Western Europe news & analysis

05 February 2020
Finland-based Kesko reported sales through its grocery trade subsidiary rose 2.7% in total in 2019, to €5.5 bn. It said on a comparable basis, sales rose 3.2%, while its operating profit advanced by €33.4m to €327.9m for the year. Kesko highlighted how the results were driven by its continued adherence to the strategy it set out in 2015 ‘ and its successful execution ’. Success ‘ founded on go...
04 February 2020
The UK food delivery market has exploded over the past few years and was worth an estimated £8.6bn* in 2019. Competition is increasing with the big players battling it out to have the most compelling offer – for operators and customers – whilst smaller companies try to carve out a niche. In this dynamic market, we’ve identified the five most important developments to be aware of now.  Part two...
04 February 2020
In an interview in trade publication LSA, Cora France’s managing director, Ludovic Chatelais, has discussed how the retailer is looking to help its hypermarket employees become more versatile so they can work across departments. Strategy upweights food-focus at hypermarkets… Chatelais explained the retailer’s new strategy for its hypermarkets, which had been rolled out to eight stores, had ...
03 February 2020
Ahold Delhaize-owned Albert Heijn has reported a solid growth in 2019. Separately, Jan Linders revealed an increase in sales of 6.5% in 2019. Meanwhile, Sligro food group aims to develop its 2020 performance. Albert Heijn reveals a promising 2019 Albert Heijn announced a strong performance in 2019, after adapting its strategy to meet further shoppers demands. Marit van Egmond, Albert Heijn’...
31 January 2020
Les Mousquetaires has announced its 2019 results, saying its turnover hit €45.3 bn, including fuel. It said its retail turnover rose 2.1% including fuel, 2.2% excluding fuel, to reach €41.2 bn. Its AgroMousquetaires division generated a turnover of €4.1 bn. Intermarché’s sales rise 1.9% in France Intermarché saw sales increase by 1.9%, excluding fuel, to reach €23.5 bn in France. New stores...
31 January 2020
Conad has announced a strong growth in its private label sales in 2019. Meanwhile, Gruppo VéGé announced it has signed an agreement with Metro Italia. Separately, the SUN consortium reveals its 2020 expansion plan and highlights its 2019 results. Conad announces an 8% increase in sales of its private label Conad has revealed its private label has increased in sales by 8% to €4 bn in 2019. T...
30 January 2020
As Carrefour introduces a new promotional campaign and the chief executive of Mestdagh steps down, we round up news from its operations in Belgium. Carrefour launches ‘Healthy prices’ promotion Trade publication Gondola reports how Carrefour has launched the ‘Health prices’ campaign in the country, which will run between 27 January and 15 February. The promotion is aimed at spotlighting hea...
28 January 2020
Sainsbury's has committed to investing £1bn over 20 years towards becoming a Net Zero business across its own operations by 2040. The target is aligned to the highest ambitions of the Paris Climate Change Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C. The demanding deadline is a decade earlier than the government's own ambition. Ambitious target The new target will require a much faster rate o...
28 January 2020
Walmart Canada has introduced a new range of private label products from Coop Italia, Italy’s second largest food retailer. Fior Fiore range showcases Italian food heritage Through the partnership, new products have been added to Walmart Canada’s core grocery categories including pasta and pasta sauces. Sold under the Fior Fiore brand, the wider range consists of over 400 products, develope...
28 January 2020
As Colruyt adds a new online delivery solution and Delhaize launches carbon neutral bananas, we round up news from the countyr. Colruyt launches ‘Collect&Go Connect’ app The Colruyt Group is trialling a new solution enabled by the sharing economy. Under the Collect&Go Connect brand, its Okay and Okay Compact banners will trial a solution that connects local customers and local shoppers. The...