Western Europe news & analysis

10 February 2020
INTERSPAR Austria has announced its trialling refill stations for organic detergents, which highlights its environmental commitments. Meanwhile, SPAR Hungary is improving its sustainability initiatives by introducing new concepts. Finally, SPAR Zimbabwe reflects on its 2019 expansion projects. INTERSPAR Austria trials refillable detergent units SPAR Austria has launched a plastic reduction ...
10 February 2020
We look at the latest news from Aldi across Europe, Australia and the US. Aldi Australia launches Healthy Picks app Source: App Store Australia Aldi Australia has teamed up with The George Institute for Global Health, to create an app that makes grocery shopping easier and more health focused. This is part of the retailer’s wider strategy to develop its healthy food assortment. ...
10 February 2020
As Casino and Auchan appoint new executives and Cdiscount launches a new service in partnership with Shopify, we round up news from the country. Casino changes management team in France… Casino has appointed Philippe Fradin as executive director of its hypermarkets, three months after he left a similar role as executive director general of both Géant hypermarkets and Casino supermarkets. He...
10 February 2020
Axfood has said its sales grew 5.4% in Q4 2019, to SEK13.0 bn (US$1.4 bn), with a strong performance across all its banners. It said the pace of growth saw it outstrip that seen in the wider market, which it said stood at 3.7% in Q4 2019, seeing it gain share. Broad based growth, across all formats Axfood reported that all its banners had enjoyed good growth in Q4 2019. By banner it said: ...
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
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’)...