The fight against plastic and waste goes on - with discounter Aldi UK announcing it will use non-recyclable plastic packaging on its cooked meats range, followed by Tesco and its trial to reward customers for returning plastic bottles, while Australia's Woolworths is backing new sustainability targets. Read about the laudable intentions and have a relaxing weekend.




Friday, 28 September 2018





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The fight against plastic and waste goes on - with discounter Aldi UK announcing it will use non-recyclable plastic packaging on its cooked meats range, followed by Tesco and its trial to reward customers for returning plastic bottles, while Australia's Woolworths is backing new sustainability targets. Read about the laudable intentions and have a relaxing weekend.




Europe


Merger investigated ▪ Britain’s competition regulator has concluded that the proposed takeover of supermarket chain Asda by rival Sainsbury's could lead to reduced competition. The two groups could be forced to offload more than 460 stores to satisfy authorities before the planned merger could go ahead.



Going green ▪ Aldi is set to cut more than 1,000 tonnes of plastic a year by introducing recyclable packaging across its range of cooked meat products in the UK, while competitor Tesco encourages shoppers to recycle plastic bottles, trialling in-store recycling machines which pay customers for every bottle returned.



Focus on Turkey ▪ Several large Chinese companies, including tech giant Alibaba, are reportedly in talks with Turkish firms about buying local assets after the country's currency sell-off has made them cheaper. Alibaba has already purchased Turkish online retailer Trendyol earlier this year.




US & South Africa


Ongoing expansion ▪ Florida-based supermarket chain Publix plans to expand its headquarters in Lakeland and bolster its workforce. The grocer wants to add 700 jobs by the end of 2027. Currently, Publix operates 1,198 stores and is owned and operated by its more than 195,000 employees.



Changes at the top ▪ J.C. Penney is losing another top executive as its chief financial officer, Jeffrey Davis, plans to step down. CEO Marvin Ellison quit in May. Two months later, chief customer officer Joe McFarland left the department store operator.



Online push ▪ South Africa's Woolworths is offering shoppers the options of ordering directly from its upgraded mobile app. The department store chain, which faces a possible downgrade by S&P Global Ratings, aims for a larger share of the country's growing e-commerce market, worth an estimated USD 1.28 billion of sales.




Asia & Australia


Decathlon debuts ▪ The French-headquartered sports goods retailer has launched its first store in South Korea, rapidly growing its Asian footprint. Decathlon operates in 47 countries, among them Germany, where the retailer has recently opened a compact format in Frankfurt. Click here for pictures (captions in German)



Fashionable pizza ▪ Fast food giant Yum China Holding is about to give its Pizza Hut brand a high-end makeover and has partnered with American fashion designer Anna Sui to open a test centre for innovative products in Nanjing this week and roll out new “Kiosk” and “Express” store formats.



Sustainability targets ▪ Australian supermarket major Woolworths supports an initiative that aims to see 100 % of the continent's packaging become reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 or earlier. The targets were announced earlier this week by Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation.




Thought-provoking surveys


Brexit ramifications ▪ Food retailers and suppliers could lose GBP 9.3 billion as a result of new tariffs if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, according to a study by Barclays, which found that grocers will face a 27% average tariff from food and drink imported from the EU, with processed goods hit hardest.



Trendy label ▪ American consumers love private label grocery items from Trader Joe's according to research conducted by New York-based consultancy Magid, which says that this success is a result of the perception that it provides unique, trendy products that are ahead of national brands.