TEMPORARY SLOWDOWN IN MEAT REDUCTION TREND AS PROCESSED MEAT SALES BOOM

The COVID-19 pandemic has proved to be a temporary setback for the flexitarian movement, with the proportion of adults limiting and not eating meat dropping back significantly in 2020, according to new research from Mintel.  However, as the food and…

FEI FOODS FIRST TO MARKET WITH RECYCLE-READY FOOD POUCH

FEI Foods, the largest processer of ready to eat rice and grain pouches in Europe, in partnership with J M Packaging, has launched the recyclable microwave pouch. Available in major UK and European supermarkets, this packaging technology provides retailers and…

NON-EU COUNTRIES CONSOLIDATE IMPORTS OF SPANISH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

According to data from the Spanish Customs and Excise Department, processed by FEPEX, Spain imported 3.4 million tons of fruit and vegetables worth €3.1 billion in 2020.  Data revealed that 48% of that volume, worth €1.9bn, came from non-EU countries,…

AMAZON OPENS FIRST AMAZON FRESH STORE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES

Internet giant Amazon has opened its first checkout-free store outside of the United States, powered by the “Just Walk Out” technology used in US Amazon Go stores.  The shop, located in the West London borough of Ealing, offers customers the…

UNITED NATIONS REPORT CLAIMS ALMOST A FIFTH OF HOUSEHOLD FOOD IS THROWN AWAY

New research presented to the United Nations by Wrap has found that nearly 100 million tonnes, or 17% of total food available to consumers in 2019, went into the waste bins of households, retailers, restaurants and other food services. The…

INCREASED SUPPORT FOR UK FISHING AND SHELLFISH BUSINESSES

The UK Government has announced enhanced financial support for the seafood industry with cash grants for seafood and aquaculture businesses across the UK. In January, the Government made available €26.7 million for seafood exporters that suffered a financial loss because of delays…

CHINA SUSPENDS SOME SEAFOOD EXPORTS FROM NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand is seeking clarification from Chinese authorities after being informed that exports from two of its seafood facilities had been suspended. Exports from a facility in Sanford that processes mussels and a Sealord Group facility that processes finfish and…

NISHIMOTO CO NETS FOURTH EUROPEAN BUSINESS

Japanese business Nishimoto Co has acquired Sco-Fro Group, one of the UK’s largest importers of own-label noodles and frozen sushi and surimi, for an undisclosed sum. Established in 1975 by founder and chairman Stanley Bernard, Sco-Fro Group has a turnover of around €23…

SPAR DENMARK OPENS FLAGSHIP STORE IN COPENHAGEN CITY CENTRE

SPAR Denmark has opened a state-of-the-art SPAR Supermarket on St. Kongensgade in the centre of Copenhagen.  The new store brings an expanded range of to-go, healthier choices, and local products to this vibrant area of the city. The store has…

IGA IN AUSTRALIA TEAMS UP WITH DOORDASH TO OFFER DELIVERIES FROM 100 OF ITS SUPERMARKETS

Logistics provider DoorDash has partnered with Independent Grocers of Australia (IGA) to help the retailer ramp up its online grocery delivery business that it fast-tracked to market last year due to the global pandemic.  The partnership means that stores in…

AMERICANS ARE EATING LESS FRUITS AND VEGETABLES THAN THEY DID 15 YEARS AGO

Americans are eating less fruits and vegetables than they did 15 years ago, despite the push towards plant-forward options. In its 2020 State of the Plate: Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in America report the Produce for Better Health Foundation reveals that produce…

ROHLIK RAISES €190 MILLION TO LAUNCH IN GERMANY AND OTHER EUROPEAN MARKETS

Czech Republic-based online supermarket Rohlik Group has raised €190 million to spearhead its expansion into Germany. The business, which was founded in 2014, currently offers more than 17,000 items to choose from, and a 15-minute delivery window which can be…