French e-grocery shopping platform Jow raises US$7m additional funding

FRANCE – French e-grocery startup Jow has raised US$7 million in new funding led by Stride.VC alongside DST Partners, as well as Caterina Fake and Jyri Engeström from Yes VC and Shan-Lyn Ma, the co-founder […]

British online grocer Ocado launches US$642m bond issue to fund robotic warehouse deals

UK – Ocado, a dedicated online grocery retailer has launched a £500 million (US$642 million) convertible bond offering, partly to fund the construction of robotic warehouses for its overseas partners. While Ocado’s retail business has […]

Japanese retailer Aeon partners with Ocado to expand its online grocery business

JAPAN – Japan’s leading supermarket operator, Aeon has entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with Ocado Solutions, a division of London-based online grocer Ocado Group to expand its e-commerce. Aeon will leverage on Ocado’s nearly […]

Kauai extends its healthy food brand into retail partnering with Pick n Pay

SOUTH AFRICA – Kauai, a health food restaurant, has extended its brand into retail with the launch of range of healthy frozen ready-to-eat meals, sides and smoothies in partnership with Pick n Pay. The Pick […]

Britain’s Sainsbury’s signs private label deal with Australian retailer Coles

UK – British supermarket group, Sainsbury’s has signed a major deal to supply private label products to Australia’s second largest retail chain Coles. The arrangement, which Sainsbury’s says is its biggest wholesale deal yet, will […]

Indian snack and confectionery brand Haldiram’s expands in the US with Amazon

USA – Haldiram’s, an Indian sweets and snacks manufacturer has partnered with Amazon’s Global Selling Program in a bid to help the company expand and increase its penetration into the US market. The deal with […]

Colombia’s discount food retailer Ara Tiendas secures US$93m to expand operations

COLOMBIA – Ara Tiendas, a Colombian based proximity food discounter has secured a US$93 million (about COP330 billion) from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help it increase the foot print of its discount grocery […]

Indian online grocer Grofers raises US$20m in funding from Times Group

INDIA – SoftBank-backed Grofers, an Indian online grocer has raised US$20 million by issuing equity share and a warrant to Bennett Coleman Private Limited (BCCL), also known as Times Group. Times Group has picked up […]

India’s online grocery retail market set to reach US$10.5bn by 2023

INDIA – Online food and grocery retail in India is estimated to hit US$10.5 billion or 1.2% of the overall market by 2023, according to a recent report released by consulting firm Redseer. Redseer forecasts […]

FAO joins forces with World Union of Wholesale Markets to tackle food waste

ITALY – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) have agreed to renew and strengthen their partnership with an eye to globally reducing food loss and waste. The WUWM […]