A rare quiet morning in the papers as far as the grocery and retail world is concerned.
The Guardian reports that Aldi is first supermarket chain to sign up to the National Farmers Union’s UK farmer-friendly ‘fruit and veg pledge’. The NFU code is designed to boost business conditions for growers and suppliers. It includes a commitment to supply seasonal British fruit and vegetables and provide promotions not financed by growers.
Most pick up on Amazon’s 20th birthday. The internet giant is celebrating with a one-day sale which it promises will be bigger than Black Friday (The Daily Telegraph). The Guardian looks back at the 20 years of trading for the e-commerce site and asks what influence it has had on the retail and internet industries?
Starbucks is expanding its geography with new sites planned for sub-Saharan Africa. The coffee chain has teamed up with Johannesburg-based listed company Taste Holdings to open outlets across South Africa (The Financial Times).
Outside of grocery, the papers are filled with stories and reaction to the International Monetary Fund’s criticism of the bailout deal imposed on Greece. The organisation is threatening to walk away from the agreement if European creditors do not offer Athens substantial debt relief (The Financial Times). There is also blanket coverage of the historic accord struck in Vienna between the US and Iran over the latter’s nuclear programme (The Times).