Sweden news & analysis

08 October 2020
Lidl Italia expanded its Myfood partnership to implement the scheme in more stores in new locations. Meanwhile, Coop Sweden revealed new targets to reduce its food waste. Separately, Coop Switzerland plans to use hydrogen powered lorries in its supply chain. Lidl Italia expands coverage for Myfoody app Lidl Italia first partnered with Myfoody in September 2019, which launched in 55 stores i...
08 October 2020
Yesterday, Coop Sverige opened a new concept flagship store in Hagastaden, Stockholm. According to the retailer, 'new technology will meet local food crafts’ . Highlights: Restaurant and bistro, local, ‘Vegorum’ and technology Following the launch, we were fortunate enough to receive photos and videos of the new concept. We bring you the highlights here. Key features include: ...
14 September 2020
We looked at Lidl’s latest developments for its private label food products, as well as the potential opportunities for brands at the discounter. Italiamo private label brand is getting stronger Lidl’s Italian delicatessen private label Italiamo is emerging as one of the discounter’s strongest and most well-known brands. When launched, the number of Italiamo products was limited, and they w...
20 August 2020
10 things we learned from ICA’s Q2 results ICA has reported its Q2 results, with net sales increasing by 4.6% to SEK 31,924m (€3.1bn). We round up the highlights including growth in hypermarkets, larger supermarkets and online, as well as consider the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on KPIs and trends. We also review performance in the Baltics and in the pharmacy business, in addition to a...
13 August 2020
Over the summer, Coop Sverige has invested in digitalising its business. We round up five of its innovations, including its first unstaffed store, as well as two developments from its Test Lab, the Cooper digital assistant and an Augmented Reality (AR) game. The retailer is also trialling mobile self-scanning and will add sustainability declarations on all foods. 1. Two new unstaffed stores to...
06 August 2020
Amazon has announced plans to launch in Sweden, the Nordic region’s largest grocery market. Here we consider which FMCG categories it usually prioritises and report on the online performance of leading Swedish grocery retailers. First launch in a Nordic country Launching in Sweden will see Amazon’s entry into the Nordics. Customers in Sweden can already shop on Amazon through other European...
04 June 2020
With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic linked to a marked shift towards online grocery, Sweden’s Axfood has made a series of timely investments in this fast-growing channel. 1. Partnership with Circle K in click and collect push Axfood’s discount banner Willys has introduced click and collect lockers at Circle K forecourts. Initially this will include four stores in the Frescati, Bandhage...
06 April 2020
To protect employees and consumers from the Coronavirus (COVID-19), retailers in Denmark, Sweden and Norway have added dedicated hygiene lines and plexiglass to the checkouts. Denmark: hygiene lines and new initiative for suppliers Coop and Salling Group have introduced distancing measures with “hygiene lines”. These are tape markings on the floor of the checkout lines that work to remind s...
28 February 2020
Three developments from retailers in Sweden, Finland, and Denmark as they look to build their online and digital skill and scale. Sweden: ICA’s test for unmanned stores In collaboration with innovation hub ICAx and the Värmland region, ICA Nära Silleurd is the first among the larger chains to test an unstaffed store. Having begun in December 2019, the test will end on February 29, 2020. It ...
19 February 2020
Coop Sweden is using technology to help drive its sustainability initiatives and customer service. Global sustainability mission Coop is launching tech accelerator, Bloomer, to target technology startups who have developed solutions for changing the food system. The solutions should be economical and environmental. Helping the planet… Bloomer has the power to improve or replace curren...