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Did You Know?... 06 October, 2020

Published on Oct 6 2020 10:15 AM

Did You Know?... 06 October, 2020

Did you know?... Lidl Ireland’s customers have donated more than 15,000 meals through FoodCloud’s Food for Ireland nationwide in-store food donation appeal in the retailer’s 163 stores across the country. Earlier this month, Lidl joined three other major Irish retailers in supporting FoodCloud’s new food initiative to help meet the unprecedented demand on FoodCloud’s services from charities and communities across Ireland affected by COVID-19. In recognition of the generosity of Lidl customers, the retailer will make an additional donation of €50,000 in retail value of essential food items that are currently in demand to the Food For Ireland appeal, meaning more than 30,000 meals will be donated to FoodCloud by Lidl and their customers.

Did you know?... French supermarket groups Casino and Intermarché on Monday won a partial victory in their fight against an EU antitrust raid and demand for information into a buying alliance after Europe's second-top court said regulators failed to prove wrongdoing, reports Reuters.  The supermarkets' challenge against the European Commission underlined the recent willingness of companies to fight what they say are excessive demands and regulatory overreach by the EU competition enforcer. The Commission in February 2017 ordered the companies and their subsidiaries to submit to an inspection.

Did you know?...  Portuguese retail group Sonae MC plans to develop an innovative digital platform to help combat waste in stores. The LIFEFood Cycle project will allow the digital management of surplus goods, optimising donations to charities and selling food products close to sell by date to business partners at a lower price, reports esmmagzine.com The project, which aims to improve the sustainability of the food system, has been developed in consortium with Phenix, and 55% co-financed by the EU’s LIFE programme, the European funding instrument for the environment and climate action.

Did you know?... Italy’s Mutti Group has launched a revolutionary tomato processing plant that shortens the production chain to the bare minimum. The 'Sul Campo' project involves the use of a technology that transforms freshly-picked tomatoes into passata, on the spot. The InstaFactory mobile plant, which can be set up in any terrian, requires just 1,000 square-metres of space. The process takes just about 20 minutes to bottle the passata, allowing it to retain all of its organoleptic properties. The mobile factory follows all eight stages of production, from washing to packaging, and complies with health and hygiene regulations. The unit is energy self-sufficient and requires just four operators and two logistics staff members, Mutti added.

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