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Brazillian meat giant to buy Danish Crown’s bacon

Brazil’s JBS has agreed to buy US-based Plumrose USA from Danish Crown in a definitive share purchase agreement, valued at $230m. The acquisition will see JBS take over five prepared food facilities and two logistics centres spanning four states across the eastern half of the US. All 1,200 jobs at Plumrose USA are safe, according […]

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An EU break for the butcher, baker, fishmonger, ice cream shop and grocer

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is proposing  a simplified approach to food safety management in small retail businesses such as grocery shops, butchers, and bakeries. It  includes guidelines on how to identify the most relevant biological, chemical and physical hazards at each stage of the food production process, the activities or practices that make […]

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Unsafe food in LMICs costs $110 billion a year – World Bank

The impact of unsafe food costs low- and middle-income economies about $110 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses each year, according to the World Bank. The study, supported by the United States Food and Drug Administration, found some costs could be avoided through practical and often low-cost behavior and infrastructure changes at points along […]

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Walmart opens test shop for new technologies

Walmart’s warehouse club, Sam’s Club is preparing to open the doors at a new Dallas area store that will serve as a testbed for the latest in retail technology. Specifically, the retailer will test out new concepts like mobile checkout, an Amazon Go-like camera system for inventory management, electronic shelf labels, wayfinding technology for in-store […]

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First Amazon Go locations demonstrate concept’s strong appeal

Cashierless stores unlikely to be direct competitor to supermarkets.   In the early going, Amazon.com Inc.’s cashierless Amazon Go store concept has proved highly productive but not likely a head-on competitor to grocery stores. Strategic advisory firm Brick Meets Click estimated sales per square foot of the first Amazon Go, opened to the public in […]

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