Europe news & analysis

03 July 2020
Penny, Rewe’s discount banner, has rolled out its Scan and Go app at 100 stores on 29 June. This is part of the retailer’s recent strategy to enhance its model and enable a more frictionless, in-store customer journey. Improving shopping experience and stores’ efficiency The new solution aims at easing and accelerating the payment process, usually a point of friction at discounters. Penny i...
02 July 2020
As retailers in France look to innovate and benefit from continued shopper interest in digital and online channels, we round up several of the new initiatives being rolled out. Auchan and Carrefour evolve online fulfilment models Although not new developments for the market, Auchan and Carrefour have set out plans on how to evolve their Drive offer as they look to trial new services. First,...
30 June 2020
In the 12 weeks to 14th June 2020 take-home grocery sales in the Republic of Ireland grew 24.7%, according to Kantar. We explore the growth in more detail and look at key retailers' performance. Convenience and online drive growth The 12 weeks up to 14th June encompass the entire lockdown period. The additional spend equates to €628.7m (£573.7m). Similarly to the UK, shopping patterns in...
29 June 2020
Following on from Aldi UK partnering with Deliveroo, the retailer has announced it will now begin trialling the service in Ireland. How it works Shoppers can choose from over 200 (140 in ireland) products through the app. These will be picked and packed by Aldi staff and taken for delivery by Deliveroo riders. A range of essentials such as bread, milk and fresh produce will initially be ...
26 June 2020
Aldi Suisse is the first retailer to implement the Nutri-Score system in Switzerland. From July 2020, it will test the Nutri-Score label on several of its private label products. Starting with food-to-go and ready meals The scoring system gives a mark to each product according to its nutritional value. The Nutri-Score ranks products from A to D, with A being the highest. It has been tested ...
26 June 2020
We look at the German discounter’s most recent acquisitions and what it could mean for its future digital developments, including the idea of launching a marketplace. Acquisition of German marketplace real.de Schwarz Group, Lidl’s and Kaufland’s parent company, has acquired in June 2020 one of the largest marketplaces in Germany: real.de. The marketplace, which offers both grocery and non-g...
25 June 2020
Following an agreement to sell Real earlier this year, the wholesaler has completed the sale to the SCP Group. The sale allows Metro Group to focus on its wholesale business. Deal signed The deal was agreed earlier in 2020, however it was awaiting approval from the supervisory and antitrust authorities which has now occured. The inflow of funds will be €300m. The SCP Group will take full...
25 June 2020
DIA Group revealed it lost €142.6m in Q1 2020, while Capbro announced its positive FY 2019 results and outlines its franchise model. Separately, Carrefour is planning to reinforce its support for local suppliers, while Gadisa has modified its proximity strategy in Galicia and Castilla y León. DIA’s challenging Q1 2020 The DIA Group has announced a loss of €142.6m in Q1 2020, an improvement ...
24 June 2020
COVID-19 has caused a monumental shift in consumers’ food and drink habits. Our new Eating In Vs Dining Out report, produced in collaboration with foodservice consultant Peter Backman, explores the impact of COVID-19 on the UK food and drink market and outlines four scenarios for the future. During the pandemic, the boundaries between eating at home and out-of-home, already blurred, have bro...
22 June 2020
Italy-based Conad has announced strong 2019 sales results, which has seen it achieve a turnover of €14.2 bn. Francesco Pugliese, Conad’s CEO highlights the position the cooperative is in with a challenging economic outlook ahead for the country. Separately, Conad has opened more Spazio Conad stores and plans to continue expanding the banner during 2020.   Exceeding turnover expectations Con...