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 […]

European Market: Sustainability & CSR: What Is It All About?

In June 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, more than 178 countries adopted Agenda 21, a comprehensive plan of action to build a global partnership for sustainable development to improve human lives and protect the environment. Using this as a basis, the United Nations worked with countries all over the world […]

Court sides with Asda workers in equal pay dispute

Asda shows small decline in third-quarter results, but online business is strong

Shopworkers at Asda have won the latest stage in their fight for equal pay in a ruling that could lead to a £500 million (US$688 million) compensation claim and could have big repercussions for the supermarket sector. The supreme court has backed a 2016 employment tribunal decision that the supermarket’s retail staff, who are mostly […]

NY Produce Show Discussion: Cornell’s Ed McLaughlin Sees Smaller Format Stores With Secondary Warehousing, JIT Delivery, Changes In Retail-Buyer Relationships

Amsterdam Produce Show: Disruption at retail - What Whole Foods, Amazon, Lidl, Aldi and Wal-Mart mean for the produce industry

This column first appeared on The PerishablePundit.com One of the advantages of having done a virtual edition of The New York Produce Show and Conference was that we came out of it with an all-star collection of incredible industry insight. Today, we share with the broader Pundit audience a conversation with Ed McLaughlin of Cornell University. Ed is widely […]

Retail roundup: Asda CEO Burnley stepping down after this year

Asda first supermarket to trial plant-derived coating on fresh produce

Asda CEO and President Roger Burnley said he is exiting the business next year once the supermarket makes its full transition to new owners the Issa brothers and TDR Capital and once they have a successor in place, the company said. Burnley, 54, who joined the company five years ago, has been the chief executive […]

Despite lower volumes, P.D.O. Persimon shows off superb quality

Despite a disappointing season that saw heavy rains affect the volume of P.D.O. Persimon fruit from Spain, the Kaki de la Ribera del Xúquer regulatory council was still very pleased with the quality of the fruit it delivered to the UK market. Growers outside Valencia saw a 15% decline in exports to the UK, accounting […]

Amazon Fresh opens first UK grocery store, offering private food brand

Amazon Fresh has launched its first convenience grocery store to offer Just Walk Out Shopping in the UK. The store in Ealing, London, is Amazon’s first physical shop and first grocery store outside of the US.  To shop at the Amazon Fresh store, customers simply use the Amazon app to enter and can put their […]