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Weekly Roundup... 17 December, 2017

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Roundup... 17 December, 2017

Carrefour Belgium has announced that it has introduced a new range of reusable and recyclable carrier bags derived from ocean waste. The new range includes three varieties – a tote bag, a trolley bag, and a foldable bag with a pouch. The retailer has collaborated with Seaqual, an organisation that cleans up the oceans and seabed, for sourcing the plastics used in making these bags.

Auchan Retail has announced that it has launched Cosmia Bio, a new range of organic hygiene and beauty products for adults and babies. It is available in all Auchan stores in Spain, France, Portugal, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland, Romania. The range comprises liquid soap, shower gel, hand cream, face moisturiser, micellar water, deodorant and shampoo for adults.

The increase in grains export taxes announced by Argentina over the weekend will weigh on soy, corn and wheat exports as growers cut risks to compensate for lower profits expected to be caused by the new levies, farmers told Reuters. Centre-left Peronist Alberto Fernandez, who took office on Tuesday, boosted the tax rate for soybeans, soyoil, and soymeal to 30% from about 25% and lifted the levy on corn and wheat to 12% from around 7%. The government needs m

Finland's K Group has announced that it has developed an energy recycling system that is capable of reducing the consumption of heat in supermarkets by as much as 95%, rendering the property almost carbon neutral. The reduction in emissions will correspond to the annual carbon dioxide emissions of a municipality of nearly 7,000 people, the retailer added.

Nestlé has announced that it has invested around €11 million in a new production line for organic snacks for babies in its facility in Avanca in Portugal. The investment is part of the €40 million budget earmarked by Nestlé for the Avanca and Porto manufacturing facilities. The new line has a production capacity of 80 cans per minute, or 130 kilograms of snacks per hour, which will efficiently meet the company's needs over the next 15-20 years, according to a report in Jornal de Negocios.

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