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We consider the five trends set to shape grocery retail in Western Europe in 2021.

Six months ago we shared a series of hypotheses focused around how retail, society and shoppers could be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With many countries continuing to feel its impacts, we have revisited our expectations and outlook for the next six months.

There’s something for everyone to be inspired by in the Nordics – from unstaffed convenience stores to outperforming hypermarkets, foodservice innovation to the sustainable discount store of the future.

We look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Europe's largest grocery retailer: its performances, expansion and strategic priorities including the acceleration of its digital transformation. 

We talk to Reactor Sweden about its strategic partnership with Reitan Convenience and discuss the store of the future.

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Leclerc’s president, Michel Edouard Leclerc, has discussed how the retailer’s online operations generated the sales it was forecast to in 2024 in 2020, following the impact of COVID-19 and shoppers’ changing buying behaviours.

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Les Mousquetaires announced full year 2020 results showing revenue, including fuel, rose 2.3% to €46.3 bn. Underlining how shoppers adapted their buying behaviour in response to COVID-19 and restrictions and lockdowns implemented as a result, Les Mousquetaires with proximity formats outperforming. Strong difference in performance by format Les Mousquetaires reported its food retailing busin...
With news of potentially problematic new virus strains and uncertainty over how and when restrictions will be lifted, food and drink businesses face an extremely challenging start to the year. The implications affect the whole supply chain from manufacturers and wholesalers to retailers and operators.  All links in the chain must work more closely than ever to ensure businesses survive the t...
Amongst all modern retail channels, the impact of COVID-19 from a global perspective, has varied the most in convenience. The channel, however, continues to offer a massive opportunity for retailers and suppliers globally, benefiting from longer term consumption trends such as smaller households and more consumers shopping locally. With this in mind, we have identified five themes that we expect ...

Presentations

25/01/2021
This guide to Portugal explores the key trends in grocery retail, the outlook for the country’s differing channels to 2022 and the growth strategies of its leading retailers.
25/01/2021
We summarise five trends that will shape the discount channel globally in 2021 and beyond. These trends, including championning value and the focus on the physical store apply to both food discounters and variety discounters.
21/01/2021
Five global trends that will shape convenience retailing in 2021 and beyond, with examples from Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America.
20/01/2021
In the first part of our two-part series, Eating In vs Dining Out 2021, we review the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on food and drink consumption patterns last year, focussing specifically on the shift between in-home and out-of-home spend. In part two we examine the factors that will affect the industry over the coming year and how businesses can prepare for what lies ahead.
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We consider the five trends set to shape grocery retail in Western Europe in 2021.

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