The craze for plant-based food continues - Nestlé has launched a vegan burger in the US yesterday, and Beyond Meat profits from its cooperation with McDonald's. International retail giants get serious about slashing food waste, and Amazon's drones are used for a special purpose in Australia. Find out for what and have a relaxing weekend!




Friday, 27 September 2019





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The craze for plant-based food continues - Nestlé has launched a vegan burger in the US yesterday, and Beyond Meat profits from its cooperation with McDonald's. International retail giants get serious about slashing food waste, and Amazon's drones are used for a special purpose in Australia. Find out for what and have a relaxing weekend!




Europe


Expanding abroad ▪ Hypermarket operator Kaufland has opened its first two stores in the Moldavian capital Chisinau. The subsidiary of Germany's Schwarz Group is now operating in eight countries and plans further expansion in Eastern Europe. The retailer will also launch in Australia soon.



On the lookout ▪ Italian premium coffee maker Illycaffe wants to expand its branded cafes in America and has asked with Goldman Sachs to find an appropriate partner. The family-owned business aims to open around 200 cafes in the US, more than 10 times its current footprint.



Closing Jack ▪ A year after unveiling its discount chain and at the end of a five-month-long trial, Tesco will axe the first Jack’s store in Lancashire to reopen a traditional supermarket instead. The British supermarket star currently operates 10 discount outlets across the country.



Combined experience ▪ After having acquired a restaurant chain three years ago, Dutch grocer Jumbo aims to integrate culinary gastro experience into the retail format. Its supermarket in Utrecht separates the foodservice offer from the shopping area. Click here for pictures (captions in German).




Anuga Announcements


Crunching numbers ▪ In just over a week the world's largest trade fair for food and beverages opens in Cologne. This year's Anuga expects more than 165,000 visitors from over 190 countries. 90 per cent of the exhibitors and 80 per cent of the visitors come from abroad. Click here for more numbers.




US & Canada


Vegan hype ▪ McDonald's plans to test plant-based burgers from Beyond Meat in Canadian restaurants, sending the shares of the latter soaring. Also tapping into the growing craze for meat alternatives is Swiss major Nestlé, who yesterday has launched its 'Awesome' vegan burger in the US.



Healthcare push ▪ Walmart continues to invest in wellness and healthcare, this time via its wholesale unit. Sam’s Club is teaming up with a number of health care companies to start a program that offers members bundles of health care services, including medical, pharmacy, dental and vision care, for affordable prices.



Strategy shift ▪ Lululemon is planning to exit its Ivivva kids business, which includes closing seven remaining stores. The Canadian retailer, famous for its yoga outfits, will now concentrate on its men’s business and aims to doubling online sales and quadrupling its international business by 2023.



Fighting waste ▪ Leading global retailers, among them Walmart, Kroger, Ahold Delhaize, Tesco, Pick n Pay and Aeon, have announced to join 10x20x30, a worldwide initiative to halve food loss and waste by 2030. The retailers will engage with their top suppliers to reach the goal.




Unusual & remarkable


Spotting predators ▪ The Ripper Group, an Australian maker of drones, has partnered with Amazon to create a drone service that could protect tourists from crocodiles in holiday destinations. The project was initiated by the government of Queensland after the company successfully identified sharks in New South Wales.



High tech consultations ▪ Management consultancy McKinsey has unveiled a laboratory-style retail concept inside the Mall of America. Customers can test new technology ideas and 'discover what's possible' thanks to an array of tech companies. The store also features fashion and beauty brands.