Irish fruit distributor Fyffes has been bought by Japan's Sumitomo and Berlin-based Delivery Hero acquired Foodpanda, bringing together two German top food-delivery start-ups. The deal is seen as a sign of further consolidation in the growing market. In the US, Coca-Cola has made some significant restructuring announcements and it looks like Sears needs to do the same. Have a fine start to the week.
Flipkart thinks smart India’s largest e-commerce company looks to introduce a discount pricing model based on US start-up Jet.com’s Smart Cart service. It encourages consumers to pick multiple items that can be shipped in one box. This comes after Flipkart launched Smart Buy, the first of two new private labels, last week.
Ambitious expansion plans British footwear retailer Dr Martens is determined to launch 100 new stores and instore shops over the next five years. The company wants to restructure its wholesale and export channels and aims to push for more direct-to-consumer retail operations.
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Coca-Cola reshuffles The Atlanta-based drinks group has named James Quincey as new CEO, replacing Muhtar Kent, who will remain as chairman. The transition comes as Coke battles tighter regulation of sugary products and seeks to become a more profitable operation.
trends to watch
Deli innovations and purple foods In the US, supermarket delis are working on their fresh capabilities. Check out how they cater for the lunch crowd +++ Whole Food Markets has released its top predictions for 2017, among them are wellness tonics, purple foods and creative condiments.
The future of flavours Trend trackers, chefs and culinary professionals at US spice manufacturer McCormick have identified upcoming flavour trends. They span from breakfast options to melting Eastern Mediterranean ingredients with Western European classics.
Rewards for commitment Tyco Retail Solutions has been selected as a recipient of a green supply chain award due to its sustainability efforts, and Publix Pharmacy, which operates in-store at the US supermarket chain, came out on top in customer satisfaction in a study by researcher J.D. Power.