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Period: January 1, 2018 to January 15, 2018
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Kroger Continues To Expand Its Clean-Label Product Offerings

Kroger’s “Simple Truth” product line, which are free from more than a hundred artificial preservatives and other undesirable ingredients such as GMOs and antibiotics, is being expanded, the company announced. Simple Truth brand includes more than 1,400 natural and organic products in categories such as grocery, meat, produce, deli, bakery, baby, household essentials and personal care. New Simple Truth products will debut this year that “align with customer trends, including increasingly popular categories like beverage, snacking and non-animal proteins." The company said Simple Truth 3rd quarter sales grew 19 percent. 

"Kroger Will Expand Its Simple Truth Lines to ‘Align With Customer Trends’", The Shelby Report, January 03, 2018

Walmart Brazil Plans To Combine Physical Stores With Online Retail

Walmart Brazil said it plans to spend $464 million in the next four years to integrate its brick-and-mortar stores with the company's online retail operations. Also, the retailer said it will expand its e-commerce platform to allow third-party retailers to sell goods on its online marketplace.

"Walmart Brazil Is Integrating Physical And Online Retail", PSFK, January 09, 2018

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Amazon's Mexico Initiatives Gain Recognition From Euromonitor

In the second half of 2017, online retailer Amazon launched three initiatives in Mexico, market research firm Euromonitor found interesting. In October 2017, the online retailer launched Amazon Cash, a service that allows consumers to load their Amazon accounts with credit by paying in cash at retail locations across the country. Also, Amazon launched its Handmade marketplace for artisan-made products, including jewelry, home décor, and accessories. Amazon also increased its focus on fast-moving consumer goods, such as pet care, beauty, and home care products.

"Three Interesting Initiatives by Amazon in Mexico", Euromonitor International, January 02, 2018

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Sephora India Plans To Open More Stores In The Country

Sephora India plans to expand its store network in the country by opening 10-12 stores in the coming 15 months. At present, the beauty retailer, a joint venture between Sephora and Arvind Ltd., operates 13 company-owned retail branches in the country's metropolitan centers. India's beauty and grooming market, valued at $8 billion, is expanding at a compounded annual growth rate of 18 percent, with the premium segment growing at a faster rate of about 28 percent.

"French cosmetics retailer Sephora to deck up India in premium products", The Hindu Business Line, January 08, 2018

Products & Brands  

Bottled Cold Brew Line Expands Tiesta Tea’s Portfolio

U.S. loose tea maker Tiesta Tea has entered the RTD cold brew tea market with a line of five bottled variants labeled by function (i.e., Energizer, Slenderizer, Eternity, Immunity, and Relaxer) to help shoppers select the most appropriate product. Bottles are priced at $2.99, are labeled with major ingredients featured prominently, and are sold at Target. The cold brew tea market continues to attract consumer interest: online searches for “cold brew tea” ranked fourth in the U.S. and U.K. between April 2015 and March 2017, according to Google. The company says cold-brewing tea is slower, but results in a more potent and smoother-tasting tea.

"Tiesta Tea Launches Cold Brew Bottled Tea Line in Target Stores", BeverageDaily.com, January 08, 2018

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