Germany news 

07 February 2013
We look at the strategic priorities for leading European retailers - Carrefour, Lidl & Schwarz (Schwarz Group), Tesco, Auchan and Aldi - in 2013's difficult economic environment, and how they are driving growth.   Carrefour: will 2013 be a year of stabilisation? Carrefour’s new management team has launched initiatives to turn around its performance, including selectively exiting internati...
07 February 2013
Alliance Boots has announced 100% ownership of shares in ANZAG, one of Germany’s largest pharmaceutical wholesalers. Germany a key market ANZAG operates the majority of its distribution centres in Germany, Europe’s largest pharmaceutical market, where it serves approximately 8000 customers. The wholesaler also has businesses in Romania and Lithuania and an associate in Croatia. Alliance...
04 February 2013
Edeka has launched a baby food private label range, according to German press reports. Premium pricing for 30-strong range The SunSan range of 30 organic products has been introduced by Edeka's  regional operators Minden-Hannover and Südwest, according to Lebensmittel Zeitung.  They are priced at around one euro less than the leading baby food brand. Opportunities for suppliers to deve...
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...
22 January 2013
Erivan Karl Haub has resigned as chairman of Tengelmann's advisory board, and two other long-standing board members have also left office, meaning the board no longer includes members of the group's founding family. Replacement chairman yet to be chosen Mr Haub has stepped down upon reaching the age of 80.  He was CEO of the Tengelmann Group for over thirty years until 2002.  The other me...
16 January 2013
Metro Group has reported sales growth of 1.2% to €66.7bn for the full year 2012, delivering earnings in line with its revised guidance of €2bn. Christmas trading "satisfactory" Q4 saw a slow start to Christmas trading, but momentum gained towards the end of the year and Metro has described the result as "satisfactory", particularly at Media-Saturn which saw sales grow by 1.3% during the pe...
11 January 2013
Netto Marken-Discount stores are to step up their focus on fresh lines, according to Lebensmittel Zeitung. Rollout of bakeries to continue Baked goods are an important part of this new strategy, to make the offer more attractive to customers.  Netto Marken-Discount should add 1,000 more in-store bakeries this year, continuing the rollout begun in 2012.  The range, of around 30 products, ...
11 January 2013
Edeka has appointed two new directors to its board, and one has departed. Board now comprises three people Dr Michael Wulst has been appointed as chief information officer, with additional responsibility for logistics.  Martin Scholvin has been appointed as chief financial officer and head of HR.  Reinhard Schütte has left the company.  This leaves Edeka with a three-man board, headed by ...
03 January 2013
The major players in the UK discount channel are turning to social media with increasing frequency as they experiment with new means of shopper communication to build character around their brands. The 'Poundland Christmas' board Over Christmas, Poundland offered customers the chance to win £250 through the social media site Pinterest. The site functions as a virtual pin-board, allowin...
02 January 2013
Edeka has confirmed the divestment of its 25% stake in the Netto discount business, ending its agreement with Dansk Supermarked. Strategic focus on independent retailers The divestment, first reported in mid-December , took effect from 31 December 2012 when the stake was sold back to the Danish group.  Group CEO Markus Mosa said that strategic focus would fall on Edeka's independent re...