The week in business: 11 August


AB Inbev launches new company to produce non-alcoholic drinks, Brussels fruit importer turns to waterways and an overview of the rest of the week's company news

Biotech – Biocartis

The Mechelen-based biotechnology company has raised €10 million from investors to fine-tune its tech platform, which will be launched next year. The new platform will make it possible to quickly test patient samples for certain diseases.

Produce – A De Witte
The Brussels-based fruit and vegetable wholesaler has started importing its pineapples by ship from Costa Rica to Antwerp. The company switched from land to water transport because of traffic jams.

Air – Brussels Airport
The airport broke its record for daily passengers on 28 July, with 94,305 travellers coming through. It also broke its monthly passenger record in July, with 2.5 million people leaving and arriving at the airport in that month.

Brewing AB InBev
The world’s largest brewer, headquartered in Leuven, has launched a new start-up company called Canvas to produce alcohol-free drinks. The move is part of the beer giant’s plan to have alcohol-free beverages account for 20% of its sales by 2025.

Logistics – H Essers
The Genk-based logistics company is investing €7 million to expand its warehouse in Romania, which it opened in 2013. The Romanian site is meant to serve as a second head office that will help guide the company’s growth in eastern Europe.

Post – Bpost
Bpost will acquire the Ghent-based package delivery service Bubble Post, which specialises in the environmentally friendly delivery of packages by cargo bikes.

Retail – Dreamland
The country’s leading chain of toy stores, owned by Colruyt, is introducing a dedicated section for science and tech-related toys. The toys, which will have gender-neutral branding, are meant to pique children’s interest in the stem subject – science, technology, engineering and maths.