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Same-store sales in the United States have increased by double digits in the past 12 months

Amazon faces uphill battle rolling out Fresh channel, experts say
Two years after Amazon launched its first Amazon Fresh supermarket, the e-commerce giant is facing a rocky climb in its efforts to differentiate itself from established operators of physical grocery stores, Wall Street analysts said in a briefing. round table at Groceryshop. The fledgling chain lags far behind other supermarket chains on a number of fronts, raising questions about Amazon’s ability to gain ground against food retailers like Kroger, Albertsons, Target and Walmart, all of which have distinct strengths that make them challenging for a new entrant. to compete with, said Robby Ohmes, chief executive of Bank of America.
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Walmart plans to hire 40,000 workers for the holiday season
Walmart announced it would hire 40,000 workers for the holiday season. Some workers will be part-time store associates and customer service employees, while others will be permanent truck drivers. Last year, the retailer hired more than 150,000 workers for the crucial shopping season, as well as 20,000 supply chain workers to help ease logistical bottlenecks.
Source: cnbc.com

As Inflation Continues To Hit Grocery Prices Nationwide, Lidl US Launches Fall Price Reduction Campaign
On the heels of a new report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that the overall cost of groceries increased by 13.5% over the last year, Lidl US announced that it would introduce rotating price reductions on more than 100 items in all of its 170+ stores. Lidl will kick off the price reduction campaign on September 28, which will continue through the fall, with price cuts on more than 100 daily items in rotation throughout the season.
Source: mediacenter.lidl.com

United States: Home Chef reveals its biggest collaboration with the queen of fast food
A company aiming to simplify home cooking is teaming up with the queen of quick meals. Kroger Property home cook has teamed up with a famous cook, best-selling author and philanthropist, Rachel Ray – bring their meals directly to home cooks across the country.
Source: progressgrocer.com

The New York Times will sell $95 home cooking kits curated by guest chefs
NYT KitchenThe subscription recipe site New York Times, will sell $95 home cooking kits curated by guest chefs as a new way to boost revenue and increase the service’s readership. Readers – whether subscribers or not – can visit The New York Times Online Store to be notified when kits are available for purchase.
Source: hollywoodreporter.com

Aldi sales in the United States increase as shoppers seek cheaper groceries
Aldi’s U.S. arm said same-store sales in the country had risen by double digits over the past 12 months as runaway inflation pushed consumers to find cheaper deals on groceries. Sales growth at the German-owned discount supermarket chain’s U.S. stores over the past year has been driven by 1 million new customers, said Scott Patton, Aldi’s vice president of national purchasing, during of a media event. Aldi has also seen an increase in middle- and upper-income shoppers, Patton said, referring to households earning between $50,000 and $100,000 a year as middle income.
Source: Reuters.com

Co-op promotes talent with new succession plan for food management
The co-op announced a new management structure for its convenience store and wholesale businesses. After six years with the co-op, including more than five years as CEO of Food, Jo Whitfield decided it was the right time to move on and take on his next challenge. Matt Hood, former commercial director, will become general manager of Co-op Food, responsible for both the commercial and operational areas of the company. Michael Fletcher, who ran Co-op’s wholesale arm, Nisa, is also stepping down and Peter Batt, former general manager of Co-op’s regional stores in the south, has been named general manager of Nisa.
Source: cooperative.coop

China: In addition to 618 and Double 11, JD.com inaugurates agricultural siblings
Ahead of the “Chinese Farmers’ Harvest Festival” which falls on the autumnal equinox (one of the 24 solar terms of the Chinese lunar calendar), JD.com inaugurated the Harvest Carnival and Agricultural Specialty Shopping Festival at China National Agricultural Exhibition Center in Beijing. Lijun Xin, CEO of JD Retail, said, “The goal of our festival is to help hundreds of millions of farmers increase their sales and improve their incomes, while providing high-quality agricultural products to nearly 600 million active JD users.
Source: jdcorporateblog.com

Israel: Meala’s Functionally-Loaded Protein Cleans Meat Substitute Labels
The start-up Meala FoodTech Ltd. innovates by cleaning up meat substitute labels using vegetable proteins. Meala’s proprietary platform creates functionally activated proteins designed to replace 1:1 methylcellulose and other hydrocolloids and gums widely used in meat substitutes as binding and gelling agents. Meala’s multifunctional proteins dramatically improve the texture of meat substitutes to more convincingly mimic the organoleptic qualities of real meat.
Source: prnewswire.com

UK retailers honored at FPC Fresh Awards 2022
The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC), the UK’s fresh produce trade association, is pleased to announce the four winners in its Retailer of the Year award category who were presented at the FPC Fresh Awards 2022 at JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London: Aldi – Multiple Fruit and Vegetable Retailer of the Year; Asda – Multiple Floral Retailers of the Year; Tesco Express – Convenience Retailer of the Year; Ocado – Online Retailer of the Year.
Source: fpcfreshtalkdaily.co.uk

Australia: Coles offloads 710 Coles Express service stations for $300 million
Supermarket giant Coles has announced it will sell hundreds of its Coles Express-branded service stations across Australia as the company focuses on its food and alcohol offering. Informing shareholders, Coles said he would receive $300 million from the sale of the gas stations to Viva Energy.
Source: 9news.com.au

Britain’s M&S raises staff wages for second time in 2022
Marks & Spencer has become the latest UK retailer to raise the wages of store workers again amid a cost of living crisis and a tight labor market. M&S said that from October 1, more than 40,000 workers will see their hourly wages increased to a minimum of 10.20 pounds ($11.57).
Source: Reuters.com

UK: Aldi Named ‘Supermarket of the Year’ and ‘Beverage Dispenser of the Year’ at Prestigious Industry Awards
Aldi picked up three impressive wins at the “Oscars of the Retail World”, the Retail Industry Awards 2022, held at a ceremony in London. The retailer, which is now Britain’s fourth largest supermarket, beat rivals Lidl, Tesco and M&S to be named ‘Supermarket of the Year’.
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United Kingdom: Deployment of a new range of alternative meats at Sainsbury’s
Vegan street food brand Biff’s has hit the shelves at Sainsbury’s as part of the supermarket’s Future Brands incubator programme. The Biff’s Plant Shack range, the brand’s first retail offering, which also provides foodservice and operates more than 40 “Biff’s Delivery” kitchens on Deliveroo, launched earlier this year using jackfruit as an alternative to meat .
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At 19, Zepto founders become India’s richest young people
Zepto co-founder Kaivalya Vohra is the youngest self-made and the youngest wealthy individual in India, according to the IIFL Wealth Hurun India 2022 wealthy list. His partner Aadit Palicha is also among the youngest wealthy individuals in the country. The two Stanford University dropouts founded Zepto in 2021. They are just 19 years old and have achieved great success with their online grocery platform Zepto, currently worth $900 million.
Source: livemint.com