Monday, 20 February 2017
On Friday, the big news was Kraft Heinz’s GBP 115 billion takeover bid for Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever. Well, due to strong resistance, the offer is no longer on the table. Also, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is planning to gain a foothold in the online grocery market by purchasing a supermarket chain. Have a great day, and if you enjoy this edition, please share.
USA & AFRICA
Source Great British Foods at IFE 2017
IFE 2017 (The International Food & Drink Event) takes place 19-22 March at ExCeL London. The UK's biggest food & drink event will be packed with innovative food & drink products from 1,350 suppliers. IFE is divided into 9 easy to navigate sections, including a Great British & Irish foods section. Find inspiration for your retail shelves at the show - get your free trade ticket at
Amazon is expanding
The online retailer is going on a hiring spree in Europe. Despite Brexit, Amazon wants to create more than 5,000 jobs in Britain this year taking its permanent workforce there to 24,000. The tech giant wants to add a total of 15,000 jobs in its European operations. +++ In other news, the US e-tail powerhouse is a step closer to becoming a one-stop shop for all retail needs. By spring, Amazon is expected to take on big names such as Marks & Spencer and Next by launching its new private-label clothing range in the UK.
Carrefour versus Lidl
The French retailer is taking legal action against the German discounter and its TV ads. Carrefour is claiming that Lidl France is not adhering to rules stating that promoted products should be available in all stores for at least 15 weeks. According to media reports, French supermarket chain Intermarché wants to join the legal battle.
ASIA & AUSTRALIA
Another threat for Aussie fashion
Amid fears that foreign brands are taking over the Australian fashion industry, Japan-based Miniso, which has more than 1,400 stores in China, plans to open 300 stores throughout the country. Miniso, which sells fashion, cosmetics and accessories, already has stores in Sydney Chatswood, Hurstville and Bondi Junction.
This year’s top-five food trends
An increased awareness of health and wellness and more fusion between retail and food-to-go concepts are two of the top-five food trends for 2017 identified by grocery research organization IGD. Read more.
Where do millennials shop?
The younger generation of shoppers isn’t too keen on supermarkets, according to research by Clavis Insight. Nearly two-thirds of millennials shop online weekly for groceries. The research also discovered that millennials’ favourite category is health and wellness products.