Retail and consumer goods industry news

12 February 2013
Aldi Australia has confirmed that it plans to expand its store portfolio into both the states of Western Australia and South Australia. Increased competition for Coles and Woolworths In Australia, Aldi trades over 280 stores which are focused around the eastern seaboard. Outlets are currently located in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. However, ...
12 February 2013
SPAR has launched a £1 value campaign this month, forming part of a wider move to focus more heavily on its in-store events throughout the year. Comprehensive campaign With price of particular importance to shoppers in the period immediately after Christmas, SPAR is launching a value campaign to highlight a range of products across its stores priced at £1. The launch will be supported by...
12 February 2013
Dirk van den Broek has announced the sale of stores that will see it exit the province of Friesland. The sale will enable it to focus on regions of the Netherlands where it has a existing, strong presence. Focus to support retailers’ growth strategy The exit will support Dirk van den Broek’s parent, Detailresult, to concentrate on regions where it is best represented: North Holland, South H...
12 February 2013
Coop Schweiz has added Swiss brands under the umbrella of its Naturaplan label, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the organic range's launch. Knorr, Zweifel, Emmi added to range Coop Schweiz has been working with the suppliers for a year to add organic versions of Zweifel crisps, Emmi Gala cheese and Stocki Knorr mashed potatoes to the Naturaplan family.  Additional products, in orga...
11 February 2013
After announcing in September 2012 that it was exploring strategic options for its 60% stake in ICA, Ahold has announced that it will sell its stake in the business to Hakon Invest, which owns the remaining 40% in ICA. Sale to generate strong returns for Ahold Ahold said that the sale would generate SEK21.2 billion in cash, which includes ICA’s 2012 dividend of SEK1.2 billion. The company d...
11 February 2013
Leading independent forecourt operator Euro Garages has announced a £50million deal to acquire 45 service stations from Esso. Convenience stores branded as SPAR All the petrol stations included in the deal are located in the North West, North East, Yorkshire and North Wales, bringing the total number of sites owned and operated by Euro Garages to 120. The sites will continue to have fuel s...
11 February 2013
Booths has begun matching the prices of popular products with its main rivals through a new Price Promise mechanic. Focus on key lines Through Price Promise, Booths will match the most frequently occurring non-promotional prices of Asda , Tesco , Sainsbury's and Waitrose on commonly purchased lines. The scheme will cover branded and private label lines including fruit and vegetable...
11 February 2013
Caprabo is to open four new stores in Cataluña in February, one in each of the region's provinces. Reinforcing leadership in Cataluña The new stores, all franchised, will open in Sant Boi de Llobregat (Barcelona), Vilobí d'Onyar (Girona), Rosselló (Lleida) and Vila Seca (Tarragona).  They will take the retailer's overall store numbers in Cataluña to 276. Franchising is key part of expan...
11 February 2013
Walmart de México y Centroamérica has announced changes in its supermarkets and speciality stores divisions, as part of moves to simplify the organisation structure. Long-standing Walmart executives moved to new roles Renzo Casillo has been named executive vice president and CEO of Walmart  Supermarkets in Mexico .  His responsibilities will include the Bodega Aurrerá, Walmart Supercente...
11 February 2013
Tesco has launched a new premium section to its website under the title 'The Foodhall at Tesco'. Looking to attract premium customers The new webpage on Tesco.com is designed to bring a more premium option to both 'foodie' customers and those with specialist dietary requirements. The page has been designed to deliver a premium look and feel and currently features products from six special...