Europe news & analysis

20 July 2021
We look inside SPAR Carnon Downs near Truro, Cornwall, which reopened last month following a £400,000 redevelopment. Strong focus on locality and provenance The 2,600 sq ft / 242 sq m store has a wide range of local Cornish products, as well as butchery counter branded in the Cornish ‘Goon Karnen Kigti’. Source: SPAR (UK), IGD Research Source: SPAR (UK), IGD Research Emph...
20 July 2021
Carrefour has, to coincide with the first activity report from France’s National Pact on Plastic Packaging, reaffirmed its commitment to limiting the application of single-use plastic, among other initiatives. Carrefour has set itself ambitious targets for 2025 By 2025, Carrefour has targeted: Cutting single-use plastic packaging by 20,000 tonnes Having recycled material account fo...
19 July 2021
As Carrefour implements a big data platform across several countries, Carrefour Belgium is working with Google Cloud and, in its home market, it is rolling out parcel collection lockers, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour implements big data platform, Eagle Carrefour has announced it has implemented Eagle, which it describes as being ‘ a new big data platform that can consolidate...
16 July 2021
Understand four sustainable initiatives from around the region that are set to change the way retailers tackle plastic and food waste. Eroski prevents generates of 1,100 tonnes of plastic Spain-based Eroski has taken steps that mean it has not had to use more than 1,100 tonnes of single use plastic annually. The retailer claims its success in removing plastics was helped by increasing the use...
16 July 2021
Blakemore Retail has launched its first SPAR Market store in Gwynedd, Wales.  Our view More convenience retailers around the world are moving away from a one size fits all approach. SPAR Market is a great example of how Blakemore Retail is flexing its approach to the communities it serves. SPAR Market in Bala is also connected to the Snappy Shopper app and this will extend its reach to more...
16 July 2021
Lidl and Kaufland’s parent company, Schwarz Group, has released its 2020/21 financial results. The group enjoyed strong growth of 9.6%, taking its total sales to €125.3 bn. Lidl continues to drive the group’s sales, advancing by 9.9%, while Kaufland posted an increase of 7.5%. Lidl reinforces its position as Europe’s largest retailer Lidl’s total sales reached €96.3 bn, which will mean it w...
15 July 2021
Co-op has revealed its recycling solution, aimed at confronting soft plastic, which cannot be recycled through local council bin collections. Co-op reveals large scale collection scheme The Co-op announced the launch of its in-store recycling collection scheme, which is aiming to collected soft plastics, including plastic bags and other product packaging. Co-op claims the initiative is the ...
13 July 2021
With private label share of sales rising across much of Western Europe, we’ve published a series of three brand new reports for IGD Retail Analysis subscribers: Private label in Europe Private label trends in Western Europe 10 retailers winning in private label in Western Europe Here are some of the key highlights: 1. France, Portugal and Spain are am...
12 July 2021
As Colruyt continues to invest in acquisitions and its existing operations as it look to build out its health-focused operations, we round up developments from the retailer. Colruyt Group increases stake in Newpharma… Colruyt Group has bought the shares of minority shareholders, completing a process that began in 2017. In 2017 the Colruyt family’s investment company, Korys, took a 39% stake...
12 July 2021
As Rewe trials an autonomous delivery vehicle and invests further in the digitalisation of its operations, we look at four developments from the retailer. Rewe trials self-driving convenience store In conjunction with Vodafone, Rewe is testing, until September 2021, a self-driving convenience store, under the Snack Mobil brand, on the Carlswerk trade campus in Cologne, according to reports ...