1. Beer 10.7 percent more expensive
Heineken has informed catering operators that the prices of beer and cider will rise again from 1 January by an average of 10.7 per cent. The price increase comes on top of previous price increases of 3.4 percent in January and 5.8 percent in August.
“We see prices rising dramatically worldwide. Whether it is transport, raw materials such as malt and hops or packaging materials such as cardboard and aluminium; prices skyrocket when it comes to brewing, packaging and transporting our beer,’ reads a letter to entrepreneurs.
The brewer says that not all costs are passed on in full. ‘Heineken absorbs part of these huge cost increases. At the same time, we cannot bear all the costs, and we cannot avoid passing on part of these increases to our prices.’
2. The state hired external employees for DKK 2.3 billion
2.3 billion euros. This is the incredible amount that the government spent last year on hiring external parties. 13.4 percent of the state’s total personnel expenditure goes to people who do not work for the public sector. And according to the government itself, this is far too much: the target is a maximum of 10 percent external. This leads to the bizarre situation that negotiations for a permanent job sometimes fail over a few hundred euros a month, so that the job in question has to be solved for 1,000 euros a day by a temporary worker.
2. The EU wants to tackle packaging
The European Union is coming up with measures this week to tackle the packaging industry. New rules must ensure that packaging becomes more sustainable. The goal is to reduce the amount of waste. This is reported by the Bloomberg news channel, which has seen a proposal from the EU Commission. This applies to all kinds of packaging materials, from coffee cups to plastic bottles.
Countries and companies in the EU will have to make packaging used for everyday products easier to recycle naturally or become biodegradable.
3. H&M cuts 1,500 positions
The Swedish clothing chain H&M is cutting around 1,500 jobs to reduce costs. The company announced this on Wednesday. When asked, a spokesman says that it is a global reorganization. Job losses in the Netherlands are certainly not out of the question.
H&M is setting aside more than 73 million euros to finance the reorganization. In September last year, the company already announced that it had to cut costs.
4. Airbus and Renault together in batteries
Airbus and Renault will jointly develop new batteries for aircraft and cars with the aim of accelerating and improving the electrification strategy. The two industrial companies announced this on Wednesday. The collaboration must contribute to a CO₂-neutral aviation and car industry in 2050.
R&D teams from the two companies are working on technical solutions for lighter batteries with more energy storage, so that hybrid and electric aircraft and cars can achieve greater range than is currently possible. The engineers are also looking at how batteries can last longer and can be recycled.
Meanwhile, a mine discovered near the French village of Échassieres looks set to become Europe’s biggest source of lithium. There is enough of the ‘white gold’ in the ground to power 700,000 cars every year.
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6. Must Read: AI is mainly crazy hype
Science fiction author and Google consultant Bruce Sterling – in the Netherlands as a keynote at an AI conference – compares artificial intelligence to tulip mania. ‘Call AI and everyone immediately has an idea about it, but at the same time no one knows exactly what it is,’ he tells an FD journalist. “Add to that crazy hype on social media and you have a phenomenon that seems very exciting but has never risen above a fad. While we all wait for big ideas that will generate billions, we get nothing but trouble , nothing else.’
7. By the coffee machine: Vegetarian butcher in clothes
Unilever subsidiary De Vegetarische Slager, the producer of plant-based meat substitutes, is launching its own clothing line, media and marketing platform. Ad Creation Reports. The clothing line consists of hoodies, t-shirts, beanies and sweatpants made from organic cotton and recycled polyester. The clothing is also Fair Wear certified (a quality mark that guarantees good working conditions at the manufacturer) and the activist animal rights organization PETA has given its approval to the clothing. Striking details: The vegetarian butcher chose Amazon as its exclusive sales partner.
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