Europe news & analysis

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...
27 June 2013
With the retailer's half year results approaching, we review recent developments in its strategy and how these are impacting global growth and format evolution. Carrefour will focus on three geographic pillars After a period of slow sales growth, Carrefour enjoyed a stable first quarter. Meanwhile, following a period of market exits and changes in ownership of various joint ventures, Car...
27 June 2013
With the UK's largest retailer cutting back on the number of new hypermarkets it opens, our Tesco expert Nick Miles examines how some recent openings are clearly demonstrating a changing direction for new space, but also a continued necessity for new hypermarkets in strategic locations. New direction for space development but hypermarkets still have a role to play When I was at the Tesco ...
26 June 2013
Ahold-owned Albert Heijn is set to modify its ranging at its AH to go chain in Germany, according to Handelsblatt, and at its trial stores in its home market of the Netherlands, reports Levensmiddelenkrant. Ambient to be added in Netherlands… At the company’s trial AH to go stores in the Netherlands, Albert Heijn is set to reintroduce ambient produce, moving away from focusing only on food ...
26 June 2013
Waitrose has started to use a single, dedicated supplier to source all its frozen beef products. The retailer has also reported a surge in organic sales. New unit at Dovecote Park Dovecote Park, Waitrose's Yorkshire based fresh beef supplier, will take on the additional responsibility of supplying all the retailer's frozen beef, in addition to its fresh. It has opened a new unit that wi...
26 June 2013
Netherlands-based DekaMarkt, part of the Detailresult group of retailers, has, according to reports in Levensmiddelenkrant, begun to renovate stores to a new format. Stores converted to new ‘market format’ The retailer has been renovating one store a month to the new ‘market format’, but the pace of renovations will be picked up in response to positive shopper feedback. Discussing the strateg...
26 June 2013
A UK Lidl store in Norfolk is now home to the first Subway franchise to be launched within the discounter's store portfolio. First tie-up, but potential for more Subway is increasingly looking to expand into non-traditional locations such as convenience stores, supermarkets and universities. This is its first tie-up with Lidl and Trevor Haynes, Subway area development manager, believes ...
26 June 2013
The Co-operative has released a new summer marketing campaign that reinterprets traditional Christmas scenes with a summery twist. Focus on food products The Co-operative is suggesting that summer is actually the best time of the year for families, with the advert backed by the Christmas song "It's the most wonderful time of the year" and featuring scenes such as a girl making a snow ...