This week the impact of the Coronavirus on FMCG and retail continued to dominate the headlines. Read below that happened this week.
Australian supermarkets have ramped up efforts to support vulnerable shoppers amid shortages. Woolworths and Coles introduced an early morning shopping hour for seniors and people with disability to buy essentials, while in New South Wales, Woolworths is supplying packs of toilet paper to the elderly via volunteer service Meals on Wheels.
Online retailer giant Amazon.com announced on Monday that it is hiring 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers in the US due to the surge in online orders during the coronavirus outbreak. Other US supermarket chains such as Albertsons, Kroger and Raley’s have hired more staff to stock up grocery shelves and handle online orders. The online retail giant is also adding US$2 to its minimum workers’ wage.
French alcoholic beverage brand Pernod Ricard will donate pure alcohol to pharmacies in France to deal with the potential shortage of hand sanitisers due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Ricard SA is donating 70,000 litres of pure alcohol to Laboratoire Cooper, the leading supplier to pharmacies in France.
Nestlé malt drink Milo has unveiled MILO XTRA which is a new version of the original drink containing 25 per cent more protein. When made with milk, a glass contains 12g of protein. The new malt drink is for those who want to have a post workout recovery drink. It is a low GI drink for a slow release of energy throughout the day.
Liquor giant Asahi has created a vodka-based, sugar-free hard seltzer for the Australian market. Good Tides is a ready-to-drink alcoholic beverage for millennials. It has sparkling water with vodka and a hint of natural flavour without sugar or artificial sweeteners with 85 calories per can.
That’s it for this week. We’ll be back on Monday morning!