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Did You Know...? 7 September 2021

By Donna Ahern
Did You Know...? 7 September 2021

Did you know...? Two furloughed jumbo jet pilots and a burnt-out finance worker have been among the more unusual candidates to learn how to drive 44-tonne trucks at Laurence Bolton's school in south London during the pandemic."You get people from all industries, and think: 'Blimey, I never saw you here before 2020'," Bolton said. "There are more people that have been displaced from retail, with the high street closing or certainly running down, and from hospitality." Business is brisk for truck driving schools as Britain emerges from its COVID-19 crisis. The country is facing an acute shortage of lorry drivers, and haulage companies are raising starting salaries and offering sign-on bonuses to entice candidates in the post-pandemic economy.

Did you know...? Russian discounter Mere is planning to open its first three stores in France in October, as it continues its march across Europe. According to a dedicated website for the French market,, Mere will open its first stores in Pont-Sainte-Marie, Sainte-Marguerite and Thionville.It said that the Grand Est region has been chosen to 'start the development of its network' in France.

Did you know...? The Brazilian unit of US commodities trader Cargill has finished building a new facility to produce pectin, a fruit by-product used in jams, beverages, dairy products and confectionery, the company said on Friday. The plant is Cargill's only pectin facility outside of Europe, where it owns three such units. It will make Cargill the world's second largest producer of the food ingredient, Laerte Moraes, Cargill's director for starches and sweeteners in South America, said in an interview.

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