Aldi celebrates 30th anniversary by planning to invest £1.3B in UK business

Aldi celebrates 30th anniversary by planning to invest £1.3B in UK business

It’s almost hard to believe Aldi has been in the UK for 30 years, but the discount retailer is in fact celebrating its third decade here … and doing it in style. Aldi says it is ready to invest  £1.3 billion over the next two years (2020-2021) with new and upgraded stores, distribution centres and innovations […]

Sustainable Packaging Solutions

Originally printed in the September 2020 issue of Produce Business. In November 2018, I wrote about the unique position of The Netherlands in the global food arena. Although the country is 270 times smaller than the United States – about half the size of South Carolina — The Netherlands is the world’s No. 2 exporter of […]

Transfesa to supply Spanish produce to Tesco via rail delivery service

Transfesa to supply Spanish produce to Tesco via rail delivery service

Madrid-based Transfesa Logistics has announced that it will supply with Tesco with Spanish fruit and vegetables by a new express rail service. Tesco is putting about £5 million into rail infrustructure as it looks to do more by train than by truck in the near future. The service also helps reduce carbon emissions and  reduce impacts on […]

Don Limon launches global recruitment drive for innovative business model

Don Limon launches global recruitment drive for innovative business model

International fresh fruit producer-packer-importer Don Limón has launched a recruitment campaign to find “creative and ambitious professionals who wish to become the next ‘Don traders’ working within the company’s innovative, global platform.” Don Limón, which has grown by 20% year over year since 2007 (except for 2018/19), is seeking dynamic individuals who can develop small, commercial fruit […]

Plant-based craze continues with Asda in-store aisle creation, live World Expo

Plant-based craze continues with Asda in-store aisle creation, live World Expo

Last week, the UK retailer Asda became the first to open a vegan destination in store,  with two bays entirely dedicated to plant-based products. With a clear lean by customers for more healthy options – sales of meat-free foods have grown 40% in the past five years – that also has helped open the door […]

Retailers come together to ask government to put a stop to violence against shop workers

Retailers come together to ask government to put a stop to violence against shop workers

Nearly two dozen UK retailers, including Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Lidl GB, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, NISA and Sainsbury’s have all urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson for legislative change following increasing levels of abuse and violence to shop workers who try to enforce age-related sales or pandemic protocols. A bill proposed by Alex Norris MP entitled […]

Healthy and flavourful, figs prove to be a brilliant choice for consumers

Healthy and flavourful, figs prove to be a brilliant choice for consumers

Boosted by the popularity of Middle Eastern dishes and consumers’ preference to eat savory, healthy food, the retailer Waitrose is reporting that sales of fresh figs have increased by 52% year over year.​ “Having grown up in a Greek Cypriot family, I’m passionate about figs. As soon as they were in season, my yiasyias (grandmothers) […]

Putting privilege into perspective

Recently I came across a quote from an unknown person: ‘Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because you aren’t affected personally’. I then had to think about various interactions I have had with friends and strangers about my involvement in impoverished communities. Some people cannot understand this. ‘It is just a […]