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16 March 2021
The SPAR Austria Group announced its 2020 results, reporting total sales rose 5.6% to €16.6 bn. In its home market, SPAR Austria’s food sales increased 16% to €8.32 bn, helping it gain market share during the year and, it claims, ‘ making it the new market leader in Austria ’. Total Group sales reach €16.6 bn… SPAR Austria said all its three business divisions – food retail, sports retail a...
16 March 2021
This week leading UK food-to-go specialist Greggs released its annual results for 2020. Despite reporting its first loss in 36 years the tone is optimistic.  So how can Greggs' pandemic experience and plans for the future help predict what will happen to the food-to-go market in the months and years ahead? Some will exit the pandemic financially fitter than others Greggs has weathered the...
12 March 2021
Système U said its sales, excluding fuel, rose 8.3% in 2020. Although the results were driven by its online store, the retailer reported growth at all its formats. Its pace of growth during the year saw Système U gain further market share in France in 2020. Decreasing footfall offset by online sales… Système U said traffic at its physical stores declined by 10% during the year. Despite this...
10 March 2021
As most markets in Europe and the Americas continue to operate in a pandemic environment, characterised by lockdowns and travel restrictions, we look at how five of the initial strategies adopted by suppliers have evolved over the last 12 months. 1. From retaining new households to building deeper connections The pandemic created a product trial event unlike any other. Many major suppliers ...
09 March 2021
Slovenia’s leading retailer, Mercator, has launched an online content platform, which carries videos it has produced. M Soseska (M Neighbourhood) was launched in February 2021 and offers a selection of live and pre-recorded content on cooking, lifestyle, and home entertainment. This is offered as entertainment that engages customers with Mercator’s in-store and online offer. Airing relevant an...
09 March 2021
Continente has expanded its private label range, adding healthy snacks and cleaning products. Meanwhile, Mercadona plans to launch nine new stores in the country during 2021, while DIA is to close 71 Clarel stores by the end of Q1 as it looks to focus on food retailing. Continente expands its private label offer Sonae MC-owned Continente has expanded its private label range, offering health...
09 March 2021
Dino Polska plans to continue its investment in sustainability, with a focus on renewable energy, while P&G launched its refillable bottles in the UK. Meanwhile, Aldi announced it has removed two million pieces of plastic from its private label Easter range, while Albert Heijn is set to switch to 100% wind energy to become more sustainable. Dino Polska to invest in renewable energy Poland-b...
09 March 2021
2021’s official Fairtrade Fortnight ran from 22 February to 7 March. We look at how three retailers supported the event. Co-op UK: promotions and awareness The Co-operative has supported Fairtrade for over 25 years and 2021 was no exception. The Co-op used Twitter to highlight the key benefits of buying Fairtrade products. The retailer educated its shoppers, highlighting that purchasing Fai...
09 March 2021
Aldi opened its 100 th store in Italy in January 2021, while local competitor, In’s Mercato, set out plans to open 30 stores during 2021 and how it was aiming to embed its brand identity and sustainability commitments. Aldi opens 100 th store in Italy Aldi reached a new milestone in Italy by opening its 100th store. The discounter operates in six regions including; Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-...
08 March 2021
Czech Republic-based Rohlik.cz has raised €190m (US$230m) in a financing round. It plans to use the funding to expand its footprint in its existing markets as well as expanding into new ones. Revenue +101% in FY2020 Rohlik.cz was founded in 2015, delivering to cities in Czech Republic. The retailer’s full year revenues increased by 101% in 2020 to €300m. Rohlik.cz offers a range of 17,000 p...