Switzerland news

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...
21 January 2021
Switzerland-based Migros has reported Group sales rose 4% to CHF29.8 bn (US$33.5 bn), with retail sales outperforming. Migros said retail sales, which were driven by its growth online, increased by 7.2% to CHF24.2 bn (US$27.2 bn). Pandemic underpins sales growth in Switzerland Migros said its growth in 2020 was underpinned by changing shopper behaviours, which pushed its online channel’s in...
18 January 2021
As Netherlands-based Picnic enjoyed a doubling in turnover in 2019 and Farmy tripled its sales in 2020, we look at four developments in the online channel across Europe. Farmy tripled its turnover in 2020 Farmy, an online grocery specialist that only sells regional and organic products from more than 1,200 authentic producers in Switzerland, has reported growth of 170%, to CHF26m (US$29.2m)...
11 January 2021
At a group level, Coop Switzerland reported sales fell by 0.2% to CHF30.2 bn (US$34.4 bn), with its performance held back by its specialist formats. Its grocery formats, though, saw strong growth, as shoppers changed where they bought food and cooked more at home due to the pandemic. Grocery formats see strong growth… Coop reported record sales growth at its supermarkets, at 14.4%, in 2020....
20 November 2020
SPAR South Africa has published full year results for the year ending September 2020, saying turnover rose 13.5% to ZAR124.3 bn (US$8.1 bn). The company’s operating profit increased by 15.6% to ZAR3.4 bn (US$220.6m), with its profitability ‘ positively impacted by a change in sales mix as increased home consumption drove higher-margin grocery and fresh categories ’. ‘ A year in crisis ’ SPA...
08 October 2020
Lidl Italia expanded its Myfood partnership to implement the scheme in more stores in new locations. Meanwhile, Coop Sweden revealed new targets to reduce its food waste. Separately, Coop Switzerland plans to use hydrogen powered lorries in its supply chain. Lidl Italia expands coverage for Myfoody app Lidl Italia first partnered with Myfoody in September 2019, which launched in 55 stores i...
03 September 2020
Farmy, an online marketplace for fresh and ethical groceries, has secured CHF 10 million in a financing round from impact investing fund Triodos Organic Growth Fund, amongst other investors. Delivery expansion Farmy is a Swiss online grocery store that only sells regional and organic products from Switzerland. The only exceptions are products that cannot be sourced from Switzerland, such as...
03 August 2020
We look at the latest developments and news from Lidl in the US, Italy and other European countries. US: Chairman Roman Heini exits Lidl US Chairman Roman Heini took the decision to leave the company to “pursue other professional interests and spend more time with his family” as reported by website Supermarket News. Before joining Lidl US in October 2018, Heini worked for 18 years at Aldi, ...
27 May 2020
Lidl Switzerland partners with Empa, a Swiss research institute for applied materials sciences and technology, to develop a system that produces a fossil-free fuel from renewable electricity. Committed to deliver goods without use of fossils Lidl Switzerland has pledged to deliver goods to all its stores without the use of fossil fuels by 2030. As part of “Goodbye Diesel” project, the retai...
14 April 2020
We round up some of initiatives SPAR International’s partners have rolled out to limit the impact of COVID-19 on shoppers, staff and their operations. SPAR Albania SPAR Albania has introduced a home delivery solution to support shoppers in Tirana and Durrës Shoppers can order via WhatsApp, Viber or by telephone Shoppers can choose from a selection of three types of solution Supe...