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Did You Know ...? 21 August 2023

By Donna Ahern
Did You Know ...? 21 August 2023

Did you know ...? Burger King has scrapped tomatoes from its wraps and burgers in many Indian outlets after prices more than quadrupled, the latest symptom of surging food inflation that is hitting consumers hard across the world's most populous nation. "Even tomatoes need a vacation ... we are unable to add tomatoes to our food," read notices pasted at two Burger King India outlets, reports Reuters. The chain has cited quality issues in explaining the shortfall. The burger chain, one of India's biggest with nearly 400 outlets, joins many McDonald's and Subway stores that have removed tomatoes from menus as India's food inflation this week hit its highest since January 2020.

Did you know ...? German wholesaler Metro is investing €18 million in the remodelling the office buildings in its Düsseldorf campus. The project will see the company redesign and develop its existing premises into modern office spaces, reports The initiative will help create a physical working environment that supports the transformation to a pure wholesaler in the course of its sCore growth strategy, the company noted.

Did you know ...? Foodstuffs has launched a ChatGPT-3-powered meal planning tool. The New Zealand-based retailer noted that the tool generates recipes to help people use leftover food. Customers of the Pak'nSave supermarket chain can go to the website, enter a few ingredients, and the Savey Meal-bot will generate a meal plan or recipe. A minimum of three ingredients are needed and users can then save and share the recipe.

Did you know ...? German producer prices decreased more than expected on the year in July, their first fall in over two-and-a-half years, as easing energy price pressures added to hopes that inflation in Europe's largest economy could abate further. July producer prices were down 6.0% compared with the same month last year, when producer prices soared as a consequence of the war in Ukraine, the federal statistics office said on Monday. Analysts had expected a drop of 5.1% in a poll by Reuters. It was the first year-on-year decline in producer prices since November 2020 and the sharpest decline since October 2009 during the financial crisis.

Did you know ...? Home Bargains store in Denbigh, North Wales has already has its Christmas merchandise displayed for sale. The  items have appeared before the August summer bank holiday - and with 18 weeks still to go until the Christmas day, reported The discount retailer was said to have everything Christmas-related from decorations pet items on display.


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