Retail and consumer goods industry news

04 April 2013
The latest news from leading players Tesco Lotus, Big C and Central Food Retail Corporation in this booming Asian market. Casino accelerates the pace of store openings The Bangkok Post reports Casino's plans to increase investment in the market to THB8 bn (US$272.2 million) in 2013, funding more than 200 new openings, to be supported by an additional two new distribution centres. At pres...
04 April 2013
Whole Foods Market is to build a commercial-scale greenhouse on the roof of its forthcoming store in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The 20,000 sq ft facility will grow pesticide-free produce throughout the year for the store and other locations in New York City. Partnering with local supplier This is an innovative approach from Whole Foods Market to the concept of local sourcing. While it has suppor...
03 April 2013
A week after announcing that the opening of a shopping centre would see the addition of the first Carrefour in Lebanon, UAE-based Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) is set to take the Carrefour brand into Armenia. Armenia ‘part of MAF’s development strategy’ After much speculation that Majid Al Futtaim was looking to expand into Armenia, Marc Corbion, the company’s executive regional director for Armenia...
03 April 2013
Locally-based retailer Profi has opened the first of its ‘City’ branded stores in Cluj-Napoca. Store design to help retailer target urban locations The retailer has said that the extension of its Profi brand will enable it to meet the needs of a different shopper group to its standard store, by narrowing its range to target the needs of neighbourhood-based customer base. The ‘City’ brand will...
03 April 2013
A.S. Watson has reported sales up by almost 4% for 2012, with revenue growth from both Asia and Europe. Meanwhile the business in China has launched its own online store. Revenue growth in Europe and Asia Total retail sales in 2012 grew from HK$143,564m (USD18.49bn) to HK$148,626m (USD19.14bn), an increase of 3.5%. Sales revenue growth for the  health & beauty operation in Europe was up by 5% ...
03 April 2013
In an interview with the FT Carrefour CEO Georges Plassat has laid bare the group's strategy highlighting growth markets and decentralisation as growth levers. More growth to capture in Brazil and China Mr Plassat has previously acknowledged the importance of Brazil and China , the group's second and fifth markets, and has announced in this interview that the retailer's rate of growth...
03 April 2013
A pick-up in market growth, outperformance from Superquinn and a continuing strong showing by Aldi are key features of the latest market share data from Kantar Worldpanel for Ireland, for the 12 weeks to 17 March 2013.   12 weeks to 18 March 2012 (% share) 12 weeks to 17 March 2013 (% share) Sales growth (Y-o-Y %) Tesco 28.2 27.5 -1.3 Dunnes 22.6 22....
03 April 2013
Netherlands-based Ahold has announced two appointments, one in the US and one in its home market. Albert Heijn signs up new e-commerce manager In the company’s home market, Ahold has announced the appointment of Adriaan Thierry as its new general manager for AH.nl. Thierry will assume responsibility for the company’s growing online grocery business by taking on management for Albert Heijn...
03 April 2013
Musgrave GB is to further consolidate the fresh capability of its Londis symbol group retailers with the launch of a new range of core fruit and vegetable pre-packs, all price-marked at everyday low price-points. A solution to meet needs of consumers and retailers Comprising some 35 lines of the most popular fruit and vegetables, the new Londis range is designed to provide a simple and effec...
03 April 2013
Alliance Boots has announced a new strategic approach for its contract manufacturing business. Focus on efficiency to drive growth Boots Contract Manufacturing (BCM) is a standalone business within Alliance Boots and is Europe’s leading health and beauty contract manufacturer producing more than 400 million units annually including consumer health and beauty products as well as special m...