Retail and consumer goods industry news

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...
11 February 2013
Having promoted Joseph Magnacca to Executive Vice President on February 1st, Walgreens has announced his departure from the company. Critical role in company strategy The final role held by Mr Magnacca before his departure was that of President of Daily Living Products and Solutions. Joseph Magnacca was credited with being the driving force behind the Duane Reade urban model which included...
11 February 2013
According to reports in Wirtschaftsblatt, Rewe’s Austria-based Billa subsidiary is going to slow the pace of expansion for its ‘Billa Box’ brand in the country. New stores to be added, when opportunities arise The company had previously stated, in 2011, that it wanted to add 10 stores annually until 2015, with a target of operating at least 50 new outlets. However, as of February 2013 the com...
11 February 2013
Superunie, a Netherlands-based buying group, has announced that it will begin selling a new entry level private label range under the brand name ‘OK €’. Range to cover 200 staple products Superunie said that the range would cover 200 staple products to meet shoppers’ everyday needs. The company said that ‘OK €’ would sit alongside members’ existing entry level private label ranges, but en...