Retail and consumer goods industry news

27 June 2013
With the UK's largest retailer cutting back on the number of new hypermarkets it opens, our Tesco expert Nick Miles examines how some recent openings are clearly demonstrating a changing direction for new space, but also a continued necessity for new hypermarkets in strategic locations. New direction for space development but hypermarkets still have a role to play When I was at the Tesco ...
26 June 2013
Ahold-owned Albert Heijn is set to modify its ranging at its AH to go chain in Germany, according to Handelsblatt, and at its trial stores in its home market of the Netherlands, reports Levensmiddelenkrant. Ambient to be added in Netherlands… At the company’s trial AH to go stores in the Netherlands, Albert Heijn is set to reintroduce ambient produce, moving away from focusing only on food ...
26 June 2013
Waitrose has started to use a single, dedicated supplier to source all its frozen beef products. The retailer has also reported a surge in organic sales. New unit at Dovecote Park Dovecote Park, Waitrose's Yorkshire based fresh beef supplier, will take on the additional responsibility of supplying all the retailer's frozen beef, in addition to its fresh. It has opened a new unit that wi...
26 June 2013
Netherlands-based DekaMarkt, part of the Detailresult group of retailers, has, according to reports in Levensmiddelenkrant, begun to renovate stores to a new format. Stores converted to new ‘market format’ The retailer has been renovating one store a month to the new ‘market format’, but the pace of renovations will be picked up in response to positive shopper feedback. Discussing the strateg...
26 June 2013
A UK Lidl store in Norfolk is now home to the first Subway franchise to be launched within the discounter's store portfolio. First tie-up, but potential for more Subway is increasingly looking to expand into non-traditional locations such as convenience stores, supermarkets and universities. This is its first tie-up with Lidl and Trevor Haynes, Subway area development manager, believes ...
26 June 2013
The Co-operative has released a new summer marketing campaign that reinterprets traditional Christmas scenes with a summery twist. Focus on food products The Co-operative is suggesting that summer is actually the best time of the year for families, with the advert backed by the Christmas song "It's the most wonderful time of the year" and featuring scenes such as a girl making a snow ...
26 June 2013
Following a six-month, 15 store trial, it has been announced that leading convenience distributor Nisa has reached an agreement with retailer Martin McColl to supply its portfolio of 330 larger convenience stores, with deliveries switching over from Palmer & Harvey over the next six months. Switch to support roll-out of new McColl's format In total Martin McColl operates over 1,200 stor...
26 June 2013
Understanding the shopper will remain a key focus area according to both retailers and suppliers that participated in the IGD 2013 Customer Engagement Survey. This year we asked 36 international retailers and 96 branded suppliers, including 30 multinational, about their current trading relationship priorities and amongst the messages that emerged, a continuing focus on the shopper is set ...
26 June 2013
Belgium-based Colruyt has announced annual results for the year ending 31 March saying that revenues had risen by 5.9% to €8.3 billion, with comparable sales up by 6.2%. Sales rise at all divisions The retailer said that its retail division had enjoyed sales growth of 5.2% to €6.3 billion. Its Colruyt brand saw the same rate of sales growth, to reach €5.2 billion, aided by the addition of n...
26 June 2013
Lekkerland Germany has announced the departure of its managing director, Stefan Punke, with immediate effect. Mr Punke to join Bünting Mr Punke will leave on 31 August and take up a new role at the Bünting group in Leer. He has been at Lekkerland Germany for more than eight years. Replaced by Frank Fleck Mr Punke's replacement will be Frank Fleck. To date he has has been responsi...