Retail and consumer goods industry news

30 April 2013
Waitrose has announced that it is to begin supplying on board food and drink on Eurostar train services. The partnership comes into immediate effect. Buffet Bar selection More than 20 Waitrose food and drink products will be available in standard class coaches on board the Anglo-French and Anglo-Belgian train services. The range includes hot and cold options from sandwiches, ready meals and s...
30 April 2013
The Russian retailer O’Key has announced plans to accelerate its investment in its store formats, with a strong focus on convenience New banner? After a successful expansion in 2012 , opening stores in four new Russian cities, the retailer is looking to capitalise on this success. O’Key has announced that it will invest RUB 3bn in 2013 in its new format, ‘Da!’, which will be  convenienc...
30 April 2013
Auchan has opened an outlet of its urban convenience store, A 2 Pas, in Lille and will follow this with a store in Lyon in May. Fascia will expand by franchising According to press reports, the A 2 Pas store opened in the Wazemmes area of Lille on 24 April. The 400 sq m outlet is Auchan's  tenth under this banner and is located near the city centre and stocks nearly 7,000 lines. Another reg...
30 April 2013
Thailand's Central Food Retail Company (CFC) is trialling the conversion of stores into cash and carry format, the Bangkok Post reports. Tops retailer evolving expansion plans CFC operates under the Tops banner in Thailand , with a wide multi-format portfolio including premium, supermarket, convenience and discount stores. Earlier this year it announced plans to add an additional 60 ne...
30 April 2013
SPAR UK has teamed up with Retail Marketing International (RMI) to launch the 'SPAR Media Centre' which is designed to offer a more effective way for suppliers to communicate their promotions across the store. Raise awareness The media centre is a way for all SPAR suppliers to be able to raise awareness of their brands in a 'cost effective, powerful and integrated' way. Based at SPAR U...
29 April 2013
Midcounties Co-operative's turnover has passed the £1billion mark.  Eight years of Growth Midcounties Co-op , the second largest Co-operative in the UK was formed by the merger of Oxford, Swindon and Gloucester Co-op with West Midlands Co-op. Since the merger eight years ago, Midcounties has now doubled revenue across its food, pharmacy, travel, funeral, childcare and energy operations to...
29 April 2013
Rewe Group has announced that its supermarket banner, Rewe, will join the multi-partner loyalty system provider Payback’s scheme from 2014. Retailer joins platform with over 20 million active users Rewe said that the leading factors in deciding to join the Payback scheme was that it already had over 20 million active users and communicated with shoppers through multiple avenues, including p...
29 April 2013
Sweden-based ICA has announced first quarter results for the three month period ending March 2013, saying that it generated sales worth SEK23.1 billion (US$3.5 billion) during the timeframe. Mixed performance across markets ICA reported that total sales had fallen by 1% during the three month period, but this performance hid differences between countries. Also, the retailer noted that when ...
29 April 2013
Pick n Pay has announced plans to extend its partnership with BP in South Africa and Mozambique, which will see the expansion of its Express convenience store concept on BP forecourts. Investment to occur over five year period The companies said that the addition of 120 Express stores would require an investment of ZAR2.7 billion (US$296.4 million) over the next five years, with 40 stores s...
29 April 2013
Two retailers have announced plans to grow their presence in the UAE, Carrefour through an expansion of its existing operations and Gulfmart through entry into the market. Gulfmart to enter UAE Gulfmart, which operates stores in Bahrain and Kuwait, has entered the UAE market with the opening of a 6,000 sq m hypermarket in Sharjah. The price-oriented retailer, as of April 2013, runs 20 store...