Sainsbury’s tables US$10 billion bid for Walmart’s Asda in an international advance

UK - Sainsbury's, the second largest chain of supermarkets in the UK has made what is considered as one of the biggest international move in the combative retail sector to merge with Walmart’s Asda for US$10 billion. Sainsbury’s is beefing up competition against Tesco, UK’s leading retailer in grocery and general merchandise for the lucrative…

Fonterra-EECA partnership set to reduce emissions 25% at Brightwater site

NEW ZEALAND - Fonterra’s Brightwater dairy factory is set to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 25% following an industry first move that will significantly reduce the site’s reliance on coal. According to the company, it received a funding support from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), therefore conversion is about to get underway…

Dr. Oetker plans to invest up to US$7m in London doubling production

LONDON – Dr. Oetker, a German company that produces baking powder, cake mixes and various other products will be investing up to US$7 million in London’s plant, allowing for the workforce to increase to 300 from roughly 200, and nearly doubling production. According to an announcement, this will result in a new production line that…

Tesco launches new range of smaller sized wine bottles to cut down portions

UK – Tesco, a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer, has launched a new range of smaller sized wine bottles in order to help shoppers control portions and cut down on waste. According to latest data (2017) from retail analysts Kantar and the British Beer and Pub Association, Brits alcohol consumption is in decline…

Tesco introduces a new range of cold-pressed juices to reduce juice and vegetable wastes

UK – Tesco, a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer has introduced a new range of cold-pressed juices, using wonky fruit and vegetables that may otherwise have gone to waste. According to the company, a product called Waste NOT, included in the range, will be surplus apples, beetroot, strawberries and watermelon that fall outside…

Nestlé inaugurates two new factories worth US$150m in China Medical Facility

CHINA - Nestlé has inaugurated two new factories in the China Medical City in Taizhou, a US$150 million investment to meet the needs of consumers for Foods for Special Medical Purposes (FSMP) and skin care products. This investment for the new factories of Nestlé Health Science and Nestlé Skin Health adds to Nestlé’s existing production…

Nestlé inaugurates Chile state-of-the-art pet food factory to expand market

USA - Nestlé has inaugurated a state-of-the-art pet food factory in Teno, Chile to produce high-quality pet food for dogs and cats, meeting growing demand from pet owners in Chile. With an investment of US$120 million, the factory is amongst the most modern in the world, ensuring the highest standards of quality and food safety.…

Nestlé Purina PetCare acquires majority stake in Tails.com

UK - Nestlé Purina PetCare has acquired a majority stake in Tails.com, a direct-to-consumer, tailor-made dog nutrition business based in the UK in a commitment to provide happier and healthier lives to pets through proper nutrition and care. With the rapid growth of personalised pet nutrition, as well as subscription services, Nestlé Purina’s shareholding in…

Walmart delivers US$15m in commitment to achieve zero food waste by 2025

CANADA - Walmart Canada has announced a commitment to achieve zero food waste by 2025 after receiving a US$15 million funding from Walmart Foundation to support initiatives and research to reduce food waste in Canada. According to the company, the initiative builds on its long term commitment to food waste, dating from 2005. The company…

Coca-Cola launches world’s first ‘frozen Coca-Cola beverage pouch in Japan

JAPAN - Coca-Cola has launched a ready-to-drink frozen Coca-Cola beverage in a squeezable or resealabe pouch in Japan, one of its kind in the world. The invention, which the company said took 8 years of development plus 100 prototypes before landing on this design and formula, was the first the company has come up with…