Europe news & analysis

29 January 2013
Speaking to the Grocer magazine, Martyn Ward, managing director commercial and sales, at Palmer & Harvey has set out the wholesaler's priorities for the coming year.  Key to boosting its business with independent retailers above all, will be a focus on developing its private label ranges and driving online ordering. M-brand boosted to 480 lines Branded to tie in with its Mace symbol group...
29 January 2013
Leclerc has launched a 'made in France' section in its supermarket in Lanester, Brittany. Pilot project which could be rolled out The section comprises 80 food products, across four metres of shelving.  They are highlighted by a large French flag above the fixture and the wording 'produits fabriqués en France ' (products made in France).  The items featured are already sold in-store; Le...
28 January 2013
The Co-operative has today announced the launch of a new Christmas savings scheme, offering enhanced protection for customer deposits . Peace of mind for customers The Co-operative has been working closely with representatives of the Farepak Victims Committee (set up after the 2006 collapse of the Christmas club) to offer customers who buy savings stamps throughout the year protection in wh...
28 January 2013
Asda is on course to complete the rollout of free WiFi into all its stores by the end of February as it looks to embed its multichannel vision within its business. Multichannel approach Asda has said the WiFi opens up "new opportunities to interact, showcase our fantastic Asda app and give our customers an enriched shopping experience" , as reported by The Grocer. The free WiFi is already...
28 January 2013
Netherlands-based Sligro, part of the Superunie buying group, has revealed a number of strategic developments following on from its annual results announcement. 2012 sees EMTÉ’s profit fall As part of the publication of its annual results, Sligro said that its EMTE supermarket banner had suffered from a fall in profits to €3 million, from €4 million in 2011. The company said that EMTE had exp...
28 January 2013
According to reports in W&V, Germany-based Rewe will launch the second part of a new marketing campaign this week. Promotion to build on first steps in October 2012 The campaign, which will be run in relation to the company’s supermarket division, will build on the first stage, which launched in October 2012. Rewe is aiming to highlight to shoppers how it consistently meets the needs of mod...
28 January 2013
Speaking at a conference, Système U’s President, Serge Papin, has announced that during 2012 the retailer had enjoyed sales growth of 11%, excluding petrol. President highlights positive ‘continuity’ in growth Papin said that during 2012 sales reached €18 billion at Système U , building on growth of 5.6% in 2011, while he was also expecting a similar pace of expansion in 2013. Commenting on ...
24 January 2013
Migros Ostschweiz, one of the Swiss market leader's co-operatives, has announced plans to open a supermarket in Liechtenstein in summer 2013. Store to be in Schaan The 1,000 sq m store will open in June, in Schaan, Liechtenstein.  It is co-located with additional retail space which is also available for rent; discussions with prospective tenants are ongoing. Coop Schweiz also in the mar...
24 January 2013
The HOK-Elanto co-operative has begun trialling a new self-service collection model in Finland. Next move with Foodie.fm Building on the success S Group has had with its online offer, which uses the Foodie.fm platform, the new service allows shoppers to pick up their groceries from a self-service parcel point. S Group launched a Collect & Go in-store grocery collection in November 2012 ...
24 January 2013
Portuguese retailer Sonae MC's preliminary results statement for 2012 shows turnover down by 1.4% year-on-year. Sonae MC outperforms market Sonae MC's sales for 2012 were €3,281m, down 1.4%, despite the impact of a store closure.  Sonae put a positive spin on these results, highlighting their outperformance against a market in which private consumption showed a decline of around 6%.  Co...