Napoleon's sustainable swap event in Rotterdam

Napoleon's sustainable swap event in Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, 20 January 2024 – In an eco-conscious (and marketing-savvy) move, Napoleon offers a sweet swap: plastic for paper-wrapped treats in Rotterdam.

Napoleons exchanged for eco-friendly packaging in Rotterdam initiative

In a significant environmental initiative, consumers in Rotterdam were given the opportunity to exchange their Napoleon candies wrapped in plastic for new ones encased in sustainable wax paper packaging. This event, held at Rotterdam Alexandrium on Saturday, 20 January, aimed to reduce plastic waste and promote sustainability. Napoleon's move to wax paper wrappers marks a commitment to decreasing litter and contributing to global plastic reduction efforts.

The swap event, which took place from 10:00 to 18:00, saw candy enthusiasts coming together to support the fight against plastic waste. This initiative reflects the growing concern over plastic pollution and the steps companies are taking to address environmental issues.

Sustainable packaging without compromising taste

Last autumn, the candy producer transitioned to wax paper wrappers across all 27 flavour variants of its products, significantly reducing plastic usage by 60,000 kg annually. Despite the change in packaging, the distinctive taste and variety of the Napoleon candies remain unchanged, with each of the 27 bullet flavours retaining its unique wrapper colour.

The new FSC®-certified paper wrappers are coated with a vegetable wax made from corn and rapeseed, free from palm and coconut oils, ensuring moisture protection without the use of harmful substances. Through packaging and communication efforts, Napoleon emphasizes the importance of disposing of wrappers properly to prevent littering.

Directions to the event

How to get to Rotterdam Alexandrium

Rotterdam Alexandrium, the venue for the Napoleon candy exchange event, is easily accessible by public transport and offers ample parking for those driving. Located in the heart of Rotterdam, Alexandrium is known for its shopping and leisure facilities, making it a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.

Grocery habits in Rotterdam: 2023 insights

Grocery habits in Rotterdam: 2023 insights

ROTTERDAM, 4 January 2024 – In a reflection of local preferences, Rotterdam residents have shown a notable inclination towards specific grocery items, according to a recent analysis.

Rotterdam's grocery trends

A detailed analysis of over one million Picnic customer orders across the Netherlands has revealed unique grocery trends among Rotterdam residents in 2023. Laundry detergents and fabric softeners were among the most rapidly increasing items on Rotterdam's shopping lists at online supermarket Picnic. Additionally, dishwasher tablets also saw a significant rise in popularity.

The data further highlights a distinct preference in Rotterdam for sweet sriracha chili flavored chips. This particular taste notably surpassed other varieties in the region. In contrast, the areas surrounding Rotterdam, including Gouda and Dordrecht, showed a marked preference for pesto. Gouda, often referred to as the 'Kaasstad' (Cheese City), also demonstrated a fondness for pumpkin, with two variants ranking in the top twenty fastest-growing items. Pea and tomato soups, along with smoked sausage, were common choices in both Rotterdam and Gouda. On less healthy days, residents of Dordrecht tended to indulge in frikadellen and Ben & Jerry's cookie dough ice cream.

Increasing popularity of organic products

Picnic's range of organic products has gained traction, leading to an expansion of the selection. The list of fastest-growing items is topped by cloudy apple juice, followed by orange juice and organic corn wafers.

Late additions to Picnic orders

In a pattern observed with Picnic's customers, vegetables often feature as last-minute additions to orders. Alongside cucumbers, zucchinis, and bananas, three-ply toilet paper and semi-skimmed milk are frequently added to the shopping cart at the last moment.

Picnic's expansion and services

In 2023, Picnic expanded its delivery area regionally. This was facilitated by opening a new hub in Heemskerk and relocating existing hubs to larger premises. The introduction of electric delivery vehicles with a greater range has enabled Picnic to serve more households in areas including Veenendaal, Leiden, Oss, and Roermond. Notably, a 'superhub' was inaugurated in Utrecht, covering an area of 5500 square meters, making it the largest in the Netherlands and serving over 200,000 households.

DHL partnership and parcel returns

In collaboration with DHL, Picnic managed nearly a quarter million return parcels last year. The majority of these returns were processed in South Holland, North Holland, and North Brabant, with Heerlen, Alphen aan den Rijn, and Venlo seeing the highest volume of returns.

About Picnic

Since its launch in late 2015, Picnic has revolutionized home grocery delivery by eliminating unnecessary intermediaries. Customers can select convenient delivery times and track their orders to the minute. This innovative distribution model enables free delivery and competitively priced groceries. Picnic, founded by entrepreneurs Joris Beckers, Frederik Nieuwenhuys, Michiel Muller, and Daniel Gebler, expanded into Germany in 2018 and France in 2021.

Uber Eats and Gorillas team up in Rotterdam

Uber Eats and Gorillas team up in Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, 19 December 2023 – Uber Eats and Gorillas have announced a collaboration in the Netherlands, offering a new grocery delivery service in cities including Rotterdam.

Uber Eats collaborates with Gorillas for grocery delivery

In a recent development, Uber Eats has initiated a collaboration with Gorillas in the Netherlands. This partnership allows users in various Dutch cities, including Amsterdam, Arnhem, The Hague, Haarlem, Nijmegen, Rotterdam, and Utrecht, to order groceries from Gorillas' extensive range. These orders will be delivered swiftly by Gorillas couriers.

This collaboration follows Uber Eats' previous partnerships with Spar and Getir, responding to the growing demand for rapid grocery delivery among its users. Besides offering standard supermarket products, Gorillas collaborates with local farmers to provide fresh produce.

Alexander Streefkerk, General Manager of the Netherlands at Getir and Gorillas, stated, “We are proud to extend our cooperation with Uber Eats with the Gorillas brand, offering innovative solutions for our Dutch customers. The combination of Uber Eats' reach and our delivery model makes grocery shopping more efficient and accessible. Our wide selection of local and international products is now available to a broader audience.”

Aukeline Tolman, General Manager of the Netherlands at Uber Eats, added, “We are delighted to welcome Gorillas to Uber Eats in the Netherlands, especially just before the Christmas rush. This allows Uber Eats customers to conveniently order their Christmas groceries from Gorillas, avoiding the festive season's hustle and bustle.”

Denise Roobol's vegan pop-up in Rotterdam

Denise Roobol's vegan pop-up in Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, 8 December 2023 – A unique shopping experience awaits fashion-conscious Rotterdammers this holiday season as Denise Roobol opens an exclusive pop-up store in the iconic Groot Handelsgebouw.

Located in the heart of Rotterdam, the Groot Handelsgebouw (GHG) is set to host a special pop-up store by Denise Roobol, offering a sustainable and stylish shopping experience for the festive season. The store presents an opportunity to immerse in the world of the vegan bags and accessories brand.

The vegan collection at Denise Roobol's pop-up

Denise Roobol's collection, known for its refined and timeless design since 2013, features feminine, minimalist bags and accessories made from vegan microfiber leather and recycled PET bottles. All products are PETA-approved, aligning with ethical shopping practices.

About Denise Roobol

Denise Roobol, the founder of the brand, launched her label at 22 after graduating from the art academy in Rotterdam. Her vegan lifestyle inspires the brand's ethos, showcasing that vegan products can be both ethical and stylish. The brand has gained a reputation for blending vegan fashion with feminine style.

About Groot Handelsgebouw

The GHG, adjacent to Rotterdam Central Station, is a bustling hub housing over 450 companies. Symbolizing Rotterdam's post-war reconstruction, GHG spans 120,000 square meters over eight floors, making it one of the largest business complexes in the Netherlands. Managed by Jamestown, the building is actively involved in projects that blend its heritage with modern innovations, fostering collaboration, innovation, and community engagement.

Directions to Groot Handelsgebouw

For those planning to visit the pop-up store, GHG is conveniently located near Rotterdam Central Station. The area is known for its vibrant mix of multinational corporations, startups, creatives, and cultural organizations. It's a symbol of Rotterdam's resilience and progress.

Gastrovino opens in Rotterdam-West

Gastrovino opens in Rotterdam-West

ROTTERDAM, 16 November 2023 – Gastrovino, a new destination for culinary enthusiasts, opens its doors in Rotterdam-West, promising a unique shopping experience with a variety of delicacies and quality wines.

A new culinary destination in Rotterdam-West

The opening of Gastrovino in Rotterdam-West marks a significant addition to the city's gastronomic landscape. Housed in the former Vermeyden premises, the store offers a wide range of cheeses, artisanal charcuterie, award-winning wines, freshly roasted nuts, and refined chocolates. This variety caters to diverse tastes, making Gastrovino a go-to spot for food enthusiasts.

The driving force behind Gastrovino

Gastrovino is managed by Melanie van Ommeren and her daughter Naomi van Ommeren. Transitioning from a successful stint in retail, specifically running a clothing store, Naomi has pursued her culinary passion by opening Gastrovino. Her experience living in Spain has influenced her love for food and the art of creating the perfect gathering with food and wine. She expressed, “A well-assembled charcuterie board, paired with the perfect wine, brings together people of all ages, from friends to family.”

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A family venture

The mother-daughter duo brings a combination of business acumen and a passion for wine and delicacies. Naomi highlights the synergy between her and her mother, stating, “To open Gastrovino Rotterdam together is a dream come true.”

Catering to every palate

Gastrovino Rotterdam offers an eclectic mix for gourmets. The store features a carefully curated selection of cheeses from around the world, alongside an array of artisanal charcuterie with varied flavors. The wine collection is a standout, showcasing award-winning wines from renowned wineries. To complete the experience, customers can also find freshly roasted nuts, tapas, and chocolates.

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About Gastrovino

Established in 1932, Gastrovino has been serving culinary enthusiasts across the Netherlands for 90 years. It began with a group of pioneering retailers who believed in the strength of collaboration. Today, Gastrovino has multiple locations across the country, each catering to the local wine and delicacies demand.

Directions to Gastrovino Rotterdam

Located at the prestigious Nieuwe Binnenweg, Gastrovino is easily accessible. The area is known for its vibrant atmosphere and is a hub for food and culture. For detailed directions, use this map:


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