European Parliament adopted a bill to regulate the organic industry: things will be stricter, but also fairer and clearer. An organic label and importation legislation should help promote Europe’s local organic manufacturing companies.
Even though the European beer market continues to struggle, Dutch brewery groups Heineken and Bavaria have published growing turnovers. Bavaria set a record turnover, Heineken raised its turnover 4.3 % in the past quarter.
Unilever has seen its first quarter turnover drop more than 5 % because of negative exchange rate fluctuations. Excluding that impact, the food and care product manufacturer’s turnover would have grown 3.4 %.
Picnic Germany is highly ambitious: the Dutch online supermarket targets profit in North Rhine Westphalia within six months. Picnic is also expanding its delivery service in the Netherlands, to Noord Brabant.
French supermarket chain group E. Leclerc and Coca-Cola are not seeing eye to eye at the moment: the discounter refuses to accept Coca-Cola’s price increases for 2018, which has left several stores without the American drinks for several weeks.
The European Commission will tackle unfair trading practices in an attempt to give farmers and SMEs more assurances, but trade federation EuroCommerce is unconvinced: “the farmer will not earn a penny more because of this.”
Beer giant AB InBev has introduced a new technique to become more environmentally friendly when brewing beer, which should lower its carbon emissions worldwide by 5 %. It will also share that technology with smaller breweries in the future.
Within a year of CEO Alexandre Bompard’s arrival, Carrefour’s board is getting a major shake-up. Remarkable is that three of the four new independent directors have a lot of digital experience, which is no coincidence.
Online sales are increasingly popular, something that is also the case at Delhaize. The company delivers more orders at home and that is why it will expand the delivery hours for its “home delivery service”. The supermarket chain will open several smaller redistribution centers or hubs to facilitate this.
Nestlé is the latest food company to announce its intent to reduce plastic waste by making its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. Greenpeace is skeptical and would rather see the food giant completely renounce single-use plastic packaging.
Barry Callebaut introduced its pink chocolate in Japan early this year and has now launched it in Europe. Nestlé will be the first, with a pink KitKat bar, next week. The fourth type of chocolate is smooth and has a fruity berry flavour.
Takeaway.com, which owns Thuisbezorgd.nl and former Pizza.be, processed another 30 % increase in orders during 2018’s first quarter. It also achieved strong growth in the highly competitive German market.