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• In Canada, the Financial Post reports that “Freshii Inc. says it will soon sell its prepared food offerings in some Walmart Canada locations in Ontario its first partnership with a major grocer.” Freshii “markets its meals as healthier meal options,” and its products “will be in 100 Walmart Canada stores by the end of April as well as online.”

Reuters reports that Walmart “has acquired Aspectiva, an Israeli start-up whose technology analyses consumers’ product reviews to help shoppers make decisions,” through “machine-learning techniques and natural language processing capabilities.” The story says that “Aspectiva will join Walmart’s Store No 8, the incubation arm launched by the U.S. retailer in 2017 to find new commerce-related technologies.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

MarketWatch reports that Walmart “has announced a new commitment to reduce plastic waste that focuses on its private-label goods. The commitment includes a pledge to achieve 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable private-label packaging by 2025.”
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