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Boxed: First-quarter revenue climb 14.1%

Grocery Outlet: 10.5% net sales gain for Q1

Canada: Strike at Sobeys warehouse in Quebec ends after workers ratify new deal
Workers at a Sobeys distribution centre in Quebec have ratified a new contract, ending a 3-month strike over wages and benefits. Empire Co. Ltd., the grocer’s parent company, says workers voted in favour of a new 3-year collective bargaining agreement. The company says it looks forward to welcoming back employees and resuming operations at its Terrebonne distribution centre, which supplies its Quebec network of stores.

US: Grocery Outlet posts 10.5% net sales gain for Q1
After cycling pandemic-related gains a year ago, Grocery Outlet Holding Corp. got back on the sales growth track in the fiscal 2022 first quarter. For the quarter ended April 2, net sales totaled $831.4mln, up 10.5% from $752.5mln a year earlier, while same-store sales grew 5.2% year over year, Grocery Outlet reported. That compared with decreases of 1% in net sales and 8.2% in comparable-store sales in the 2021 first quarter.

US: Save Mart expands curbside pickup in Northern Nevada with Instacart
The Save Mart Cos. is launching its Curbside Pickup at all Save Mart and FoodMaxx grocery stores in Northern Nevada, expanding its partnership with retail enablement platform Instacart. Beginning May 16, all Reno, Carson City and Sparks Save Mart and FoodMaxx stores will offer shoppers the convenient curbside pickup service powered by Instacart. There are 7 Save Mart stores in Reno, Sparks and Carson City, and 2 Food Maxx stores in Carson City and Sparks.

US: Boxed sees first-quarter revenue climb 14.1%
Starting off its first full fiscal year as a public company, online bulk-products retailer Boxed Inc. posted double-digit net revenue growth in both of its business segments for the fiscal 2022 first quarter. For the quarter ended March 31, net revenue totaled $46.6mln, up 14.1% from $40.9mln a year earlier, New York-based Boxed said.

US: Target employees at Virginia store file for union election amid a broader labor push at big companies
Target employees at a store in Virginia filed with the National Labor Relations Board for a union election. Other companies, from Starbucks to Amazon, have also faced a push by employees to seek union representation. The organizing effort has even caught the attention and support of the White House.

Carrefour posts strongest performance in France in March/April: Kantar
Carrefour posted the strongest growth of all major French retailers in the period from 21 March to 17 April, with its hypermarket channel outperforming, new data from Kantar has shown. According to the data for the 'P4' period, Carrefour, which recently reported 'strong' first-quarter sales reported a 0.5 percentage point gain in market share, to 20.1%, with its hypermarkets seeing a 0.4 percentage point gain to 8.8%, largely driven by new customers. Also performing strongly was Lidl, which reported a 0.4 percentage point increase in market share, to 7.6%. The discounter recruited an additional 350,000 households during the period, said Kantar.

India: Swiggy Instamart to expand selection of fresh fruits and vegetables in Pune
Instamart, Swiggy’s quick commerce grocery service, announced the expansion in the selection of fresh fruits and vegetables on the platform in Pune. To facilitate this, Swiggy is looking to onboard more local fruit and vegetable vendors from the city and surrounding locations.

Ukraine war 'severely impacted' Q2 performance at Metro AG
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has 'severely impacted' second-quarter profit performance at wholesale giant Metro AG, with the business reporting a net loss of €284mln in the period. In the corresponding period last year, Metro reported a net loss of €131mln. According to the retailer, the war in Ukraine had a negative impact of around €200mln, which includes goodwill impairments to its businesses in Ukraine and Russia due to imposed sanctions as well as reduced sales and earnings expectations.

UK: The independent fruit & vegetable delivery service helping struggling restaurants in the kitchen
Bettaveg is celebrating 20 years of operation, but, since COVID, the business has become a lot more than just a supplier. Bettaveg is a family-run, female-led independent produce supplier based out of the New Smithfield Market in Openshaw. Bettaveg’s produce takes centre stage in venues such as The Lowry Hotel’s River Restaurant, King Street Townhouse, NAM, The Alan, Albert’s Shed and many other restaurants, bars and cafes across the North West.

New Eddy’s Food Station chain to bring 500 jobs to Scottish retail
Alloa has seen the opening of an inaugural Eddy’s Food Station convenience store. The new brand will eventually be opening 30 stores across Scotland over the next 5 years which will create 500 jobs. Eddy’s is the latest venture from Stephen Thompson, the former chief executive of Morning, Noon & Night, which he co-founded with his father Eddie.

Shop and work, UK's Tesco gives up supermarket space for office area
Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, has tied-up with office rental firm IWG so that people can use their local supermarket as an office. The deal with Tesco is part of IWG's plan to add 1,000 new locations to its global network this year as post-COVID-19 demand for hybrid working accelerates.

Discount grocer Motatos to launch in UK this June
Swedish online discounter Motatos has revealed plans to launch in the UK this June. The grocer operates under the moniker Matsmart in mainland Europe and sells surplus food from wholesales at a discounted price. Motatos “saves” food that would otherwise be thrown away due to changes in packaging, seasonal changes or short best before dates.

Urgent warning issued to Woolworths shoppers that the price of food is about to rise even more: This is why ...
Woolworths has warned fruit and veg prices are likely to soar as poor growing conditions are set to strangle supply of grocery essentials - with the worst yet to come. In an email sent to shoppers, the supermarket giant said heavy rain and low sunlight has impacted the supply and price of lettuce and berries.

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