces Instacart founder and current CEO Apoorva Mehta,…

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Rewe and Vodafone have been testing a self-driving shop

Butlon wants to start delivering groceries and meals in Belgium and Germany

Germany: REWE introduces 'Better Half' meat products with 50% vegetablesREWE Group has introduced classic meat items made of 50% vegetables under the brand name 'Better Half'. The retailer claims that the meat and vegetable range is a first among grocers in Germany. REWE Group aims to target consumers…

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Lidl opened the "most sustainable supermarket of the Netherlands"

Conad: Double-digit growth in turnover

Russia: Magnit sees 30% uplift in sales from discount armMagnit has said that sales in its 'My Price' discounter portfolio have shown a 30% like-for-like sales uplift, with the Russian retailer planning to increase the number of outlets under the banner to 200 by year-end. This will include 50 new…

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Goodfood: Revenue rising to a record $107.8mln in Q3

GrubHub partners with Yandex for robotic food delivery on campus

U.S. and Canada: Top 50 food and grocery retailers by salesThe SN Top 50 Retailers report is compiled in partnership between Supermarket News and research partner IGD, a leading UK-based analysis and insight organization for the food and consumer goods industry. The table includes the rankings of the Top…

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Aldi Süd plans to expand its operations in cities

Acquisition of Billa Russia approved by Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service

UK: M&S to sell 25p banana bundles to cut food wasteMarks & Spencer has announced it is rolling out a new 25p banana bundle scheme in stores across England in an effort to cut food waste. The retailer said it is going to bundle up extra ripe bananas in a cardboard bag and sell them for a lower price to…

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Tops has teamed with Satur Farms

Fresh Thyme Market is partnering with RangeMe

US: Schnuck Markets names Ted Schnuck executive vice president, supermarketsTed Schnuck has been named executive vice president, supermarkets at Schnuck Markets, the St. Louis-based operator of 110 stores, the company announced. In his new role, which he will fully assume in October, Schnuck - the…

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Jeff Bezos stepped down as Amazon CEO

U.S.-based investment company mulls a bid for supermarket chain Morrisons

US: Chief Economist says NRF revised forecast because ‘great uncertainty’ has transformed into clear recoveryAs retailers head into the second half of 2021, the “great uncertainty” that clouded the nation’s economic outlook earlier in the year has transformed into evidence of an unprecedented recovery…

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Sainsbury's beat expectations for first-quarter sales

Carrefour: Fortnite and Pickup partnerships

Bidding war talk surrounds UK supermarket chain MorrisonsShares in British supermarket chain Morrisons spiked by 11% as investors priced in the possibility of a bidding war for the company after a third U.S.-based investment company said it was mulling a bid. Private equity firm Apollo Global Management…

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Coop Sweden closed more than half of its 800 stores due to US ransomware cyber-attack

Morrisons has agreed a takeover offer from Fortress Investment Group

Power struggle at Schwarz-Gruppe (Lidl): CEO Klaus Gehrig has to goKlaus Gehrig, the top executive at Schwarz-Gruppe, the holding company above Lidl and Kaufland, has had to resign after a disagreement with owner Dieter Schwarz, who is taking the helm himself for the time being. The 73-year-old Klaus…

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Tops Friendly Markets: A produce-themed Olympic competition

Kroger collaborates with KNAPP

US: Tops to host mock produce ‘Olympics’With the Summer Olympics just weeks away, associates at Tops Friendly Markets are gearing up for their own games - with a plant-based twist. Over the course of the next 7 weeks, associates across Tops’ 3 state imprint (New York, Vermont and Pennsylvania) will be challenging one another to…

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Getir is set to acquire Blok

El Corte Inglés buys supermarket chain Sanchez Romero

Russia: Mnogo Lososya enters St PetersburgX5 Group, a leading Russian food retailer, announced the expansion of Mnogo Lososya and the launch of its operations in St Petersburg, which has just welcomed the company's first dark kitchen outside of the Moscow metropolitan area. The 120 square meter food…

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PCC Community Markets: New meals program

Dollar General expects to offer produce in up to 10,000 of its stores

US: H-E-B reopens tornado-battered Central Market in DallasH-E-B reopened its Central Market Preston Royal supermarket near North Dallas, which had been shut 20 months for rebuilding and restoration after being destroyed by a tornado. Located in the Preston Oaks shopping center, the roughly…

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Top ten shareholder: Morrisons suitor should up offer to around $9bln

Rohlik raises 100mln euros from investors

Le Groupement U strongest performer in France, Carrefour continues dynamismFrench retailer le Groupement U saw its market share grow by a percentage point to 11.5% in the most recent four-week period, outperforming its rivals, according to Kantar. The retailer's performance was driven by both positive…

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The Very Good Food Company has forged a relationship with Horizon Grocery + Wellness

The Fresh Grocer is Wakefern's fifth banner to use ThryveAI

ALDI US testing all-propane stores, in addition to transcritical CO2While most of the natural refrigerant systems that Batavia, Illinois-based ALDI US has been installing are transcritical CO2 (R744), the chain is also testing full-store propane (R290) refrigeration display cases at a handful of stores…


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