FMCG-giant Mondelez is accused of having delivered large quantities of biscuits and chocolate, including Milka, on the grey market in Austria for many years. This would be the conclusion of several searches last month.
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Delhaize Belgium is trialling a new internal organisation, that should fill empty shelves faster and make sure stores become more profitable. A test with fifteen stores is ongoing, the other self-owned stores should follow next year - if the trial is successful and the unions agree.
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) objects to the acquisition of the local AB InBev branch by Japanese competitor Asahi, on the grounds that free competition may be endangered.
Swiss food giant Nestlé is selling its American ice cream brands, including Häagen-Dazs, to its own Froneri joint venture. The deal is worth 4 billion dollars (3.5 billion euros) and would generate one of the world's largest ice cream producers.
The German Metro group has posted encouraging results in the past year: its Chinese operations have been sold, Real also found a buyer and like-for-like sales have increased by 2.4 %, the strongest growth in a decade.
Belgian Deliveroo customers can, as of now, order their meals and pick them up at seventy restaurants in Brussels. If this trial is successful, the project will most likely be expanded to other cities as well.
Belgian Stijn Martens wants to replicate the success of Dutch online-only supermarket Picnic in his home country. His project Hopr will start a trial project in a Belgian city early next year.
Ahold Delhaize is investing 480 million dollars (430 million euros) in its supply chain on the American East Coast. The Belgo-Dutch retailer wants to move towards a fully integrated self-distribution system, thereby saving nearly 100 million euros in costs each year.
Convenience store chain Carrefour Express has opened a pilot store in Brussels according to a new concept, which features fresh produce and organic food and tests the water for more 'blurring'.
Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo has exceeded all expectations with its first three stores in Belgium: each of the stores is reported to have had average weekly turnovers of 350,000 euros. Jumbo however chose not to confirm the results.
Halfway through the financial year, Belgian market leader Colruyt Group is doing well: its comparable turnover, its gross margin and its market share are on the up. However, profit did fall as a result of one-off events.
Tesco is considering a sale of more than 2,000 of its stores in Thailand and Malaysia. The British supermarket chain has been approached by an, as yet, unknown party.
Some sixty investors, suppliers and retail groups have called on the Brazilian government to maintain the 2006 Amazon Soy Moratorium, including many big names in the industry. This treaty prohibits the trade in soy beans grown on newly-cultivated land in the Amazon.
The historical shareholders of Belgian bakery chain Le Pain Quotidien have bought out Norac, which owned about a quarter of the shares. Former CEO Vincent Herbert will temporarily take over the management of the company.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that 'balsamic' is not a protected concept and therefore not exclusively Italian. The verdict is a blow to the professional association of vinegar makers from the Modena region.
The ongoing efforts of the consortium surrounding real estate investor X+Bricks to win over Metro's Real chain appear to be bearing fruit. The German wholesaler has confirmed that it has started exclusive negotiations with the consortium, to be completed by the end of January.