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Coronavirus – Retail & FMCG Updates From Belgium

Published on Jul 30 2020 11:57 AM in A-Brands tagged: Belgium / Coronavirus / COVID-19

Coronavirus – Retail & FMCG Updates From Belgium

As part of our efforts to keep you, the ESM reader, notified on the latest coronavirus-related developments in the retail and consumer goods sectors, here are the latest news updates from Belgium. Click the link in each snippet to view the full story. To return to the map, click here.

Anheuser-Busch InBev suffered a sharp slide in earnings in the second quarter and took a $2.5 billion (€2.13 billion) impairment charge reflecting risks in Africa from the COVID-19 pandemic, but said it was encouraged by a global beer sales recovery in June.

Europe needs to define a coherent, responsible approach to the free movement of people as the COVID-19 crisis subsides, in order to provide a boost to a struggling retail sector, business group EuroCommerce has said.

Colruyt Group has announced that it has commenced the distribution of removable and reusable grips for shopping trolleys at Colruyt Lowest Prices stores and Collect&Go pick-up points in Belgium.

Delhaize Belgium has announced that it is selling reusable face masks in all stores across the country.

Delhaize, La Lorraine Bakery Group and AB InBev have joined forces for a solidarity project to help vulnerable people in Belgium in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carrefour Belgium has introduced new measures to ensure the safety of staff during the coronavirus epidemic, including the distribution of yellow vests adorned with a message inviting customers to respect the principle of social distancing.

Farmer Luc Warnez is very clear on the two issues threatening his business since the coronavirus outbreak - who will pick the strawberries in his fields and who will eat them?

Carrefour Belgium has announced that customers holding a Carrefour Bonus Card will receive 500 bonus points.

EuroCommerce, which represents the retail and wholesale sector in Europe, has welcomed guidance issued by the European Commission on how businesses can get back on track once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, proposes to halve its final dividend and has postponed its annual shareholder meeting owing to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carrefour Belgium recently opened a new Carrefour Express outlet in the CHC MontLégia Clinic in Liége, which is also its seventh store in a hospital.

The European Union needs to keep its single market open despite the coronavirus epidemic if it wants to guarantee food supplies for its consumers, Europe's leading farm association told EU countries.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, has said that it was scrapping its 2020 outlook as the scale of the coronavirus increased.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest beer maker, and Diageo, the world's largest distiller, have pledged to donate million litres of alcohol to make hand sanitisers and disinfectants to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

EU antitrust regulators has given the green light for suppliers to coordinate distribution of scarce products to cope with the coronavirus outbreak without fear of breaching cartel rules, but warned against price gouging.

Supermarket chain Delhaize has moved to protect its customers over 65 years of age - the age group most at risk from the coronavirus epidemic - by reserving the first hour after its shops open only for elderly shoppers.

The world's largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev forecast a 10% decline in first-quarter profit after the coronavirus outbreak hit beer sales during the Chinese New Year, sending its shares skidding.

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