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Strikes in Belgium shut down Delhaize stores: Reports

More than 100 stores owned by Delhaize in Belgium were unable to open Friday after employees at the company called a wildcat strike to protest the retailer’s proposed restructuring, reports said.

Warehouse workers walked off the job Thursday after union representatives received word of a proposal from Delhaize that would save jobs but eliminate pay for worker breaks and reduce leave, reports said.

The proposal was revised from a June restructuring plan that would have eliminated around 2,500 jobs and close 14 stores.

Delhaize officials have said the company is beset by a higher cost structure than its peers in Belgium, as detailed in this slide at right presented at the retailer’s most recent financial conference call in August.

Striking workers reportedly have blocked the entrance to two Belgium warehouses.

The below Tweet from a Belgian news site shows a photograph of striking workers wearing a sign that translates to “We are all on sale.”

Delhaize officials were not immediately available for comment Friday. One newspaper said a spokesman said the disruption “will have huge economic repercussions for the company.”

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Strikes in Belgium shut down Delhaize stores: Reports

More than 100 stores owned by Delhaize in Belgium were unable to open Friday after employees at the company called a wildcat strike to protest the retailer’s proposed restructuring, reports said.

Warehouse workers walked off the job Thursday after union representatives received word of a proposal from Delhaize that would save jobs but eliminate pay for worker breaks and reduce leave, reports said.

The proposal was revised from a June restructuring plan that would have eliminated around 2,500 jobs and close 14 stores.

Delhaize officials have said the company is beset by a higher cost structure than its peers in Belgium, as detailed in this slide at right presented at the retailer’s most recent financial conference call in August.

Striking workers reportedly have blocked the entrance to two Belgium warehouses.

The below Tweet from a Belgian news site shows a photograph of striking workers wearing a sign that translates to “We are all on sale.”

Delhaize officials were not immediately available for comment Friday. One newspaper said a spokesman said the disruption “will have huge economic repercussions for the company.”

Supermarket News

Strikes in Belgium shut down Delhaize stores: Reports

More than 100 stores owned by Delhaize in Belgium were unable to open Friday after employees at the company called a wildcat strike to protest the retailer’s proposed restructuring, reports said.

Warehouse workers walked off the job Thursday after union representatives received word of a proposal from Delhaize that would save jobs but eliminate pay for worker breaks and reduce leave, reports said.

The proposal was revised from a June restructuring plan that would have eliminated around 2,500 jobs and close 14 stores.

Delhaize officials have said the company is beset by a higher cost structure than its peers in Belgium, as detailed in this slide at right presented at the retailer’s most recent financial conference call in August.

Striking workers reportedly have blocked the entrance to two Belgium warehouses.

The below Tweet from a Belgian news site shows a photograph of striking workers wearing a sign that translates to “We are all on sale.”

Delhaize officials were not immediately available for comment Friday. One newspaper said a spokesman said the disruption “will have huge economic repercussions for the company.”

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Delhaize Belgium CEO to resign

Delhaize Group said Wednesday that Dirk Van den Berghe was resigning from his role as CEO of the retailer’s Belgium and Luxembourg division effective July 31.


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Van den Berge said he was leaving to accept a new role outside the company. He becomes the third high-level executive to depart the company since Frans Muller was appointed group CEO in September. U.S. CEO Roland Smith departed upon Muller’s appointment, and Europe CEO Stéfan Descheemaeker resigned a month later.

“I want to thank Dirk for his significant contributions to Delhaize Group and wish him well in his future endeavors. Our operations in Belgium and Luxembourg have a dedicated and capable management team that is well-equipped to address the challenges we face and to build on opportunities we have to improve our business,” Muller said in a statement.

“It was a tough decision to leave but I feel this new opportunity is best for me and my family at this point in our lives,” Van den Berghe said.

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Spanish strawberries losing market share in the Netherlands and Belgium

José Beltrán, of Hispalco. “The export campaign kicks off with a lively market and good prices.”
Spanish strawberries losing market share in the Netherlands and Belgium

According to José Beltrán, manager of the exporting company Hispalco, the weather conditions were not ideal during the previous strawberry campaign and this had a notable impact on the fruit’s production volumes and quality. “This reflected on the bad prices registered during almost the entire campaign, which only started improving by the end, when milder temperatures allowed for an improvement in the fruit’s quality.”

For this year’s campaign, which is only just starting, “the markets so far are responding well in terms of prices. Furthermore, supply and demand are balanced”, he explains.

Premium Hispalco strawberries, sold under the brands Monna Lisa© and Unicorn©, are reaching approximately 3.80 Euro per box and around 1.20 Euro per 250 gram container of the Fortuna variety. The firm will then continue with the Splendor, Candonga and Sabrina varieties and finish the campaign with the Camarosa.

The main destinations for these strawberries are Central European countries, “although we also have large clients in other countries, like the United States or Canada,” affirms Beltrán. “The Russian market and the United Arab Emirates are markets where we are now starting to consolidate.”

The Netherlands and Belgium increasingly preferring to consume their own produce
It is becoming more and more difficult to export Spanish strawberries to the Netherlands and Belgium at the same price levels as a few years ago. These countries have considerably increased their own production volumes; a growing trend which will continue, as greenhouse growers discovered how profitable the crop is. Consequently, many have switched from vegetables to strawberries, which can be produced all year round.

“While production volumes in these countries were low, we were not affected, but now they are managing to cover their own domestic demand. There are importers who prefer to pay more for Belgian and Dutch strawberries, as even though they are not as tasty as Spanish strawberries, they have a longer shelf life. This is a handicap for us, as we often need to lower our prices to be able to sell.”

Regarding the impact of competition from other producers, like Egypt or Morocco, the difference lies heavily in that “their quality and presentation are at a lower standard. Israeli strawberries can compete with Spain’s in terms of quality; however, if Spanish strawberries have been produced with care, they will have the advantage.”



New campaign, new packaging formats

“Within the strawberry sector, we are meant to keep up to date with the new packaging formats launched almost every season. Our brands Monna Lisa© and Unicorn© are always very well presented, and although we don’t invent anything, we keep incorporating new formats. This season we have introduced the K-60 container, in 400 and 500 gram formats; the F-500 container for 500 grams, and a compact recycled cardboard box, to be used with our organic strawberries, with a capacity of 1 kilo.”

Fruit Logistica, the place to showcase its slogan QUALITY IS IN OUR DNA
“Hispalco has attended Fruit Logistica for the past 5 years, always surpassing everyone’s expectations in terms of the stand’s presentation, its commitment to satisfy its clients and suppliers and in the quality of the products presented. For this reason, our slogan remains unchanged: QUALITY IS IN OUR DNA.”

“This year we will introduce our CLASSIC EDITION under the Monna Lisa©, Unicorn© and Hispalco®Bio brands: a vintage presentation for oranges and clementines intended to be sold by retailers and which will be available all year round.”

Hispalco S.A. is a family business which “has been growing steadily year after year and has plenty of potential to continue doing so in the future,” affirms its manager. All Hispalco team members “has an entrepreneurial spirit, and that is at the core of our company’s values.”

Hispalco will welcome all visitors at Hall 11.2, stand B-08 of Fruit Logistica 2014, in Messe Berlin, from 5 to 7 February.

For more information:
Ana Beltrán
HISPALCO, S.A.
C/ Barranco Pascual, 45. Pol. Ind. Campo Aníbal.
46530 Puzol, Valencia. Spain.
T: +34 963404422
M: +34606686319
[email protected]
www.hispalco.com

Publication date: 1/27/2014


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Online auction machines and inventory for vegetable processor Pinguin in Langemark (Belgium)

Viewing days 17 and 18 February; closing auction house 19 February
Online auction machines and inventory for vegetable processor Pinguin in Langemark (Belgium)

A reorganization of the processing location of vegetable processor Pinguin in the Belgian Langemark, has caused a large part of the machines and inventory to be be offered by Industrial Auctions via an online auction.

From 2 January to 19 February 2014 inclusive offers may be made. Viewing days are 17 February 2014 from 10.00 am to 16.00 pm and 18 February from 9.00 am to 13.00 pm.

One of the eye catchers at the auction premises is a freeze tunnel from 2007, but also the auction has a number of specific machines for the foodstuff industry, such as mixers, cutting machines, blanchers, multihead weighing machines, metal detectors, packing machines, tray sealers, washing machines, stone removal machines, sieves, etc.

Also pallet racks, engines, pumps, tanks, forklift trucks, compressors, transport belts, a complete water purification plant and vibrating gutters are part of the inventory to be auctioned.

Industrial Auctions is an internationally operating auction bureau, which on instruction of third party auction machinery, inventory and goods. Recently the auction company successfully organized auctions in the foodservice area.

Before this Industrial Auctions already took care of the auction of machinery and inventory of vegetable processor Ploegmakers in Veghel (the Netherlands). According to director Ad van Kollenburg the auction at Pinguin is unique, because of the large number of lots and the diversity of machinery.

Data
Final auction date: 19 February 2014 from 14.00 pm.
Viewing days: 17 February 2014 from 10.00 am – 16.00 pm and 18 February 2014 from 9.00 am to 13.00 pm.

Visiring address:
71, Poelkapellestreet, 8920 Langemark (Belgium).

For more information:
Industrial Auctions
16, Johannes Verleunstreet,
5684 TT Best
Tel: +31 (0)499 872 510
E-mail: [email protected]
Fax: +31 (0)499 872 511
www.industrial-auctions.com

Publication date: 1/13/2014


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Why is banana consumption is lower in Belgium, Netherland and Luxembourg than neighbouring countries?

Franklin Ginus, Chiquita Netherland:
Why is banana consumption is lower in Belgium, Netherland and Luxembourg than neighbouring countries?

Twice as many bananas are eaten in Scandinavia than in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg (Benelux). So writes Franklin Ginus, director from Chiquita Netherland in the newsletter Chiquitalk. He asks why consumers eat so few bananas compared to neighbouring countries. “We talk about obesity, too little exercise and unhealthy eating. Why is it that bananas are not more popular?  Eating more bananas can contribute to a healthy lifestyle and it brings added benefits. They make you happy, you are more attentive and bananas are packed full with vitamins. For the consumer to understand this there has to be a change in their behaviour. The consumer will only eat more bananas if their knowledge of the product and its availability is increased.”


Franklin Ginus

In the same newsletter, Chiquita explained how an extensive management study was conducted in Belgium which discovered where the opportunities for growth lie. ”Through this study we discovered that 50% of sales are on impulse and that the Belgian consumer likes to select their own bananas. Important information which we have used to develop along with the Belgian retailer Delhaize and with display designers Tchai International a completely new display, the plus points of this were not only increased sales due to its ‘appetite appeal’ of Chiquita bananas, but also decreased loss.” 

“In August this was implemented in 150 Delhaize supermarkets. The bananas were not presented in boxes but loose and given a ‘wave’ presentation to compliment the natural form of the banana. For the consumer there were clear instructions on bunch dividers which made the bunches easier to put into bags. The next step is rolling out at independent Delhaize supermarkets. We hope to make a positive contribution to the growth of this product category and reduce losses.”
Source: Chiquitalk

Publication date: 9/19/2013


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Overseas Investments – Shares of SWIFT

RBI/2013-14/131 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.8 July 11, 2013 To All Category – I Authorised Dealer Banks Madam / Sir, Overseas Investments – Shares of SWIFT Attention of the Authorised Dealers (AD) is invited to Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of any Foreign Security) Regulations, 2004 notified by the Reserve Bank vide Notification No. FEMA [...]

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