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Denmark-based Salling Group has committed to removing all private label products that contain caged eggs. In Sweden, Axfood develops its EMV private label range and announced plans to trial mobile pick-up stations in 2020. Meanwhile in the Netherlands, Albert Heijn launches a Christmas campaign and Jumbo takes over 17 HEMA locations.

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At ICA’s Capital Markets Day, the retailer presented prioritised step-changes, which the Board of Directors will adopt for the next three years. The step-changes will replace ICA’s previous strategic priorities. Outlining the step-changes The following step-changes apply to all or large parts of the business: Common sourcing within ICA Gruppen Creating business value through AI and...
We round up the latest news from retailers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden. Netherlands: Albert Heijn launches automated store at Schiphol Airport After successfully piloting its new ‘plug-and-play’ store concept in Zaandam in September 2019, Albert Heijn has expanded the trial to Schiphol Airport. This will see the retailer launch its second fully automated store, on the Jan D...
Sweden-based ICA and Axfood have reported a 3.4% and 5.7% increase in consolidated net sales respectively. Meanwhile, Finland-based Kesko saw a 6.1% increase in net sales. ICA: 3.4% sales increase ICA Sweden saw consolidated net sales increase by 3.4% to SEK29,818m (US$3,079m) in Q3 2019. Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, for the period was SEK1,599m (US$165m) and...


Food discounters are now catching up with other major retailers in terms of sustainable developments and are sometimes leading the way. This report gives an overview on how Europe and North America based discounters are preparing and contributing to a more sustainable future.
This report explores best-in-class convenience stores we visited in Western Europe in 2019. We highlight common trends where each of the stores excel. These include inspiring fresh ranges, food-to-go, added convenience and areas where they are meeting wider shopper trends and missions.
In this round-up we share our key highlights and trends that impressed us over the last few months in the course of our store visits. In the report we present examples from retailers globally including SPAR in Norway, Jumbo in Belgium, Kaufland in Romania, the US’s Wegmans, and South Korea’s Homeplus, amongst others.
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