John Lewis Partnership has agreed to a five-year deal with Google Cloud

HelloFresh achieved its highest ever adjusted EBITDA

India: Family Garden Chennai unveils fruits online Chennai platform
In a groundbreaking leap towards enhancing consumer access to premium quality produce, Family Garden Chennai proudly presents its cutting-edge online platform, offering a vast selection of fruits online in Chennai. This move is set to redefine the way Chennai residents experience fruit procurement, reinvigorating the concept of convenience and health consciousness.

ALDI Australia's new CEO
ALDI Australia has announced the appointment of Anna McGrath as CEO. The announcement comes at a time when the business is keenly aware of the impact that it can have on Australian shoppers' back pockets.

Germany: HelloFresh SE achieves its highest ever adjusted EBITDA of €192mln in the second quarter of 2023
HelloFresh SE ("HelloFresh" or the "Company") published its quarterly statement for the second quarter of 2023. The company achieved its highest-ever adjusted EBITDA of €191.9mln (Q2 2022: €145.9mln), which was predominantly driven by continued strong Contribution Margin expansion.

New web-based app aims to boost veggie intake in young adults
Young adults living in rural areas are not eating enough vegetables, but researchers are hoping technology might remove some of the barriers they face by eating the recommended five serves a day. A team from Deakin University's Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) and Deakin Rural Health is looking for young people living in rural Victoria to test a web-based app called Veg4Me that aims to boost daily intake of vegetables.

New INTERSPAR Hypermarket opens in Messina, Sicily
DESPAR Italia's regional partner in Messina, known as Fiorino Srl., opened a new INTERSPAR Hypermarket in Sicily, growing its total store complement in the territory. The latest store is located in the Arcieri shopping center, offering a complete, sustainable shopping experience that is attentive to the needs of all customers. The fresh selection rounds off with a fruit and vegetable range, which includes a wide array of organic and local products.

UK: One Stop continues everyday product price lock
One Stop has announced another price lock on over 85 products. Some examples of the current price-locked products: One Stop Babyleaf Salad 90g - £1.25; One Stop Broccoli 375g - 85p.

Pluckk, India's leading lifestyle-oriented fresh fruits & vegetables brand, partners with Kareena Kapoor Khan as Investor & Brand Ambassador
Pluckk, India's leading lifestyle-oriented fresh fruit and vegetables brand, is proud to announce its exciting partnership with renowned Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan.

UK retailer John Lewis boosts AI capability with Google deal
British retailer John Lewis Partnership has agreed a five-year deal with Alphabet Inc's Google Cloud, enabling it to harness the latest artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology. The employee-owned partnership, which runs John Lewis department stores and the Waitrose supermarket chain, said the new agreement, which builds on a decade-long relationship with Google Cloud, was worth 100mln pounds ($127mln).

UK: Beaumont Market granted temporary reprieve from closure
Traders at Beaumont Market in Leicester have been told they can stay open for another four months. The market in Beaumont Leys was set to close on September 3 due to a gradual decline in trade. But Leicester City Council has now decided the market can remain open until December 31. Symone Cooper, who has been selling fruit and vegetables at the market 'for many years,' told the BBC in July that news of the closure was a shock, despite rumors circulating for a long time.

UK: One in four parents struggle to get their kids to eat five portions a day of fruit and veg
A quarter of parents admit they struggle - when it comes to getting their little ones to eat their five portions of fruit and veg each day, a study has found. Half of those polled claim they "go the extra mile" to educate their offspring about the benefits of fruit and veg - with 29% teaching them about the vitamins found in this food group. It comes as the research commissioned by innocent Drinks found almost half of kids under five (45%) are clueless about how the produce gets from the farm to their plates. To help mums and dads educate their little ones, innocent Drinks held a fruit festival in partnership with Crockford Bridge Fruit Farm in Surrey.

Plant-based meat substitutes under pressure: Rabobank
Plant-based meat substitutes are under pressure as consumers are dropping out, producers are scaling down production, and supermarkets are reducing supply, according to new research from Rabobank. Sales of plant-based meat substitutes in the United States and the United Kingdom have declined sharply in the past year and a half, the data showed. In the Netherlands, supermarket sales in the category are under pressure, as sales volumes fell by 2.5% last year, despite the price of meat substitutes not increasing as fast as that of meat.

US: Grocery Outlet tops $1bln in quarterly sales for 1st time
It was a milestone second quarter for Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, which hit $1bln in quarterly net sales for the first time in its history. For the three-month period ending July 1, the extreme discounter posted a 12.5% gain in net sales and a 9.2% spike in comp sales on a year-over-year basis. Numbers went in the right direction in other financial performances. Net income jumped 21.8% compared to the second quarter of 2022 to reach $24.5mln, while adjusted EBITDA also scored healthy-double digit increases, up 22.7% to $70.5mln.

US: Online grocery sales slide 7% to $7.2bln
The U.S. online grocery market posted $7.2bln in total sales, down 7.0% compared to last year, according to the latest monthly Brick Meets Click/Mercatus Grocery Shopping Survey fielded July 29-30.

Canada: Metro gives strike update in reporting strong Q3 results
Metro Inc. President and CEO Eric La Flèche said labor negotiations are continuing as the Canadian food and drug retailer entered day 12 of a strike at 27 Toronto-area stores. For the 16 weeks ended July 1, net sales climbed 9.6% to $6.43bln (Canadian) from $5.87bln a year earlier, Montreal-based Metro reported.

NotCo exits refrigerated plant-based milk segment in the US, switches focus to shelf-stable
Alternative protein startup NotCo has exited the refrigerated milk segment in the US and is now focused on building a presence for its NotMilk plant-based milk in the far-smaller but faster-growing shelf-stable category.

US: Blue Apron trims staff by 20% following asset sale
Blue Apron cut 20% of its workforce after completing the sale of much of its assets to FreshRealm in June, the company said in reporting its second-quarter financial results. Excluding a one-time, non-cash charge of $48.6mln in the quarter related to the asset sale, the meal-kit delivery pioneer said it reduced its net loss for the period to $13.3mln, compared to a loss of $23.3mln in the year-ago period.

US: Kroger builds a workforce for the future of grocery
The Kroger Co. is investing in the next generation of its workforce by pledging to expand resources for associates after its merger with the Albertsons Cos. is completed.

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