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Carrefour Spain: Milestone of 1,000 Express stores

Intermarché is testing a smart shopping basket

Germany: Metro AG achieves sales 'above pre-pandemic level' in 4th quarterWholesale giant Metro AG has reported a 9.9% increase in sales in the 4th quarter of its financial year, with sales for the period ahead of pre-pandemic levels. Sales totalled €7.1bln for the period, with both Western and Eastern…

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Grocery Outlet partners with Instacart to launch its 1st ecommerce offering

Weee! announced the acquisition of RICEPO

Walmart in Mexico targets low prices despite steep inflation, profit jumpsWalmart’s Mexico unit said it focused on its low-price strategy as inflation rose in the 3rd quarter, helping the retailer’s net profit rise more than 20%. Walmart de Mexico, the biggest retailer in Mexico, posted net profit of…

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Big Lots is ramping up its hiring campaign

Costco: Canada’s Most Respected Grocery/Food Retailer

US: Consumer spending in key center store categories remains elevated in 2021Americans spent 2% more year-over-year on groceries and consumer packaged goods (CPGs) in September 2021, and 13% more compared to September 2019, according to new data from NCSolutions. The September data shows the percent…

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Strike at Lidl Belgium has ended

Carrefour: Revenue growth slowed in the 3rd quarter

New Zealand: Countdown starts online trial as shoppers accidentally over-order fruit and vegCountdown is allowing online customers to order fruit and vegetables by quantity, rather than weight, after noticing a tendency to be ‘a bit overzealous’ with order amounts during the Covid-19 lockdown. Shopping…

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Big Basket collaborates with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Morrisons' shareholders back CD&R's $10bln takeover

SPAR Scotland offers free fruit in partnership with Healthy Living ProgrammeSPAR Scotland is continuing its support of Healthy Living Scotland (HLS) by giving out free fruit to children at a further four stores around the country. The campaign encourages children to eat more fruit and enjoy a healthier…

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Coborn’s plans to buy Tadych’s Econofoods supermarkets

Walmart plans to build its largest grocery distribution center to date

Fast-growing Asian supermarket expands in CanadaThe largest Asian supermarket chain in Canada is expanding its business in that country with a new location in British Columbia. T&T Supermarkets’ new Langley store, located in the Willowbrook Shopping Centre at unit 100, 19705 Fraser Highway, will…

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Tesco: ‘just walk out’ GetGo store

Lidl is preparing to start operations in Ukraine

Grocery sales down 2.2% in Ireland as shoppers return to socialising: KantarGrocery sales fell by 2.2% in Ireland in the 12 weeks to 3 October, Kantar has said, however spending is still up 9.4% on the same period in 2019. Online sales continue to gain ground, with the latest 4 week period seeing online…

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Whole Foods Market: Top 10 food trends for 2022

Wegmans has begun hiring for its first store in Washington, D.C.

US: H-E-B releases plans for increasing Texas presenceAiming to better serve the needs of Central Texas residents, H-E-B has released plans for a second store in the city of Leander. Spanning more than 103,000 square feet, Leander’s newest H-E-B, which will be located at 19348 Ronald W. Reagan Boulevard…

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Freshpik has launched its maiden store

Asda has officially opened its first premium ‘Extra Special’ convenience store

Belgium: Carrefour's logistical problems continueThe logistical problems at Carrefour Belgium continue, even though the strike at Kuehne+Nagel's distribution centre in Nivelles ended a week ago. The unions are afraid the problem is structural, and point to the trucker shortage.Source: retaildetail.eu  Russia:…

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Dollar Tree Inc. plans to hire thousands of associates

Walmart: Text to Shop beta test

US: Grocery retail sales climb 7.5% in SeptemberLifted in part by inflation, grocery sales grew 7.5% year over year in September amid a double-digit gain in overall U.S. retail sales, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. In advance estimates, September U.S. retail and foodservice sales totaled $625.42bln (seasonally adjusted), up…

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Yandex has launched a service in London

Spar: First retailer in Ireland to partner with Too Good To Go

Ahold Delhaize launches its very own podcast: Refreshing Retail!Ahold Delhaize reported: "Curious to learn more about what's cooking in the kitchen of Ahold Delhaize and the food and retail industry? Refreshing Retail is here to share the latest trends, innovations and news. It discusses big topics like…

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GPA sells 71 Extra Hiper stores to Assai

Pattison Food Group acquires Roth's Fresh Markets

SN Report: Retailers optimistic about center store sales in 2021Nearly half (45%) of retailers say that the coronavirus pandemic led to increased sales of more than 10% in center store, with 18% seeing increased sales of 5% to 9.9% and 19% with increased sales of 0 to 4.9%. The news is even better for…

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Waitrose: 1st supermarket to sign up to historic Organic Potato Pledge

Lidl stores across Belgium have closed their doors due to a staff strike

Wumart owner shelves $1bln Hong Kong IPO planWM Tech Corp., controlled by founder and chairman Zhang Wenzhong, has shelved its Hong Kong initial public offering after letting the application lapse, according to people familiar with the situation, following queries from the city’s bourse. The…

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Reasor’s has partnered with Grocery Shopii

Invafresh has expanded its partnership with Coborn’s

US: Pickup/delivery gain online grocery sales share in SeptemberDespite a double-digit decline in ship-to-home business, U.S. online grocery sales and order volume remained elevated in September, new research from strategic advisory firm Brick Meets Click reveals. The U.S. online grocery market totaled…

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Spar Spain: A series of store openings during August and September

7-Eleven: First store in Israel to open in 2022

France: Auchan held talks with Niel-backed SPAC before failed Carrefour bid - sourcesFrench food retailer Auchan explored a deal with a blank cheque company backed by telecoms mogul Xavier Niel and banker Matthieu Pigasse before a failed attempt to tie up with rival Carrefour, 3 sources familiar with the…

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Kroger to enter Northeast through e-commerce partnership with Ocado Group

Afresh Technologies and New Seasons Market have partnered

US: Village Super Market reports uptick in fiscal 2021 salesShopRite operator Village Super Market Inc. saw net and same-store sales edge up for its 2021 fiscal year, with comparable sales boosted by strong e-commerce results. For the 53 weeks ended July 31, overall sales came in at $2.03bln, up 2% from…

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Everli announced plans to expand into Germany and Romania in early 2022

Continente: Certification for fruit and vegetable supply chain

Grocery sales fall in UK, with shoppers making fewer trips due to fuel concernsThe recent fuel supply crisis at British forecourts led to shoppers making fewer trips to the supermarket last month, Kantar has said, with take-home grocery sales dropping by 1.2% in the 12 weeks to 3 October. Despite the…

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Walmart and Netflix have teamed up

Rappi partners with Jüsto

US: Save A Lot taps ex-Supervalu chief Craig Herkert as interim CEODiscount grocer Save A Lot has quietly appointed Craig Herkert as interim chief executive officer with the departure of CEO Kenneth McGrath. Save A Lot disclosed Herkert’s appointment in reporting the sale of 17 metropolitan Philadelphia stores to independent…

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Tesco looking to fill 30,000 job positions for the festive period

Auchan does not plan to make a hostile move for Carrefour

France: Picnic to launch in Lille next weekAfter a successful trial in Valenciennes (Northern France), Dutch online supermarket Picnic will expand its activities into neighbouring Lille on 13 October.Source: retaildetail.eu  Australia: Doug Jones appointed new Group CEO of Metcash LimitedMetcash Limited notified…

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Goodfinds by Gordon

Walmart navigates supply chain to deliver this holiday season

US: Gordon Food Service® unveils: Goodfinds by GordonInspired by the belief that food should not only taste good, it should do good too, Gordon Food Service® has unveiled a new program for their customers called Goodfinds by Gordon. The program's mission is to partner with companies on the cutting edge…

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Instacart has purchased FoodStorm

KeHE Distributors plans to open new distribution center in Arizona

'Containergeddon': Supply crisis drives Walmart and rivals to hire their own ships“Chartering vessels is just one example of investments we’ve made to move products as quickly as possible”, said Joe Metzger, U.S. executive vice president of supply-chain operations at Walmart, which has hired a number of…

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Woolworths Group Ltd settles 2019 class action over underpaying staff

Asda will extend its one-hour Express Delivery service to 96 stores

UK: Firms warn of price rises as energy costs soarHigh energy costs are forcing manufacturers to warn of higher prices for their goods as they pass on increases to consumers. Iceland boss Richard Walker said higher energy bills and other costs meant price rises were now "inevitable". The warning came as…

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Kroger aims to hire 20,000 associates

GrubMarket has completed the monumental acquisition of SGS

Amazon reportedly working on a smart fridge that tracks its contentsIt seems Amazon is adding smart fridges to its extensive product line. According to a new report, Project Pulse will use some of the same technology found in Amazon Go stores, allowing it to track food items inside the fridge and order…

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Ocado is investing in Wayve to develop autonomous grocery deliveries

Reliance Retail plans to roll out 7-Eleven convenience stores in India

Russia: SberMarket develops 'dark store' concept alongside wholesaler MetroRussian online delivery service SberMarket has announced the development of a 'dark store' micro fulfilment centre alongside wholesale giant Metro. The dark store is located at Metro's facility on 19 Shosseynaya street, in Moscow,…

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Meijer: Great pumpkin demand this year

Hannaford Supermarkets: A new service in partnership with Instacart

US: Target will pay employees an extra $2 an hour for peak days of holiday seasonTarget said it will pay an extra $2 an hour to store and service center employees who work peak days during the holiday season, such as on Saturdays and Sundays in the final weeks before Christmas. The big-box retailer…

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Carrefour Italia could sell over 100 stores

Tesco doubled profits in the first half of the year

European grocery market forecast to grow 5% by 2026, says IGDThe European grocery sector is set to experience 5% growth between now and 2026, however much of that will be driven by inflation rather than volume growth, IGD has said. IGD recently held its European Future Talk, at which the research and…

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Publix plans to hire approximately 30,000 associates in Q4 2021

Skogen’s Festival Foods has revealed plans to buy 3 Trig’s stores

US: Sunbasket becomes 1st direct-to-consumer meal delivery service available on Instacart nationwideSunbasket announced a new partnership with Instacart, the leading online grocery platform in North America, to offer its extensive line of Fresh & Ready prepared meals, meal kits and grocery add-ons on the…

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Bashas’ to be acquired by Raley’s

HelloFresh continues its fight against hunger during Hunger Action MonthIn honor of Hunger Action Month, HelloFresh, the world’s leading meal kit company, has continued its commitment to combat hunger and provide fresh food to food insecure communities through various initiatives, including surplus food…

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Aldi is hiring more than 1,500 temporary store colleagues this Christmas

Lidl plans to open its first 15 stores in Latvia this week

UK: Morrisons chair promises 'good Christmas' for shoppersThe chairman of supermarket chain Morrisons has insisted the supermarket will be able to deliver a "good" Christmas for customers despite supply chain issues. Andy Higginson said he was "not worried" about logistical issues with supermarkets…

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‘Half of online shoppers buy cross-border’

Holland: Jumbo Food Group receives Royal title on 100th anniversaryDutch retailer Jumbo has announced that King Willem-Alexander has granted Jumbo family business the right to use the 'Royal' designation. As a result, the holding will now be known as Royal Jumbo Food Group. Source: esmmagazine.com  SPAR UK…

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Sainsbury’s: Biggest ever Christmas recruitment drive

Carrefour's CEO Alexandre Bompard is examining options for sector consolidation - Le Monde

New DESPAR store openings in Italy expand SPAR’s retail footprintNew DESPAR and DESPAR Express store openings have expanded the SPAR Brand in several regions across Italy. Designed with a focus on fresh produce and convenience, the new stores offer a pleasant shopper environment and personal…

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ShopRite of Cortlandt: “Fresh to Table” in-store experience

Costco is chartering 3 ocean-going vessels

US: Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO John Mackey to retire in 2022John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of natural grocer Whole Foods Market, announced that he will be retiring next year, effective September 1, 2022. Mackey will be replaced by current chief operating officer Jason Buechel.Source:…

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Colruyt Group issues profit warning

Deliveroo Hop: Fast grocery delivery in London

Pakistan: For the love of fresh fruits and vegetablesSPAR, a global retail chain with presence in 48 countries entered Pakistan in 2017 with 2 stores in Karachi. It has recently announced further expansion in Pakistan, with a 3rd store launched in North Nazimabad on the 16th of September and a 4th store…

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Walmart plans to hire about 150,000 new U.S. store workers ahead of holiday season

Casey’s: Agreement to acquire 40 convenience stores in Tennessee and Kentucky

Avo announces over $80mln in funding to accelerate ambitious growth plans in the delivery & amenity businessNew York-and-Israel-based Avo, the fastest growing, vertically integrated residential and office delivery platform in the US, announced that it has raised over $80mln in funding. Its most recent…

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Morrisons store workers have won 1st round of their legal battle for equal pay

Aldi Süd has been awarded the Green Brands seal

Maxima recognised as Latvia’s ‘most loved’ retail brandMaxima Latvija has been recognised as the number one most loved retail brand in the country as well as the best value for money brand for the 3rd year in a row, according to the latest rankings from Baltic Brand Forum. The company has also made it…

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Albertsons Companies select Procurant for perishables order management

The Giant Company has introduced 30-minute Instant Delivery

US: UNFI delivered ‘solid fiscal 2021’, new CEO Sandy Douglas saysNew United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) CEO J. Alexander “Sandy” Douglas took part in his first earnings call with the company, which eked out a sales gain for its 2021 fiscal year but topped the high end of Wall Street’s earnings forecast.…

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Northgate González Market is using the NCR Freshop platform

Dollar General has revealed plans to expand into its 47th state

US: Inmar Intelligence continues to guide food retailers on the future of the industry with 2021 Future of Food Retailing ReportInmar Intelligence, a data and tech-enabled services company, released its 2021 Future of Food Retailing Report, which provides a detailed look into the food retailing industry…

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Jumbo has opened a chat checkout

Strikes in distribution centres: Empty shelves at Carrefour Belgium

European ecommerce was worth 757bln euros in 2020In 2020, ecommerce within Europe has kept on growing. The total worth of European ecommerce grew to 757bln euros. This is a 10% growth from 690bln euros in 2019. These findings are stated in the 2021 European Ecommerce Report, published by Ecommerce Europe…

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Weis Markets: DoorDash delivery

Costco: Q4 and fiscal year 2021 operating results

US: Whole Foods expanding $10 delivery fee nationwideWhole Foods Market is implementing a $9.95 service fee on grocery delivery orders nationwide beginning October 25, a company spokesperson said. This includes those placed by Amazon Prime members, who previously got free delivery on orders over $35. The…

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Morrisons-CD&R shareholder vote set for October 19

Aldi UK: Sales hit new record

SPAR reaches milestone of 1mln meals saved in partnership with Too Good To GoSPAR is delighted to announce that it has reached a significant milestone in its global partnership with Too Good To Go with 1mln meals saved worldwide. It is just 9 months since the international partnership with the social impact company was…

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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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