Western Europe news & analysis

07 May 2021
Rewe has opened a ‘grab-and-go’-focused store in Cologne, which uses technology from Israel-based computer vision company Trigo. Store to open initially to Rewe staff and loyalty cardholders Rewe and Trigo said the store, which is on Zeppelinstraße, close to Cologne’s Neumarkt, will only be open to the retailer’s employees and loyalty cardholders. The companies are planning for the store to...
06 May 2021
As Carrefour Belgium opens its first distribution centre following its partnership with Food-X technologies and Rewe and Albert Heijn trial new last mile delivery solutions, we round up ecommerce developments from across Europe. Carrefour Belgium’s new ecommerce DC starts operations Following on from its announcement in Q3 2020 , Carrefour Belgium’s new distribution centre, which was bui...
06 May 2021
After a period of logistical issues, which led to most retailers being unable to provide promotions or offers on most everyday items, market leader Mercadona has revealed plans to lower prices to meet its main strategy of offering shoppers everyday low prices. Separately, Bon Preu and Plusfresc announced 2020 results and 2021 investment plans. Mercadona lowers prices, sets its sights on Sev...
05 May 2021
After SPAR’s local partners in Italy, Hungary and Slovenia report their results and performance in 2020, we round up how they have increased sales and the reasons behind this growth. DESPAR Italia enjoys turnover growth of 8.4% in 2020 Despar Italia reported its turnover reached €3.9 bn in 2020, up 8.4% on 2019’s results. While demand was aided by the pandemic, the company said its performa...
04 May 2021
Germany-based Edeka generated sales of €61 bn in 2020, a rise of 9.5%, or €5.3 bn, on the previous year. The performance was driven by COVID-19, which saw it position itself as a responsible grocer, while it also added new stores across its major banners. Strength across banners… Edeka branded stores generated sales worth €33.1 bn, a rise of more than €4 bn on 2019’s figure, with 82 new sto...
29 April 2021
After much anticipation Eataly opened its first UK store in London, and 43 rd globally, in the City close to Liverpool Street Station. The concept of Eataly is simple: showcasing the best of Italian gastronomy in a place blending grocery retail and foodservice.  Here is a first look at what is probably the most impressive grocery store opening in the British capital over the recent years. A p...
28 April 2021
Explore how the Netherlands’ Jumbo is set to reduce its plastic consumption, while Beverage Carton and the Environment (ACE) has announced a 10-year sustainability roadmap set to deliver sustainable packaging by 2030. Meanwhile, Nomad Foods has partnered with the WWF to make an impact in the agricultural world and the UK’s Sainsbury’s has eliminated 18.5m plastic straws, replacing them with pa...
27 April 2021
Colruyt Group has acquired Culinoa, which is described as ‘ a foodservice partner [that] guide and supports over 100 large-scale kitchens of healthcare institutions in Belgium ’. The company said the purchase fitted with its ‘ ambition to respond to the evolving needs of professional customers and to promote quality catering ’. Culinoa compliments Colruyt’s Solucious operations Colruyt said...
26 April 2021
As retailers look to differentiate and drive loyalty through the private label ranges we look at five innovations from Western Europe. Intermarché updates its Top Budget brand Intermarché has revamped its entry level Top Budget private label. The range of 600 products has had its packaging updated, with a new logo used to improve on-shelf visibility. A focused investment on nutrition and th...
23 April 2021
Carrefour reported turnover rose 2.2%, at constant exchange rates, to €18.56 bn. Its performance in Latin America and Asia drove top line growth, while in like-for-like terms the retailer saw a benefit from its operations in France and Latin America. Its first quarter results enabled it to confirm its operational and financial objectives, which it laid out as part of its 2022 strategic plan. T...