Carrefour and Tesco to end purchasing alliance

Tesco, Carrefour waste little time in trying to leverage power of partnership

Tesco and French supermarket group Carrefour said they will not extend a purchasing alliance heralded originally as a potential way to trim costs, Reuters reports. The companies said in a joint statement that “they have decided not to extend their purchasing alliance beyond the three-year operational framework agreed in 2018”, without giving further details. Two sources familiar […]

Consumer demand helps spark increase in organic land conversion

As shoppers are changing their habits toward embracing more organic food, so too are farmers across the UK, according to the latest Organic Statistics for 2020 report from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). There has been a more than 11% increase in the conversion of land to become certified organic – […]

In U.S. and across globe, retail success may be hard to sustain

Originally printed in the April 2021 issue of Produce Business. Though the produce category had a record year at retail in 2020, foodservice was, of course, way down as so many restaurants were closed as were institutions such as schools and their lunch and meal programs. The statistics are not all in yet, but there is […]

Wholesale Market: Finding a home for every piece of produce

This article first appeared in the May 2021 edition of Produce Business magazine Imagine you’re a farmer. You’ve spent the entire growing season investing your energy and passion into growing delicious, high-quality, good-for-you fruits and vegetables. You’ve done everything within your control, and you’ve also overcome conditions outside of your control (such as our good […]

Using Social Media To Affect Produce Buying Decisions

Originally printed in the April 2021 issue of Produce Business. The influence of social media ballooned during 2020, fueled by the pandemic and consumer habits. “As the importance of social media continues to grow, a brand’s relevancy will be largely determined by its social relevance,” says CarrieAnn Arias, vice-president of marketing for Naturipe in Salinas, CA. “Ultimately, these […]

Investors help push Tesco to increase healthy food sales

A group of investors who had pressured Tesco to provide higher sales of healthy food got their wish this week as the UK retailer announced plans to improve nutritious option in its stores. Tesco, which had committed to lifting sales of healthy products to 65% at UK stores, promised to carry the commitment to its […]

Five trends shaping food safety requirements

The events of the pandemic have caused a fundamental reset in human behavior and as the hospitality and catering sector know well, new food and beverage requirements have been shaped for the long term. From the rise in takeaways and collection services, through to eco-conscious consuming and ensuring a positive food safety culture, Kirstie Jones discusses five food trends that […]

Startup Grocemania passes funding target, is expanding same-day service

Officials at London-based Grocemania, a same-day grocery delivery startup that serves Budgens, Nisa, Londis and Costcutter and a number of independent retailers, said it has raised more than £170,000 on the crowdfunding platform Seedrs.  Looking to roll out its services nationwide, Grocemania said it surpassed its funding target of £100,000 at a valuation of £2.4 million. More […]