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Hy-Vee has signed a multiyear partnership with Google Cloud

The Giant Company has begun a chainwide rollout of the Flashfood app

US: Kroger’s Home Chef promotes Erik Jensen to presidentMeal kit provider Home Chef, a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., has elevated chief product officer Erik Jensen to president. Chicago-based Home Chef said Jensen will report directly to founder and Chief Executive Officer Pat Vihtelic. The company,…

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Tesco is set to recruit 225 new drivers in Ireland

ADQ is in talks to invest about $500mln in India’s Flipkart

Amazon risks fines in UK and EUThe British competition watchdog is about to launch an investigation into Amazon. Meanwhile, the European Union is threatening the e-commerce giant with a hefty fine. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) would like to start a formal investigation into Amazon, writes…

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'Russian Lidl' Mere planning 300 UK stores

UK: 'Russian Lidl' Mere planning 300 UK stores as it takes on every supermarketA supermarket chain dubbed the “Russian Lidl” is planning on opening more than 300 stores in the UK over the next eight to ten years, it has been reported. Russian discounter Mere has already confirmed plans to open four UK…

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Grocers aim to shift home delivery to offices as consumer return to work

Grocers aim to shift home delivery to offices as consumer return to workOnline grocery delivery ordering has surged since the start of the pandemic, as a behavior that may have initially started as a safety measure has since become a habit. However, as much as consumers have grown used to the ease of…

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Kroger launches first drone flight to deliver groceries

Small supermarket chains desperate for new staff are offering sign-on bonuses of up to $2,000Small supermarket chains are turning to sign-on bonuses to attract new hires, CNN reported. Tops Markets, a northeastern chain, is offering $2,000 bonuses, and hopes to hire about 100 staff. An analyst told CNN…

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UK: Grocery retailers continue to improve their behaviour towards suppliers

UK's Morrisons faces investor heat over unhealthy foodMorrisons on Thursday became the latest British supermarket group to be targeted by activist shareholders over the amount of unhealthy food it sells. Responsible investment group ShareAction said it, along with seven institutional investors managing…

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Woolworths now offering free same day home delivery to Delivery Unlimited subscribers

Belgium: Colruyt and Albert Heijn cheapest chains in BelgiumA new study confirms Colruyt as the cheapest supermarket chain in Belgium. Albert Heijn is a close second, the others are miles behind. Colruyt and Albert Heijn are both ten per cent cheaper than number three, the Carrefour hypermarkets. The…

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Albertsons partners with Fetch Rewards to drive sales and customer acquisition

California city becomes first in nation to use American Rescue Plan funds for grocery worker COVID payThe Oxnard, Calif., City Council will allocate $2.5 million of its American Rescue Plan funds for essential-worker COVID premium pay for retail grocery and pharmacy workers, becoming the first city in…

Kroger looks to hire 10,000 more workers

Sprouts' new distribution centre to support 10 additional stores in Florida

Kroger looks to hire 10,000 more workersThe Kroger Co. aims to hire 10,000 associates across its operations in a summer hiring drive that kicks off this week. Cincinnati-based Kroger said Monday that its first nationwide “hybrid” hiring event — encompassing online and in-store interviews — will launch on…

Asda and Waitrose make major packaging ban on popular items

Tesco to end buying partnership with French supermarket Carrefour

Italy's Famila To Open Seven New Outlets By Year EndItalian supermarket chain Famila, which opened 63 new stores in January 2020, plans to open seven more outlets by the end of 2021.The new openings will take the total number of stores under the Famila banner to 274. The retailer, a part of Gruppo Selex,…

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Aldi, Tesco and Asda - UK's cheapest supermarket revealed

Qatar: Lulu Hypermarket marks World Environment DayLuLu Hypermarket Qatar has joined hands with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) to participate in its 'One Million Trees Initiative' on the sidelines of World Environment Day. The inaugural ceremony of the initiative will be held at 9am…

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Walmart will close all its US stores on Thanksgiving Day

Kroger to launch first autonomous drone delivery in CentervilleThe Kroger Co. and Drone Express last month announced a pilot program to offer grocery delivery via autonomous drones and began testing it near the Centerville Kroger Marketplace. Kroger will launch its first autonomous drone delivery from a…

German delivery startup Flink raises $240 mln, partners with Rewe

France’s Casino expands Amazon partnership with collect services

Lidl overtakes Kaufland as biggest retailer in RomaniaGerman discount supermarket chain Lidl overtook discount hypermarket chain Kaufland as the biggest retailer in Romania by turnover in 2020. Both Lidl and Kaufland are part of the German group Schwarz. Lidl, which entered the Romanian market ten years…

Kroger launches $5M, year supply of groceries giveaway for vaccinated customers, employees

Albertsons boosts its supplier diversity program

Kroger launches $5M, year supply of groceries giveaway for vaccinated customers, employeesKroger has launched its $5 million and groceries for a year giveaway to motivate people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Five people will be selected as $1 million winners and 50 participants will win groceries for a…

South Africa's Shoprite sells Nigerian business to local firm Ketron

Aldi Australia launches its first self-service checkouts

Amazon Set To Overtake Tesco As UK’s Largest RetailerAmazon is on track to overtake Tesco as the UK’s largest retailer within the next four years, with its gross merchandise value (GMV) sales expected to reach £77.1bn by 2025, according to a new report forecasting the future performance of key retailers.…

Walmart, Amazon and Apple top the 2021 Fortune 500 list

Dollar stores are starting to offer fresh food after years of criticism

Dollar stores are starting to offer fresh food after years of criticismDollar store chains are starting to offer fresh groceries at some stores after years of criticism that they don't provide enough healthy food options for their customers. Family Dollar has started selling apples, oranges, onions,…

Walmart increasing store hours after pandemic cuts

Instacart wants to replace its army of gig shoppers with robots

PCC Community Markets Introduces Self-Check KiosksThe cash-free kiosks that PCC Community Markets is installing at all of its stores will accept all forms of contactless electronic payment, including credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay. In a move coming later than many of its competing…

Lidl remains Northern Ireland's fastest-growing retailer

Supermarket retailer of the year named

SuperValu Continues To Hold Largest Share Of Irish Grocery MarketSuperValu continues to hold the largest share of the grocery market at 22.2%, the latest figures from Kantar show. Its growth was primarily driven by shoppers returning to the store more often, contributing an additional €41 million, in the…

Albertsons' Electric Trucks Hit the Streets

7-Eleven Franchisees Renew Call for Relief From 24-Hour Mandate

7-Eleven Franchisees Renew Call for Relief From 24-Hour MandateFollowing a request in early May, the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees again asked 7-Eleven Inc. to reconsider a mandate that all stores return to 24-hour operations on May 24 following a shortening of hours due to…

Mercadona Earmarks €400m For Portuguese Unit

Japan's retailers expand in Vietnam as Korean peers retreat

Tata buys majority stake in India’s online grocer BigBasketTata Digital, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, has acquired a majority stake in Indian online grocery seller BigBasket. The announcement came after India’s antitrust body Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the acquisition of up…

ALDI officially UK's cheapest supermarket

Expansion continues this year with ongoing investment by SPAR Spain partners

Mercator Group Reports Profit Of €3.1m In Q1 2021Slovenian retailer Mercator Group has reported a profit of €3.1 million, up 183.9% year-on-year, in the first quarter of its financial year. The group recorded a 7.4% growth in normalised EBITDA during the quarter, which amounted to €47.3 million in this…

Fresh sales initiatives drive optimism at Dollar Tree but challenges loom

Sheetz becomes first convenience store chain to accept bitcoin

US: Fresh sales initiatives drive optimism at Dollar Tree but challenges loomCiting a variety of promising initiatives - including combination stores, new shopper marketing and delivery partnerships, expansion of price points and a move to add fresh produce and frozen meat to some stores - executives of…

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Instacart is launching 30-minute grocery delivery in the U.S.

Costco: Q3 and year-to-date operating results for fiscal 2021

US: Fresh sales initiatives drive optimism at Dollar Tree but challenges loomCiting a variety of promising initiatives - including combination stores, new shopper marketing and delivery partnerships, expansion of price points and a move to add fresh produce and frozen meat to some stores - executives of…

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Tesco trials Whoosh delivery service

PT Hero Supermarket plans to close all of its Giant supermarket outlets by the end of July

Ireland: Lockdown delivers 3% sales boost to Spar owner BWGBWG Foods, the owner in Ireland of Spar and Mace, boosted group sales by more than 3% to €874mln in the 6 months to the end of March. This was in spite of its hospitality supply business being badly affected by lockdown, which also caused a surge…

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Amazon is buying MGM Studios

Whole Foods Market: First-ever plant-based trend predictions

Amazon accused of unfair pricing policies by Washington DCAmazon is being sued by Washington DC over allegations it abuses its position as a retail giant. The lawsuit claims that Amazon's control of up to 70% of US online sales results in higher prices for consumers. "Amazon's online retail sales…

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Kaufland is offering fresh vegetables from Lisdorfer Frischgemüse

Carrefour and La Poste: New type of Pedestrian Drive

Holland: Albert Heijn expands AH Compact service areaDutch retailer Albert Heijn has announced that it has extended its free delivery service to Velsen, Hoorn, Deventer, Purmerend, Edam-Volendam, Alphen aan de Rijn and Zoetermeer. Residents in these areas can order groceries via AH Compact, a…

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Supermarket chain Studenac has launched a new city store format

3 new store openings for Jumbo in Belgium

Rewe to invest strongly in Romania to 2029Rewe, which operates the Penny banner in Romania, is set to invest RON5.1bln (US$835.1mln) in Romania by 2029 to expand the banner’s presence. The announcement came after Penny Romania recorded a 19% rise in its turnover in 2020 to RON4.73bln (US$774.5mln). The…

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Instacart releases its "Plant Power" report

Hy-Vee continues expansions

US: Online grocery shopping grows amid ‘pandemic-induced channel stickiness’About 60% of U.S. consumers now buy groceries online, and the same percentage of these shoppers plan to do so at the same frequency or more once the COVID-19 crisis subsides, according to a new study by Coresight Research. Of 1,652 U.S. adults polled in…

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Caprabo: 6.6% year-on-year growth in turnover in FY 2020

Auchan Retail is considering selling its stake in a group of stores in Taiwan

China Resources considers $2bln supermarket Hong Kong IPOChina Resources Holdings Co. is weighing a Hong Kong initial public offering for its supermarket business CR Vanguard that could raise as much as $2bln, according to people familiar with the matter. The state-owned conglomerate has held initial…

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Sprouts is stepping up efforts to stand out with unique products

Gorillas is launching its operations in the U.S.

US: Whole Foods Market names suppliers of the yearWhole Foods Market recently recognized 42 local, regional and national suppliers as part of the company’s ninth annual Supplier Awards. Recipients span all product categories and were selected by Whole Foods Market leaders, category experts and buyers who…

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Google will open its first-ever physical shop in New York

Instacart: Expansion brings service to almost 4,000 new 7-Eleven stores nationwide

Amazon is shutting down its Prime Now fast delivery appAmazon will discontinue its standalone Prime Now app and website by the end of this year, the company announced. The service launched in 2014 as a way for Prime members to get one- or two-hour delivery on a range of goods, from household essentials…

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GS25: Launch in Mongolia

BigBasket: 80% growth

France: Carrefour renews Alexandre Bompard's mandate as chairman and CEOReuters reported: "Carrefour said it had renewed the mandate of Chairman and Chief Executive Alexandre Bompard for another 3 years to lead the French retailer's turnaround. Europe's largest food retailer is in the midst of a 5-year plan launched in January…

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Sonae: Q1 profits despite pandemic

JD.com first quarter 2021 results

UK: Every second counts as startups race to deliver fresh foodIn a railway arch in south London, pickers and packers are in a race against time: to get fresh food to the door of Alastair Dean within 15 minutes of his order hitting an app. Their company Weezy is part of a new army of European rapid…

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Weis Markets has opened 2 new stores

BJ’s: Q1 financial results and 6 new locations

US: Local Express launches 'LE Shipping Module' to facilitate convenient nationwide delivery of food and grocery productsLocal Express (LE) announced the launch of its "LE Shipping Module" with the purpose of allowing their clients to ship products to customers located anywhere in the world using the…

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NGA has unveiled a comprehensive rebranding including a new logo

Target: Strong gains in sales and profitability in Q1

US: Amazon Fresh makes debut in D.C.The Washington, D.C. area will welcome a new Amazon Fresh store on May 27 when the retailer opens a 30,000-square-foot store and begins its eastward expansion. The new store will be located in a shopping center at 7005 C Manchester Blvd., in the D.C. suburb of…

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Mere eyes Belgium

E-mart will sell its retail store business in Vietnam

Spain: Eroski sees operating income up 30.2% in FY 2020Spanish retailer Eroski has reported a 30.2% year-on-year growth in operating income to €252mln in its financial year 2020. The company's total sales amounted to €5.4bln, up 2.1% compared with 2019, despite the adverse effects of COVID-19 on its…

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Lenta: Agreement to acquire Billa Russia to become #2 supermarket operator in Moscow

Supermarket chain Magnit is in a deal to take over rival Dixy

Exceptional growth for SparSpar International has achieved strong results during the pandemic: the chain's worldwide turnover grew by 7.4 %. This is proof of the essential role independent retailers play in their local communities, the organisation says. In Western Europe, sales growth amounted to an…

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Amazon Go Grocery stores rebrand to Amazon Fresh

Walmart blows past analysts’ profit forecasts

US: H-E-B makes curbside grocery purchasing services freeTexas-based grocery store H-E-B announced that it would make curbside pickup services free at all curbside locations across the state. Previously, curbside shoppers were charged a $4.95 fee on all orders, but moving forward that fee will be waived…

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Anycart announced the launch of its innovative online grocery shopping engine

Speedway acquisition of 3,800 convenience stores completed by 7-Eleven

Study: Most U.S. consumers to stick with eating at home post-pandemicThe eat-at-home trend boosted by the COVID-19 crisis won’t recede anytime soon post-pandemic, according to new research from CPG sales and marketing firm Acosta. After the pandemic ends, 92% of families plan to continue eating together…

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Australian retail giants join forces to tackle plastic waste

Grocemania expands

Finland: Kesko sees comparable sales up in AprilFinland's Kesko Group has reported an 11.7% year-on-year growth in comparable sales to €969.1mln in April. The company's grocery trade division generated sales worth €473.2mln, with a marginal decline of 0.2% on a comparable basis. Grocery sales at K-food stores decreased by 6.9%,…

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Flipkart will expand its online grocery operations by opening more fulfillment centres

Amazon will create more than 10,000 new permanent jobs in the UK during 2021

SPAR UK announces new virtual conference: ‘SPAR Winning Together’SPAR UK is hosting a virtual conference on 27 May 2021 focusing on innovation and growth. The event will explore how the company looks to invest and build on the momentum it has achieved over the past year in collaboration with retailers,…

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Whole Foods Market has shared some of its growth strategies for the future

Empire has completed the purchase of 51% of Longo's

US: Kroger to participate in virtual BMO 16th Annual Farm to Market ConferenceThe Kroger Co. announced that Gary Millerchip, Kroger's CFO, will address investors at the virtual BMO 16th Annual Farm to Market Conference at 8:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. The presentation will broadcast online at…

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Morrisons has launched a new programme

Eurocash intends to take over Arhelan supermarket chain

China: Alibaba swings to net loss as $2.8bln antitrust fine weighs on earnings, but revenue beats forecastAlibaba swung to a net loss in its fiscal fourth quarter as a massive antitrust fine it received last month weighed on its earnings. Last month, Alibaba got slapped with a 18.23bln yuan ($2.8bln) it…

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Meijer opened 3 new supercenters across the Midwest

Grupo Comercial Chedraui to buy Smart & Final Holdings

US: DoorDash shares rise as delivery company boosts outlook, investors shrug off driver shortageDoorDash reported a loss of 34 cents per share on revenue of $1.08bln for its first quarter. The company said that delivery drivers were in short supply but consumer demand was stronger than expected. The…

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Target: Good & Gather Plant Based label

Kroger has launched Go Fresh & Local Supplier Accelerator

US: Why Grocery Outlet is focused on freshGrocery Outlet says its value proposition focused on fresh food, value and the treasure hunt remains strong despite a mixed first quarter earnings report. The company says it expects to open as many as 38 new stores in fiscal 2021. 3 to 5 of these stores will be…

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Delivery Hero plans to re-enter the German market under its brand foodpanda

Just Eat Takeaway would launch a supermarket delivery service in Germany

Amazon does not have to pay back Luxembourg tax advantageThe tax advantage that the European branch of Amazon enjoys in Luxembourg is legitimate, according to the EU’s General Court. The e-commerce giant therefore does not have to pay back 250mln euros in back taxes.Source: retaildetail.eu  Sonae MC to accelerate…

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Dingdong Maicai has raised $330mln

Ahold Delhaize has reported better than expected Q1 sales

Sweden: ICA sees sales decline of 1.7% in AprilSwedish retailer ICA Gruppen has reported a sales decline of 1.7% in April 2021 compared with the corresponding month last year. Sales in like-for-like stores decreased by 2.0% year-on-year, the retailer added. In April 2021, total sales in ICA stores…

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Empire announced the next 3 locations for FreshCo in Alberta

The Giant Company plans to add 4 more locations in Philadelphia

Amazon issues $1bln sustainability bondAmazon is backing up its environmental initiatives with a new $1bln bond focused on funding projects in 5 key sustainability areas. The e-tail giant will use proceeds from the bond to build on investments it has made over the years in renewable energy, clean…

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Dino Polska: 24.3% year-on-year growth in revenue in Q1

Morrisons has reported a sharp slowdown in quarterly sales growth

India: Zomato to invest $100mln in Grofers to back grocery delivery ambitionsFood delivery giant Zomato may invest $100mln in online grocery startup Grofers after talks of a possible merger between the two fell through last year. IPO-bound Zomato’s investment is likely part of a larger financing round…

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Uber and Gopuff have announced a strategic partnership

Giant Tiger plans to increase its store count to 300 across the country

US: Sprouts sticks to game plan in lapping Q1 pandemic impactCycling COVID-fueled gains from a year ago, Sprouts Farmers Market posted decreased sales and earnings for its fiscal 2021 first quarter but topped Wall Street’s per-share projections. For the quarter ended April 4, net sales declined 4.3% to…

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REWE Group is testing a new 'Pick & Go' technology in Cologne

Edeka has increased its stake in Picnic

UK: Asda is trialling ‘secure boxes’ so your food can be delivered when you are outAsda is testing out secure “delivery boxes” outside customer homes so drivers can leave your shopping even if you’re not in. It works by the delivery driver entering a code on the box so they can open it and put the goods…

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Costco April sales growth surpassed 30%

HelloFresh plans to open a new distribution center in Phoenix

Gopuff acquires U.K. platform to expand internationallyGopuff is going global. The Philadelphia-based delivery platform is expanding beyond the U.S. for the first time with the acquisition of a delivery platform in the UK. By bringing Fancy into its company infrastructure, Gopuff will enter a new market…

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Casino: Weak quarterly sales

Carrefour International Partnership and Nordic Coops: New commercial Partnership

Saudi grocer Othaim sales dip a year on from panic buying supermarket sweepSaudi supermarket chain Abdullah Al Othaim Markets reported a 42% drop in first quarter profit, a year on from the early panic-buying days of the pandemic. Net profit fell to SR57.7mln ($15.4mln) for the first 3 months of the year…

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Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage: Q2 fiscal 2021 results

Walmart is collaborating with PHA and Higher Ground Productions

US: How online natural retailer Thrive Market is going climate-positiveThrive Market has always been an eco-conscious enterprise, offering foods made of real ingredients that are safe for the environment, delicious and fairly priced. Already, the e-retailer has committed to a no-air-shipping policy and…

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SPAR Hungary has expanded the e-grocery catchment area

Co-op Group has announced a 10-point action plan to hit zero-carbon by 2040

UK: Asda launches first ESG reportAsda has published its first Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report which sets out its commitments to a sustainable business strategy and outlines how the supermarket will make it easier and affordable for customers to shop sustainably. In launching its first…

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UNFI is adding 53 all-electric transport refrigerated trailer units to its fleet

Loblaw beat market estimates for quarterly revenue

US: David McInerney steps down as FreshDirect CEODavid McInerney, the onetime chef who co-founded the iconic New York e-grocery retailer FreshDirect 20 years ago, is departing as its CEO. McInerney is to be succeeded on an interim basis by Farhan Siddiqi, chief digital officer of Ahold Delhaize, the…

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Metro has reported a 11.9% drop in sales in Q2

Carrefour and Uber Eats continue to bolster their partnership

Germany: REWE introduces cargo bike deliveryGerman retailer REWE Group has added cargo bikes to its delivery fleet for grocery delivery in Cologne, Berlin, and Hamburg. The German retailer has spent a year testing the concept in its pilot scheme in Cologne, racking up 40,000 kilometres during testing…

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Harps Food Stores has kicked off Produce for Kids Fridays

GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Vaccaro & Sons

US: Shaw’s, Star Market truck drivers who deliver to Massachusetts stores go on strikeTruckers who crisscross New England delivering food and other essentials to more than 100 Shaw’s and Star Market locations have gone on strike as they fight for a new contract. The 65 truck drivers and mechanics walking…

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Despar Italia: 8.4% increase in turnover in full-year 2020

Competition authority has approved of Żabka to acquire Maczfit

Aldi promises zero waste to landfill in Australia by 2025Aldi has announced plans to send zero waste to landfill by 2025 and the move could mean additions to its popular Special Buys. Aldi has also launched a new range called Market Buy, which will feature seasonal fruits and vegetables that have minor…

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Publix: Q1 sales growth moderates

Kroger and Drone Express: Pilot to offer grocery delivery via autonomous drones

US: Quest Proganics comes to retailDillons Food Stores, a division of The Kroger Co., has rolled out Quest Proganics, a newly developed process designed to deliver significant diversion levels of organic waste away from landfills, at its stores, with the solution set to expand to other Kroger banners.…

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Nationwide store rollout continues for Spar Ukraine

Strong growth for Edeka in pandemic year

China: JD opens first Seven Fresh in ShenzhenJD opened the first Shenzhen branch of its omni-channel fresh produce supermarket SEVEN FRESH. The supermarket is located in Wankeli, a property developed by Vanke, the giant real estate developer in China, in the Shenzhen’s central Futian district. It covers…

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Weis Markets: Rollout of a $135mln cap ex program

Farmstead expands to Texas

US: Instacart announces expansion of EBT SNAP payment to 3 new retailers for same-day grocery delivery and pickupInstacart, the leading online grocery platform in North America, announced an expansion of its EBT SNAP payment integration to include 3 new retailers - Publix, The Save Mart Companies and Price Chopper/Market 32 -…

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Mixed performance in first quarter for ICA Gruppen

JD will open its first distribution center in the Netherlands

Portugal: Jeronimo Martins quarterly profit jumps 66% amid COVID lockdownsPortuguese retailer Jeronimo Martins said first-quarter net profit jumped by two-thirds to 58mln euros as key market Poland drove a modest rise in sales during pandemic-related lockdowns there and at home. However, Portugal’s…

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Empire and Second Harvest have formed a national partnership

Q1 results for Amazon

US: eBay achieves strongest growth in 16 yearsAuction site eBay has had an exceptional quarter: its turnover rose by 42% - the biggest growth in 16 years - following a year in which it was already growing strongly, thanks to the Covid-19 crisis. In the first 3 months of the year, eBay's turnover rose by 42% to 3bln dollars…

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Walmart de Mexico: Q1 revenue fell slightly from a year ago

PlantX Life is now a seller on Hudson’s Bay Marketplace

US: In-store shopping will make a comeback in 2021 according to new Inmar Intelligence surveyInmar Intelligence, a data-driven, technology-enabled services company, released findings from a new survey, which shows that over a quarter (27%) of consumers plan on doing most of their grocery shopping…

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Magnit: Like-for-like sales up in Q1

Harris Farm Markets: First store for the Gold Coast

Australia: Woolworths fails to impress with April showing over ColesAustralia’s biggest supermarket chain Woolworths Group offered a less upbeat reading of sales so far in April than rival Coles Group as shopping patterns return to pre-pandemic levels, sending its shares lower. Coles, Australia’s No. 2…

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Full Circle Home announced its partnership with Farmbox Direct

Amazon is expanding garage grocery delivery

Canada: Organic Garage finalizes its transition to a decentralized distribution model; anticipates savings of $1mln annuallyOrganic Garage Ltd. (“Organic Garage” or the “Company”), one of Canada’s leading independent organic grocers, announced that it has finalized the closing of its distribution and…

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Delhaize is becoming "Belhaize"

Waitrose will expand its Deliveroo service

Russia: Lenta sees sales and gross margin up in Q1 2021Russian retailer Lenta has reported a 2.4% year-on-year growth in gross profit to RUB23.4bln (€260mln) in the first quarter of its financial year, with gross margin increasing 26 basis points year-on-year to 21.8%. EBITDA amounted to RUB6.7bln…

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Hannaford Supermarkets has joined forces with PBFA

Almost 11mln more households in 2020 and record sales year for Albertsons

US: Consumers' preferences for produce often don't match up with their behavior, report findsMany consumers' purchasing behavior around produce conflicts with their beliefs around food waste, nutrition and local shopping, according to The American Food Journey report from Lettuce Grow and The Farm…

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Dada Group and Miss Fresh collaborate

Mercadona generates almost 4% of all jobs in Spain

Turkey: Alibaba raises stake in TrendyolAlibaba is raising its stake in Trendyol to 86.5%. The major ecommerce platform from Turkey received an additional 330mln dollars (273mln euros) investment from Alibaba, which was already one of its existing partners. The capital increase means that the value of…

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S Group: Sales in supermarket division up 6.1% in Q1

MD: 47 new supermarkets to open this year

Belarus: Eurotorg sees full-year revenue up 6.8%, despite 'challenging environment'Eutororg, Belarus's biggest retailer, has reported a 6.8% increase in revenue in full-year 2020, supported by a 3.6% increase in like-for-like sales, and new store openings. Revenue at the group totalled BYN5.1bln…

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3 CT Stop & Shop supermarkets among a group of 11 sold for $295mln

iFresh has established a partnership with HungryPanda

The Fresh Market voted the best supermarket in AmericaUSA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards has recognized The Fresh Market as the "Best Supermarket in America" for 2021. A panel of 10Best local experts and contributors nominated their favorite American supermarkets based on value, selection and…

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Big Y has launched myPicks online ordering

Misfits Market has raised $200mln in Series C funding

US: Cardenas Markets grows in the digital ageChanges in shopping habits driven by the COVID-19 pandemic are transforming the operating systems of supermarket chains. Cardenas Markets, for example, partnered with Instacart to respond to the growing demand for online grocery shopping and home delivery…

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Jerónimo Martins: €11mln worth of bonuses for Portuguese employees

CEO Richard Brasher: Pick n Pay is open to buying Massmart’s Cambridge Food chain

‘One Family, One Vision’: SPAR Scotland announces second virtual tradeshowSPAR Scotland is to host a virtual tradeshow on 23 September 2021. During the event, SPAR Scotland will update suppliers, retailers, and colleagues on their plans to develop their business in a post-pandemic world further. The…

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Mercadona has posted a year-on-year consolidated sales growth of 5.5%

Uber Eats launches its food delivery service in Germany

UK: Southern Co-op stores join food waste initiative11 co-operative stores in Berkshire, Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire have been selected to take part in a trial selling selected products past their ‘best before’ date. An initial trial of the ‘Reducing our Foodprint’ took place at 2 Hampshire stores…

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Metro: Q2 profit and sales up from year ago

Stop & Shop has launched a pilot Flashfood program

US: Amazon is bringing palm-scanning payment system to Whole Foods storesAmazon is bringing its palm-scanning payment system to a Whole Foods store in Seattle, the company announced, with rollout planned for other locations. Previously, the technology was available only at a dozen of Amazon’s physical…

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Woolworths takes controlling stake in Quantium

Carrefour: Solid first quarter

UK regulator says Issa's purchase of Asda raises some competition concernsBritain’s competition regulator said it was concerned the Issa brothers and private equity group TDR Capital’s 6.8bln pound ($9.5bln) takeover of the Asda supermarket chain could lead to higher fuel prices for UK motorists. The Competition and Markets…

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Raley’s: First O-N-E Market store conversion

HelloFresh: New partnership with Pratt Industries

Lidl US names new CEOLidl US has named a new CEO after its current CEO announced on April 20 that he is resigning in order to spend more time with his family. Lidl US President and CEO Johannes Fieber is leaving at the end of May, and Michal Laguionek, a longtime Lidl executive based in Germany, will be…

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Food Lion: Major new sustainability commitments

Saladworks and Frutta Bowls team up with Combo Kitchen

US: New Seasons/New Leaf names new CEOGrocers New Seasons Market and New Leaf Community Markets, independent operators within the Good Food Holdings family of brands, have named veteran grocery executive Nancy Lebold CEO. She joins the banners from Food4Less, a division of The Kroger Co., where her most…

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Yandex is set to launch its e-grocery delivery service in Europe

DIA: 7.3% decline in net sales in Q1 2021

Auchan to put greater focus on organic ranges in France in 2021As part of an interview in local trade publication Lineaires, Auchan Retail’s manager for organic, health, self-discount, and bulk goods, José Da Silva Neves, discussed how the retailer was looking to boost sales of its organic ranges. He…

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Weezy now available in Manchester

Amazon is building a computer vision-based grading solution for fruits and vegetables

UK: Deliveroo processes double the amount of orders during first quarterIn the first 3 months of the year, Deliveroo received more than double the number of orders compared to the same period last year. The company does expect the growth to slow down as the Covid measures will be phasing out. For the 4th…

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The Save Mart Companies and Simbe: Robot Tally pilot

ShopRite: Fresh to Table store-within-a-store concept debut

US: Imperfect Foods delivery workers unionizeFood delivery workers at San Francisco-based Imperfect Foods have voted to unionize, according to United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 5, which represents 30,000 California food and retail workers across the Bay Area. Reasons that the union cited…

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US Foods announced the launch of the company’s 2020 CSR Report

Walmart invests in Cruise

Amazon must ‘do a better job’ for its workers, says Jeff BezosAmazon needs to “do a better job” for its employees, Jeff Bezos told shareholders in his final letter as chief executive of the online giant, but he also pushed back against criticism of the company’s work practices. Bezos, who reclaimed his title as the world’s…

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Oddbox is expanding its operations to South Wales and southwest England

Belgium's first online supermarket starts on Monday

SPAR multi-format strategy driving rapid expansion in PolandSPAR Poland is rapidly expanding thanks to its multi-format strategy encompassing company-owned and independent retailer operated stores. Focusing on local entrepreneurship and suppliers, the new SPAR stores offer customers a great range of…

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Dollar General plans to hire up to 20,000 new employees this spring

Kroger is launching America's first Customer Fulfillment Center

Donita Rose is new corporate chef of Filipino supermarket chain in USDonita Rose has found a new place to showcase her culinary skills - a Filipino supermarket chain in the United States. The chef and former MTV VJ took to Instagram to announce that she is now the corporate research and development chef…

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Czech investor Daniel Kretinsky has unexpectedly increased his stake in Sainsbury's

Grab is going public in world’s largest SPAC merger

Aldi Nord opens its five thousandth supermarketOn the Spanish island of Mallorca, Aldi Nord has reached a small milestone: the discounter has just opened its five thousandth supermarket in Europe. The new store - the 336th in Spain - is located in Cala Millor. The store opening is part of the…

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Groupe Casino is exploring fundraising plans for its Cdiscount and GreenYellow subsidiaries

Sainsbury’s expands rapid grocery delivery trials with Deliveroo and Uber Eats

UK: Tesco reports £2bln profit after 'exceptionally strong' salesTesco, Britain's biggest retailer, beat its guidance by reporting total adjusted retail operating profit of £1.99bln (€2.29bln) after seeing "exceptionally strong" sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. The retailer reported a 6.3% rise in…

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SpartanNash is implementing a “Vendor Code of Conduct”

Farmstead has partnered with DoorDash

Canadian retail titan W. Galen Weston dies at 80W. Galen Weston, patriarch of one of Canada’s wealthiest families and retail titan, has died at age 80, according to a statement by the family. Weston was the third generation of his family to lead George Weston Limited, an already-prosperous retail empire…

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Aldi Nord is testing a delivery service in Spain and Portugal

Fresh produce retailer Banco Fresco plans to open 16 stores in Italy by 2022

Chinese grocery start-up MissFresh privately submitted prospectus to SECMissFresh, a Chinese e-commerce grocery platform, privately submitted its prospectus to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a few days ago. The company is expected to go public in mid-June this year, for which it aims to…

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HelloFresh: Launch of @TheTable

Food City: Alabama debut

Aldi, Costco among world's most reputable companiesAldi, Costco and Amazon are among the top 100 most reputable companies in the world, according to RepTrak. The company announced its annual ranking after surveying more than 68,000 respondents across the world’s 15 largest economies to gauge perception regarding a brand’s…

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M&S is reaffirming its commitment to British farming

China slapped a record fine on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd

Aldi, Asda attracted most new shoppers during most recent UK lockdownAldi and Asda have come up trumps in terms of attracting new shoppers to their stores during the most recent UK lockdown period, new data from Shoppercentric has found. When asked which grocery retailer they had used for the first time…

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Amazon defeats activists hoping to establish the company's first unionised warehouse in the US

Meijer reveals some of the most surprising shopping trends

US: BJ’s Wholesale Club CEO Lee Delaney dies at age 49Lee Delaney, president and CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club died unexpectedly at age 49. Westborough, Massachusetts-based BJ’s said that Delaney’s death was “due to presumed natural causes”. He had served as president and CEO since February 2, 2019, taking…

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Costco Wholesale upholds comp-sales momentum in March

Mixed responses to Amazon Fresh’s automated grocery storeQueuing up at the grocery store is probably one of the most dreaded things about doing errands. While companies have come up with self check-out and delivery options for their customers, Amazon Fresh is introducing an entirely automated system with…

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Carrefour opens its first autonomous convenience stores in Brazil

Israel: Retail data startup Trax raises $640 million in funding roundTrax, a startup that develops computer vision technology for retailers, said Wednesday it has secured $640 million in funding from investors including SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and technology-focused funds managed by existing investor…

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Target, Instacart and Amazon rank high for online shopping

Whole Foods Market turns spotlight on responsible sourcingWhole Foods Market is making responsible sourcing stand out at the shelf. The Amazon-owned specialty grocer on Wednesday launched Sourced for Good, an exclusive third-party certification program through which customers can identify responsibly…

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Walmart rolls out Covid-19 vaccines in 48 states

7-Eleven aims to be force for good, growthBeing an essential business amid the COVID-19 pandemic is something 7-Eleven convenience-store employees take to heart. “It’s a very important responsibility that people feel the weight of at 7-Eleven,” Marissa Jarratt, 7-Eleven’s CMO, told CSP Daily News. The…

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Carrefour expands express grocery delivery partnership with Deliveroo

Jumbo to expand to Belgian coastDutch supermarket chain Jumbo has applied for a permit for the construction of a shop in Middelkerke, its first location on the Belgian shoreline. The coastal municipality is becoming a true battlefield, with many other supermarkets already active in the immediate…

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New report launched by McKinsey & Company and EuroCommerce

O'Key Group has reported a 5.6% year-on-year growth in revenue

Network International reports shift in supermarket shopping trends among UAE residents during 2020In 2020, UAE residents spent more when they did their supermarket shopping online compared to when they made their purchases at an outlet, according to Network International, the leading enabler of digital…

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Amazon illegally fired employees critical of work conditions, labor board finds

Online grocery shopping quadruples since 2017

Kroger CEO says no one has the ‘data and insights’ that it has Kroger is coming off a record year. The grocer grew its same-store sales, excluding fuel, by 14.1 percent last year, aided by a 116 percent jump in online sales. Kroger’s growing private label business was up 13.6 percent during a year when it posted an operating profit of $2.8 billion. The supermarket giant also found alt…

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Sobeys store pickup will be expanded to other locations in Alberta over the next few months

Walmart announced plans to bring its in-home delivery service to parts of Northwest Arkansas

Canada: Sobeys expands store pickup through Ocado partnershipSobeys has launched a grocery pickup service, Voilà by Safeway Curbside Pickup, at Safeway locations in Calgary and Edmonton. This will be expanded to other locations in Alberta over the next few months and builds on the launch of a similar…

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Vote count in pivotal Amazon union election likely to start next week

Kroger will keep honing its fresh assortment to drive market share gains

Vote count in pivotal Amazon union election likely to start next weekWorkers at an Amazon.com Inc warehouse in Alabama will likely have to wait until next week for a vote count that could result in the online retailer’s first unionized facility in the United States and mark a watershed moment for…

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Magnit is in the middle of a business transformation programme

Everli has raised €85mln to expand across Europe

25.5% of ecommerce in Europe is cross-borderThe online cross-border market in Europe was worth 146bln euros in 2020. This is an increase of 35% compared to the situation 1 year before. The cross-border share represents 25.5% of total online sales in Europe. The cross-border share is slowly increasing. In…

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Ozon: 144% jump in 2020 gross merchandise volume

Gruppo VéGé: Home delivery service with Glovo

Switzerland: Migros gains market share in 2020, strengthens online positionSwiss retailer Migros increased its market share by 1.2 percentage points to 23.3% in 2020 and strengthened its leadership in the online retail segment. The retailer attributed the gain in market share to expanded,…

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Dollarama plans to have 2,000 stores in Canada within the next decade

Kroger will double its digital sales by the end of 2023

US: New FMI report finds grocers invested $24bln to meet increased consumer demands and operate safely amid Covid-19One year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, FMI-The Food Industry Association released a new report, Receipts from the Pandemic: Grocery Store…


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