Western Europe news & analysis

22 May 2020
Considering a potential recessionary environment in many countries in the medium term and economic uncertainty in the short term, the different Aldi operations are reinforcing their communication and marketing campaigns to reaffirm their low-price positions and strategies. We look at the latest initiatives being implemented by the retailer in Germany, the US and Australia. Aldi Nord and Ald...
21 May 2020
Coop Italia has announced an increase in sales and has introduced new social distancing measures. Separately, DESPAR Italy has launched an education programme aimed at supporting a healthy lifestyle for children. Furthermore, it also revealed a turnover of €3.6 bn in 2019.  Coop Italia reveals increased sales during coronavirus period Driven by additional spending because of the coronavirus...
20 May 2020
Aldi Süd announced a new partnership with Infarm, a leading indoor vertical farming company, in Germany. The first vertical-farm units will be installed in store by the end of May. Fresh move from the discounter Adli Süd is the latest retailer and the first discounter to partner with Infarm. Germany is Infarm’s largest market where it already partners with Edeka and Metro. By the end ...
19 May 2020
We bring you the latest news from Rewe Group in Germany. Recycled paper packaging Rewe is trialing the use of recycled paper packaging for its basil herb pots. It is working alongside ECF Farmsystems and is currently testing the new packaging in 280 stores across Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The old version uses a pot and plastic sleeve, however the new packaging i...
19 May 2020
Spain-based Alcampo pledges to reduce food waste by launching a service in Madrid with Too Good To Go. Furthermore, it has partnered with Oxfam International reinforce its FairTrade products. Separately, Iceland claims it has reduced its use of plastic by 29% over two years, while, finally, Albert Heijn has announced plans to launch milk from carbon neutral farms in 2021.    Alcampo expands To...
19 May 2020
As part of its aim to create an omnichannel universe of reference, Carrefour, in its home market and globally, has taken separate steps to build out its digital offer. Carrefour launches marketplace in France Olivier Dauvers reported the retailer has launched a marketplace in France. The retailer has opened its France-based site to third-party sellers to enable them to sell products. Carref...
15 May 2020
Spain-based Mercadona has launched its first Hive in Madrid, expanding the presence for its ecommerce operations. Separately, the retailer is to invest €1.8 bn to implement its 2020 transformation plan. Reinforcing its online offer Mercadona has opened its first Hive distribution centre in Getafe, Madrid. The retailer has invested €12m to expand the presence for its new ecommerce model, res...
14 May 2020
SPAR Austria has made significant progress with its private label offer, contributing to its total sales of €7.2 bn in 2019, up from €6.88 bn in 2018. High share of private label The share of SPAR Austria's private label products is over 40% of total sales, with around 7,500 products sold across food and non-food. Sales of its private label ranges were up 5.4% in 2019, reflecting the succes...
12 May 2020
Lidl and Kaufland’s parent company, Schwarz Group, is accelerating its digital development through a recent acquisition with software specialist Camao IDC, according to Lebensmittel Zeitun. Similar to Amazon Web Services, the group intends to launch its own cloud computing service for third party retailers. Strategic expansion of digital and technological capabilities With the acquisition o...
12 May 2020
On 11 May the lockdown implemented to fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ended in France. We visited several stores to see how those that were closed are reopening and how the new safety measures are now part of the new normal. New rules and measures for shoppers’ safety To guarantee social distancing and provide a safe shopping environment many rules and solutions were implemented d...