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Alter’Native Food: A place apart at the upcoming SIAL Paris !
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(Advertorial) From 21st to 25th of October, Paris will be the world's food capital. 7,200 French and international exhibitors will be presenting their innovations among 21 exhibitions sectors.

Jumbo starts Belgian daughter company
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Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo has made another important step towards its expansion in Belgium: it has founded the company "bvba Jumbo Belgium".

Agreement at Carrefour Belgium: fewer redundancies, no store closures
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Trade unions and management have finally reached an agreement at Carrefour Belgium, which will be presented to the employees later this week. An early retirement scheme has however shocked some of the political parties.

Colruyt secures prestigious location for premium chain CRU
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Belgian discounter Colruyt is going to open a store of its premium chain CRU in a top notch location: on the Groenplaats in the heart of Antwerp's city centre. Colruyt had acquired the location for a Spar store, but decided that it fitted better with its up-market format.

Carrefour and Système U join forces
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French chains Carrefour en Système U have agreed upon a five year partnership for purchases of large national and international brands, forming France's largest purchase alliance. According to both, the French agricultural sector should also benefit from the collaboration.

Belgian start-up plans 150 urban roof top farms
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Belgian start-up Peas&Love has secured 1.2 million euro in investments to develop 150 urban farming projects... on rooftops. Currently the company has developed two urban roof top farms in Brussels and two in Paris.

Leader Price too turns away from hard discount
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Are the best days over for hard discount as a format? French price breaker Leader Price, Groupe Casino's hard discount chain, is yet another chain that changes its course: "Low prices are not sufficient any more. Old style discounting is dead."

E-commerce lowers brick stores' profits
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Online sales are detrimental to the business model of physical stores. That is the conclusion of financial specialist Marshoek, who however claims that supermarkets just have to go through with it.

Colruyt in top three of most productive retailers in Europe
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With nearly 17,000 euro in turnover per sqm, Colruyt only has to admit defeat to Esselunga’s supermarkets (Italy) and Aldi’s Irish stores. What do the most successful retailers have in common? 

Qatar takes control of chocolate company Galler
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Qatar’s royal family acquired most of founder Jean Galler’s shares in his own chocolate company. In the long run, it will obtain all shares.

Pret a Manger sold to Douwe Egberts owner
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Sandwich formula Pret a Manger is now part of JAB, which also owns Douwe Egberts and Krispy Kreme. The company paid 1.7 billion euro for the chain and targets international growth.

Fipronil crisis barely impacted egg sales
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Belgians bought slightly fewer eggs in 2017, but that was not entirely because of the Fipronil crisis. Its expenditures did grow because of a higher average egg price and a continued shift to organic.

Salmon prices tripled because of Asian demand
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Salmon prices are on the rise: Norwegian salmon has become 300 % more expensive in the past five years. Growing Asian demand is the culprit, even though the farmers also had several setbacks.

This is how Wouter Kolk increases Albert Heijn's innovation pace
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Albert Heijn needs to innovate more rapidly in order to remain relevant in thirty years’ time, CEO Wouter Kolk said. A hot meal delivery service and a dashboard to show customers how healthy they are shopping, are both in the works.

Franprix delivers groceries to your fridge
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French supermarket chain Franprix is trialing home grocery deliveries when no one is home: the courier will come into your home. In the future, the chain even wants to place the order straight into the fridge.

Why do major FMCG manufacturers spend more in innovation?
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Both Nestlé and Kraft Heinz have just announced new research and development investments. The major brand manufacturers are feeling the heat from innovative start-ups and want to speed up.

Multinationals fail their healthy food claims
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Food multinationals are not doing enough to make their products more healthy, according to Access to Nutrition Foundation. NestléUnilever and Danone are top of the class.

Ahold Delhaize launches digital lab in the United States
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Ahold Delhaize’s American division will found a new company focused on digital innovation: Peapod Digital Labs will become a lab for new digital, eCommerce and personalization strategies. 

Carrefour forced to shut down hundreds of Dia stores
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Carrefour has not found a buyer for hundreds of its former Dia stores in France yet. That may force nearly 230 stores to shut down.