Retail and consumer goods industry news

16 March 2021
According to reports in France-based trade publication LSA, Picnic is finalising its launch in France, which will be supported by Cora, while Gianluigi Ferrari is set to be chief executive of the buying alliance, Everest, between it and Edeka. Gianluigi Ferrari to become chief executive of Everest The buying alliance between Netherlands-based Picnic and Germany-based Edeka, which was anno...
16 March 2021
As Carrefour receives approval for its takeover of Supersol in Spain and cuts prices on everyday staple products, amongst other developments, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour completes acquisition in Spain… Carrefour’s acquisition of the Supersol chain has been approved by the local competition authority, Defensa de la Competencia, which will enable it to complete its €78m purc...
16 March 2021
St. Patricks Day, celebrated on 17 March, is an event honouring Ireland’s heritage and culture and is celebrated globally. Despite COVID-19 restrictions in 2021, people are still planning to celebrate the event. According to the US’s National Retail Federation, 49% of US adults said they would partake in the celebration, while 32% planned to engage in COVID-safe activities, such as planning a spe...
16 March 2021
Amazon has opened its second Amazon Fresh store, with Just Walk Out technology, in Wembley Park, London. Plans for further rollout At the beginning of March, Amazon launched its first Just Walk Out grocery format outside the US, operating under the Amazon Fresh banner, in Ealing, London. The retailer has now opened its second Amazon Fresh store in Wembley Park Boulevard. The 2,500 sq f...
16 March 2021
Sainsbury’s has opened its fifth Neighbourhood Hub store in Billingshurst, West Sussex as reported by The Grocer. 18 stores planned In November 2020, Sainsbury’s launched its new Neighbourhood Hub format following the launch of a pilot store at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire a year earlier. The new stores are a food-led extension of Sainsbury’s convenience offer and are set up to serve longe...
16 March 2021
A.S. Watson Group, the world’s biggest international health and beauty retailer, has recently announced its refreshed social purpose and 2030 vision for sustainability. Commitment to ‘put a smile on our customers’ faces’ Since the A.S. Watson Group is operating on a massive scale globally, it is determined to take stronger responsibility towards the customers they serve, as well as the envi...
16 March 2021
The SPAR Austria Group announced its 2020 results, reporting total sales rose 5.6% to €16.6 bn. In its home market, SPAR Austria’s food sales increased 16% to €8.32 bn, helping it gain market share during the year and, it claims, ‘ making it the new market leader in Austria ’. Total Group sales reach €16.6 bn… SPAR Austria said all its three business divisions – food retail, sports retail a...
16 March 2021
We look at how US food and drugstore retailers are playing a pivotal role in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across the country as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program (FRPP). Vaccine distribution exceeds over 71m people With over 71m people having received at least one vaccine dose, representing over 20% of the population, the US has made significant progress with its distribu...
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...
15 March 2021
UK frozen food specialist retailer Iceland has confirmed that it is opening a trial store in a new format under the name ‘Swift’. The full proposed specification and plan can be seen in the planning application (see below). Promises fuller grocery range and a ‘fresh, fast and local’ shopping experience Launching on 18 March at Four Lane Ends, Longbenton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the store promi...