There are some inspiring initiatives worth reporting about. Starbucks is seeking to remove stigma around mental health, footwear major Timberland is planting up a storm, and business leaders in Brazil are taking a stand against eco-blunders. Starting today, a series of facts and figures around the Anuga will give insight into leading global trade fair for food and beverages. Enjoy the read!




Monday, 09 September 2019





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There are some inspiring initiatives worth reporting about. Starbucks is seeking to remove stigma around mental health, footwear major Timberland is planting up a storm, and business leaders in Brazil are taking a stand against eco-blunders. Starting today, a series of facts and figures around the Anuga will give insight into leading global trade fair for food and beverages. Enjoy the read!




The Americas


Calls for action ▪ Investigations into the power and influence of big tech companies like Facebook and Google are under way, as state regulators in New York and Texas express concern over their ‘outsized market influence’. In Brazil, the country’s meat export leader joined with non-profit groups to call for an end to the high levels of deforestation that has led to the devastating fires in the Amazon.



Partnering up ▪ Fast food giant McDonald’s has partnered with New York’s Grubhub in a move to extend its mobile delivery service in the area. Meanwhile, Walmart is trying to tap the largely unharnessed teen worker market by offering tempting to benefits to high school employees.



Progressive initiatives ▪ Coffee powerhouse Starbucks is investing in the mental health of its staff with a range of new proposals including short term counselling, cutting remedial tasks, and mental wellness professional development. Outdoor wear retailer Timberland plans to plant 50 million trees by 2025.




Anuga Announcements


Celebrating a century ▪ The first Allgemeine Nahrungs- und Genussmittel-Ausstellung (General and Luxury Food Exhibition), short for Anuga, took place in 1919. Now in its 100th year, the trade show has developed into a leading global event for food and beverages and will take place from October 5-9, 2019.



Trending themes ▪ Whether vegetarian and vegan, gluten and lactose-free, superfoods or ready-to-go products - there is something for all needs at the Anuga. Around 7,400 exhibitors from 100 countries will exhibit their latest innovations in Cologne. Click here for the most important topics.




Europe


New releases ▪ Leading German grocery chain Kaufland has unveiled a new certification for pork products as part of its alliance with animal welfare group Haltungsform. In Italy, Aldi has added two new ranges of dairy products to its home-brand line.



Television battle ▪ Online streaming company Roku, which has previously worked with Netflix and has dominated the US market, plans to take on the United Kingdom with its smart TV tech next. The platform is working to stay ahead of the game as Amazon looks to disrupt the European market with its own services.



Digital focus ▪ As Marks and Spencer increasingly seeks to improve its digital game, the department store chain has hired Tesco’s former Clubcard exec Danielle Papagapiou to lead its recently created head of loyalty position.




Asia & Australasia


Strategic acquisition ▪ Alibaba has confirmed its purchase of e-commerce company Kaola for USD 2 billion. The investment is being seen as a defensive move to keep newer players from partnering with the online behemoth’s rivals.



Office launch ▪ Chinese e-commerce platform Aomaijia is making inroads into the Australian market with the opening of a Sydney office set up to source products. The company differentiates itself from rival platforms by working with suppliers to control branding and distribution, instead of outsourcing and increasing prices.



Environmental nightmare ▪ Supermarkets in Malaysia have joined Indonesia in pulling products labelled palm-oil free from their shelves, as part of a concerted effort to work against ‘anti-palm oil propaganda’. Expansive palm oil plantations have led to mass deforestation, threatening endangered orangutans.