Food seems to be on everyone’s mind as the holiday season approaches. American food manufacturing company Just is set to release a plant based ‘egg’, deliberate seafood mislabeling is a problem in New York - and make sure to check out the food trend predictions for 2019. Enjoy the read.




Tuesday, 18 December 2018





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Food seems to be on everyone’s mind as the holiday season approaches. American food manufacturing company Just is set to release a plant based ‘egg’, deliberate seafood mislabeling is a problem in New York - and make sure to check out the food trend predictions for 2019. Enjoy the read.

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Europe


Making an impact ▪ German discounters Aldi and Lidl have seen the strongest growth in the Irish grocery market, increasing by 7% and 4,1% respectively in 12 weeks. In Serbia, the arrival of Lidl is helping to modernise the retail sector.



Industrial relations ▪ Workers at two Amazon distribution centres in Germany have gone on strike in an attempt to gain better working conditions, amidst fears that Christmas orders will run late. Meanwhile, Swiss food giant Nestlé is set to cut nearly 400 jobs in Germany following site closures and down-scaling.



Queue reduction ▪ Carrefour Poland is upping its technology game with the unveiling of self-checkouts across several stores in Warsaw and Gdansk. An additional 20 locations have been selected for a wider roll-out in 2019.



Sustainability matters ▪ Waitrose has vowed to ban plastic glitter found in Christmas decorations by 2020, and will opt for biodegradable alternatives to give the same appearance. The holiday season is notorious for excessive plastic waste, check out these top 20 tips for removing plastic from your celebrations.




United States


Departures and closures ▪ Kroger CFO Michael Scholtman is stepping down from the position he has held for 18 years, with Gary Millerchip named as his successor. Meanwhile, luxury department store Saks Fifth Avenue is shutting down one of its New York women’s stores in early January, but will keep its men’s shop open.



Animal alternatives ▪ Plant-based foodie Just is set to launch Just Egg, an egg-alternative made from mung beans. The firm is targeting the product particularly towards the Asian market because of China’s massive consumption of chicken eggs - around one billion each day.



Toy takings ▪ The departure of Toys R Us from the market has seen Amazon swoop in to fill the void. The online behemoth has hit an estimated USD 510 million in third quarterly toy sales, up 30% from the same period last year.




Asia & Australasia


Coffee collaboration ▪ Starbucks has opened its first virtual store in China as part of its growing relationship with Alibaba. The e-commerce giant’s digital network including Tmall and Alipay allows consumers integrated access to Starbucks’ online offerings.



Successful entry ▪ Minimalist Japanese retailer Miniso is celebrating a lucrative entry into India, with a turnover of USD 98 million in its first year. Buoyed by its success, the brand plans to open a further 800 stores by 2020. Check out the interview with its business development officer outlining their strategy.



Inspiring move ▪ An Australian beauty podcast has made a national first, taking the plunge from its usual storytelling format and launching a pop-up store. The store will be located at the Sydney Airport, and will sell regional cosmetics until March next year.




Food, glorious food


Food forecast ▪ The world of food is constantly evolving, with new trends and movements springing up all the time. Check out the predictions from Whole Food’s team of 26 experts as to what will hit our shelves and palates in 2019.



Fake fish ▪ Seafood fraud is on the rise in New York, with a recent study by the attorney general showing that a whopping 27% of fish were not what they were labelled as by supermarkets. The substitutes were either entirely different species, or cheaper and less sustainably raised fish.