Amazon is once again shaking up the retail sector, with the announcement Friday it will acquire upscale US grocer Whole Foods Market, known for its pricey organic options, in a deal that underscores the online giant’s growing influence in the economy.
Today, fifteen farmers participated in an inspection of food labels in a supermarket on Rue de la Boétie in Paris. (Article in French)
The group of independent retailers E. Leclerc announced Friday that it hopes to eliminate all potentially carcinogenic packaging for products sold in its aisles by 2017. (Article in French)
A Le Monde article reviews the progress made by La Louve, a collaborative supermarket, and the way it is spreading throughout France.
As part of the law aimed at the transition towards greener practices, bans on plastic bags will take effect starting on two dates: the first of July 2016 for bags given out at registers, and the first of January 2017 for fruit and vegetable packaging.
To promote “eating local”, local food systems, and seasonal and organic products in cafeterias, two entrepreneurs from Charente-Maritime have created “Le Bon Sens” (lit. Common Sense), a digital platform putting cafeterias in contact with small local producers. (Article in French)
They made the choice to cut out the middle man and have no regrets. While milk and meat producers protest against the untenable prices imposed by major retailers and processors, others live in a dignified manner. (Article in French)
Losing close to two billion dollars in the stock exchange in two days: Whole Foods, the emblem of “organic” in the United States, has lost its popularity, even if Americans are demanding even more and more high quality products today. (Article in French)
In order to sell The Laughing Cow in Africa or Asia and reach new clients, the French group Bel, owners of this famous cheese, are betting on omnipresent street venders. (Article in French)
When Mr. Liu goes window shopping in Paris, it is not (only) for his French wife. He picks out more of what JD.com, his commercial website, can offer in its recently launched “French Space” to millions of Chinese internet users. (Article in French)