Europe news & analysis

18 February 2021
South Africa-based SPAR Group reported sales growth of 9.8%, to ZAR42.99 bn (US$3.0 bn), during the 18-week period to the end of January 2021. The Group enjoyed growth across all its country operations, with a strong advance in performance seen in Poland. Growth in South Africa impacted by lost liquor sales In its home market SPAR reported group sales growth of 3.4%, with its performance af...
17 February 2021
The family that owns and operates Deen Supermarkten has decided to dissolve itself and sell its stores to three retailers, Albert Heijn, Vomar Voordeelmarkt and DekaMarkt. Deen Supermarkten to dissolve itself… Deen’s 80 will be sold to the three companies with 39 going to Albert Heijn, 22 to Vomar and 19 to DekMarkt. Deen’s owners have made the decision following the realisation of the ‘ si...
15 February 2021
We look at the plans that PepsiCo has put in place this year to build on the pandemic-driven growth of 2020 through its ‘Faster, Stronger, Better framework. Faster: strengthening its focus on winning in the market and improving market share PepsiCo will prioritise the growth opportunities in its top 20 snack markets and selected beverage markets. Building on the almost doubling of ecommerce...
12 February 2021
We look at how the Kellogg Company plans to take the momentum of 2020 into 2021, building on the lessons learnt, and changes made, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 1. Increased consumer communication The pandemic provided the company with a “sampling event like none other,” gaining millions of new households. Last year it shifted much of its advertising and promotions budget into the se...
12 February 2021
As Ahold Delhaize’s operations in the Netherlands and US implement new initiatives to support growth, we round up news from the retailer’s operations in the countries. Albert Heijn increasing focus on ‘Price Favourites’… In the Netherlands, its Albert Heijn banner has put the focus on providing value through its ‘Price Favourites’ mechanic. The campaign has been running for a few years and ...
12 February 2021
As Carrefour continues to evolve and develop its operations in France and at a Group level, we look at its latest appointments, opening of bargain corners in its hypermarkets in France and the updating of the Bio c’Bon concept following its purchase in Q4 2020. Management changes at Carrefour Carrefour has appointed Elodie Perthuisot as its head of online operations. Perthuisot will replace...
12 February 2021
Edeka, according to reports from local trade press publication Lebensmittel Zeitung, is to complete the takeover of 44 Real stores. Edeka negotiating about acquiring more stores Edeka will be able to take over the 44 stores immediately but is negotiating about the potential acquisition of a further 28. However, in the interim period, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, the Bundeskartellamt, ha...
11 February 2021
Unilever closed its FY 2020 with underlying sales growth (USG) of +3.5% in Q4, bringing the full year USG to +1.9% for a total turnover of €50.7bn. During this challenging year, Unilever took the decision to prioritise volume-led competitive growth, absolute profit and cash delivery. The group is now looking into the future, announcing a strategy refresh, focused on five key areas. Source...
11 February 2021
Germany-based wholesaler Metro reported sales were down 11.2% in local currency terms, to €6.3 bn. The company said, despite its performance being affected strongly by COVID-19 restrictions in many of its markets, it had outperformed its peers in its core markets of Germany, France, and Italy. Western Europe sees strongest effect from pandemic Metro said its operations had performed better ...
11 February 2021
Russia’s second largest grocery retailer, Magnit, has been investing strongly in the development of its physical formats as it looks to attract more shoppers. It is now investing online, a channel it has been reluctant to enter, with it only launching online in 2020. However, as it looks to drive growth Magnit is investing in several formats and online services to help it meet a wider range of sh...