Western Europe news & analysis

07 February 2020
ICA reported Q4 and full year consolidated sales, saying total sales rose 2.6% in its final quarter, to SEK30.9 bn (US$3.2 bn), and by 3.4% in the year, to SEK119.3 bn (US$12.4 bn), as a whole. In the fourth quarter ICA said ‘ sales growth was mainly price-driven, but included favourable volume growth in ICA Sweden's wholesale operation, ICA Bank and Apotek Hjärtat ’. ICA developed in line wit...
07 February 2020
As Carrefour looks to build further online skill and scale, we look at developments from its home market. Carrefour collaborating with Epsilon to improve online orders Trade publication LSA has reported Carrefour is working with Epsilon to build an AI-driven solution that suggests what products could be chosen to replace something that is out of stock, when a shopper is completing an online...
07 February 2020
Continente has introduced a plastic free area in one of its supermarkets, as part of an initiative to reduce single-use plastic. Meanwhile, Auchan Portugal has partnered with ‘Too Good To Go’ as it looks to reduce its food waste. Separately, more than 50 Portuguese organisations have signed a commitment to reduce single use plastic packaging. Continente launches first plastic free area S...
06 February 2020
McDonald’s Q4 sales recovered from a disappointing Q3 as it exits 2019 in a better position than 2018. Full year results' highlights: - Systemwide sales increased 4% and surpassed the US$100 bn mark* - Global like-for-like sales increased by 5.9%, the highest in more than 10 years (4.5% 2018) - Consolidated revenues (own-account sales, franchise fees, rental income) were flat at US$21.1 b...
06 February 2020
In part two of our article on the five developments in UK food delivery to be aware of now we look at niche players, the growth of dark kitchens and ownership of customer data.  Part one covering consolidation in the delivery sector and the battle for brands is available here . 3. The role of niche delivery apps In December, ethical retailer Planet Organic announced a partnership w...
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...
05 February 2020
Eroski announces plans to continue to implement its expansion strategy in 2020. El Corte Ingles has revealed its partnership with Deliveroo, which allows prepared food-to-go meals to be distributed by the latter company. Meanwhile, HD Covalco introduces a new proximity supermarket. Eroski continues its expansion plans Eroski has announced it will continue to support its Contigo (‘With you’)...
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’...