Sainsbury's news

20 June 2019
Sainsbury’s is set to restructure its fresh food department, in a bid to reignite this crucial part of its business, according to reports from The Grocer. Focus on ‘value-added’ fresh food The retailer plans to divide its fresh food department into two, with the creation of a dedicated unit to lead and grow what it calls ‘value-added’ fresh food. This includes counters, concessions, food-to...
07 June 2019
Sainsbury’s announces plans to replace plastic bags across loose fruit, vegetables and bakery items, with paper alternatives. Providing sustainable solutions Sainsbury’s has announced plans to replace plastic bags across loose fruit, vegetables and bakery items, with paper alternatives. From September, customers shopping loose items from fresh produce or the bakery will be able to bring ...
03 June 2019
Sainsbury’s is set to mark World Meat Free week with a plant-based pop-up butchers in London. Creating a destination for plant-based shoppers Sainsbury’s is set to launch a pop-up plant-based butcher in London to celebrate World Meat Free week. The pop-up will run from 21- 23rd June on Bethnal Green Road, London and will showcase 20 products from Sainsbury’s private label plant-based ran...
16 May 2019
Crussh, the healthy food and juice operator, has expanded its retail offering into Sainsbury’s sites throughout London. Expansion of the retail offer Following successful trial of its retail range in ten locations, Crussh is rolling this out to 61 Sainsbury’s Local convenience stores across London. The range consists of six health pots and two wraps, and can be found in the food-to-go aisle...
01 May 2019
Sainsbury's has announced that it will ramp up investments in stores and in digital at the unveiling of its full year 2018/19 results. In the 52 weeks to 9 March 2019, underlying profits rose significantly and debt fell despite a 1.0% decline in H2 LFL sales. Results in brief LFL sales (ex fuel) -0.2% (H1+ 0.6%, H2 -1.0%) Retail sales (ex fuel) +0.4% (Grocery +0.6%, General Merchandis...
30 April 2019
Grocery market growth has picked up to its fastest rate so far in 2019 according to new Kantar data, as retailers benefited from the long build up to a late Easter and record breaking weather. Inflation and volumes slip In the 12 weeks to April 21st (Easter Sunday), the GB grocery market grew by 2.0%, boosted by a record £2.5bn spent during the Easter week. Over the whole 12 week period sho...
29 April 2019
Sainsbury's has upgraded its Holborn Circus Local store to make it the UK's first checkout-free grocery store. Payment technologies brought together The experiment will allow Sainsbury's to test its SmartShop and Scan, Pay & Go technology in a bespoke food-to-go store, in a move designed to make grocery shopping quicker and more convenient. Customer and colleague feedback from the initiativ...
25 April 2019
In its final report into the proposed merger of Sainsbury's and Asda, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority has blocked the merger of the UK's second and third largest retailers, arguing that it would leave shoppers and motorists worse off. CMA: "No option but to block merger" Stuart McIntosh, chair of inquiry group said: "It’s our responsibility to protect the millions of people who ...
02 April 2019
Growth slowed to 1.4% in the 12 weeks to 24th March, according to Kantar. This makes it the slowest growth rate since March 2018. Inflation edged up from 1.4% to 1.5% causing implied volumes to dip into negative territory. We look at the results in more detail. Seasonal changes impact growth Despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit challenges have mainly come for retailers from changes to...
19 March 2019
A £1bn investment in price and a cap on fuel profits are part of a package of measures unveiled by the two grocers in final representations to the Competition and Markets Authority ahead of the publication of its final report into their proposed merger. New commitments to boost merits of deal The two retailers have made a number of commitments to address concerns raised by the regulator in ...