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Weekly Roundup... 5 October 2020

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Roundup... 5 October 2020

Delhaize Belgium has seen a 15% increase in the sales of vegetarian products over the past two years, which it says was the 'strongest growth ever' for the category in its stores. The data, which shows the increase in demand for vegetarian products across Delhaize stores, was released on 1 October to mark World Vegetarian Day. Currently, the retailer offers around 115 vegetarian products, excluding vegetarian alternatives from the processed meats department. Delhaize added that the vegetarian range is no longer the niche it was ten years ago, as many flexitarians in the country also opt for these products.

With under two weeks to go until Food On The Edge 2021 kicks off at Airfield Estate, Dundrum, the full line of speakers has been announced. The talks will include a mix of in-house and virtual speakers from around the world and from the best of Irish culinary voices in a ‘blended symposium’ format. JP McMahon, founder of Food on the Edge, said of this year's event, “It’s a slightly different event from previous years in that we have had to create Food on the Edge 2021 during very unknown circumstances. As Food on the Edge 2021 is taking place before the next set of restrictions are lifted in Ireland, the symposium will take place in a stretch tent with some speakers joining us via video link. Tickets and the full line-up of speakers and the full programme is now available on the Food on the Edge website. Follow the official hashtag #FOTE2021 for regular updates.

Amazon said on Tuesday it has started recruiting for 20,000 seasonal positions across the United Kingdom to cover upcoming peak trading times, which include Christmas, joining a battle for temporary workers in a tight labour market. The group, which has 55,000 permanent UK employees, said the temporary jobs would be in its network of fulfilment centres, sort centres and delivery stations. Amazon UK said pay for operations roles would start at a minimum of £10 ($13.68) an hour, rising to £11.10 an hour in some parts of the country - rates in line with a pay rise given to permanent employees in June. The group is also looking for people to deliver parcels in their spare time for between £13 and £15 per hour.

In the past six months, Norwegian retail chain Meny has achieved an overall 34% reduction in food waste generated from bread. The retail chain hopes to prevent the equivalent of over 1 million loaves of bread from being wasted in a year. In Norway, hundreds of thousands of loaves of bread are thrown away every day, mostly at homes, but also in grocery stores. In March of this year, Meny rolled out a ‘bread-winning’ project, allowing stores to bake the right amount of bread throughout the day with the help of automatic baking plans in each store, based on technology, algorithms and sales in real-time. The project also includes honest customer communication related to smaller selections in the evening, recommendations for other bread favourites, and the opportunity to buy half-baked bread as an alternative.

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