Tesco has created Better Baskets

Ninjacart has raised $9mln

Italy: Aspiag Service to expand to Lombardy, opening 60 storesAspiag Service reported 2021 sales of €2.5bln - up by 1.7% year on year - while net profit remained in double figures, at €13mln. Sales of private-label lines, consisting of 6,244 SKUs, accounted for 25.7% of the groups turnover. The group, which operates the DESPAR…


Amazon prepares to open its first Amazon Fresh supermarkets in New York and New Jersey

Target: Q1 sales rise as earnings fall

Amazon Fresh to enter New York, New JerseyAmazon is getting ready to open its first Amazon Fresh supermarkets in New York and New Jersey. Seattle-based Amazon said that it will begin hiring for Amazon Fresh stores in Paramus, New Jersey, and Oceanside, New York. The e-tail giant reported that it aims to…


GrubMarket announced the release of custom mobile ordering apps

Kowalski’s Markets has partnered with Mercatus

Wegmans, Publix, Harps make Newsweek’s America’s Best Retailers listWegmans Food Markets, Publix Super Markets and Harps Food Stores garnered the top ratings for supermarkets in Newsweek’s 2022 America’s Best Retailers list. Wegmans ranked first in the supermarket category with a score of 92.25, followed…


Pick n Pay aims to cut costs by $187mln in the next three years

JD.com: First quarter 2022 results

Malaysia: This grocery delivery platform lets you enjoy farm-fresh goods in an instantGogopasar claims to be Malaysia’s only end-to-end online grocery platform. Gogopasar, a grocery delivery platform, says that the groceries are here to stay, delivered to you directly from the farm. Gogopasar, founded in…


Autonomous deliveries in Santa Monica launched by Motional and Uber Eats

Walmart cut its full-year profit forecast

US: How Umamicart uses shoppable recipes to drive salesAsian e-commerce grocer Umamicart is betting on recipes to get people to fill up their online shopping carts. From fruits, condiments and snacks, Umamicart sells about 2,000 products on its website, which are currently available for delivery in over…


Kesko Group's sales totalled €998.7mln in April

Flink acquires Cajoo and partners with Carrefour

Coop Switzerland strengthens ties to Swiss producersFor approximately ten years, Coop Switzerland has been sourcing its Swiss fresh vegetables through three regional fresh vegetable alliances, Alliance Ost Gemüse AG, Alliance Mitte AG, and Alliance Romande SA. The retailer announced that these three…


Edeka Minden-Hannover: 3.5% increase in group sales

Czech branch of British supermarket chain Iceland has filed for bankruptcy

Eurocash Group reports 'significant improvement' in profitability in first quarterPolish retailer and wholesaler Eurocash Group has reported a 12% increase in revenue in the first quarter of its financial year, as well as what it described as a 'significant improvement' in profitability. Operating profit…


PCC Community Markets announced it awarded $25,000 in Organic Producer Grants

Stater Bros. Markets donated 20,000 lbs. of fresh apples to FARSB

US: Kroger Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation funding food waste researchWith an estimated one-third or more of U.S. food waste happening in households, The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation has teamed up with the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) to launch the Food Waste…


Delhaize launches Delivery+

Deliveroo has signed an agreement with trade union GMB

Modern grocery retailers continue expansion in Bosnia and HerzegovinaRetailing in Bosnia and Herzegovina remained affected by the political and economic situation in 2021, according to an analysis by Euromonitor International. However, modern grocery retailers continued to gain market share from…


Instacart has taken a preliminary step to pursue an IPO

SpartanNash: Strong preliminary results for first quarter

US: Instacart takes step toward IPOAfter years of industry buzz, Instacart has taken a preliminary step to pursue an initial public offering. San Francisco-based Instacart said that it has filed a confidential S-1 draft registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The online…


Bettaveg is celebrating 20 years of operation

Motatos has revealed plans to launch in the UK this June

Carrefour posts strongest performance in France in March/April: KantarCarrefour 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,…


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 dealWorkers 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…


Spar to enter Latvian market

Ahold Delhaize sales in Europe in Q1 boosted by DEEN acquisition

Norway: Reitan Retail posts lower profits, seeks growth ahead of IPONorway's Reitan Retail has reported a drop in operating profit for 2021 from the previous year's record and said it was ready to resume growth in groceries and other businesses ahead of a planned stock-market listing. The family-owned…


Cencosud has reached an agreement to buy 67% of The Fresh Market Holdings

GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Vega Produce

US Foods seeks new CEOThe US Foods Holding Corp. has announced that CEO Pietro Satriano will be leaving the company, according to a press release. Robert M. Dutkowsky, a non-executive board chairman, has been appointed executive chair and Andrew Iacobucci, chief commercial officer, has been appointed…


Uber Eats has announced a new partnership with One Stop

Spar Hungary has made significant investments in its logistics network

UK: Inside huge new Hello Fresh warehouse in Derby bringing hundreds jobsHello Fresh, the country's leading meal kit provider, opened its third national distribution centre in Derby. The state-of-the-art building is the first in the city's new food manufacturing hub, SmartParc in Spondon. The giant…


First 99 Ranch Market to open in New York

ADUSA Supply Chain: Automated York DC now the largest in the network

US: Online grocery sales skidded in AprilInflation-cautious U.S. consumers retreated to their grocery-shopping corners in April, new monthly data from Brick Meets Click and Mercatus suggests, as grocery delivery's active user base shrank and even online/in-store pickup, the powerhouse of online grocery…


Amazon Fresh is set to open in Sevenoaks in the near future

Morrisons has won a two-way battle with EG Group for control of McColl’s

France: Carrefour celebrates 30 years since its first organic productCarrefour reported: "Carrefour is France’s leading organic retailer and is also one of the first brands to have started selling organic products 30 years ago. Carrefour’s organic adventure actually started back in 1992. Since then, the…


Costco: April sales results

Cencosud to acquire Brazilian supermarket chain GIGA

U.S. ports set new record for importsImports at the nation’s major retail container ports set a new record this spring and are expected to see near-record volume this month as retailers bring in merchandise ahead of rising costs and further supply chain issues, according to the monthly Global Port…


Send has gone into liquidation

Morrisons has proposed a last-ditch rescue deal for McColl’s Retail Group

Holland: Albert Heijn removes free plastic bags from fruit and vegetables sectionDutch retailer Albert Heijn has removed free plastic bags from its fruit and vegetables department, in a move that it says will save 243,000 kilograms of plastic per year. From now on, customers can use sustainable fresh…


Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage: Q2 fiscal 2022 results

Sprouts continues focus on new products to grow basket size

US: Ingles Markets tallies another double-digit sales gain in Q2Ingles Markets kept up its fiscal 2022 sales momentum with a double-digit net sales increase in the second quarter. For the quarter ended March 26, net sales climbed 16.3% to $1.38bln from $1.18bln a year earlier, Asheville, North…


High street giants form sector 'jobs alliance'

Aldi has opened its largest distribution centre in Portugal

India: This agritech startup promises to deliver fresh fruits & vegetables to your doorstep via video shoppingAlthough convenient, buying fresh produce online has its own challenges. With only stock photos to rely on, customers can never be sure of how fresh a product is. Founded in 2019, Bengaluru-based…


Kroger: Second year of Go Fresh & Local Supplier Accelerator

Loblaw delivered another strong quarter

US: Schnucks offers delivery and pickup directly through Schnucks Rewards appSchnuck Markets said that, in partnership with grocery enablement platform Instacart, customers can now order Schnucks Delivers curbside and delivery directly through the Schnucks Rewards app. Previously, customers were…


Maxima Latvija: 4.2% year-on-year increase in turnover

Spar Italy has announced its 2021 financial results

South Korea: Homeplus' online delivery sales up 980% in one yearHomeplus is setting new sales records with its express delivery service that started in February 2021. Its marketing strategy to send online orders within 1 hour and offer items at comparatively lower prices than those of its rivals have…


Whole Foods Market plans to close 6 stores in 4 states

Instacart now partners with the top 5 grocers across Canada

US: Quicklly introduces Alphonso mangoes for nationwide deliveryQuicklly announced the addition of Alphonso mangoes, also known as the "King of Mangoes", to their expansive offering of delicious and authentic Indian food items. As the nation's largest marketplace for South Asian groceries and meal…


Zepto has raised $200mln in fresh funding

Inflation is main concern as Q3 sales jump for Woolworths

How a Chinese e-grocer is delivering fresh foods fast in the world’s most competitive grocery marketBeijing-based Missfresh has built a robust business in China’s largest cities that relies on state-of-the-art dark stores and AI forecasting, but faces a challenging path as it looks to make money.…


Weis Markets: First quarter 2022 results

Publix: Strong Q1 sales

US: Aurora Grocery Group names Julio Ibáñez as new CEOHispanic grocery chain Aurora Grocery Group announced the appointment of Julio Ibáñez as the new CEO of the company, which operates 38 supermarkets under the Compare Foods, Gala Foods, and Gala Fresh banners, effective May 16.Source: abasto.com  Couche-Tard in talks to combine…


EuroCommerce has welcomed the launch of a public consultation on the EU framework

Swiggy will make use of drones for its grocery service Instamart

German consumer morale heads for historic low in May - GfKGerman consumer morale is projected to plunge to a historic low in May as the war in Ukraine leads to soaring costs for households and dashes hopes of a post-pandemic recovery, a survey showed. The GfK institute said its consumer sentiment index,…


BJ’s Wholesale Club unveiled BJ’s Market

Pacific Ocean Marketplace acquired by Great Wall Supermarket

Amazon to get hearing that could overturn NY union vote, labor board official saysAmazon.com Inc's objections to a landmark union election at a company warehouse in New York City justify a hearing that could overturn the result, a U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) official said.Source:…


Coles: 1st electric delivery truck

Jeronimo Martins: 52% jump in 1st-quarter net income

Continued support from SPAR Gran Canaria to local farmersSPAR Gran Canaria continues to prioritize the purchase of local, more sustainable products, directly collaborating with over 200 farmers on the island. The retailer began a campaign showcasing the Valsequillo strawberry in February 2022, offering…


Publix has begun rapid grocery delivery in Miami area using Instacart’s Carrot Warehouses

Amazon: First loss since 2015

US: Weis Markets unveils $150mln cap ex planWeis Markets Inc. Chairman, President and CEO Jonathan H. Weis has informed shareholders of the company’s plans to invest $150mln-plus in its growth this year. Weis spoke at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in its hometown of Sunbury, Pennsylvania, noting that Weis Markets…


Publix has donated more than 50mln pounds of produce

Kroger aims to add 23,000 associates

US: Grosvenor Food & AgTech invests in transformative food supply chain technology firm GrubMarketGrosvenor Food & AgTech has added supply chain and eCommerce food technology business GrubMarket - which provides software and services that better connect food producers, suppliers and customers - to its…


Gousto revenues surged 67% to hit a record £315mln

Metro Austria's acquisition of AGM wholesale business approved by Higher Regional Court

UK: Tesco to swap plastic packaging for loose fruit and vegTesco has informed suppliers that they need to move 3 times as fast in scrapping plastic from shelves, as it moves towards more reusable products. The Big Four grocer has set a target of removing plastic from a total of 5bln products sold by…


Giant Tiger partners with Instacart

Sources: SpartanNash attracts acquisition interest

US: Tops promotes Jeff Cady to VP of Produce and FloralTops Friendly Markets has promoted Jeff Cady to the position of VP of produce and floral as part of Shared Services Center (SSC), which supports Tops and Price Chopper/Market 32 following a merger this past fall, the Williamsville, New York-based…


Sheng Siong: 13.9% increase in 1Q profit

Rohlik Group: 53% year-on-year rise in net revenue

UK grocery price inflation at highest level since December 2011: KantarGrocery price inflation in the UK currently stands at 5.9%, its highest level since December 2011, according to the latest market share data from Kantar. In the 12 weeks to 17 April, Kantar said that supermarket sales in the UK were…


Lidl is calling on the British public for support in identifying sites for new stores

Spar Market format store is the first of its kind in Scotland

Albert Heijn opens 70th outlet in BelgiumDutch retailer Albert Heijn has opened its 70th store in Belgium, in the town of Hechtel-Eksel, in Limburg. The landmark store underlines the Ahold Delhaize-owned retailer's ambitions in Belgium, it said in a statement, which are 'to colour Flanders blue' with a…


SpartanNash unveiled SpartanNash SpecialtyDirect

Walmart has opened an import distribution center in South Carolina

Canada: Longo’s changes executive structureLongo's has announced changes to its executive structure, which it says is part of an "ambitious 10-year plan that will require investments in people, technology, and processes". In a note to its team members, president and CEO Anthony Longo said the…


Freshippo: Adding more couriers to meet high demand in Shanghai

Reliance called off its $3.4bln deal with Future Group

UK: Asda to invest over £73mln this year in tackling cost of living crisisAsda has announced it will be investing over £73mln in tackling the cost of living crisis for its customers and colleagues. In a sweeping range of measures aimed at supporting UK households tackling inflation, the supermarket has…


Bashas’ now accepts EBT SNAP for Instacart orders

Zubale is eyeing an expansion to Brazil and Chile

Amazon takes on Shopify with ‘Buy With Prime’Amazon is making moves to boost its relationship with sellers as rival Shopify continues to expand its presence and swoop in on the eCommerce giant’s turf, according to a press release.Source: pymnts.com  US: Save Mart Cos., Union reach tentative labor agreementsFollowing…


Casino keeps goals as sales return to growth in Q1

Spar Slovenia signs a long-term contract with Agraria Koper

Retail sales fall in Great Britain as food and petrol prices soarRetail sales in Great Britain fell by more than expected last month as the soaring prices of food and fuel caused consumers to rein in their spending amid growing fears over the cost of living. Figures from the Office for National…


SHV plans to divest its Makro cash & carry stores in Brazil

Amazon Fresh is adding 3 more stores in Southern California

US: Albertsons unveils ‘Recipe for Change’ ESG platformAlbertsons Cos. has embarked on a new corporate sustainability and responsibility strategy with the launch of an environmental, social and governance (ESG) framework dubbed “Recipe for Change”. Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons said that the Recipe for…


French Q1 sales disappoint: Carrefour shares fall

Os Mosqueteiros has posted a 9.6% increase in turnover

Finland: Kesko sees sales up 6.1% in MarchKesko Group has reported sales of €1.1bln in March, marking an increase of 6.1% (5.6% on a comparable basis) compared to the same period last year. In the grocery trade, sales in March amounted to €522.4mln, down 1.4% compared to the same period last year.Source:…


Sprouts Farmers Market: 1st-ever Sustainability Vendor Summit

Tony’s Fresh Market has been acquired by affiliates of Apollo Global Management

US: Kroger readies grocery delivery for South FloridaThe Kroger Co. is building up its Florida e-commerce operations to expand online grocery service into the South Florida market. Cincinnati-based Kroger said that it aims to hire more than 200 associates to help support the launch of Kroger Delivery in…


Eurocash Group has reported sales growth of 3% year-on-year

Studenac has taken over its peer Kordun

Deliveroo to appeal French ruling it abused the rights of its ridersDeliveroo will appeal a French court ruling that said it had abused the freelance status of its riders, which resulted in a 375,000 euro fine and suspended sentences and additional fines for 2 of its former bosses, a spokesperson…


Just Eat Takeaway.com is looking at selling U.S. arm Grubhub

Carrefour Brasil: 1st-quarter total sales of $4.45bln

US: Southeastern Grocers continues to lead path forward to a sustainable futureSoutheastern Grocers Inc. (SEG), parent company and home of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, released its 2021 Corporate Social Responsibility Progress Report defining advancements the grocer…


Auchan is looking to bolster its presence in southeastern Europe

CEECAT Capital has acquired a 51.5% stake in Gomex

Maxima Latvija introduces paper bags for fruit and vegetablesMaxima Latvija is extending its range of environmentally friendly fruit and vegetable packing options to cater to the changing habits of shoppers and reduce the use of plastic packaging. The retailer has introduced free of charge paper bags for…


NRF: Retail sales grew in March even as inflation edged higher

Goodfood: Q2 net sales dip

US: Workers at online grocer FreshDirect form unionEmployees of online grocer FreshDirect have formed a union after voting “overwhelmingly” to ratify a collective bargaining agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers, UFCW Local 342 reported. Also, 7 UFCW locals in Southern and Central California ratified a new 3-year…


Grocery Outlet goes chainwide with Instacart delivery

US consumers spend ten times more on groceries at Walmart than Amazon

Walmart Canada opens distribution centre in British ColumbiaThe Canadian branch of multinational retailer Walmart has opened an advanced grocery distribution centre in Surrey, British Columbia. Equipped with up-to-date technology, the 300,000ft² facility is designed to process 150,000 orders a day, which…


Asda finance chief quits, replaced by former Morrisons CFO

Aldi assures low prices to its customers

Aldi assures low prices to its customersIn a statement by Aldi CEO, Jason Hart, Aldi stressed its commitment to delivering affordable prices. While there are things everyone gets wrong about Aldi, it appears that its low costs are something shoppers can count on even as the brand is dealing with…


Carrefour: 1st retailer to use blockchain technology with own-brand organic products

Shufersal rejected an offer to merge with Delek Israel

Holland: Ahold Delhaize shareholders adopt 2021 financial statements and approve all agenda itemsShareholders adopted Ahold Delhaize’s 2021 financial statements and agreed to the proposed 2021 annual dividend of €0.95 per common share for the full year. An amount of €0.43 per common share was paid as…


GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of WaudWare

Meijer is planning grand openings for 2 new supercenters

US: UNFI names Chris Finck president of Atlantic RegionFood wholesaler United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) appointed Chris Finck as its new president, Atlantic Region, effective May 1. Finck will lead the Atlantic Region sales team with accountability to support customers with UNFI’s full portfolio of…


Lawson Inc considers Seijo Ishii IPO

Tesco profits more than trebled

Lidl Belgium and Luxembourg appoints new CEOLidl Belgium and Luxembourg has named Matúš Gála as its new chief executive officer, effective 1 May. He has been a part of Lidl for the past 14 years, including 5 years as chief executive officer of Lidl Slovakia.Source: esmmagazine.com  UK: Simply Fresh starts 2022 with a clutch of openingsA…


Getir partners with Copia

Albertsons topped Wall Street’s earnings forecast

Subsidiary of Mexico's Femsa agrees to acquire U.S. distributor Sigma SupplyMexican bottler and retailer FEMSA announced its U.S. subsidiary Envoy Solutions reached an agreement to acquire the distributor Sigma Supply for an undisclosed amount.Source: reuters.com  US: Albertsons upholds ‘top tier’ performance…


Albert Heijn has expanded its collaboration with Thuisbezorgd.nl and Deliveroo

Amazon India has announced the extension of Amazon Fresh

Italy: Gruppo VéGé market share increases sixfold over decadeRetail cooperative Gruppo VéGé achieved a 7.8% market share at the end of 2021, which means that the company's share has grown sixfold over the past decade. At its annual convention in Paris, the group also announced that consumer turnover for…


Big Y Foods plans to build Big Y Express Fresh Market

eMeals acquire RecipeBox

Publix named on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For listFor the 25th consecutive year, Publix has been recognized on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Publix is 1 of only 4 companies to have made the list every year since its inception in 1998.Source: businesswire.com  US: eMeals acquires RecipeBox appDigital meal-planning…


PLUS unveils 1st converted Coop store

Kantar: E.Leclerc the big winner in France in March

CEO Boudewijn van den Brand leaves Lidl BelgiumLidl Belgium is getting a new CEO: Boudewijn van den Brand, the Dutchman who led the discounter for 8 years, is leaving on 22 April. His successor is already known. According to business newspaper De Tijd, van den Brand will remain in function until 22…


Amazon called for an election re-run

Costco: 3rd straight month of double-digit net and comparable sales gains

U.S. e-grocery sales hold steady for MarchThe U.S. online grocery market totaled $8.7bln in March, the same as in February but down 6.5% from a record high of $9.3bln a year ago, strategic advisory firm Brick Meets Click reported. E-grocery sales through pickup in March came in at $3.8bln, down 5% from…


CCPC is opening a deeper probe into planned acquisition by Tesco of Joyce’s Supermarkets chain

Groupe Casino has announced the disposal of its remaining stake in Mercialys

India: Swiggy Instamart expands fruits, vegetable category in Tamil NaduFood 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…


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 programWalmart 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…


GMG to operate French supermarket chain Géant in UAE

Lidl has set up its own container shipping company

UK supermarket Morrisons warns of hit from Ukraine crisis, inflationMorrisons, Britain's 4th-biggest grocer and a major food producer, warned its sales and core profit for the year could be hit by the crisis in Ukraine and rising inflation unless conditions improve. The supermarket group said the…


eGrowcery and Door Dash have partnered

Kroger Dallas Division has rolled out a new service

US: Publix readies 5 for-1 stock splitPublix Super Markets plans to enact a 5 for-1 stock split that will boost its number of authorized common shares from 1bln to 4bln. Publix said that its board of directors approved the stock split to be effective at of the close of business on April 14. For each…


CEO: Nana aims to capture a 40% market share

Carrrefour is joining forces with venture capital firm Daphni

Italy: Esselunga reports 2021 results above market averageItalian supermarket chain Esselunga achieved consolidated sales of €8.56bln in 2021, up 2.2% on a like-for-like basis, compared to a -0.1% decline across the broader market. The company reported that shelf prices decreased by 1.4%, which was…


Unifor has reached a tentative agreement with Metro

First U.S. union at Amazon

Canada: Metro, Unifor avert looming strike at Toronto distribution centreUnifor says it has reached a tentative agreement with Metro Inc. covering more than 900 fulltime workers at a Toronto-area distribution centre. The union says a vote on the deal will take place in the coming days and details of the collective agreement…


Tushop closes $3mln in pre-seed funding

The Casino Group and Just Eat France are partnering

India: Future Retail CEO resigns amid legal battle, debt recoveryFuture Retail's chief executive Sadashiv Nayak has resigned, the company said, without citing any reasons, just over 7 months after he took the helm at one of India's largest retailers.Source: reuters.com  Kenyan startup Tushop closes $3mln in…


Placer.ai predicts a continued effect on overall retail traffic

NRF: 2022 Top 50 Global Retailers

US: 43 members of Congress call on FTC to address economic discriminationA bipartisan coalition from the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting the agency investigate, and when appropriate bring enforcement actions against economic discriminatory…


Missfresh: Sales of private label fresh food brand surged 300% for Q4 2021

Fresh produce e-commerce startup Haseel raised $6.6mln in Series A round

Picnic closing in on Belgium: expansion in Zeeland and Pas-de-CalaisPicnic is expanding in both the Netherlands and France. The online supermarket is now also present in Middelburg in the southern Dutch province Zeeland and in Lens in northern France (Pas-de-Calais). This brings the grocery service…


BJ’s Wholesale Club: Same-Day Select

Dollarama: Q4 profit and sales up

US: Albertsons Cos. to accept supplemental benefits for fresh produce, OTC medicationsIn a bid to better serve its communities and reduce food insecurity, Albertsons Cos. has moved to accept supplemental health benefits, including pre-paid cards funded by Medicare Advantage plans, employer incentives,…


Spar Poland plans to expand its logistics centre in Czeladź

Lulu Group International is considering IPO

UK retailers raise prices by most in nearly 11 years - BRCMajor British retailers increased their prices by the most in almost 11 years this month, according to a survey that tallies with forecasts showing the country's inflation rate is set to accelerate further. The British Retail Consortium said shop…


bp and Uber: New global strategic convenience delivery partnership

Hy-Vee Inc. announced plans for 1st store location in Tennessee

US: Meijer announces 1st-ever Sustainability Supplier Summit to expand offering of sustainable productsMeijer announced that it will host its 1st Sustainability Supplier Summit, giving vendors nationwide the opportunity to showcase their sustainable products - from food to pets to home goods - for Meijer…


Asda targets No. 2 position

Intermarché saw its Belgian sales grow by 6.4%

Grocery inflation hits highest level in 10 years in UK: KantarGrocery price inflation is now at its highest level for 10 years, new data from Kantar has shown, hitting 5.2% in March 2022. This is the highest level since April 2012, and is prompting consumers to increasingly switch to private label, which…


BJ’s: 1st wholesale club to partner with DoorDash

The Save Mart Companies have been acquired by private equity firm

US: Wisconsin Walmart distribution center to become high-tech facilityWalmart is making a multimillion-dollar investment in high-tech automation at its regional distribution center (RDC) in Menomonie, Wisconsin. The investment is part of a broader initiative revealed earlier this year to renovate 25 of…


Sberbank is to sell its 44% stake in parent company Fortenova

AZTN has approved the acquisition of supermarket chain Lonia Trgovina by Studenac

Britain's Co-op says finance chief to succeed CEOBritain's Co-operative Group said its chief executive Steve Murrells would step down in May and be succeeded by finance chief Shirine Khoury-Haq as interim CEO. Khoury-Haq will become the 1st woman to lead the Co-op group after May's annual meeting.Source:…


Instacart cut its valuation by nearly 40%

Meijer plans to open 2 new supercenters in northeastern Ohio

Canada: Too Good To Go launches in CalgaryA week and a half after announcing its expansion to Quebec City, Too Good To Go has launched in Calgary. The app-based product enables consumers to purchase “Surprise Bags” of surplus food - ranging from sushi to produce and pastries - that would otherwise be…


Carrefour SA is in advanced talks to sell a controlling stake in Taiwan unit

Morrisons has teamed up with Gopuff

SPAR Austria expands market leadership, grows food retail sales by 3.9%SPAR Austria expanded its market leadership in food retail during 2021, with food retail sales reaching €8.63bln, equivalent to a sales growth of 3.9%. SPAR Austria Group reported a very positive year across all 3 business areas of…


Ninja had secured $2.8mln in funding that will be used to grow its footprint across Canada

Walmart filed a lawsuit against BJ's Wholesale Club

Major Canadian food retailer makes net-zero commitmentOne of Canada’s largest food retailers is aiming to make big improvements to its impact on the planet in the coming years. Loblaw Cos. Ltd. has released a plan to achieve net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2040 as part of a host of environmental…


Oddbox has expanded into Scotland

Antitrust regulator OKs Korea Seven’s takeover of Ministop

British retailer McColl's boss Jonathan Miller steps down amid financial woesBritain’s McColl’s said Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Miller had stepped down, weeks after the struggling convenience store chain warned of lower annual profit, sending its shares down 14%. Miller’s exit comes at a time when…


New Instacart Platform

Kroger plans to create an artificial intelligence lab with Nvidia

People are cutting back on fresh produce as prices rise (Study)Shoppers are feeling pain in the produce department as the cost of fruit and vegetables has soared. The latest consumer tracking study by Numerator found that about 78% of Ontarians noticed prices go up for fresh vegetables and 75% noticed…


Morrisons weighs options for struggling McColl's

Lulu Group International is in talks to open in Israel

2 years on: How Covid has changed the UK’s grocery sector foreverOne of the biggest trends of the pandemic has been the rise of online shopping. This is true across all of retail, including grocery. Ecommerce accounted for 8.7% of all grocery sales before the pandemic hit in February 2020, by February…


Giant Eagle has extended its partnership with SmartSense by Digi

Empire is now ramping up operations of its new online grocery home delivery service in Quebec

US: Swisslog and Berkshire Grey partner to bring AI-enabled robotic solutions to global warehouse operationsBerkshire Grey Inc, a leader in AI-enabled robotic solutions and Swisslog, leading provider of future-ready, data-driven robotics solutions, announced a partnership to provide robotic solutions to…


Indian lenders are set to initiate debt recovery proceedings against Future Retail

Alibaba surges more than 11%

Vietnam: HCMC supermarkets roll out promotions amid rising pricesSupermarkets in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) are offering double-digit discounts as food and gasoline prices surge. Central Retail is offering discounts of up to 50% on 390 products before 10 a.m. from Monday to Thursday every week. The list of products includes pork,…


Pattison Food Group continues to grow in the U.S.

Walmart Canada to build a high-tech fulfillment centre in Alberta

US: Instacart’s refreshed brand identity showcases company’s evolutionOnline grocery platform Instacart has rolled out a new brand identity that the company says better reflects its evolution and supports a “more modern, inspirational and connected experience for our community”. The refresh retains…


Domaća Trgovina has expanded its new City Market store format to Serbia

Asda has opened its largest Asda On the Move store

UK: Sales of fruit and veg will fund meals for children in Tesco’s Buy One to Help a Child campaignTesco customers buying fruit or vegetables in their local store or online will be helping to support thousands of children living in food insecurity. From Monday 21 March until Sunday 3 April, Tesco will…


Fresh Street makes debut

Buyk has ceased all operations from its 39 stores in New York City and Chicago

Retail sales rose 3.2% in January amid Omicron surge: Statistics CanadaRetail sales rose 3.2% to $58.9bln in January, even with public health restrictions in several parts of the country to deal with the Omicron surge in COVID-19 cases at the start of the year, Statistics Canada said. However, the agency…


Amazon is now offering “Just Walk Out” at a new Whole Foods location

Dollar General: Same-store sales slid 2.8% in fiscal 2021

US: February online grocery sales get lift from same-day servicesAfter declines in January, U.S. online grocery sales in February rose 2.4% from sequentially and 8.5% versus a year ago, according to the latest Brick Meets Click/Mercatus Grocery Shopping Survey. The U.S. online grocery market hit $8.7bln…


Sonae: 4th-quarter net profit rose 46%

Carrefour and Uber Eats are celebrating 2 years of working together

UK facing double-digit inflation, John Lewis head predictsThe boss of John Lewis and the supermarket chain Waitrose has said the UK is facing double-digit inflation as the war in Ukraine exacerbates the soaring cost of living, with prices rising in the supply chain and on shelves. The prediction from…


Mercadona: 3.3% annual growth in like-for-like sales

Ocado Retail lowered its annual sales outlook

Amazon to divert freight as some Chinese cities go under lockdownAmazon.com Inc said it would counter any disruptions due to the lockdowns in Chinese cities by diverting freight to warehouses in unaffected regions, as companies rush to comply with the country's controls to curb the spread of…


Alimentation Couche-Tard: Net earnings up in 3rd quarter

GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of SunFed

US: The Fresh Market named Best Supermarket for 2nd yearFor the 2nd year in a row, The Fresh Market has been named the "Best Supermarket in America" in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Hy-Vee was again named the No. 2 supermarket and Aldi took over the 3rd spot.Source: progressivegrocer.com  US:…


Walmart plans to hire more than 5,000 new associates, add 2 new global tech hubs

Giant Food: Giant Pickup service is now free

Ahold Delhaize service company kicks off annual startup programRetail Business Services, the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA, is partnering with nonprofit ADUSA Supply Chain and Innovation Studio for its 4th annual SEED immersion program, which aims to help entrepreneurs and startups in supply…


Zomato is set to take control of Blinkit

Carrefour Spain: 1st e-commerce hub for food products

Finland: Kesko Group posts sales worth €852.1mln in FebruaryKesko has reported a 6.8% year-on-year increase in sales (+6.9%.on a like-for-like basis), to €852.1mln in February. Sales in the company’s grocery trade amounted to €442.3mln in this period.Source: esmmagazine.com  India: Zomato to acquire Blinkit…


Ocado: Partnership with Auchan Retail Poland

HelloFresh UK: Strong FY2021 results

China: SEVEN FRESH deploys autonomous vehicles in Shenzhen as COVID-19 severely recursAs COVID-19 cases surge across China, JD.com’s fresh food supermarket SEVEN FRESH rolled out autonomous vehicles in Shenzhen to ensure food supply with contact-free delivery. 5 SEVEN FRESH stores in Shenzhen quadrupled…


Village Super Market: Net and same-store sales gains in Q2

Sunbasket and Diet ID announce a partnership

In most cases, supplier price increases ‘very justifiable,’ says MedlineWholesale prices are rising as food manufacturers continue to face labour and supply chain pressures related to COVID-19 but, in most cases, these prices increases are “very justifiable”, says Michael Medline. In a call with…


McColl’s has reached the milestone of opening its 200th Morrisons Daily store

Gorillas has acquired Frichti

Dino Polska reports sales growth of 32% in FY 2021Polish retailer Dino Polska has reported sales growth of 32%, to PLN13.4bln (€2.8bln), in its financial year 2021. The company attributed this growth to a combination of the expansion of its store network and an increase in like-for-like sales (+12.4% year-on-year).Source:…


Bashas’ prepares to celebrate 90 years in business

Walmart plans to build new distribution center

US: AiFi raises $65mln in Series B funding to strengthen leadership position in autonomous retailAiFi, the most flexible AI platform that enables retailers to affordably deploy and scale autonomous shopping solutions, announced a $65mln Series B funding round with participation from ALDI South Group,…


Gorillas and Jumbo: Delivery service in the Netherlands

JD.com reported its weakest revenue growth in 6 quarters

Britain's M&S opts for continuity as CEO checks outSteve Rowe will step down as chief executive of Marks & Spencer in May after 6 years in the job, with the British retailer opting for continuity by choosing two of his senior lieutenants as his successor. Rowe, who joined M&S at the age of 15 before…


Southeastern Grocers has announced plans to continue its Florida expansion into 2023

Empire reported a quarterly profit of $203.4mln

US: February marks largest grocery price jump in over 40 yearsAmid high inflation fueled by COVID supply-chain reverberations, and now the war in Ukraine, grocery prices experienced their biggest year-over-year increase in more than 40 years in February. The Consumer Price Index (for all urban consumers)…


Jerónimo Martins reported a 49% jump in 4th-quarter net income

Waitrose: Full-year sales on a par with previous year

Pandamart partners sharing app OLIO to give away edible, surplus food to S’poreans for freeHomegrown online grocery platform pandamart - a brand under food delivery giant foodpanda - announced that it is partnering free-sharing app OLIO. Under this partnership, pandamart will give away unsold food, which…


Stater Bros. is expanding ReposiTrak partnership

Across-the-board gains in business segments lifted UNFI to record net sales

US: The Fresh Market dives into omnichannel specialty food experiencesThe Fresh Market has embarked on a multiphase partnership with Firework, a live commerce and omnichannel digital transformation platform. The partnership brings Firework’s full suite of live commerce and short-form shoppable video…


VkusVill is closing its stores in the Netherlands

Asda owners unveil plans to overtake Sainsbury’s as 2nd biggest supermarket in UK

UK: Food sales increase slows to a crawl, says BRCFood sales rose fractionally compared with last year over the 3 months to February and inflation has started to bite, according to the latest sales monitor produced by the British Retail Consortium and accountant KPMG. The BRC-KPMG sales monitor reported…


Swiftly raised $100mln in a Series B funding round

Walmart announced plans for a new fulfillment center in southern Pennsylvania

Amazon is turning grocery-picking gig workers into Whole Foods employees as delivery demand boomsAmazon grocery-picking gig workers are being offered jobs as Whole Foods store staff, according to a letter to employees that was viewed by CNBC. The e-commerce giant is streamlining parts of its sprawling…


Shoprite: Rise of 25.5% in half-year earnings

Deliveroo launches new ultra-quick delivery service in Italy

Food supply disruption, soaring energy costs could hit UK grocers' growth - NielsenIQGlobal food supply disruption due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine plus soaring energy and fuel costs could slow down growth in supermarket volumes, NielsenIQ said. The market researcher said inflation at UK supermarkets…


Weis Markets: 4th quarter and fiscal year 2021 results

Dollar General: 1st store in Idaho

US: RocketCart launches free next morning Korean grocery delivery service in Southern CaliforniaRocketCart announced that it has launched RocketCart.com, its free next morning Korean grocery delivery service, in Southern California to residents of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and…


Mathem has completed its planned merger with Mat.se

Carrefour to enter Israel

Lidl launches before Aldi in EstoniaLidl has opened its 1st supermarkets in Estonia. The German discount chain is now active in all Baltic states. Lidl opened the doors of no less than 8 stores in Estonia. The supermarkets opened in the capital Tallinn and 3 other Estonian cities, where they were immediately greeted by queues…


Kroger has partnered with Impossible Foods

Kroger Fulfillment Network: 3 new cities

US: Meijer makes headway toward sustainability goals with new solar power projectGrand Rapids, Michigan-based Meijer recently signed a renewable energy power purchase agreement with developer Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions for a utility-scale solar project that will help the retailer reach its…


Magnit: 19.5% total sales growth and 7.2% EBITDA margin in 2021

Spar Kosovo invests €1.4mln in flagship supermarket

Organic merger in Belgium: Ekoplaza and Färm join forcesAfter acquiring Belgian Origin'O, Dutch organic chain Ekoplaza has now also joined forces with Brussels-based Färm in order to increase its presence in Belgium. Unlike Origin'O, however, Färm will remain as a separate chain.Source: retaildetail.eu  Kosovo:…


BJ’s President and CEO: “2021 has been the best year in our history”

Kroger: 4th quarter and full-year 2021 results

US Foods further reduces the carbon footprint of its fleetUS Foods Holding Corp. announced additional sustainability initiatives that support the company’s ongoing commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of its delivery fleet. The company will convert fleet fuel at all California broadline…


Gopuff officially launches in France

HelloFresh: Nearly 1bln meals last year

Lidl surpasses 700 stores in Italy, plans 2 new logistics centresLidl has reached the threshold of 700 stores in Italy, following the opening of 42 new openings during its fiscal year 2021/22, which ended on 28 February. In March, the discounter will celebrate 30 years of operating in Italy, with its 1st…


Dollar Tree: Results for the 4th quarter and fiscal year 2021

Kroger: Customer Fulfillment Center in northeast Ohio

US: Publix notches another double-digit sales gain in Q4Closing out fiscal 2021, Publix Super Markets turned in its 2nd 4th-quarter double-digit sales increase since the pre-pandemic period. For the quarter ended December 25, sales rose 12.4% to $12.6bln from $11.2bln a year earlier, with…


Wegmans plans to open its 1st Connecticut location

Cardenas Markets has expanded its partnership with Uber

US: Food Lion kicks off Orange Bag campaignCombining sustenance with a bit of sunshine, shoppers who buy specially marked bags of oranges at Food Lion stores can help combat food insecurity. From now through March 22, the North Carolina grocer will provide 5 meals for every bag it sells of its private…


Coles: Australia’s 1st major supermarket to offer drone delivery

Intermarché is acquiring Carrefour's largest franchiser in Belgium

UK retailers raise prices by most since 2011 - BRCBritish shoppers were hit last month by the biggest price rises from major retailers since 2011, according to a survey that adds to signs of fast-rising inflation which the Bank of England is trying to tackle with higher interest rates. The British Retail…


AllDay Supermarket: Philippines’ 1st “smart carts”

Auchan reported a 50% drop in profits in 2021

Finnish consumer confidence recovers in FebruaryConsumer confidence in Finland recovered in February after dipping in the December-January period due to the pandemic and associated restrictions, according to Kaupan Liitto (the Confederation of Finnish Trade Unions).Source: esmmagazine.com  France: Auchan's…


Shipt has partnered with Walgreens and 7-Eleven

Femsa eyes thousands more Oxxo stores across Latin America

US: E-grocer Weee! raises $425mln in funding round led by SoftBankE-grocer Weee! has raised $425mln in a late-stage funding round led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, riding on investor interest in a sector that has been one of the biggest winners of the pandemic. Greyhound Capital and existing shareholders…

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