CANADIAN GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS $1.9M EXPANSION OF AGRI-FOOD CENTRE

Saskatchewan’s non-profit Food Industry Development Centre is to be expanded thanks to a $1.9 million (CAD 2.3 million) investment from the government of Canada and the province as part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

GROCERY DELIVERY APPS ATTRACT INVESTMENT AS CUSTOM MOVES ONLINE

The recent move by Justin King, a former chief executive of Sainsbury’s, to invest in a grocery delivery app company has shone a light on the rapid growth in the sector.

FOOD CROWD JOINS AL SILAL INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS

UAE’s first Emirati grocery delivery platform, Food Crowd – a wholly-owned subsidiary of food giant Al Dahra Farms – has affiliated itself with Al Silal, a government initiative, aiming to actively support and promote the UAE’s food security vision.

UK FROZEN FOOD SALES OUTPACE OVERALL GROCERY MARKET GROWTH

Frozen food sales in the UK are continuing to outperform the overall grocery market, according to recently released data.

BLUENALU TIE-UPS TARGET CELL-CULTURED SEAFOOD EXPANSION IN ASIA

California-based BlueNalu has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with two Asian seafood providers – Thai Union and Mitsubishi Corporation – to assess market strategies for cell-cultured seafood in the Asia region.

DISCOUNT CHANNEL TO ADD €34BN TO EUROPEAN GROCERY RETAIL MARKET

The discount grocery channel accounts for 43% of retail growth across Europe and will add €34 billion in sales from 2020 to 2022, according to new research from analyst IGD.

BRITS DRANK MORE AUSSIE WINE DURING PANDEMIC, UNLIKE CHINA

British consumers reached for more Australian wine during Covid-19 lockdowns, with exports (by value) to the UK increasing by 33% to $360 million (AUD 461 million). The high demand pushed the UK past the US to rank second among export…

KPMG PREDICTS MAJOR GROWTH FOR INDIA’S FOOD PROCESSING SECTOR

India’s food processing industry is poised for major growth as demand in the country’s rural areas increases, according to a new report from KPMG.

AMAZON EXPANDS PRIME NOW PARTNERSHIPS IN EUROPE

Amazon is expanding its Prime Now grocery delivery service to Frankfurt and the surrounding areas in partnership with Migros-owned supermarket chain, Tegut.

PICK N PAY PLANS STORE OPENINGS AFTER ROBUST PANDEMIC RESULTS

Pick n Pay, the South African supermarket group, is reportedly investing tens of millions of dollars in new stores as it looks to increase its market share.

OLAM FOOD INGREDIENTS SWOOPS FOR SPICE MAKER OLDE THOMPSON

Leading US private label spices and seasonings manufacturer Olde Thompson is being acquired by Singapore-based Olam Food Ingredients (OFI) at an enterprise value of $950 million (€783.6m) as part of the latter’s international growth plans.

RESEARCHERS SAY EUROPE’S ORGANIC RULES SHOULD ALLOW GENE EDITING

Researchers have asked the European Union to consider allowing gene editing to fall within its definition of organic farming, as they say doing so could lead to environmental benefits.