Western Europe news & analysis

16 March 2021
This week leading UK food-to-go specialist Greggs released its annual results for 2020. Despite reporting its first loss in 36 years the tone is optimistic.  So how can Greggs' pandemic experience and plans for the future help predict what will happen to the food-to-go market in the months and years ahead? Some will exit the pandemic financially fitter than others Greggs has weathered the...
12 March 2021
Système U said its sales, excluding fuel, rose 8.3% in 2020. Although the results were driven by its online store, the retailer reported growth at all its formats. Its pace of growth during the year saw Système U gain further market share in France in 2020. Decreasing footfall offset by online sales… Système U said traffic at its physical stores declined by 10% during the year. Despite this...
09 March 2021
Continente has expanded its private label range, adding healthy snacks and cleaning products. Meanwhile, Mercadona plans to launch nine new stores in the country during 2021, while DIA is to close 71 Clarel stores by the end of Q1 as it looks to focus on food retailing. Continente expands its private label offer Sonae MC-owned Continente has expanded its private label range, offering health...
09 March 2021
Dino Polska plans to continue its investment in sustainability, with a focus on renewable energy, while P&G launched its refillable bottles in the UK. Meanwhile, Aldi announced it has removed two million pieces of plastic from its private label Easter range, while Albert Heijn is set to switch to 100% wind energy to become more sustainable. Dino Polska to invest in renewable energy Poland-b...
09 March 2021
2021’s official Fairtrade Fortnight ran from 22 February to 7 March. We look at how three retailers supported the event. Co-op UK: promotions and awareness The Co-operative has supported Fairtrade for over 25 years and 2021 was no exception. The Co-op used Twitter to highlight the key benefits of buying Fairtrade products. The retailer educated its shoppers, highlighting that purchasing Fai...
09 March 2021
Aldi opened its 100 th store in Italy in January 2021, while local competitor, In’s Mercato, set out plans to open 30 stores during 2021 and how it was aiming to embed its brand identity and sustainability commitments. Aldi opens 100 th store in Italy Aldi reached a new milestone in Italy by opening its 100th store. The discounter operates in six regions including; Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-...
08 March 2021
Earlier this year, we outlined five global trends that will shape the convenience channel this year and beyond. Below are some case studies to show how sustainability and health are rising up the agenda. Taiwan: increasing healthier options Well-known Taiwanese brand I-Mei is promoting new products at FamilyMart, emphasising local origin, quality and no preservatives added. While Famil...
08 March 2021
Auchan said in its 2020 financial year confirmed its ‘ successful turnaround ’ and the ‘ success of the Renaissance operational excellence programme as it reported its EBITDA rose 27% to €1.63 bn. However, the improvement in its profitability came despite Auchan Retail’s revenue falling 5.2% to €31.626 bn, although it remained stable, contracting by only 0.2%, in like-for-like terms. Flat rev...
08 March 2021
As Carrefour in Belgium and Poland enhances its online offer and makes a new appointment in Romania, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour Belgium to collaborate with Deliveroo… In Belgium, Carrefour is to work with Deliveroo to enable shoppers to get delivery of groceries to their homes in less than 30 minutes. The companies have said the service will be rolled out initially in Bru...
05 March 2021
Kaufland has re-entered the online channel following the acquisition of Real's marketplace , instead of creating its own one. The retailer’s return to the online channel looks to establish its presence for the long term, building on Real’s existing success. This should help Kaufland differentiate this initiative, from its previous entry and exit from the channel in 2017, wh...