Europe news & analysis

18 June 2013
The latest UK grocery market share data from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 9 June 2013, reveals a downturn in market growth from 3.9% to 3.0%, reflecting the challenging comparative of last year's Jubilee bank holiday. The Kantar measure of inflation indicates that prices rose by 3.9%, unchanged on the previous period and implying a drop in volumes. 12 weeks to 10 June 2...
18 June 2013
The convenience channel is going from strength to strength. Our latest forecasts show that the channel will continue to outperform the wider UK grocery market, and will be worth £46.2bn by 2018, up nearly £11bn from 2013. So, how can retailers and suppliers best meet the needs of convenience store shoppers, as they look to improve the shopping experience and drive sales? I’ve accompanied ...
18 June 2013
Netherlands-based Ahold has said that it has appointed Hanneke Faber as chief commercial officer and, concurrently with this, has established a new Executive Committee, which is says will enable it ‘ to accelerate its Reshaping Retail strategy ’. New Executive Committee to ‘simplify structure’ The retailer said that the new structure being employed at its executive committee will enable it to...
18 June 2013
Netherlands-based Jumbo has announced that it has added two new directors to its board as it continues to integrate C1000. Changes made in response to ‘increasing growth of the Jumbo’ The retailer has said that Matthijs Moeken and Duncan Hoy will be added the Jumbo board, joining from similar positions at C1000. Matthijs Moeken – presently C1000’s director of marketing – will become directo...
18 June 2013
The high street discount channel continues to go from strength-to-strength in the UK. As these discounters put more emphasis on their grocery offers, they will become more significant players in the industry, creating a growing number of opportunities for suppliers. Here, we bring you three trends that stood out to us as drivers of growth after we visited stores across the key players. 1. H...
17 June 2013
Sainsbury's is to relaunch its Tu clothing brand in September as part of a push to capture a larger share of the non-food market. Tu to become fashion only brand The relaunch will see the Tu brand given a new logo and brand positioning, supported by a marketing campaign to highlight a new "Live Your Style" strapline. Tu will also become a clothing only brand and dropped from the grocer's homewa...
17 June 2013
Carrefour Italia has opened an Express store in Bologna's Guglielmo Marconi airport. Part of project to develop network through innovative channels Italy has long been an underperforming market for Carrefour and management's focus is to turn the business around and improve performance in the north of the country. Carrefour hopes to attract both airport workers and travellers with the ne...
17 June 2013
Morrisons own brand renewal programme has reached another milestone with the relaunch of its babycare offer. Creating a more parent friendly brand The 110-strong 'Little Big' range includes nappies, wipes and toiletries and covers all stages of a baby's development. According to the retailer the range has been redesigned to create a "recognisable and more emotive brand with broad market appeal"...
17 June 2013
Croatia-based Agrokor, which owns the Konzum grocery chain alongside other food-oriented businesses, has agreed to purchase a 53% stake in Slovenia-based Mercator for €240 million. Purchase follows period of speculation Agrokor has attempted to take over Mercator a number of times in the past, but failed due to one reason or another. The announcement on 14 June that it had acquired a 53% ...
17 June 2013
Lidl is planning to revitalise its stores in northern Germany in response to Aldi Nord's successful refurbishment programme, which is driving significant sales uplift. Significant investment Lidl is set to invest €500m in the current financial year to improve the in-store environment in older stores, reports Lebensmittel Zeitung. The revamp will include new facades, shelving, lighting an...