STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe’s widening food labelling scandal Monday as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labelled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent.
The Czech State Veterinary Administration said that horse meat was found in one-kilogram packs of frozen meatballs made in Sweden and shipped to the Czech Republic for sale in Ikea stores there. A total of 760 kilograms of the meatballs were stopped from reaching the shelves.
TORONTO – Target’s reputation for stylish and inexpensive home goods — one of the few categories in which the departing big-box merchant performed well in Canada — didn’t appear to make a dent in Ikea Canada’s 2014 sales, which rose 5.2% to $1.6 billion for the fiscal year ending last August.
But the Swedish furniture giant is taking a page from one of Target’s longstanding strategies, offering limited-edition product collections in collaboration with well-known designers, to lure more people through the doors of its 12 Canadian stores this year.
TORONTO – Ikea Canada is embracing the trend of big retailers who are starting to think small.
The Swedish furniture giant announced Thursday it will open two ‘pick-up point’ stores in Quebec City and London, Ont. this year that are one-tenth or less the size of its average store.
Consumers will be able to pick up Internet orders at the outlets, and buy a handful of its top-selling items.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide.
The company started selling solar panels made by China’s Hanergy in its store in Southampton on Monday. It will sell them in the rest of Britain in coming months, it said.
Worldcrunch is a new global news service that for the first time delivers the best foreign-language journalism in English. SWEDEN – Sagas are epic tales full of symbolic details, and the IKEA saga is no exception.