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Weekly Roundup... 13 July 2021

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Roundup... 13 July 2021

Over 70,000 young people and parents answered the call of Irish world boxing champion Kellie Harrington and track and field Olympian, David Gillick by tuning in to their 12-week online Fyffes Fit Squad programme, aimed at encouraging children and families to adopt a more healthy and active lifestyle. Launched in March, and created so that teachers and parents could also participate, the series of interactive videos saw Kellie and David demonstrate new workout routines whilst giving advice on overall wellbeing and healthy-eating. Last year, Fit Squad went online when schools were forced to close. With hundreds now awaiting visits, Fyffes said it is looking forward to resuming live sessions in schools ‘once it is deemed safe to do so’. Mums, dads and little ones looking to keep active over Summer can still follow the fitness videos here.

Wheat production in the European Union and Britain is set to rebound this year as the crop area and yields recover from weather woes the previous growing season, a Reuters poll showed. But the rain that has benefited European crops since spring was now creating concern about harvest quality and raising a question mark over export prospects, traders and analysts said. The 27-country EU is expected to harvest 130.4 million tonnes of common wheat - or soft wheat - in 2021, up 11% from last year, according to an average of 10 forecasts in the poll.

Groupe Casino has announced that it is undertaking a 'rethink' of the Monop' convenience concept, to better 'respond to the transformation of consumption patterns' in urban areas. The group has unveiled a new-concept Monop' outlet at rue de Marseille, in Paris' 10th arrondissement, which offers a range of 4,000 SKUs, of which 300 are available round the clock thanks to a built in 'autonomous retail' facility. The 250-square-metre store will also feature a range of new and expanded concepts, including 'Monoprix du jour', encompassing local products, freshly-baked bread, and prepared meals; 'Je suis en vrac', exclusive collaborations with French suppliers; 'La Station', a selection of items aimed at cyclists; 'La Santé au Quotidien', a range of cosmetics and food supplements, and a range of other solutions.

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