Europe news & analysis

24 May 2022
Sonae MC announced its total turnover for Q1 2022 reached €1,294m, an increase of 3.8% compared to 2021 and like-for like (LFL) sales grew by 2.2%. Sales performance Sonae announced its sales growth highlighting a strong performance particularly in its new growth businesses, reaching €234m an increase of 21.9%. The performance was driven by foodservice and health, wellness and beauty format...
23 May 2022
Finiper-owned, Iper has introduced a new private label range, which claims to deliver high-quality products. Meanwhile, SPAR Italy and Esselunga revealed its 2021 results, both reporting an increase in sales. Separately, Coop Italia plans to increase its private label to support shoppers during this increasingly difficult economic environment.  Iper introduces its ‘Patto Qualità Iper’ private ...
23 May 2022
After two disrupted years, rather than a return to normality, the eating out sector is facing a new set of challenges.  The issues outlined in our UK Eating Out Market Forecasts 2022 , such as rising costs, staff shortages and financially-stretched consumers, are shared by many countries around the world.   These significant headwinds may slow recovery, however we anticipate a period of inten...
19 May 2022
Tesco and WWF are to launch an accelerator programme that aims to fast-track sustainability innovation in the supply chain and ultimately cut the environmental impact of food and support UK food security. Innovation Connections aim to help scale improvements Through the programme Tesco and WWF will pair applicant companies with ‘ long-term Tesco suppliers to pitch scale-up projects that app...
17 May 2022
Aldi has opened its largest distribution centre, while Spain’s market leader Mercadona continues to grow its presence in Portugal, announcing it aims to open 10 new stores in 2022. Separately, Auchan Portugal revealed its improving partnerships with local producers. Aldi launches its largest distribution centre The discounter revealed it invested €60m in its new distribution in Moita, which i...
17 May 2022
As Musgrave’s Centra banner announces its 2021 results and its SuperValu banner launches its Taste of Local initiative, we round up developments from the company. Centra: +2.5% growth to €1.98 bn in 2021… Centra reported annual growth of 2.5% in 2021, taking its sales to €1.98 bn. The banner said the growth was driven by its convenience offering, increased consumer demand for its wide range...
16 May 2022
Traditionally, a large percentage of Spanish shoppers used to get their fresh food in traditional stores and markets, buying their dry groceries in supermarkets. However, in recent years retailers have improved their fresh offer, progressively gaining share from the traditional sector. Therefore, while over 30% of fresh food is still sold through the traditional sector, this figure is steadily...
12 May 2022
After Tesco’s chief executive, Ken Murphy, discussed the part it was aiming to play by creating better baskets for its customers and the planet, the retailer has brought the initiative to life in store. Better Baskets logo to help shoppers make better choices Under the initiative, which was discussed in March 2021, Murphy set out how Tesco was aiming to reach its net zero climate target in ...
12 May 2022
As the Co-op launches a new click and collect solution and retailers add or extend quick commerce partnerships, we round up news on the UK’s ecommerce channel. Co-op trials new click and collect solution Co-op has launched a new service at its store in Lewes Road in Brighton, due to it being one of the retailer’s busiest for click and collect orders through its own store and the Deliveroo a...
06 May 2022
Asda has launched a new price match initiative against Home Bargains, in a move that demonstrates how much of a threat the fast expanding variety discounter has become to the UK’s third largest grocer. Source: IGD Research Price Matching on over 100 lines Home Bargains Price Match extends to over 100 popular branded lines stocked by the variety discounter. While the focus is v...