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Carrefour Franchisee Exits Slovakia

Carrefour's local franchisee in Slovakia has faced years of sales collapse and eventually closed all its stores. Carrefour now no longer operates in the country, newspaper Hospodářské Noviny reports.
Topics: Carrefour

Coop Danmark Launches Organic Store and Breakfast To-Go

Danish grocery leader Coop Danmark has opened an organic supermarket called Irma Øko in Copenhagen. The retailer has also expanded its convenience food concept, 'Måltidsmarked' by adding breakfast food-to-go items.
Topics: Coop Danmark (DK)

Amazon Introduces Virtual Dash Buttons

Amazon has introduced virtual dash buttons to its mobile app, allowing its Prime members to reorder favourite products quickly and easily. The virtual shortcuts link shoppers to FMCG and health & beauty products that they have bought in the past.
Topics: Amazon

Sligro Food Group Considers Sale of Retail Division

Dutch wholesaler Sligro Food Group has published its annual results for 2017 and announced the decision to potentially sell its supermarket banner Emté. The retailer said it will decide in 2018 whether it will sell Emté or start a partnership with another retailer.
Topics: Sligro Food Group

Conad Updates Private Label Portfolio

Conad is to modernise its existing private labels and add some new ranges this year, according to Italian magazine GDO Week. The Italian grocer’s aim is to turn its private labels into ’real brands’.
Topics: Conad

HD Covalco Accelerates Franchise Expansion

HD Covalco Group considers 2018 will be a key growth year and plans to open 100 new franchise stores throughout Spain. This represents an acceleration when compared to the 79 openings achieved last year.
Topics: HD Covalco

Bennet Diversifies Through Supermarkets

The Italian hypermarket specialist Bennet has opened its first supermarket under a new banner named Bennet Smart. The 1,200 sq m pilot store was opened recently inside the shopping centre Le Piazze in Lecco, Northern Italy.
Topics: Bennet

Carrefour Belgium Cuts Workforce

Carrefour has outlined the first concrete measures from the strategic plan it unveiled earlier this week. The retailer is to close down two hypermarkets and cut down on workforce in its outlets and headquarters. Many store employees are currently on strike.
Topics: Carrefour

Discounters Flex Their Muscles to Push Growth

Discounters have gradually introduced concept features that had previously been reserved for supermarkets. This is what LZ Retailytics describes as “Supermarketisation” in its latest Analyst View which was published today.
Topics: Schwarz Group Aldi

Coop Danmark Moves Towards EDLP

The Danish grocery leader Coop Danmark has launched an on-going price reduction programme that will be partly financed by having fewer price promotions. This means that everyday low prices on more than 1,000 products will be offered in its largest stores.
Topics: Coop Danmark (DK)

Ahold Delhaize Shines in the Netherlands

Ahold Delhaize has seen strong sales growth in the grocer’s Dutch home market and its Central and South-Eastern European markets. But for the entire group, preliminary pro forma net sales climbed just 0.6% in financial 2017.
Topics: Schwarz Group Aldi Delhaize Group Ahold Delhaize Ahold

Eurotorg Revives Russian Online Grocery Banner

Belarusian privately-owned market leader Eurotorg plans to re-establish its online banner E-Dostavka in Russia. The service will initially be available in Moscow, with a roll-out to other major cities planned in the medium term. Investment for the project is estimated at USD50-80mn.
Topics: Eurotorg

Ocado Signs Second International Deal

UK online grocery pure-play Ocado has signed its second major international deal to leverage its ‘Smart Platform’ technology, this time to Canadian grocer Sobeys. The move comes just two months after signing a similar deal with French retailer Groupe Casino.
Topics: Ocado

Carrefour Unveils its Vision for 2022

Carrefour CEO Alexandre Bompard has unveiled today his vision for the retailer centred around a revamped organisation, more partnerships, improved operational efficiency and investments redirected to growth formats.
Topics: Carrefour

Aldi Süd Trials Economy Label for Basics

Aldi Süd is trialling an umbrella brand for entry-price food products in Germany. In four regional divisions, the discounter has rebranded an initial test range of 15 products positioned at the lowest price level to the “täglich gut” (‘daily good’) brand.
Topics: Aldi

LZ Retailytics Visits Maxi Ica Stormarknad

LZ Retailytics was invited to visit one of Swedish grocery leader Ica Gruppen’s hypermarkets. The Maxi Ica Stormarknad store in Kungsbacka, in the southwest of Sweden, has recently revamped its fresh department and has an inspiring focus on pro-active customer service.
Topics: ICA Gruppen

Ica Gruppen to Bundle Online Grocery and Pharmacy

Ica Gruppen is to consolidate deliveries for online orders of grocery and pharmacy items. The service will be introduced as soon as technically possible, Anders Nyberg, CEO of Ica-owned pharmacy banner Apotek Hjärtat, told Swedish magazine Market.
Topics: ICA Gruppen

Migros' Progress Driven by Online in 2017

Swiss grocery leader Migros reported a steady performance for 2017. Net sales across all its divisions increased by 1% to CHF28bn (EUR25.19bn). Whilst sales at its supermarkets edged down 0.8%, the retailer's performance was boosted by a 25% jump in e-commerce revenues.
Topics: Migros

Iceland to Go Plastic-Free on Own Label Packaging

UK frozen food specialist Iceland has announced plans to eliminate plastic packaging from all its own brand products by the end of 2023. The five-year programme will start immediately, with the imminent launch of two new ready meal ranges, which will be packaged in trays made from paper and pulp.
Topics: Iceland

Unes Sees Rapid Premium Label Growth

Italian retailer Unes managed to boost sales of its premium private label range Il Viaggiator Goloso by 63% in 2017. The range now accounts for 12.1% or EUR95mn of its total sales, according to tweets from its CEO, Mario Gasbarrino, picked up by Italian magazine GDO Week.
Topics: Finiper

Rewe Speeds up Conversion of Sky

Due to an alleged investment backlog, Rewe Group’s eponymous supermarket division has decided to speed up the conversion of the Sky supermarkets, over which it gained control in late 2016. At that time it entered a 55:45 joint venture with the North German co-operative Coop (DE).
Topics: Rewe Group Coop (DE)

Biedronka Records Strong Growth

Discounter chain Biedronka strengthened its market leadership in Poland in 2017 thanks to the opening of more than 100 new stores. It almost doubled net openings versus 2016, reversing the deceleration trend observed in recent years.
Topics: Jerónimo Martins

Aldi Nord and Süd Launch Animal Welfare Private Label

Aldi Süd and Nord in Germany have launched an own brand line for meat, focused on animal welfare. The range is called ‘Fair & Gut’ (Fair & Good) and combines the welfare standards of several well-established independent labels.
Topics: Aldi

Kaufland Targets 15 Stores in Moldova

Schwarz Group’s hypermarket banner Kaufland has officially confirmed its market entry into Moldova. The retailer's Moldovan website outlines plans to expand into Moldova, creating 1,000 new jobs in the process.
Topics: Schwarz Group

Carrefour Signs Strategic Agreement with Online Pure-Player

French retailer Carrefour and Showroomprivé, Europe's second-largest private online retailer, have signed a strategic agreement through which Carrefour will take a ca.17% stake of Showroomprivé, which is famous for its online flash sales.
Topics: Carrefour

Colruyt Launches Social App

Colruyt has launched a social app called Apporto. The app is designed to be used by less mobile customers, who can ask people to do their shopping for them.
Topics: Colruyt Group

Mega Image Drives Expansion

Ahold Delhaize’s supermarket operation Mega Image has recently begun piloting online grocery in Romania. In the coming year store expansion is also expected to step up, with 50 to 60 new Mega Image supermarkets and more Shop & Go convenience stores planned.
Topics: Ahold Delhaize

Les Mousquetaires Invests in French Organic Store Chain

France's third largest retailer, the store-owner cooperative Les Mousquetaires Intermarché, took an undisclosed minority stake in organic store cooperative Les Comptoirs de la Bio.
Topics: Les Mousquetaires Intermarché

Grocers Report Mixed UK Christmas Trading

Leading UK grocers have this week recorded their sales performance over the recent Christmas period. Stronger performances from price focused Morrisons and the German hard discounters contrasted against pressures on M&S and Waitrose. Market leader Tesco put in a steady performance.
Topics: Marks & Spencer Sainsbury's Schwarz Group Morrisons Tesco John Lewis Partnership

German Grocers Cautiously Upbeat About 2018

The grocers in Germany are sanguine about what to expect in 2018, a survey by Lebensmittel Zeitung has found. The macroeconomic situation looks positive, but there are concerns about increasing costs, especially for energy; and heightened pressure from the competition.
Topics: Dohle Edeka Schwarz Group Aldi Rewe Group

Tesco Launches Plant-Based Private Label Range

Tesco has launched ‘Wicked Kitchen’, a range of 20 plant-based dishes, which will be sold in 600 stores from this week. The range was developed by Derek Sarno, former Global Executive Chef for Whole Foods Market, who is now working for Tesco PLC.
Topics: Sainsbury's Tesco John Lewis Partnership

Lidl Sets Sights On Biggest UK Warehouse

Lidl has announced that it is planning its largest warehouse to date in the UK. The site in Luton will be double the size of any of the retailer’s existing UK distribution centres. Lidl also announced that it will open a further five stores in London in the next two months.
Topics: Schwarz Group

X5 Retail Group and Team up

Russian grocery market leader X5 and Group, one of the largest investors in the Eastern European online sector, will cooperate in the field of targeted online advertising. The partnership aims to measure the impact of targeted online advertising on offline sales.
Topics: X5 Retail Group

Coop Norge to Open 100 New Discount Stores

Coop Norge has disclosed plans to add a further 100 discount stores to its Extra banner this year, Norwegian news site Nettavisen writes. Of these, 10-20 will be brand new store openings, with the balance being store conversions from other banners.
Topics: Coop Norge (NO)

Wholesale and E-Commerce Drive Sales Growth at Coop (CH)

Swiss number two grocery retailer Coop (CH) has announced its full year results, with an increase in net sales of 3%, to CHF29.2bn (EUR26.3bn). The winning departments across the business were the wholesale and production division, as well as its overall e-commerce operation.
Topics: Coop (CH)

Dia Pilots Forecourt Stores in Spain

Grupo Dia is trialling forecourt stores in Madrid. The banner, dubbed Shop, is anchored within a BP petrol station. The retailer clarified the move is merely a pilot, with no concrete plans for a nationwide roll-out beyond a handful of units in the Spanish capital city.

Dixy Group Prepares for Delisting

Dixy Group announced that it will file an application to delist the company’s shares from the Moscow Stock Exchange. In an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting 80.5% of votes were cast in favour of buying back all company shares.
Topics: Magnit X5 Retail Group Dixy Group

Lidl Goes Urban in Greece

Lidl has disclosed plans to enter city centre locations in Greece. The German retailer has earmarked an investment of EUR85-100mn for the country in 2018.
Topics: Schwarz Group Sklavenitis

Agrokor Creditors Agree to New Ownership Model

Agrokor, the biggest food-to-retail conglomerate in the Balkans, intends to restructure to a holding company fully owned by its creditors. The new entity would incorporate only profitable business unit, while inherited creditor claims would be satisfied in part by equity shares.
Topics: Agrokor

Co-op UK Launches EUR195mn Expansion Plan

UK convenience retailer Co-op Group plans to invest EUR195mn to open 100 new food stores and give a major overhaul to a further 150 outlets in 2018. Separately, the retailer announced an online collaboration with bed and mattress manufacturer Silentnight.
Topics: The Co-operative

Edeka's Bringmeister Overwhelmed by Demand

Kaufland’s discontinuation of its home delivery service at short notice has brought competitor Bringmeister temporary troubles. As reported by Lebensmittel Zeitung, the Edeka-owned service provider fell short of various key food items in the important week running up to Christmas.
Topics: Edeka Schwarz Group Rewe Group

Spar France Sets Ambitious Targets

At its bi-annual meeting, Spar in France committed to a strong expansion plan for the coming years. The network intends to open 140 stores by the end of 2019 and aspires to increase its turnover by nearly a fifth, to EUR1.1bn.
Topics: Casino