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Did You Know...? 16 March 2021

By Maev Martin
Did You Know...? 16 March 2021

Did You Know...? Carrefour Brazil has introduced blockchain technology to track a new range of citrus fruits under the Sabor & Qualidade label in São Paulo. The QR Code on the packaging will give customers access to accurate, unchangeable, and transparent information about the production and transportation of the fruits, reports esmagazine.comIt includes information about the origin of the product, harvest, collection date, processing in the packing house, and arrival on the shelves. Customers will now be able to track Pera, Bahia, lime, and tangerine oranges sold under the Sabor & Qualidade label.

Did You Know...? To celebrate St. Patrick’s DaySubway has announced that some of its most iconic Subs will be going as Gaeilge. The Sub’s new Irish identities will be given pride of place over on Subway’s social channels. As part of the initiative, Subway has also partnered with RTE 2FM presenter and passionate Gaeilgeoir, Bláthnaid Treacy, to help Subway customers introduce some Irish comhrá into their conversations. Treacy has created a video that encourages everyone to try a cúpla focal when ordering their Subs in store. You can check out her video hereSpeaking on the partnership, Treacy said: “It’s really great to see a global brand like Subway, that has such a presence all over Ireland, celebrate our national language and heritage. As a Gaeilgeoir myself, I was delighted to be able to partner with Subway to celebrate our beautiful language this St. Patrick’s Day.”

Did You Know...? Lidl Austria has reported a 7% year-on-year growth in sales to €1.47 billion in its financial year 2020. In this period, the retailer invested approximately €100 million in modernisations, new buildings and expansions. It also implemented measures to add value for local suppliers by expanding its product range and has listed around 400 new products. Alessandro Wolf, chairman of the management board, commented, “Last year was really challenging. Thanks to our great team, we not only mastered the special situation but also launched many projects that will give us the necessary momentum over the next few years.”

Did You Know...? The John Lewis Partnership has revealed that it does not expect to reopen all its department stores as coronavirus lockdowns are eased. The company, which includes the Waitrose supermarket chain, announced last year that it would not pay a bonus to its staff - known as partners - for the first time since 1953 and cut 1,300 jobs amid Covid-19 restrictions on stores. It said then that eight stores were to go, including its Birmingham, Watford and Newbury sites and The Sunday Times has since reported that eight more are at risk. Such a scenario, if realised, would leave just 34 surviving John Lewis stores.

Did You Know...? Spar Austria has posted a 16% growth in sales in its food retail division, amounting to €8.32 billion in its financial year 2020. This performance is above the estimated average growth of 10% projected by Nielsen for the Austrian food retail industry, reports . The retailer gained a market share of 1.8% during this period to become the country's new market leader with a total market share of 34.6%. In this period, Spar Austria Group saw gross sales growing by 5.6%, to €16.60 billion, across all three business areas, food retail, sports retail, and shopping centres

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