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.…

2 Sisters Food Group has announced 300 new permanent jobs

UK – 2 Sisters Food Group, a privately owned food manufacturing company, has invested at its Willand factory and is expanding operations in order to give it a ‘greater ability to process, cut and pack products for its retail customers’. According to the company, the business also aims to take up to 20 new apprentices…

China imposes anti-dumping penalties on Brazil chicken products

CHINA - China has announced plans to impose anti-dumping duties on broiler chicken products imported from Brazil citing an investigation that indicated increasing imports were damaging the domestic poultry industry. Bloomberg reported that the Ministry of Commerce said that importers would now have to pay deposits of between 18.8 to 38.4% on purchases to Chinese…

Carrefour and Google forms partnership on innovation and ecommerce

FRANCE - Carrefour, France’s largest food retailer and Google have formed a strategic partnership to boost its ecommerce platform and support its digital transformation. Carrefour said it has collaborated with the technology company which help it innovate new distribution models and takes its grocery shopping experience online. As part of the partnership, Carrefour will open…

Mars Wrigley names new global president for candy unit

USA - The World leader in confections, Mars Wrigley has named its Chief Marketing & Customer Officer Andrew Clarke as new global president to lead its candy business, Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Clarke succeeds Martin Radvan, will be based at Mars Wrigley Confectionery's global headquarters in Chicago, Illinois with the appointment effective September 2018. Martin is…

Burger King opens 80th restaurant in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA - The American global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, Burger King has opened its 80th restaurant in Tshwane, Gauteng Province, South Africa surpassing Grand Parade Investments’ (GPI) ambition to reach 75 stores for the iconic food brand. This is a continuation by the empowerment company to roll out more stores in the…

Sainsbury’s and Tesco vegetarian ready meals found with meat traces

UK - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched an investigation into allegations that vegetarian and vegan ready meals from major supermarket chains Sainsbury’s and Tesco contain traces of meat. An investigation by the Daily Telegraph disclosed that ‘meat free’ and vegan food sold at Britain's leading supermarkets contains traces of meat. Based on laboratory…

McDonald’s India posts US$45m loss with write-offs in the full year

INDIA - McDonald’s India, the fast food restaurant and company has reported a US$45.50m loss in full year results ended March 2017, following several write-offs in investments in its joint venture with Connaught Plaza Restaurants (CPRL). ET Retail reported that the burger and fries chain is still operating its outlets at a loss in India.…

ShopRite launches into meal kit space with new lines of gourmet and specialty food

USA - The retailers’ cooperative of supermarkets, ShopRite has expanded its range of store brands with the launch of private-brand meal kits, a new line of gourmet and specialty food, creating an internationally inspired food brand. According to FoodDive, the new line by the ShopRite Trading Company includes ethnic-inspired private brand meal kits under the…

Carrefour commits to 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging

FRANCE – Carrefour, a French multinational retailer, has announced its plan to commit to 100% recyclable, reusable and compostable packaging by 2025, making it the first French retailer to commit to sustainability changes in the retail industry. According to the company, it plans to reinvent packaging by moving away from disposable packaging in favour of…