Europe news & analysis

04 April 2013
Leading UK wholesaler Booker has announced like-for-like sales up 2.2% in the final quarter (12 weeks to 29 March) of its 2012/13 financial period, driving total sales for the full year up 3.5% overall (3.3% L4L) to reach £4.0bn, excluding the Makro business acquired last year. Non-tobacco and catering keys to growth Though the sales trend has slowed from Q3, the drag has come from tobacco ...
04 April 2013
Whole Foods Market is to build a commercial-scale greenhouse on the roof of its forthcoming store in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The 20,000 sq ft facility will grow pesticide-free produce throughout the year for the store and other locations in New York City. Partnering with local supplier This is an innovative approach from Whole Foods Market to the concept of local sourcing. While it has suppor...
03 April 2013
Locally-based retailer Profi has opened the first of its ‘City’ branded stores in Cluj-Napoca. Store design to help retailer target urban locations The retailer has said that the extension of its Profi brand will enable it to meet the needs of a different shopper group to its standard store, by narrowing its range to target the needs of neighbourhood-based customer base. The ‘City’ brand will...
03 April 2013
In an interview with the FT Carrefour CEO Georges Plassat has laid bare the group's strategy highlighting growth markets and decentralisation as growth levers. More growth to capture in Brazil and China Mr Plassat has previously acknowledged the importance of Brazil and China , the group's second and fifth markets, and has announced in this interview that the retailer's rate of growth...
03 April 2013
A pick-up in market growth, outperformance from Superquinn and a continuing strong showing by Aldi are key features of the latest market share data from Kantar Worldpanel for Ireland, for the 12 weeks to 17 March 2013.   12 weeks to 18 March 2012 (% share) 12 weeks to 17 March 2013 (% share) Sales growth (Y-o-Y %) Tesco 28.2 27.5 -1.3 Dunnes 22.6 22....
03 April 2013
Netherlands-based Ahold has announced two appointments, one in the US and one in its home market. Albert Heijn signs up new e-commerce manager In the company’s home market, Ahold has announced the appointment of Adriaan Thierry as its new general manager for AH.nl. Thierry will assume responsibility for the company’s growing online grocery business by taking on management for Albert Heijn...
03 April 2013
Musgrave GB is to further consolidate the fresh capability of its Londis symbol group retailers with the launch of a new range of core fruit and vegetable pre-packs, all price-marked at everyday low price-points. A solution to meet needs of consumers and retailers Comprising some 35 lines of the most popular fruit and vegetables, the new Londis range is designed to provide a simple and effec...
03 April 2013
Convenience chain One Stop, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tesco, is to begin trialling a franchise model with independent retailers. Benefit from the One Stop brand The franchise model will allow independent retailers to continue to run their own businesses whilst also benefiting from One Stop's brand, experience in  convenience and the added support and investment One Stop can offer. It is...
02 April 2013
The Co-operative food has announced the re-launch of its healthy food range. Strict guidelines will dictate product development As part of the re-launch, The Co-operative will re-brand its Healthier Choice and Naturally Healthy ranges under the new 'Good Life' brand. It is understood that this new range will include breakfast cereals, yoghurts, sandwiches, salads, ready means and prepar...
02 April 2013
Costcutter has announced the introduction of a new private label range developed in conjunction with its new Buyco partner Palmer and Harvey to support its move away from Nisa. Three tiered range The three tiered range offering a good, better best proposition will be called 'Independent trader', 'Independent' and 'Independent Specialist'. It is understood the retailer has registered the bra...