Aldi and Asda attracted the most new buyers during the last UK lockdown
Aldi and Asda have proven themselves in the UK’s most recent embargo when it comes to attracting new shoppers to their stores, new data from Shoppercentric has revealed. When asked which grocery retailer they first used during the last lockdown in December 2020, 7% of respondents said Aldi, 6% Asda and 5% Tesco.
Source: esmmagazine.com

Switzerland: SPAR expands its forecourt presence
In March, SPAR Switzerland expanded its petrol station business in collaboration with AVIA and Autogrill to include 2 new stores in Langenthal and Pratteln. The SPAR Express Outlet in Langenthal is run by AVIA – the largest forecourt operator in Switzerland. Fresh bread is baked in the shop all day long, and it also offers a wide range of fruit and vegetables, the dealer continues. The second new store in Pratteln is a modernized and converted SPAR Express Outlet with a sales area of ​​120 square meters. With this store, SPAR Switzerland is expanding its cooperation with the motorway service station operator Autogrill. The shop offers a wide range of fresh products such as fruits and vegetables, dairy products, cheese and meat.
Source: esmmagazine.com

China fined Alibaba $ 2.75 billion for violating the monopoly
China imposed a record 18 billion yuan ($ 2.75 billion) fine on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd after an anti-monopoly investigation found the e-commerce giant had abused its dominant market position for several years. The roughly 4% fine of Alibaba’s 2019 domestic revenue comes amid crackdown on tech companies, indicating that China’s antitrust enforcement on internet platforms has entered a new era after years of laissez-faire approach.
Source: reuters.com

M&S is supporting UK agriculture with a new campaign to highlight Select Farms’ groundbreaking quality standards
M&S reaffirms its commitment to UK agriculture with the launch of a new four month customer campaign, Fresh Market Update, which shows the effort its Select Farm partners put into to deliver exceptional quality M&S food. The quality of Select Farms means that M&S ​​only works with farmers, breeders and producers it knows and trusts in order to source its products with care – be it according to the highest animal welfare standards or to protect the natural environment.
Source: corporate.marksandspencer.com

UK: Co-op hands out bonuses to top executives while withhold £ 65m in Covid funding
The Co-op Group has reported sales growth for the 51 weeks to January 2nd, thanks to “another good year” for their grocery store. The retailer will reportedly be paying out annual bonuses to senior executives despite refusing to repay £ 65m in tariff relief it received from the government to help it survive Covid-19. The Co-op Compensation Committee will reward CEO Steve Murrells and senior colleagues for their work over the past year. The bonus amount will be announced in the Co-op’s annual report in the coming weeks, Sky News reported.
Source: retailgazette.co.uk

USA: Lee Delaney, CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club, dies at the age of 49
Lee Delaney, President and CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club, died unexpectedly at the age of 49. BJ’s, of Westborough, Massachusetts, said Delaney’s death was “due to suspected natural causes”. He was President and CEO since February 2, 2019, succeeding Christopher Baldwin, who was named Executive Chairman.
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United States: Product sales increased 11%, reaching $ 69.6 billion in 2020
Not everyone found solace in junk food during last year’s pandemic. Some shoppers retained their habits of eating healthy snacks and incorporating more vegetables into their homemade meals. This emerges from the Food Industry Association’s (FMI) “Power of Produce 2021”, which found that product division sales reached $ 69.6 billion in 2020, an increase of 11.4%. The survey also found that grocery shoppers are buying more products than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic, with consumers buying more fresh fruit (up 8.9%) and more vegetables (up 14.2%).
Source: progressivegrocer.com

USA: Meijer reveals unique shopping trends a year after living in a pandemic
As the one-year mark of pandemic life officially crosses, Grand Rapids, Mich., Retailer Meijer unveils some of the most surprising shopping trends from the height of closings to ongoing changes in living and working life across the Midwest. While home delivery and collection services at Meijer stores have doubled in the past 12 months, customers have used the retailer’s Shop & Scan technology more than 100 million times in shopping and packing while practicing social distancing to cut the time in business.
Source: prnewswire.com

USA: Urban inspiration from Giant Co.
When it comes to new food concepts, the new Giant store on North 23rd Street in Philadelphia has plenty of elements to take your breath away, from the product department with unique items like gift-wrapped pink pineapples to a bakery suitcase full of fruity pastries from a local pastry shop to freshly whipped ice cream near an airy outdoor terrace. But for Nick Bertram, President and CEO of Giant Co., the nicest feature of his new 65,000-square-foot urban flagship could be the employee break room.
Source: progressivegrocer.com

Amazon defeats historic union efforts in Alabama
Amazon defeated activists hoping to set up the company’s first unionized warehouse in the United States. Workers at the Bessemer, Alabama warehouse, 1,798 to 738 voted against the effort, labor officials said. This represented the majority of votes cast in the contest, which was seen as an important test for Amazon following global criticism of the treatment of workers during the pandemic. The union announced that it would challenge the results.
Source: bbc.com