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Lidl launches Chinese web shop
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German supermarket chain Lidl has launched its own web shop in China on Alibaba’s online platform Tmall, similar to what many other Western companies have done.

This is Lidl’s battle strategy for the United States
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Mark the date: on 15 June, Lidl will open its first American store. In charge is someone who earned his stripes in Belgium and the Netherlands, but the main question is whether Ahold Delhaize should fear the German discounter’s arrival?

Chicago welcomes first Nutella Cafe
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Before the end of this month, Nutella fans can visit the very first Nutella cafe in Chicago. All types of sweet dishes are sold, most of them based on Ferrero’s chocolate paste.

Nestlé loses another battle in KitKat war
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Swiss chocolate manufacturer Nestlé has been trying to prevent competitors from creating chocolate snacks that look like its own KitKat brand for a decade. It has succeeded in about a dozen countries, but the attempt in the United Kingdom once again failed.

Colruyt to open fourth store in Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
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Providing everything goes according to plan, Colruyt will open its fourth store in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in November. Soon, it will open another three, although there is local dissatisfaction.

7-Eleven opens store without staff in South Korea
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American supermarket chain 7-Eleven has opened a South Korean store that operates without staff. Located in Seoul’s Lotte World Tower, the store uses biometric verification when processing payments.

Top Brands sells French Pizza Hut pick-up points
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Polish AmRest Holdings acquired Pizza Hut’s French pick-up points and delivery services from Belgian group Top Brands for an undisclosed fee.

Private label on the road to permanent sophistication
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Looking at the sheer amount of companies exhibiting at the 2017 PLMA Trade Show in Amsterdam, private label must be thriving in Europe. Most notably, private label has shed its price image (partly) and more sophisticated concepts have been launched. 

Analysts: Aldi could become number 2 in 2020
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An analysis by a German research firm predicts discounter Aldi may be Europe’s second largest supermarket company by 2020, as it would overtake major companies like Carrefour, Tesco and Metro.

Amazon and Diageo create shoppable videos
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Amazon entered a collaboration with liquor manufacturer Diageo to create several “shoppable” videos revolving around cocktails based on liquors like Captain Morgan and Smirnoff.

Concerns about Ahold Delhaize’s Swiss connection
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Labour union FNV has launched an investigation into Ahold Delhaize’s Swiss connection, which contains several of the supermarket chain’s patents and brand names.

Expansion spurs Spar International’s turnover
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Supermarket company Spar International’s turnover grew 4.5 % to 33.1 billion euro in its past fiscal year, excluding exchange rate fluctuations. Its continuous expansion helped achieve that growth.

AB InBev invests 2 billion dollars into the United States
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Belgian-Brazilian brewery AB InBev will invest 2 billion dollars (1.8 billion euro) into its American breweries over the next few years. 500 million dollars will already be invested this year.

Carrefour introduces Bio store formula to Spain
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It seems French supermarket chain Carrefour intends to roll out its biological store formula abroad. The company has just opened its first Spanish Carrefour Bio store in Madrid, with Barcelona to follow suit soon.

Jupiler 0,0 % takes advantage of lower beer sales
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AB InBev’s alcohol-free beer, Jupiler 0,0 %, is a resounding success, surpassing its predecessor’s annual volume by the end of the month. Despite this positive note, the overall beer market is not great shape.

Unilever buys stake in meal box seller Sun Basket
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Unilever is to invest 8.5 million euro in the American meal box seller Sun Basket, alongside Baseline Ventures and Founders Circle Capital.

Carrefour wants to raise CEO's maximum age
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French distribution giant Carrefour has asked its shareholders to increase the age cap for its CEO, currently 70, to 75. The move however does not imply that current CEO Georges Plassat will stay.

Belgium remains a worry for Ahold Delhaize
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Belgian-Dutch merger company Ahold Delhaize has released decent results for its first quarter of 2017: the Netherlands performed well, but the integrated stores’ performance in Belgium is still worrisome.

Ter Beke focuses on halal lasagna export
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Food group Ter Beke is stepping up its export: it intends to ship its halal lasagna to the Middle East and Indonesia and ship its regular lasagna to China.

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