Pizza Hut commits to use anti-biotic free chicken by 2022

USA - Pizza Hut, the pizza, pasta and chicken restaurant has pledged to use chicken raised free from antibiotics in the US by 2022 in its latest move to provide healthier food menus. This involves cutting antibiotics important to human medicine from all its chicken products including its subsidiary WingStreet wings. Pizza Hut is responding…

Kraft Heinz considers sale of children’s milk brand Complan

INDIA - Kraft Heinz Co., an American food company, is making considerations for a sale of children’s milk drink brand Complan in India, which could fetch about US$1 billion, according to Bloomberg. Kraft Heinz is currently working with an adviser to gauge interest in the business, according to sources who asked not to be identified…

BigBasket in talks to acquire majority stake in Kwik24 start-up company

INDIA - The Indian online grocery and food products provider, BigBasket is eying a majority stake in smart vending machines start-up Kwik24 in an effort to expand its offline grocery business. ET Retail reported that according to people familiar with the matter, BigBasket had earlier launched a pilot program with Kwik24 to deploy smart vending…

Nestle to invest Outsiders Pizza brands as part of its innovation models

FRANCE - Nestle SA, in line with its innovation models called ‘internal incubators’ will invest in Outsiders Pizza Co. and Wildscape brands as part of its innovation approach through start-ups. The investment enables Nestle combine its broad capabilities and strength with the speed and mentality of a start-up in order to conform to the ever…

Walmart starts dairy production with own milk plant in Indiana

USA - The American multinational retail corporation, Walmart has inaugurated a new dairy processing plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, its first food production facility in the United States. The facility will produce liquid milk sourced from 30 dairy farms in Indiana and Michigan, serving some 500 Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Northern…

Microsoft to introduce check-out free retail to take on Amazon Go

USA - Microsoft Corp is working on check-out free retail that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from stores, meant to compete with Amazon’s automated grocery stores, Amazon Go, reported Reuters. With the technology, the company’s systems will be able to track what shoppers add to their trolleys. According to people familiar with the matter,…

Nestlé and XPO Logistics build digital warehouse of the future in the East Midlands

UK - Nestlé, the world’s largest food and drink company, and XPO Logistics, a leading global provider of transport and logistics solutions, are co-creating a 638,000-square-foot distribution centre at the new SEGRO East Midlands Gateway Logistics Park in UK. According to the company, the new facility- digital warehouse of the future- will be occupied predominantly…

Pick n Pay opens new Harbour Bay Simon’s Town franchise store

SOUTH AFRICA - One of the largest South African retailers, Pick n Pay has opened a new Harbour Bay Simon’s Town franchise store in Simon’s town, taking their retail experience and services to customers in the town, reported Business Day. The new store offers a range of fresh produce plus a gourmet butchery counter to…

100 jobs to be lost as Nestle closes facility in Portugal by end of 2018

EUROPE – Nestlé, a Swiss transnational food and drink company, is set to close a production facility which produces the coffee substitute drink Caro by the end of 2018, at the cost of approximately 100 jobs. According to FoodBev, a report in the Stuttgarter Zeitung said the production of Caro will be moved from the…

Lidl opens new US$65.02m distribution facility in Serbia

EUROPE - Lidl, the German supermarket chain has inaugurated a new US$65.02 million distribution facility in Nova Pazova, Serbia in preparation to open its first stores in the country. The facility has the capacity to store up to 30,000 pallets with ability to supply about 100 stores once it starts operating to its full capacity.…