Western Europe news & analysis

21 February 2020
Following an agreement to sell Real earlier this month, the wholesaler has now signed a deal to sell Real to a consortium consisting of the SCP Group and investment firm X-Bricks. Deal confirmed The deal has now been signed and the last stage is for the supervisory and antitrust authorities to approve the sale. The inflow of funds will be €300m, with Real being valued at around €1bn. If t...
19 February 2020
Coop Sweden is using technology to help drive its sustainability initiatives and customer service. Global sustainability mission Coop is launching tech accelerator, Bloomer, to target technology startups who have developed solutions for changing the food system. The solutions should be economical and environmental. Helping the planet… Bloomer has the power to improve or replace curren...
18 February 2020
Lidl and Kaufland have committed to reducing their consumption of single-use plastics throughout their operations and range by 2025. This is part of their 360-degree strategy to help educate shoppers about environmental responsibility, to review the use of plastics in their operations and work in partnership with suppliers to reduce the use of plastic packaging . To underline the su...
14 February 2020
Ahold Delhaize-owned Bol.com has revealed it plans to launch a new service for its partners, which enables it to look after the logistics and dispatch of products outside of its own distribution centre. Meanwhile, Albert Heijn has expanded its home delivery capacity to meet the demands of its shoppers. Bol.com expands logistics services Bol.com is expanding its range of services as it looks...
14 February 2020
DIA has appointed Ricardo Alvarez Elena is the new CEO of DIA Spain. Separately, Uvesco Group has announced solid 2019 results, while setting out its 2020 plans. GM Food reveals it reached a 2019 expansion record, while discussing its own initiatives for 2020. Meanwhile, Froiz announces its 2019 results, with a 3.5% sales growth and eight new stores. DIA Spain appoints new CEO The DIA Group...
12 February 2020
Leclerc said it generated €48.2 bn in France, including fuel, a rise of 3.4% on 2018, while excluding fuel the group said revenue rose 2.9% to €38.85 bn. Leclerc underlined the continued strength of its hypermarkets, noting the format had accounted for 54.8% of the additional sales generated by it during the year. Stores continue to play a strong role… Leclerc said sales through its stores ...
10 February 2020
Netherlands Jumbo and HEMA have begun their collaboration. Several products in the HEMA range are now available to purchase at Jumbo Foodmarkt in Breda and Tilburg. The first shelf of its kind was revealed at Jumbo Breda in part by Jumbo CEO, Frits van Eerd, and HEMA CEO, Tjeerd Jegen. HEMA products touchdown in Jumbo Jumbo makes it easier for customers to shop for a variety of HEMA product...
10 February 2020
INTERSPAR Austria has announced its trialling refill stations for organic detergents, which highlights its environmental commitments. Meanwhile, SPAR Hungary is improving its sustainability initiatives by introducing new concepts. Finally, SPAR Zimbabwe reflects on its 2019 expansion projects. INTERSPAR Austria trials refillable detergent units SPAR Austria has launched a plastic reduction ...
10 February 2020
We look at the latest news from Aldi across Europe, Australia and the US. Aldi Australia launches Healthy Picks app Source: App Store Australia Aldi Australia has teamed up with The George Institute for Global Health, to create an app that makes grocery shopping easier and more health focused. This is part of the retailer’s wider strategy to develop its healthy food assortment. ...
10 February 2020
As Casino and Auchan appoint new executives and Cdiscount launches a new service in partnership with Shopify, we round up news from the country. Casino changes management team in France… Casino has appointed Philippe Fradin as executive director of its hypermarkets, three months after he left a similar role as executive director general of both Géant hypermarkets and Casino supermarkets. He...