Even as Europe’s economic outlook is rapidly improving, European Central Bank policymakers decided on Thursday to maintain their “very accommodative” monetary stance.

Governments are lifting lockdown restrictions and the vaccine rollout has sped up, which has led to a bounce in the services industry and “ongoing dynamism” in manufacturing, Christine Lagarde, president of the central bank, told reporters at a news conference in Frankfurt.

“We expect economic activity to accelerate in the second half of this year as further containment measures are lifted,” she said.

But Ms. Lagarde stressed thatlots of support was still needed and that policymakers were giving

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Aisles Abroad is a monthly feature that examines notable grocery initiatives outside the U.S.

When Swiss food retailer Migros was making plans for a combination supermarket and food hall in the heart of Switzerland’s largest city, the company made design flexibility a top priority.

The store, which debuted in early April just steps from Zurich’s central railroad station and is known as Bridge, features an array of prepared foods from local purveyors along with a curated selection of packaged goods and other foods. But while Migros had clear ideas about what would prove popular with shoppers based on decades of

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Bengaluru based firm CropIn on Tuesday announced that it has joined the newly formed European Carbon + Farming Coalition, an initiative by the World Economic Forum to achieve carbon neutrality goals of the European Green Deal.

With agriculture said to be responsible for 10% of the global greenhouse gas emission in Europe, CropIn hopes to take a farmer-centric approach to tackle the problem. The company will come up with climate-smart agriculture practices, identifying roadblocks to adoption, and designing solutions with economic, practical and ecological benefits to the farmers, CropIn said in a statement.

“Digital and data-driven platforms are key enablers

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The former Burton menswear premises at Middlegate, Penrith, is set to become an Eastern European food shop.

Extensive work is under way at the site, which is being turned into a new outlet for Polish grocery franchise, Food Plus, ahead of its opening at the end of this month.

Warren Ryan, of Penrith, who owns the business, already has the Food Plus store across the road, as well as shops in Kendal and Dumfries.

He said: “I really need the space. I’ve been looking for somewhere for the last two years and so when it became available, I leapt at

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Travelers no longer want a typical European tour or city/stay. They want a vacation experience personalized “just for me.” Tour operators report that even popular kinds of tours—such as those with a heritage focus—have morphed into much more targeted trips. Why? Consumers desire to perfectly match a European tour or city/stay package with their “personal passion.”

While some travelers may indulge their heritage passion by visiting Tallinn, Estonia’s “Old Town,” others may prefer to dive into the culinary history and traditions in the area of Serbia from which their ancestors hailed. Some travelers desire to focus on the history

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Mondelez International Inc., the packaged-food giant known for Oreo cookies and Ritz Crackers, agreed to buy European snack maker Chipita SA for about $2 billion.

Chipita had about $580 million in revenue in 2020 and has “a proven track record of consistent growth from its portfolio of croissant and baked snack brands,” Mondelez said in a statement. The company, which is based in Greece, employs about 5,100 workers and produces in 13 plants. Its goods are delivered to more than 50 countries. Rothschild & Co. advised Chipita on the deal.

Mondelez will fund the acquisition with a combination of new

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