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Aldi is set to win over Australian shoppers, while competitor Lidl breaks ground in the US and tests concept stores in Europe. New Zealand's farmers welcome the Paris Agreement on climate change. Over in Britain, Tesco offers 'hang over' help and in Germany, a Christmas ad by Edeka goes viral. Have a great start to a productive week and share our newsletter if you like it. Subscription is FREE.
asia & south pacific
Kiwis welcome Paris agreement New Zealand’s Federated Farmers, an umbrella organisation for farmers, is praising the international climate change agreement and specifically likes how the agreement 'prioritises food security and food production'.
IFE China International Food Expo
As the most accredited platform beneficial for trade and business, IFE China attracted 1378 exhibiting companies and 50,000 buyers join together IFE 2015. IFE China concentrates on importing foods into China, which provide professional, efficient, economical service, providing a platform for the exporters to show their company and food product. For more details:
Alibaba completes media deal Following weeks of speculation, the Chinese internet giant has agreed to buy Hong Kong's flagship English-language newspaper South China Morning Post for U$ 266 million. Alibaba’s executive vice chairman wrote an open letter to SCMP-readers.
Waitrose expands its global reach The British retailer has added Mauritius and Dominica to its growing export business, taking the total number of countries outside of the UK where the grocer has a presence to 58.
usa & canada
Joint venture for grain sourcing Australian grains marketer GrainCorp has set up a joint venture in Canada to give it more sources from which to draw grain. Together with Japan's Zen-Noh Grain Corporation, the company wants to operate across Alberta and Saskatchewan.
trends to watch
Improving customer engagement The worlds of e-commerce and brick and mortar will seamlessly merge towards an omnichannel approach, according to technology provider Software AG. The company predicts 10 disruptive digital trends for 2016.