Europe news & analysis

18 August 2021
The UK government’s Plastic Tax will target manufacturers who use less than 30% recycled plastic in their plastic packaging from April 2022. The tax is anticipated to impact 20,000 manufacturers and importers of plastic packaging. About the Plastic Tax The Plastic Tax will be a new tax that applies to plastic packaging manufactured in, or imported into the UK, that does not contain at least...
17 August 2021
El Corte Inglés has launched its Toys that Care for the Planet shop-in-shop in 70 stores, as Lidl Spain opens its largest urban store in Madrid. Separately, Sánchez Romero has expanded the reach of its online channel nationwide, while Consum reveals its achievement of reducing sugar, salt, and saturated fats in its private label range and, finally, Gadisa announced its sales grew 9.9% compared in...
17 August 2021
Gopuff, a quick commerce pureplay in the US, has announced it has acquired Dija, marking its entrance into France and Spain, and further presence in the UK. International growth strategy Gopuff launched in 2013 and provides on-demand delivery of household products, medication, food and drink, operating nearly 450 sites across North America and Europe. This includes nearly 300 micro-fulfilme...
17 August 2021
Delivery Hero, a German food delivery giant with operations across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, is selling its local food delivery app in South Korea named Yogiyo to GS Retail, a Korean convenience store chain. GS Retail owns a 30% stake GS Retail has confirmed that it has partnered with two private-equity firms to buy Delivery Hero’s food delivery app, Yogiyo, in a deal valued at KRW...
16 August 2021
Profi Romania continues to develop a store portfolio that caters to the different needs of shoppers. Profi’s food-to-go improving Profi is beginning to roll-out what it internally calls its ‘Monaco’ concept, bringing new value to its customers. One of the key highlights is the introduction of a fiiGO café, which offers food-to-go options such as pizza, hot dogs, pastries, and desserts. From...
16 August 2021
SPAR International has partnered with Naveo Commerce as part of its global digital transformation strategy. The partnership will provide SPAR country organisations and retailers with a fully customisable ecommerce solution. Naveo Commerce is described as an end-to-end ecommerce and fulfilment technology provider, who will support SPAR International’s attempts to assist and drive the optimisati...
11 August 2021
Finland's Kesko has grown its market share by 5% since 2014 and doubled its operating margin since that time too. Its hypermarkets and supermarkets account for 60% of grocery sales. As is the case in much of Europe, Kesko’s large stores have outperformed other physical store channels during the pandemic. Hypermarket sales grew by 13% in 2020, while supermarket sales increased by 9%. K-Citym...
30 July 2021
Asda has announced plans to expand its refill range at its sustainability store in Middleton, Leeds. The expansion will see it add over 50 new product lines to its refill zone. What brands has Asda worked with? The aim of Middleton is to help shoppers reduce, recycle, and reuse packaging, while also highlighting sustainable initiatives can be provided at affordable prices. The brands Asda p...
29 July 2021
Casino has reported Q2 results showing continued pressure in its home market, even on a two-year basis, was being offset by strength in its operations in Latin America. In Q2 2021 Casino reported total sales fell by 6.5%, to €7.3 bn, with organic and same-store sales down by 2.4% and 4.1% respectively. However, the retailer did note the high basis of comparison with Q2 2020, when lockdowns wer...
29 July 2021
Continente is expanding its partnership with Uber Eats, while Mercadona continues to grow its presence in the market. Separately, Pingo Doce has extended to its private labels with the launch of an active lifestyle range. Continente expands alliance with Uber Eats Sonae MC-owned Continente has expanded its partnership with Uber Eats, offering shoppers access to take-away meals from over 40 Co...