Switzerland news

05 September 2019
We bring you the latest news from Switzerland, including new health initiatives and increased supply chain traceability. Aldi to introduce Nutri-Score Aldi will become the first retailer in the market to introduce the Nutri-Score label system, helping customers to understand which are healthier choices and make buying decisions easier. The retailer has been reducing the sugar, fat and calor...
25 April 2019
We share some of the findings from our recent report Food-to-go: small formats from across Europe to learn from , with a focus on one market that may to some be a surprising hotbed of format innovation. Leading retailers have been keen to diversify Switzerland is a food retail market that is characterised by two key retailers, Migros and Coop Schweiz. Both have and established track record...
28 March 2019
As Coop Switzerland and Migros announce new concepts and other initiatives, we round up news from the market. Coop Schweiz launches ‘FOOBY’ store concept As retailers across Europe look to target shoppers in new and innovative ways, Coop Schweiz has launched a new concept in the country, in Lausanne, under the ‘FOOBY’ banner. The concept focuses on gourmet and regional foods, while also spo...
28 March 2019
Switzerland-based Migros Group has announced its full year 2018 results. It said it had grown ahead of the market, but despite the positive sales performance it noted that its EBIT margin remained under pressure. Migros Group grows ahead of the market Migros said group sales had risen 1.4% to CHF28.5bn (US$28.6bn) in 2018, a rate ahead of the market, which enabled it to ‘ further increase i...
31 January 2019
In 2019, Lidl will maintain its rapid expansion in Europe. More store openings have been announced in several markets and new partnerships will enable the retailer to enter new locations. 40 new stores in Italy by end of 2019 After the completion of 40 new stores in 2018, Lidl Italia has announced it will maintain the same pace in 2019. €350m will be invested. Some of the new stores will re...
23 January 2019
Migros group’s full year 2018  results show strong sales growth, particularly in ecommerce. Total sales reached CHF 28.4bn in 2018, 1.3% growth from 2017. Retail sales driven by increased customer frequency Consolidated retail sales reached CHF16.9bn, 2.5% more than 2017. Its supermarkets and hypernmarkets generated domestic sales of CHF11.8bn in 2018. Sales in the group’s 10 cooperatives i...
10 January 2019
Aldi Suisse has opened its first ever store in a train station, in Lausanne. This is a new concept and location for Aldi Suisse. It shows how the retailer is becoming more flexible with its formats and locations. Targeting new shoppers in a different environment With an area of only 240 sq m this is the smallest ever Aldi store built to fit with its environment and the shoppers’ needs. Its ...
07 January 2019
Coop Switzerland has announced its 2018 revenues surpassed the CHF30bn (€26.7bn) mark for the first time. Across its businesses, net turnover rose by 5% in FY2018. The retailer will officially announce its results on 19 February 2019. Retail and wholesale performing well In the retail business, net income increased by 2% to reach CHF17.8bn (€15.8bn). Coop’s supermarkets saw their traffic in...
16 November 2018
SPAR South Africa's CEO, Graham O’Connor, has reported a growth in sales following the company's 2018 full year results. O'Connor said that the retailer's South African operations had benefited from  President Cyril Ramaphosa’s drive to encourage inward investment into the country. At a group level, SPAR South Africa said its turnover grew 5.8%, while operating profit rose 7.9%. Investment dri...
15 November 2018
Last week we brought together retailers, manufacturers and food-to-go specialists from across the UK and Europe at The Crystal in London to explore how this dynamic sector is developing and adapting to fast-changing consumer needs. Here’s are some of the things we learnt: 1.  Formats are changing fast – retailers need to evolve to make the most of the opportunity Food-to-go makes sense f...