Health, wellbeing and ethics news

20 January 2020
Global Meets has opened Japan’s first fully dedicated vegan store in Taito City ward in Tokyo. Convenience and foodservice vegan format Like typical convenience stores, Vegan Store stocks a mix of Japanese and imported products. However, these are 100% plant-based and gluten, onion, alcohol and MSG free. Shoppers can find hot food and products like soft serve vegan ice-cream, vegan chees...
07 January 2020
Boots has formed a three year partnership with Public Health England to encourage one million people to take action to improve their health. New year, new you The Reboot Quiz is the partners' first initiative, launched in January 2020. This asks users questions on how they are feeling, eating, drinking, moving and smoking before providing a personalised wellness score out of ten. They can t...
02 January 2020
Thailand has banned the use of plastic bags at major supermarket chains. The government aims to move towards a complete ban of plastic bags at all retailers from 2021. Increased public cooperation 75 department stores, convenience stores and other shops with more than 24,500 branches nationwide have agreed to stop giving plastic bags away for free. "Thailand was ranked sixth among the worl...
20 December 2019
France’s market leader plans to open 100 second-hand stores, called Leclerc Occasion (second hand), in 2020 to reach a total of 130. The first store opened in 2018 in the south of France, and following its success both financially and amongst shoppers, the retailer is now accelerating its expansion. Source: Leclerc Occasion What is the concept? These second-hand stores are usually loc...
12 December 2019
Tesco has partnered with WWF to develop the Sustainable Basket Metric; new data to help consumers and stakeholders understand the environmental impact of food.   How the Sustainable Basket Metric works What’s included? A sample of 20 of the most regularly purchased food products, including household staples such as bread, milk, meat, fish, and fruit and vegetables. In addition, a wide ran...
10 December 2019
Woolworths has opened a new supermarket at the Burwood Bricksworks Shopping Centre in east Melbourne, claiming it to be its 'most sustainable' supermarket. New and established features... Some of the interesting features of the store include the fact that it will be completely run on renewable energy, trolleys made from recycled milk bottles, plus freezers and hot water that use natural fri...
06 December 2019
Following in-store developments and the aim to adapt its private label products, we round up news from France-based Casino. New le drugstore parisien opens in Paris Casino has opened its latest le drugstore parisien in the shopping centre in Saint-Lazare station. The new 200 sq. m store, which makes it smaller than previous examples, has strongly evolved the brand’s concept and offer, while...
05 December 2019
As the UAE implements new taxes, Majid Al Futtaim commits to further expansion and Al Meera looks to spotlight its locally sourced ranges, we round up news from the region. UAE expands tax coverage on certain products The UAE has implemented tax changes on certain products as it looks to improve the nation’s health. The country said it had implemented a 50% tax on non-fizzy drinks that have...
04 December 2019
As South Africa-based Pick n Pay rolls out packaging-free zones, Botswana-based Choppies sells its operations in South Africa and Kenya’s Quickmart increases the pace of its expansion, we round up news from the region. Pick n Pay trials packaging-free zone Pick n Pay has added a packaging-free zone at its Constantia store in Cape Town. The zone comes after the retailer trialled ‘nude wall...
03 December 2019
FamilyMart will sell 23 kinds of Christmas cakes this year, but only by reservation. Reducing waste and raising profitability Until last year, FamilyMart ordered the amount of cakes based on expected sales in addition to reservations. The retailer seeks to reduce food waste as well as raise profitability. Reservations for Christmas cakes helps reduce the cost of stocking and disposing of un...