Europe news & analysis

02 July 2013
Following Tesco CEO Philip Clarke's pledge earlier this year that the retailer would work to build stronger relationships with farmers, Tesco has created a new agricultural director role to develop its relationship with farmers and producers around the world. Bringing the best of British produce to its customers Tom Hind, who has 15 years experience of workings for the National Farmers Union (...
02 July 2013
Sainsbury's has announced that 100% of its fresh pork will now be British. This comes a decade after the retailer announced all chicken would be 100% British and is part of a wider push to support suppliers closer to home. Supporting British farmers Sainsbury's will now be sourcing from more British farmers than ever before, allowing the retailer to increase its supply of British pork si...
02 July 2013
It has been announced that the cash & carry division of AF Blakemore, Blakemore Wholesale, has purchased the Lowries Wholesale business with three depots across Northumberland and Cumbria. Boosts Blakemore to 13 depots The acquisition of Lowries further enhances Blakemore Wholesale as one of the leading second tier cash & carry wholesalers in the UK market. Adding to Blakemore's existing ...
02 July 2013
Auchan has announced that it has introduced a low price guarantee on 600 products in France. Action taken to combat rivals The retailer said it was launching the promotion in reaction to the on-going price comparison promotions being run by retailers in France. Auchan criticised the frequent use of promotions by retailers in its home market, saying they confuse shoppers. As a result the ret...
01 July 2013
Over the last week, Metro has revealed a new cooperation with Carphone Warehouse, alongside management changes in Romania and further investment in Russia. Further investment in Russia Speaking at the International Economic Forum in St Petersburg, Olaf Koch said Metro plans to expand its cash & carry network in the eastern regions of Russia. The group will invest an unspecified amount...
01 July 2013
Italian retailer Conad has cut prices on 1,000 private label products in a promotion that will run until the end of November. 'Bassi e Fissi' - 'Low and Fixed' The promotion began on 1 July and is designed to support Italian families in tough economic times. It covers daily necessities and basic products. Communicating value credentials is key Conad has seven private label ranges. Gr...
28 June 2013
Lekkerland has announced that Henk-Jan Peterse will become managing director of its operations in the Netherlands at the start of July. Marks a return to Lekkerland Mr Peterse succeeds Gerard de Vries, who is moving to Lekkerland's group headquarters in Frechen where he will be responsible for the tobacco segment within the corporate purchasing and product management division. Mr Peterse h...
28 June 2013
Intermarché’s chief executive for Poland, Marek Feruga, has said, during an interview with portalspozywczy.pl, that the retailer will invest €100 million a year to expand in Poland. Investment to add stores under all banners Feruga said that the investment will see the addition of 30 stores spread across the Intermarché supermarkets banner and Bricomarché DIY fascia. The retailer will also ...
28 June 2013
Lebensmittel Zeitung reports that Rewe Group’s CEO, Alain Caparros, speaking at the retailer’s AGM, said that it was looking to drive the privatisation of Rewe supermarkets in Germany. Independent stores to be ‘competitive advantage’ Caparros was quoted as saying “ We want to further strengthen the trust of our customers in Rewe and its accomplishments. This is where privatisation could and s...
28 June 2013
Speaking at the retailer's annual conference, Edeka's chief executive, Markus Mosa, has talked about its ambition to become vertically integrated. Will help improve quality Edeka has already acquired five production facilities of the juice manufacturer Elro and Mr Mosa does not rule out further additions to the group. He said vertical integration would create room for manoeuvre in the pr...