Wholesaler Metro has announced that its digital marketplace for non-food, Metro Markets has launched an online platform for restaurateurs in the Netherlands, reports ESMmagazine.com. This is the fifth country that the platform has launched in. It will join existing online marketplaces in Germany, Spain, Italy, and Portugal from 28 February. In total, the marketplace now has over 1,500 partners and 4,700 brands, and lists more than 750,000 products.
The French sugar beet crop area is set to fall to a 14-year low this year despite high prices, with farmers deterred by potential crop damage because of pesticide restrictions, the head of beet growers group CGB recently on Tuesday. Based on seed purchases, farmers are expected to sow 6-7% less in 2023 than the previous year, CGB director general Nicolas Rialland told Reuters at the Paris farm show.
Smurfit Kappa has announced that it will invest €27 million in a new, state-of-the-art waste management and recovery facility at its Nervión paper mill, in Iurreta, Spain. According to the packaging firm, the investment will see the mill adopt a fully circular production process, involving the biggest landfill reduction project that Smurfit Kappa has undertaken to date, to support the delivery of its 2025 sustainability commitments. Commenting on the investment, Javier Rivas, Smurfit Kappa COO of paper and board in Europe, said, “At Smurfit Kappa, we care deeply about new ways in which we can embed circularity into our business, particularly when we are talking about the production process.”