Europe news & analysis

03 July 2013
Mark Wilson, former Waitrose director is to move to Midcounties Co-op to take up the role of Group General Manager for the societies food stores. Responsibility for 240 food stores Wilson, who was Director, Retail Operations (North) for Waitrose will take on responsibility for Midcounties 240 food stores from Deputy Chief Executive Andy Creswell, who will continue in his role, focusing on d...
03 July 2013
DIA has opened its first DIA Fresh in France, according to reports in Linéaires, while it has also completed the sale of its operations in Turkey. DIA Fresh opens in Nice Linéaires reports that the first DIA Fresh has opened in Nice. The store is focused on fresh and perishable, with 70% of SKUs within the category, spread across fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. Launched in Spain in early ...
03 July 2013
We review the top five grocery retailers in Europe – Carrefour, Tesco, Schwarz, Auchan and Aldi - and the tactics they are employing to drive growth and stay at the top of their game. Although Europe’s leading retailers operate across a range of channels and markets, their short-term strategies are seeing them focus increasingly on the region’s shoppers and in order to help differentiate thems...
03 July 2013
Latest figures from data agency Nielsen indicates that in the the four week period to 22 June the UK grocery retail market grew by 2.3%, as against 2.8% in the previous period, ending 25 May.  Market volume sales were up just 0.1%, running up against the celebratory spending for the Diamond Jubilee seen in 2012. Seasonal produce performing well Amongst the key product categories, fresh produc...
02 July 2013
Carrefour has signed franchise agreements with two new chains in Romania, a step that will see it add 20 Carrefour Express to its network in the country. Two new deals signed Carrefour said that it had signed deals with Rost Com, which operates 15 stores in the county of Brasov, in central Romania, and Traditional Ecologic, which runs five outlets in Bucharest’s Ilfov region. Expansion ...
02 July 2013
Ocado has reported gross sales of £382.7m for the first half of 2013, growth of 15.2%. The increased growth reflects ongoing new customer sales. In addition, improvements to the range and customer service metrics remain key drivers of online grocery shopping. Customer numbers and average basket growing Ocado grew both customer numbers and average basket over the first half of the year, with ...
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...