Did you know?... According to a study by UK consumer group Which?, many Boxes of Christmas sweets and biscuits are packaged with materials that are not recyclable or compostable. The study found that the 32-piece Ferrero Rocher Collection uses the most packaging - with the wrapping making up 42.2% of the weight of the box.
Did you know?... Tel Aviv, the Plant Production and Marketing Board of Israel, predicts that 2019 will see a significant increase in exports of the Orri Jaffa mandarin to the US and Canada. The Jaffa Orri is a mandarin developed by scientists at the Israeli Volcani Research Center. The American citrus market has been growing significantly in recent years and is composed largely of imports. The mandarin sub-category is the largest in the citrus category, accounting for some 40% of the citrus market. More than 230 thousand tons of easy-to-peel mandarins are shipped into the US annually.
Did you know?... UK shoppers have received the equivalent of more than £30,000 in total for recycling plastic bottles in the first supermarket trial using “reverse vending machines” installed to reduce littering. The machines, introduced last year by the Iceland chain at five UK sites, reward consumers with a voucher worth 10p for every deposit of a bottle purchased at the shops.
Did you know?... PepsiCo has introduced outdoor, self-driving robots that will deliver snacks and beverages to students at the University of the Pacific in Stockton in California. The Hello Goodness snackbots are an outcome of a collaborative partnership between the cola giant and Robby Technologies.
Did you know?... In November 2018 compared with October 2018, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade increased by 0.6% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.7% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In October, the retail trade volume increased by 0.6% in the euro area and by 0.4% in the EU28.
Did you know?... Consumers spent 23% more of their own money shipping back unwanted gifts on ‘Wing-Back Wednesday’ (January 2nd - the peak returns day after Christmas) than they did last year, reveals the parcel price comparison site ParcelHero. It’s warning consumers buying from countries such as China may not be covered for free returns, even for damaged or not as described items.
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