Western Europe news & analysis

27 April 2021
Colruyt Group has acquired Culinoa, which is described as ‘ a foodservice partner [that] guide and supports over 100 large-scale kitchens of healthcare institutions in Belgium ’. The company said the purchase fitted with its ‘ ambition to respond to the evolving needs of professional customers and to promote quality catering ’. Culinoa compliments Colruyt’s Solucious operations Colruyt said...
26 April 2021
As retailers look to differentiate and drive loyalty through the private label ranges we look at five innovations from Western Europe. Intermarché updates its Top Budget brand Intermarché has revamped its entry level Top Budget private label. The range of 600 products has had its packaging updated, with a new logo used to improve on-shelf visibility. A focused investment on nutrition and th...
23 April 2021
Carrefour reported turnover rose 2.2%, at constant exchange rates, to €18.56 bn. Its performance in Latin America and Asia drove top line growth, while in like-for-like terms the retailer saw a benefit from its operations in France and Latin America. Its first quarter results enabled it to confirm its operational and financial objectives, which it laid out as part of its 2022 strategic plan. T...
23 April 2021
Following on from reporting on its strong 2020 sales growth , we look at how SPAR Austria’s private label strength helped underpin its performance. Private labels meeting key and emerging shopper demand Health is a focus for both shoppers and SPAR Austria alike. The retailer, in its 2020 results, noted the on-going double-digit growth for its Natur*pur private label range, which has seen...
23 April 2021
Although the company was able to report its sales and earnings were within guidance expectations in the first half of its financial year, Metro has updated its guidance for its 2020/21 financial year. The decision to update its guidance came as restrictions implemented as a result of COVID-19 continued to be implemented and impact on its performance. On-going restrictions impacting on performa...
22 April 2021
Amazon Salon is Amazon’s first hairdressing concept and will trial the latest industry technology, including augmented reality (AR) hair consultations and ‘point-and-learn’ technology. Amazon’s first hairdressing concept The 1,500 sq ft salon is opening in London’s Spitalfields and follows the launch of Amazon Professional Beauty Store on Amazon.co.uk. Amazon Salon will initially be availab...
21 April 2021
We look inside the first Shell Café concept located along the A16 motorway in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherlands. Our view Fuel remains the primary mission at forecourts, but a relevant food offer can convert ‘just for fuel’ missions to more regular in-store purchases. In Europe, for example, coffee is a very important mission, often an everyday routine purchase, so getting this right is vita...
20 April 2021
Ocado has announced it is investing £10m in autonomous vehicle software from Oxbotica. Autonomous driving software Oxbotica was founded in 2014 by two Oxford University professors. The autonomous driving software company was the first in the UK to test self-driving vehicles in public. Ocado first partnered with Oxbotica in 2017, conducting a two-week trial using an early prototype delivery ...
20 April 2021
The convenience channel remains a great opportunity for growth. We have published a series of new reports for our IGD Retail Analysis subscribers: The convenience channel’s global outlook Global growth opportunities Multiformat retailers trading convenience stores Below are some of the key highlights to help you plan for the future... Use IGD’s view to drive change...
20 April 2021
Rewe, following previously trailing its performance in 2020 , has confirmed its results for the year. It said the Group’s external turnover rose 20.4% to €75.3 bn, while its turnover not including independent retailers increased by 23.9% to €55.3 bn. The numbers… Rewe reported: Rewe Group total external turnover: +20.4% to €75.3 bn Rewe Group turnover not including independen...