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Amazon Fresh has plans for 3 more stores in northern Virginia

GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Regatta Tropicals

Walmart boosts industry-leading U.S. trucker pay to $110,000, starts retraining program
Walmart said it is boosting starting pay for its 12,000 long-haul truck drivers who deliver merchandise to its stores and Sam's Clubs locations amid a U.S. shortage of drivers that threatens to prolong supply chain snarls and merchandise shortages.

Amazon faces shareholder vote on treatment of warehouse workers Inc., the world's biggest retailer, will face a shareholder vote calling for an independent audit of its treatment of warehouse workers after the top U.S. securities regulator turned down the company's request to skip the resolution.

US: GrubMarket expands further into New Jersey through the acquisition of Regatta Tropicals
GrubMarket announced it has completed the acquisition of Vineland, New Jersey-based Regatta Tropicals, a successful and premier fresh fruit company that provides the highest quality fruits to retail, chain stores and food service companies across the U.S. and Canada. Regatta Tropicals also exports fruit to worldwide locations such as Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong and Europe and imports fruit from Chile, Peru, New Zealand, Australia, and Italy, among other countries. Regatta Tropicals currently operates in New Jersey and California, is one of the top suppliers of kiwifruit, persimmons and figs in the U.S., and also provides convenient and sophisticated shipping, repacking and restyling services for its customers.

Amazon Fresh opens in northern Virginia, prepares 3 more stores in region
Continuing with the acceleration of its Amazon Fresh format this year, Amazon has opened its newest Amazon Fresh grocery store in Fairfax, Virginia. The location won't be the only Amazon Fresh in the region, as the company has plans for 3 more stores in northern Virginia.

Jüsto grabs new capital as it expands grocery delivery in Brazil, Peru
Jüsto, the Mexico City-based online grocer, continues to run on all cylinders with a goal of saturating the Latin American market. The company claims to be the 1st supermarket in Mexico with no physical store that enables customers to buy groceries directly from its website, or an app, and Jüsto will deliver the order to the customer’s location of choice.

India: Swiggy Instamart expands fruits, vegetable category in Tamil Nadu
Food aggregator Swiggy said it is expanding the fresh fruits and vegetable segment under Swiggy Instamart to serve customers in Coimbatore. Swiggy Instamart is looking to take onboard more local fruit and vegetable vendors under this initiative, a company statement said.

France: Groupe Casino disposes of remaining stake in Mercialys
Groupe Casino has announced the disposal of its remaining stake in Mercialys. The group announced that it has disposed of the final 10.3% stake it held in the Mercialys property unit through a new total return swap (TRS). This follows on from the disposal of 6.5% of Mercialys equity through a separate TRS in February 2022, which has now been settled.

Billionaire founder of steps down as tech execs in China retreat from the spotlight’s billionaire founder Richard Liu has stepped down as chief executive of the Chinese e-commerce giant. Lei Xu, the president of will take over as CEO and join the company’s board of directors, with immediate effect.

India: Dunzo launches instant grocery delivery service in Mumbai
Quick commerce player Dunzo has announced it has launched Dunzo Daily, instant grocery delivery service in Mumbai. Dunzo Daily is already operational in Bangalore, Pune and Chennai and will launch in Delhi-NCR and Hyderabad later this month. Growing at a rate of 100% month on month, Dunzo Daily offers customers best-in-class selection and instant delivery of high-quality daily needs products like fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, dairy, meat, snacks, household necessities, hygiene items and more, it said in a press statement.

UK's Co-op posts £57mln profit, warns of ‘stark' headwinds
Britain's Co-operative Group said the economic headwinds facing its customers looked stark as it reported full-year pretax profit of £57mln (€68.3mln), up £33mln (€39.6mln) on the level in 2019 before the pandemic. The group, which is owned by its members, operates Britain's 7th largest supermarket chain as well as funeral, insurance, legal and energy services.

UK grocer Sainsbury's ups pay for staff in outer London - source
British supermarket chain Sainsbury's will increase pay for its staff in outer London to the level already achieved by staff in the capital's inner areas, a source close the company said after pressure from shareholders.

Australia: Tony Galati’s Spudshed to offer more convenience with Uber Eats launch
Tony Galati’s Spudshed is promising home delivery of fresh produce and other staples from his network of Perth stores within the hour as the grocer teams up with Uber Eats. Fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy and other grocery items will be made available to customers using the app through the Baldivis, Ellenbrook, Innaloo, Jandakot and Joondalup stores.

UK: Aldi Super 6 deals this week for cheap fruit and vegetables
Aldi has announced the latest Super 6 offers on fresh fruit and vegetable that will be hitting the stores this week. This month, shoppers will be able to purchase the following Super 6 fresh fruit and vegetable items: Nature's Pick Royal Gala Apples 6 Pack (£0.89); Nature's Pick Red Potatoes 2.5kg (£0.99); Nature's Pick Tenderstem Broccoli 200g (£0.89); Nature's Pick Leeks 500g (£0.69); Nature's Pick Closed Cup Mushrooms 400g (£0.79); Nature's Pick Brown Onions 3 Pack (£0.39).

UK: Tesco gives employees 5.8% pay rise amid cost of living crunch
Britain's biggest supermarket Tesco said it would give a 5.8% pay increase to store and fulfilment centre workers in a pay settlement which will be reviewed again next year due to the uncertain economic environment and high cost of living.

Ireland: Tesco’s planned buy of Joyce’s chain to be probed further by watchdog
The competition watchdog is opening a deeper probe into the planned acquisition by Tesco of the Galway-based Joyce’s Supermarkets chain. The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) confirmed that it’s conducting a further investigation after launching its initial probe last December as the takeover was announced.

China: Meituan, JD.Com, Neolix put robo delivery vans on streets of locked down Shanghai
Beijing-based Meituan, JD.Com and Neolix are making autonomous delivery vans available in Shanghai to help with the problem of getting daily essentials to communities in lockdown. Neolix’s vans have been used in 6 communities during the lockdown in Shanghai’s Pudong district, providing unmanned vegetable deliveries and selling nearly 2.5 tons of veggies as of April 1.

U.K.'s CMA considers undertakings offered by CD&R to clear GBP7.1bln take over of Wm Morrison
The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority said that it has considered undertakings offered by Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC to clear its about 7.1bln pounds take over of the U.K. supermarket chain Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc.

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