Europe news & analysis

24 July 2020
Casino-owned Cnova generated gross merchandise volume (GMV) of €1.05 bn in Q2 2020, a rise of 23.5% on the same timeframe in 2019 and growth of 24.8% in organic terms. Net sales were €556.0m, a rise of 18.6% in total and by 16.9% in organic terms. The share of sales accounted for by its marketplace rose to 46.3% in 2020, versus 40.1 % in the previous year. Performance accelerated in Q2… Cno...
23 July 2020
Pre-COVID, food-to-go was the hero of the food and drink market - growing at twice the rate of the grocery retail with high levels of dynamism and innovative thinking from retailers and specialist operators. However, as lockdown restrictions rolled out across country after country, consumers’ daily routines changed overnight.  Coffee shops and takeaways in cities, transport hubs and shop...
23 July 2020
Carrefour Italia has appointed a new executive director, Christophe Rabatel, who was the former executive director of Carrefour Poland. Meanwhile, Gruppo PAM reveals it has partnered with RetailPro to launch the PAM banner in the Campania region. Separately, Lidl Italia reveals its investment plans, while reinforcing its three of its strategic pillars. Carrefour Italia appoints new director ...
22 July 2020
Aldi Süd has launched a new programme, called What’s Next. It aims to support startups and companies with innovative ideas. The objective is to accelerate the development of new products that are aligned with the latest trends. What is the What’s Next programme? The new programme was launched in early 2020. Aldi Süd is looking for startups and companies with innovative food and non-food pro...
22 July 2020
As Auchan and Carrefour look to repurpose further space in their hypermarkets and Systeme U and Auchan Chronodrive spotlight local production, we round up news from the market. Auchan and Carrefour repurpose further space in hypermarkets Local trade publication LSA has reported that Auchan and Carrefour continue to find new ways and partners to help them repurpose space in their largest sto...
21 July 2020
As retailers across the Nordics invest in foodservice opportunities in-store, out of store and online, we share some of the latest innovations from Finland. 1. Europe’s biggest sushi seller and country’s biggest venue in new partnership Kesko K-Citymarket Järvenpää, which won the IGD Store of the Year award 2019 claims to be Europe’s biggest sushi seller, selling thousands of kilograms...
20 July 2020
As Auchan partners with Glovo for four European markets and extends the reach of its click and collect services in Poland, we round up news from the retailer. Auchan signs partnership with Glovo Auchan, after a trial with the delivery company in Portugal and Ukraine, has said it is set to formalise its partnership with Glovo in the two countries and extend it to Poland, and Spain. The trial...
17 July 2020
Aldi Sud has appointed a third managing director, Erik Döbele, at its central purchasing team. As reported by Lebensmittel Zeitung, Erik Döbele will take over a part of the purchasing team from August 1, whilst Simon Gelzer, another director, will focus on the coordination of purchasing activities with Aldi Nord. Accelerating coordination with Aldi Nord The new appointment aims to accelerat...
17 July 2020
We bring you the latest news from Germany. Edeka Südwest improving fresh department Edeka Südwest set a goal of increasing its fruit and vegetable sales by 10% in 2019 which it was successfully able to do. It has developed and rolled out new concepts to aid with this and other departments that have seen impressive returns include bakery and meat. The coronavirus pandemic has also boosted sa...
16 July 2020
Leading food-to-go chains are passing on the tax cuts announced last week by the UK Chancellor. The temporary reduction in VAT from 20% to 5%, worth £4bn, came into force on 15 July allowing firms in the food, drink and hospitality sectors to slash prices.  The scheme will run until 12 January 2021. The scheme is part of a package of measures to help companies recover and get consumers spen...