Western Europe news & analysis

06 July 2020
We bring you the latest news from Edeka in Germany. Structural reorganisation There are a number of changes occurring within the Edeka management board. Purchasing will be distributed amongst fewer heads of departments, with two managers, Dirk E ßmann and Florian Decker now responsible for more purchasing areas. This includes international purchasing, which has become more important for E...
03 July 2020
Penny, Rewe’s discount banner, has rolled out its Scan and Go app at 100 stores on 29 June. This is part of the retailer’s recent strategy to enhance its model and enable a more frictionless, in-store customer journey. Improving shopping experience and stores’ efficiency The new solution aims at easing and accelerating the payment process, usually a point of friction at discounters. Penny i...
02 July 2020
As retailers in France look to innovate and benefit from continued shopper interest in digital and online channels, we round up several of the new initiatives being rolled out. Auchan and Carrefour evolve online fulfilment models Although not new developments for the market, Auchan and Carrefour have set out plans on how to evolve their Drive offer as they look to trial new services. First,...
26 June 2020
Aldi Suisse is the first retailer to implement the Nutri-Score system in Switzerland. From July 2020, it will test the Nutri-Score label on several of its private label products. Starting with food-to-go and ready meals The scoring system gives a mark to each product according to its nutritional value. The Nutri-Score ranks products from A to D, with A being the highest. It has been tested ...
25 June 2020
Following an agreement to sell Real earlier this year, the wholesaler has completed the sale to the SCP Group. The sale allows Metro Group to focus on its wholesale business. Deal signed The deal was agreed earlier in 2020, however it was awaiting approval from the supervisory and antitrust authorities which has now occured. The inflow of funds will be €300m. The SCP Group will take full...
25 June 2020
DIA Group revealed it lost €142.6m in Q1 2020, while Capbro announced its positive FY 2019 results and outlines its franchise model. Separately, Carrefour is planning to reinforce its support for local suppliers, while Gadisa has modified its proximity strategy in Galicia and Castilla y León. DIA’s challenging Q1 2020 The DIA Group has announced a loss of €142.6m in Q1 2020, an improvement ...
24 June 2020
COVID-19 has caused a monumental shift in consumers’ food and drink habits. Our new Eating In Vs Dining Out report, produced in collaboration with foodservice consultant Peter Backman, explores the impact of COVID-19 on the UK food and drink market and outlines four scenarios for the future. During the pandemic, the boundaries between eating at home and out-of-home, already blurred, have bro...
22 June 2020
Italy-based Conad has announced strong 2019 sales results, which has seen it achieve a turnover of €14.2 bn. Francesco Pugliese, Conad’s CEO highlights the position the cooperative is in with a challenging economic outlook ahead for the country. Separately, Conad has opened more Spazio Conad stores and plans to continue expanding the banner during 2020.   Exceeding turnover expectations Con...
18 June 2020
The Giant Company has partnered with Flashfood, as it looks to reduce food waste at four supermarkets in Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Apeel Sciences has revealed it raised US$250m to continue supporting supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Separately, the Schwarz Group has signed the United Nation Global Compact to focus on sustainability initiatives. The Giant Company partners with Flashfood to...
11 June 2020
Netherland-based Picnic has increased its minimum order size, to support its efficient service, while Germany’s Getnow has extended its service to include parcel delivery. Meanwhile, competition in local markets is increasing, with new online supermarkets launching in Portugal, called 360 Hyper, and in Italy, under the Macai brand. 360 Hyper launches in Portugal 360 Hyper has launched in Gr...