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Monday, 23 January 2017

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German discounter Aldi, the challenger of the Australian supermarket duopoly, has been rated as one of the best brands of the country and US e-commerce powerhouse Amazon topped the table for being number 1 in customer satisfaction in Britain. Read about these ratings and other developments in the industry and have a productive start to the week.


asia & australia
Woolies on charm offensive   Wine buyers of the Australian retailer are set to visit and partner with winemakers in the Coonawarra region, which is regarded as a move to soothe suppliers after a controversial ruling that Woolworths did not act unethical when demanding millions in extra payments. ▪
Online revelations   In a bid to support internet companies and China's transformation into the so-called “Internet Plus” era, the government has established a US$ 14.5 billion state fund. In other news, it was revealed that up to 70% of unsold food in Chinese supermarkets are sold through online food vendors. ▪
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Strategic alliance   US natural food producer Hain Celestial has established a joint venture with Future Consumer, a division of Mumbai-based conglomerate Future Group, to expand its brands in the Indian market. The two companies want to set standards for healthy products. ▪
europe & africa
Bargain in Brazil   Dutch brewer Heineken is in advanced negotiations with Japanese group Kirin to buy its Brazilian beer business. The transaction, regarded as a bargain, is said to be worth US$ 872 million. This comes as Heineken faces some headwinds on a separate deal for UK pub operator Punch Taverns. ▪
Dairy decisions   French dairy giant Lactalis will open a supply chain centre near Lyon to consolidate its operations in the Rhône-Alpes region. In Britain, Tesco partnered with organic dairy Yeo Valley to create a yogurt with visually imperfect apples. It's the retailers latest move to tackle food waste. ▪
Nakumatt reshuffles   The Kenyan supermarket operator has hired Andrew Dixon, a former Tesco executive, to run its marketing activities. As it prepares to offload a 25% stake to an investor, the company also appointed new key executives as part of its ongoing corporate restructuring programme. ▪
usa & canada
Streamlining businesses   Texas-based organic grocer Whole Foods has announced the first location in New York for its value-oriented 365 concept and also confirmed that it would not open previously planned stores in Canada, while discounter Save-A-Lot will  be closing all 13 of its existing stores in California and Nevada. ▪
Dash goes digital   The device that allows Amazon shoppers to re-order their favourite items with a tap of their finger has a virtual alter-ego. Following the success of its physical buttons, the one-touch ordering button is now an icon available on the e-tailer's homepage. ▪
Betting on sport brands   Due to the rapid growth of the active wear sector, footwear manufacturer Nike has opened more than 600 brand shops inside J.C. Penney stores, while rival Kohl's is preparing to add US label Under Armour to its athletic and fitness apparel line-up. ▪
accolades & celebrations
Top spots for Aldi and Amazon   German discounter Aldi was crowned as one of the best brands in Australia by BrandIndex. In the UK, Amazon has been voted number one for customer satisfaction by the Institute of Customer Service. Despite not reaching the top 10, leader Tesco was ranked the most improved grocery story in the country. ▪
Birthday offers at Eataly   The Italian marketplace is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a lot of special offers. In 2015, the company opened its first outlet in Germany and founder Oscar Farinetti shared his vision with German Retail Blog. Today, Eataly operates 33 stores worldwide. ▪

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