Western Europe news & analysis

17 January 2020
Lidl Spain has launched a new food-to-go private label called “Listo para comer” (ready to eat) aiming to offer easy, simple and affordable food solutions to shoppers. The 14 products are displayed in dedicated fixtures, branded “Listo para comer”. According to Arantxa Conde, PR Director at Lidl Spain, all products are freshly prepared with locally sourced ingredients, aligned with the local sour...
17 January 2020
We look at Ahold Delhaize’s renewed partnership with NCR Corporation and how Jumbo is expanding its online meal delivery service. Ahold Delhaize renews partnership with NCR… Ahold Delhaize has signed a new five-year contract with technology provider NCR Corporation to provide digital connected services to its banners (Albert Heijn, Etos and Gall & Gall) in the Netherlands. The contract will...
17 January 2020
France-based Auchan exited the Italian market and sold 1,600 stores to Conad in 2019. This saw the latter implement a rebranding strategy. Meanwhile, Esselunga has purchased six Auchan stores from Conad in northern Italy, while we provide an overview of Conad’s developments since its acquisition of Auchan’s stores in Italy. Conad’s latest developments The retailer has rebranded 27 Auchan hy...
14 January 2020
Food-to-go remains a key growth opportunity, and one that is attracting greater interest from a variety of different retailers, manufacturers and specialists as consumers’ lifestyles evolve. Here we share our five food-to-go trends to watch out for in the coming year: Source: IGD   Fuelling regeneration Food-to-go is the bridge between retail and foodservice. As both these sector...
14 January 2020
Bon Preu discussed where it invested in 2019 and announced its record sales growth for the Christmas period.  Meanwhile, France-based Auchan confirmed the success of its gourmet private label range, as it launched a new organic health and beauty range. Separately, Carrefour introduced a luxury cosmetic range. Finally, the BonÀrea group reflected on its 2019 expansion and revealed its plans for...
09 January 2020
We visited one of the newest Leclerc drive piéton (pedestrian drive) to see how the retailer is testing new services, including a food-to-go (FTG) counter. The new concept has been created by Leclerc hypermarket owner Thomas Pocher, who created the very first Leclerc pedestrian drive in France in 2016. Source: IGD Research Offering more services and testing food-to-go Pocher current...
08 January 2020
Netherlands-based Jumbo has announced its annual results for 2019, posting an increase of 14% in turnover to €8.43 bn (US$5.2 bn). Jumbo’s foodservice format La Place saw its turnover increase by 10% to €165 m (US$183.7 m). Meanwhile, the conversion of the remaining Emté stores generated €85 m (US$94.6 m) in the first half of the year. Store network At the end of 2019, Jumbo operated a tota...
07 January 2020
We round up the latest results from Netherlands-based PLUS, Coop and Sligro as they post their FY2019 results. PLUS: 5.4% growth in turnover to €2.61 bn PLUS saw its turnover increase by 5.4% to €2.61 bn (US$2.92 bn) and its ecommerce sales growth reach 33%. The retailer attributed its growth to the addition of six entrepreneurs who switched to the formula during the year. 13 stores were al...
07 January 2020
50 store openings annually to 2020 Following the opening of 50 stores in 2019, Lidl France plans to continue on the same trend for the next two years to 2022. The discounter currently operates more than 1,500 stores in the country, making France Lidl’s second largest market after Germany. Successful results made possible thanks to €4.5 bn investments Since 2012, when Lidl changed its str...
23 December 2019
Italy-based Conad announced it generated an overall turnover of €14.3 bn in 2019, a 5.9% increase compared to 2018. Overall performance Conad’s managing director, Francesco Pugliese, stated the positive performance is a direct result of the cooperative’s entrepreneurial model and how it is investing in innovative initiatives and its brands.  Conad has increased its market share in Italy,...