Western Europe news & analysis

28 February 2020
Jerónimo Martins has announced plans to expand into three new countries with two of its banners: Biedronka and Hebe. Biedronka is anticipating entering Romania and Hebe is planning to enter Czech Republic and Slovakia, with the latter’s expansion planned for late 2020. The group claims it will invest €750m to reinforce its 2019 activity. Pingo Doce’s short term investment plans Portugal-bas...
24 February 2020
Sonae MC has announced it achieved a record turnover, with sales increasing by 9.2% to €4.7bn in 2019. This performance was aided by like-for-like (LFL) sales growth of 3%. Positive sales performance Sonae announced its sales growth highlighting a strong performance across all its channels, hypermarkets, supermarkets and new growth businesses. Hypermarkets sales grew to €1.65 bn, a growt...
24 February 2020
Lidl has launched two new initiatives in Belgium and Germany to reduce food waste. This is part of its objective to reduce food waste by at least 30% by 2025. Fruits and vegetable boxes at €1 in Belgium The discounter has launched a new initiative to reduce food waste, it is called “Bon appétit, Zéro Gaspi” (Eat Well, Zero Waste). Lidl Belgium’s goal is to reduce food waste by 50% by 202...
24 February 2020
Edeka is introducing a new digital packaging initiative in its discount banner Netto. Netto introducing digital watermarks on packaging Netto is introducing an invisible barcode which optimises the scanning of goods at checkout. The packaging will still look the same to the shopper, however it will contain digital information printed onto the packaging, which means that when it is scanned, ...
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 ...