On the heels of the climate summit in New York, British grocer Co-op has become a signatory of the UN campaign, and leading FMCG giants commit to restoring biodiversity. Tesco and Aldi are tapping into the vegan market and Macy's tests free delivery. Read also about the world's largest sticker store and Nestlé's upscale candy bars. Have a great day!




Tuesday, 24 September 2019





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On the heels of the climate summit in New York, British grocer Co-op has become a signatory of the UN campaign, and leading FMCG giants commit to restoring biodiversity. Tesco and Aldi are tapping into the vegan market and Macy's tests free delivery. Read also about the world's largest sticker store and Nestlé's upscale candy bars. Have a great day!




Europe


Reconciliation talks ▪ Germany-headquartered Ceconomy is in negotiations to resolve a long-running conflict with the Kellerhals family, a major shareholder of subsidiary Media Saturn. Settling the dispute would allow Europe's biggest consumer electronics group to pursue a more aggressive acquisition strategy.



Eco commitments ▪ The Co-op is the first UK retailer to become a signatory for the UN’s climate change campaign, which calls upon global businesses to help cap global temperature increases. The grocery chain has already committed to further reductions in its greenhouse gas emissions of 50% by 2025.



Vegan visions ▪ British grocer Tesco is expanding its plant-based offering creating dedicated zones within stores and launching a new own-branded range of vegan products and ready meals. In Germany, discounter Aldi has partnered with wholesaler Veganz to introduce various products from the popular vegan brand.




Anuga Announcements


Food Megatrends ▪ Organised by the German Institute for Food Technology, the I-Food conference will take place on 7 October 2019 in Cologne. Experts will present the most important food trends with the aim to jointly work out approaches for the development of efficient value chains. Click here for a detailed programme.




United States


Enhancing biodiversity ▪ A coalition aimed at protecting and restoring biodiversity was launched at the UN climate action summit in New York. 19 companies with combined total revenues of around USD 500 billion, among them food giants Nestlé, Danone, Mars and Unilever, are part of the initiative.



Cloud competition ▪ Microsoft is set to help retailers manage their online business amid a constant battle with Amazon. The tech giant is bolstering the retail value of its Azure cloud service with new Dynamics 365 solutions, helping businesses to improve supply chain management, staffing and promotions.



Free delivery test ▪ Starting October 1, department store operator Macy’s is piloting a free same-day delivery test in 30 markets for a limited time. For speedy delivery services, the retailer continues to partner with crowd-sourced service Deliv.




Asia


Checkout-free pilot ▪ South Korean retail conglomerate Shinsegae is testing a cashierless grocery store concept, similar to the Amazon Go one. Shoppers will be able to select products from shelves and walk out the door, the cost of the goods deducted from their pre-registered payment choice.



Staying put ▪ Japanese retailer Takashimaya was on the verge of becoming the latest foreign retailer to withdraw from the Chinese market until Shanghai offered incentives to convince the department store operator to stay. The company announced its U-turn just before the planned closing of its only outlet in the country.




Weird and wonderful


Luxury chocolate ▪ Swiss food giant Nestlé is introducing hand-crafted KitKats in the UK market. The upscale candy bars include flavours like gin and tonic, cherry bakewell or earl grey and will go on sale at 30 John Lewis department stores at a price of GBP 7.50 each.



Instagram moments ▪ StickerYou, a digital customizable die-cut sticker company has opened a sticker nirvana in Toronto. Colourful stickers on the ceiling and on the walls make the store resemble more of a comic book than a retail outlet. Get inspired by the pictures.