Prepare to have your taste-buds tantalised, today’s edition focuses on some culinary inspiration. Waitrose is developing its own range of vegan and vegetarian products, while Lidl is dabbling with distilleries. France is home to a five-day gastronomic exhibition and Burger King is experimenting with coloured buns for Halloween. Enjoy the read and have a great week.




Monday, 22 October 2018





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Prepare to have your taste-buds tantalised, today’s edition focuses on some culinary inspiration. Waitrose is developing its own range of vegan and vegetarian products, while Lidl is dabbling with distilleries. France is home to a five-day gastronomic exhibition and Burger King is experimenting with coloured buns for Halloween. Enjoy the read and have a great week.




United States


E-commerce expansion ▪ Pinterest has become the latest social media platform to experiment with online purchasing and has introduced new shopping ‘pins’ which link directly to the retailer's product pages. Instagram is now being hailed as a serious metric for investors in luxury brands, as the number of ‘likes’ a picture or product receives correlates with sales.



Green thinking ▪ Zero-waste grocery stores are popping up across America, as pressure mounts against the retail food sector and the 8 million tons of food waste it generates annually. Meanwhile, Burger King has quite literally gone green for Halloween with the creation of its ‘nightmare’ burger, which aims to scare with its ghoulish green buns.




Europe


Discounter moves ▪ Tesco is marching ahead with the roll-out of its new discount format Jack’s and has opened a further two stores in England, while Lidl has partnered with a Glasgow distillery to launch its own-brand Scottish gin with a magical twist.



On trend ▪ Waitrose has revealed that sales of vegan and vegetarian based products increased by a whopping 85% year-on-year. As a result, the British supermarket chain will launch its own private brand of 25 vegan and vegetarian foods.



Pricey transformation ▪ Bond Street, one of the world’s most lucrative shopping districts, has undergone a GBP 60 million makeover for the new Elizabeth Line railway opening. The area features a new streetscape, public square and better shopper access.



Inspiration aplenty ▪ SIAL, the global food event of the year has kicked off in France and is on track to see more than 155,000 visitors attend the five-day showcase. In addition to the taste sensations on offer, visitors will observe the latest culinary trends, innovations and discuss challenges that lie ahead for the retail food industry.




Asia & Australasia


Big talk ▪ Alibaba is expecting great things from its 24-hour Singles Day sale, with a prediction of a record 1 billion orders. The online shopping festival held on November 11 is the largest in the world and pulls together China’s entire retail eco-system.



Innovative tech ▪ An Alibaba-backed Hong Kong artificial intelligence lab has listed the seven start-ups who will benefit from USD 100,000 in funding, office space and AI resources as part of its accelerator programme.



World ready ▪ New Zealand adventure apparel company Kathmandu is preparing to go global with the launch of its first ever international brand campaign. These stunning marketing videos are aimed to raise the global profile of the adventure brand as a leader in the outdoor wear market.




Innovations and Insights


Store spaces ▪ There are some inspiring new store concepts dotted around the marketplace. Coffee giant Starbucks has revealed a new bakery concept in New York boasting a grand communal table and two ovens, while big box retailer Target has unveiled its new toy experience for the upcoming holiday season.



Insider insights ▪ On the back of German drugstore operator Rossman entering Kosovo, LZ Retailytics explores how movement in the German health and beauty market is slowly shifting from domestic to international markets, and provides a deep analysis of the future market situation in Europe.