Thursday 24 October 2019

Prosus launches hostile bit for Just Eat

Amsterdam listed tech investment fund Prosus has made a hostile takeover bid for British food delivery service Just Eat, which reached a deal earlier this year to merge with Dutch meal deliver Prosus is bidding 710 pence for the British delivery firm, a 20% premium on its Monday close of 594 pence. The Prosus offer, rejected by the Just Eat board, has been welcomed by Just Eat shareholders, and the share gained over 26% in Tuesday’s trading. The all... More >

Temp agency workers can't make ends meet

One in three people employed through a temporary employment agency needs a second job to keep their head above water financially and almost half find it difficult to make ends meet, according to a survey by the CNV trade union federation. Six in 10 of the 600 people interviewed said they would rather have a permanent job and 25% said they have to be available on a full time basis, even though they only work part time. Staffing agency workers... More >

Tomato plant virus spreads to Netherlands

The Netherlands’ tomato growing industry has been dealt a blow with the discovery of a highly infectious disease at a producer in the Westland region. The Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus is not harmful to humans, but tomatoes and peppers from infected plants cannot be sold. Inspectors from the food standards agency NVWA said the source of the infection was not known. Agriculture minister Carola Schouten confirmed the presence of the virus in a letter to parliament, adding that disease... More >

Government must draw up tourism strategy

The state must get more involved in tackling the problems caused by tourism, MPs from across the political spectrum have told broadcaster NOS. Last month a government think-tank said the government must invest in ensuring the Netherlands remains a pleasant place to live as tourism continues to grow. The Council for the Environment and Infrastructure said ministers must immediately pump money into dealing with the negative impact of tourism because the country is now at a ‘crossroads’. While tourism generates... More >

Ekoplaza to take over struggling Marqt

Specialty supermarket group Marqt is being taken over by Udea, the parent company of organic supermarket chain Ekoplaza, the two companies said in press release. ‘This alliance will maintain the Marqt mission, generate major operational and logistics synergies and will have a sold basis and financial structure to build for the future,’ the joint statement said. Marqt, which said earlier this autumn it would close its large branches on Amsterdam’s Rembrandtplein and on the Hofweg in The Hague, currently has... More >