US: Aldi store in Brooklyn offers chain value formula
Aldi got a first-hand look at her low-priced formula on a tour of her old store on Flatbush Street in the New York City neighborhood of Brooklyn. Goods produced and packed in boxes are displayed and the boxes they arrive in, reducing the time needed to store shelves.
US: Edible Arrangements® sets sights on great gifts for The Last Frontier, targeting multi-unit expansion in Alaska for the first time
Edible Arrangementsthe largest global franchisor of fresh fruit snacks, dessert dipped, fresh fruit arrangements and the favorite gift company in the United States, is looking to expand its presence in “The Last Frontier” with the goal of breaking into the market and opening four new franchise stores across Alaska by the end of 2023. Most franchise ownership opportunities are available in the Greater Anchorage area, but the brand has also identified Juneau and Fairbanks as ready destinations to seize the fruitful opportunities.
US: UNFI Increases Sales Growth in FY 2022
United Natural Foods Inc. has rebounded. (UNFI) with strong fourth-quarter 2022 and fiscal year sales gains following pandemic-led cycling results a year ago, with adjusted earnings per share in line with Wall Street estimates. Providence, Rhode Island-based UNFI has also revealed a partnership with robotics specialist Symbotic to automate several of its distribution centers over the next few years. For the fourth quarter ended July 30, net sales were $7.27 billion, up 8% from $6.74 billion in fiscal quarter 2021when the top streak fell 0.5% as UNFI covered acute customer demand fueled by COVID-19.
US: Star Concessions partners with Amazon for a no-checkout store at DFW International Airport
Star Concessions has announced the opening of Grab & Fly, a check-out-free shopping experience at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Powered by Amazon’s Just Walk Out TechnologyThis allows people to get what they need and leave the store, without having to wait in checkout lines.
Ahold Delhaize proposes reappointing Frans Muller as CEO
Ahold Delhaize has announced that its Supervisory Board intends to propose the reappointment of Frans Muller as President, CEO and Member of the Board of Directors at the annual general meeting of shareholders on April 12, 2023.
AEON supermarket chain promotes Vietnamese goods
The Vietnamese Products Fair Week Opened in AEON Shopping Mall in Ho Chi Minh City to bring more Vietnamese goods to Aeon supermarket chain. The organizing board selected 36 companies to showcase 374 processed foods and agricultural products, including rice, fruits, vegetables, and organics.
Belgium: Bio-Planet Sint-Denijs-Westrem Showing New Store Concept Opened
Bio-Planet has opened a new store in Sint-Denijs-Westrem. “We are very proud of our brand new greenhouse for fresh fruits and vegetables,” store manager Peter Gernert explains. “The greenhouse is connected to the fresh market chilled with dairy products, cold cuts and cheese and takes advantage of the cold flowing from it. Without using additional energy, we reach a temperature of 9°C and 75% humidity in the greenhouse. These are the optimal storage conditions, allowing us to counter food waste.” Furthermore, Bio-Planet uses vegetal panels from Belgian startup Circular Matters for the shop’s interior decoration. Strong, 100% recyclable boards are made from fibers and a bonding agent from residual fluxes from agriculture and the food industry.
Netherlands: Just Eat Takeaway shares jump 10% on core earnings expectations
Just Eat Takeaway.com NV, Europe’s largest online food ordering and delivery company, said it expects to post a base profit in the second half of 2022, sooner than previously expected. Shares of the company jumped 10% to 15.74 euros in Amsterdam shortly after the announcement. Just Eat said in a statement that it will post positive EBITDA for the second half of the year, compared to a loss equivalent to €134 million in the same period in 2021.
UK: Nisa announces £5 million investment to lower price of private co-op brand for retailers
Nisa’s incoming head, Peter Butt, has announced a £5 million investment in lowering prices for private-branded products for members of the token group amid ongoing retail concerns about the cost of goods. Prices for the top 100 most frequently bought products are set to drop when the cuts take effect from next week (October 3 and 4). Fair Trade Co-op bananas, free-range eggs, ice cubes, carrots, bacon, and pasta are included on the menu.
Italy: Carrefour sees continuous revenue growth
Carrefour Italia It reported continued revenue growth since the third quarter of 2021 (+0.8%), confirming the initial success of its new strategy to make the Italian business sustainable. The positive growth trend continued into the fourth quarter of 2021 (+2.5%) and into the first half of 2022 (+2.7%), as the retailer saw an acceleration in the second quarter.
Belgium: OKay Evergem renovation reopens as a sustainable local supermarket on September 30
On Friday, September 30, OKay Evergem reopened its doors after undergoing an extensive facelift. “At renewed Freshmart, our wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetables can stand out perfectly,” says store manager Shirley.
Botswana: Choppies reported 141% full-year profit growth paired with a surge in sales
The restructuring strategies put in place by Botswana retailer Choppies continue to bear fruit as the company reported triple-digit growth in its full-year profit for the period ending June 2022. The retailer recorded 141% growth in profit from $60 million ($4.4 million) ) reached the previous corresponding period with a value of 145 million BWP (US$10.8 million). The stellar net income performance was a reflection of the higher sales achieved during the period, which rose by 13.3% to 6.042 billion BWP (US$451 million), driven by seven new stores coupled with strong volume and price growth in the rest of Africa.
UK: Innocent Drinks expands range of children’s juices
The Innocent Beverage Company has announced the launch of Blueberry Whiz, a new addition to its line of premium quality kids’ drinks. It’s made with ground fruits and vegetables with added vitamin D and iron and no added sugar.
New Zealand: The Warehouse in talks with supermarket chains about grocery range
The Warehouse has been in talks with both major supermarket chains Countdown and Foodstuffs about access to the same cost prices as they were, as well as a fresh and frozen supply chain and product delivery. “We have been encouraged by the government’s desire to be able to level the playing field and we have had detailed conversations with both parties, and we look forward to their return to us,” said CEO Nick Grayston.
South Korea: GS Retail introduces gold bullion vending machine in convenience stores
GS Retail said it will start trial runs of gold bullion vending machines at five locations including two GS25 stores. The vending machines will sell five different types of gold products weighing from 1.875 grams to 75 grams, as well as commemorative coins.
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