This week in FMCG, retailers have delivered the top headlines. From a supermarket giant partnering with a food delivery app to a grocery in the UK announcing 9,000 jobs at risk, here’s a review of this week’s big news.
Supermarket giant Coles is trialing meal delivery with Uber Eats. The trial is initially limited to Coles’ supermarket in Pagewood, NSW. Products available for delivery include roast chicken, deli salads, bakery items, frozen desserts, pizzas, curries and pies, grab-and-go options and beverages. According to Jodie Auster, regional general manager for Uber Eats Australia and New Zealand, more menu options will be offered in the coming weeks.
Insect snacks anyone? Supermarkets in Europe are now offering these snacks in their stores. German supermarket Kaufland has introduced Jimini’s insect snacks to its stores including protein bars made from buffalo and meal worms as well as crickets and insects, and worm noodles, cereal and bars to hit shelves soon in a range of flavours. French company Jimini’s has also designed an exclusive line for Selfridges in the UK. Food scientist and entomologist Skye Blackburn, Edible Bug Shop owner, hinted that Australian supermarkets are very close to getting on board with these products.
FMCG giant Nestlé has developed a new technology, Ferri Pro, to deal with iron deficiency. It was developed by researchers at the Riddet Institute Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE), Massey University to address nutritional iron deficiency without adversely affecting the taste of food and beverages. Nestlé said the acquisition of Ferri Pro will enable it to continue to make progress towards its efforts to reach millions of children and families.
UK supermarket giant Tesco has confirmed this week that up to 9,000 jobs are at risk. This is due to its plans to close fresh food counters at around 90 stores and scale back head office teams. Tesco said this move is in response to customers shopping differently and using counters less frequently. The supermarket has been putting self-service colleague kitchen areas to replace its hot food service in a number of stores. It also plans to scale back head office teams, moving towards a “simpler and leaner structure”.
US retail giant Walmart has withdrawn from Google’s shopping service. The tech giant confirmed via tweet last week that Walmart is no longer selling products through Shopping Actions. The platform makes it easier for shopper to buy items online that they search for online by connecting the company’s Shopping ads, Google Express delivery service and Google Assistant-enabled devices. The decision of Walmart is said to be a blow to Google.