Sweden news & analysis

26 November 2020
(Last updated 26/11/2020) As Western European countries are facing a second wave of COVID-19 infections, several governments are implementing stricter restrictions including second national lockdowns. Here is an update of the latest announcements across the region Germany Latest ( update 26/11/2020) : Lockdown to be extended until at lest 20 December, with non-essential busines...
17 November 2020
Reitangruppen, which operates the discount banner REMA 1000 in Norway and Denmark, as well as a variety of convenience banners in the Nordics and Baltics, is rebranding, restructuring and exploring listing on the stock market. We consider this and how a listing may help fuel the retailer's growth ambitions. Its REMA 1000 banner is the fastest growing discounter in Denmark, while it remains the ...
10 November 2020
We highlight case studies from the Nordics where retailers have been fundraising for a key cause during October and November. Themed private label products, donating a percentage of product turnover and encouraging shoppers to donate are among the tactics used. 1. Sweden: ICA raises €5.5m for the Pink Ribbon campaign with themed private label, bracelets and donations Source: ICA I...
30 October 2020
As Amazon announces its Q3 results, we round up news from the retailer. In its third quarter, Amazon's net sales increased by 37% to $96.1 billion, and operating income rose 96% to $6.2 billion.  Amazon also this week launched in Sweden, the Nordic region’s largest grocery market. Customers can shop from European and local Swedish business, across 30 categories.   North America leading t...
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: ...
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...
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...