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Weekly Round-up, 24 September, 2019

Published on Sep 24 2019 10:20 AM

Weekly Round-up, 24 September, 2019

Dutch retailer Plus has announced that it has introduced fully traceable, climate-neutral bananas.The retailer partnered with supplier Fyffes and technology company, SIM to implement blockchain mapping on its banana supply chain. The bananas carry a QR code which helps in tracing their journey from the plantations in the Urabá region in Colombia to the supermarket shelves.

Impossible Foods said it would sell its vegan burgers at 27 outlets of Gelson's Markets in California starting on Friday (20 September), as it looks to catch up with competitor Beyond Meat Inc which has a head start in the retail market for plant-based meats. Silicon Valley-based Impossible Foods, which counts celebrities like Serena Williams and Katy Perry as its investors, so far sold meatless patties in some upscale restaurants and fast food chains.

Unusually dry weather is making Argentine farmers nervous as they wait for October rains to revive parched corn crops, adding to uncertainty around next month's presidential election that could see business-friendly incumbent Mauricio Macri lose power. Growers, many of whom are concerned at the prospect of the left returning to power in the 27 October general election, started planting corn this month. They have begun to worry that dryness might hobble this season's crop and cut into wheat yields.

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has announced that MSC Gülsün, the world’s largest container ship, recently arrived in Europe, after completing its landmark maiden voyage from the north of China. MSC Gülsün is the first of a new class of 23,000+ TEU vessels to be added both this year and next year to MSC's global shipping network, a world leader in transportation and logistics.

Dutch retailer Albert Heijn has announced that it has added a new smartphone-based payment service for home deliveries. The service, which the retailer claims is a first of its kind in the Netherlands, allows users to pay for their online orders through a payment request instead of a PIN.

Austrian supermarket chain Billa has announced that it has removed microplastics from its own-brand detergents in conformance with the guidelines established by Ecolabel. The Rewe Group-owned retailer has also replaced palm oil, an ingredient used in making detergents, with Austrian rapeseed oil.

© 2019 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Donna Ahern. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition. 

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