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China: Vending machines are transforming into smart storefronts

Imagine walking into a Shenzhen subway station to grab a bite. Expecting to be able to buy a can of soda or a bag of chips, your options suddenly prove to be far more exotic. Yes, all the basic snack items are available, but so are pastries, tofu, cooked noodles, prepared eggs, fresh vegetables and French.....

US: Walmart files patent for 'pollination drone'

Earlier this month, Walmart filed a patent for a “Pollination Drone” that would be capable of pollinating flowers and crops the same way a bee would. The drone would be fitted with cameras and sensors to identify pollen in one flower before taking it to another.The robo-bees would also have “sticky bristles”.....

Value-added salad company relaunches chopped salad kits

Fresh Express announced this week the relaunch of its Chopped Kit offerings in new packaging which highlight the leafy greens, as well as an increased quantity of reformulated dressings and toppings with better ingredients for a new overall eating experience for consumers. The brand made these changes after.....

How the rise of Amazon will urge you to create a brand in fresh produce

With the acquisition Whole Foods last June, Amazon made a big step in the offline world of fresh produce. These days the suppliers of the retailer have to work with this new reality, but the rise of Amazon in fresh produce will also affect many others in the fresh produce industry, whether they are doing.....

Retail partners Colruyt Group to pilot with FutureProof retail's Self-scanning Mobile Checkout

Retail Partners Colruyt Group has engaged in a pilot project to deploy FPR’s line-free mobile self-scanning checkout solution in test stores of its Spar Colruyt Group unit in Belgium in early 2018.FutureProof Retail (FPR), the leading provider of line-free mobile checkout, announced that Retail Partners.....

Interview with Melanie Murk from the EFMI Business School

Lidl expands its fresh produce assortment

Lidl started 2018 with a marketing campaign in which they once again make use of their title of the best vegetable department in the Netherlands, which they won for the sixth time in September 2017. The discounter boosts its fresh produce image with huggable fruit and vegetables, called Vitaminies. Nowadays,.....