SPAR International news

20 May 2019
As SPAR members from Zimbabwe, Spain, Hungary and Slovenia announce developments, we round up news from those countries. SPAR Zimbabwe launches online SPAR Zimbabwe has launched its online store, which it claims is a first from a leading retailer in the country. In the short term, the home-delivery service will only be available for shoppers in Harare, while there is also an option to enabl...
26 April 2019
As Esselunga strengthens its partnership with the Cerea family, Despar and Glovo announce plans to grow their presence in Italy and MD acquires stores, we round up news from the country. Despar to continue expansion in 2019 Distribuzione Moderna reports on Despar Italia’s 2018 results, where it said turnover grew 3.5% to €3.5bn. Its turnover growth was supported by the opening of 29 new sto...
19 March 2019
We've been in-store in Dublin to explore some of the latest retail/ food-to-go fusion concepts ahead of our April 25 safari.Here are some of the key things we took from our latest set of visits. BWG - giving SPAR stores a new look and feel One of the key headlines from our visit was the new look and feel we saw in BWG’s SPAR stores. SPAR Merrion Row, a long time favourite of ours in Dublin,...
06 March 2019
The SPAR Austria Group, which includes operations across its home market, Croatia, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia, said its total sales rose 4.7% to €15.05bn. The performance, which includes non-grocery format Hervis and its shopping centre business, was driven by its strong growth in Austria, where it said it outperformed the market, and in its international operations. SPAR grows ‘faster than t...
01 March 2019
We round up the latest news from the Netherlands as Jumbo starts online grocery delivery in central Amsterdam. Meanwhile PLUS is rolling out HelloFresh ranging across its estate, while SPAR is introducing a hot food-to-go pancake range. Jumbo starts online grocery delivery in central Amsterdam Jumbo has launched its online grocery service in the central Amsterdam, with shoppers able to orde...
19 February 2019
We round up the latest news from Italy-based retailers Finiper, Conad, Despar and Md as they expand and evolve their businesses. Finiper and Conad rebrand six hypermarkets… After signing a partnership agreement in November 2018, Finiper and Conad have announced they will rebrand six hypermarkets. During Q1 2019, through its associated cooperatives Conad Adriatico and Commercianti Indipenden...
18 February 2019
We round up the latest news from Spain-based retailers, Bon Preu, Vegalsa-Eroski, SPAR, HiperDino, El Corte Inglés and Eroski. Bon Preu expands online After several weeks of testing, Bon Preu is set to launch its home delivery service in the Osona region in February 2019. Delivery will initially be available in the Barcelona city of Vic and in nearby towns including Calldetenes, Folgueroles...
22 January 2019
SPAR has opened its first supermarket in Dubai and its 31 st store in the UAE. Store caters for local and international needs The 725 sq m store is “tailored for both locals and expatriates” and focuses on convenience and health-oriented foods. The assortment includes SPAR’s private labels sourced from around the world, local fresh meats and organic products. It also features a fresh pro...
11 January 2019
According to the World Health Organisation and the Italian Ministry of Health, child obesity is rising across Europe. In response, Despar Italia is working to improve the nutritional value of its private label products. Working with the University of Parma… Despar has partnered with the University of Parma to analyse 300 private labels products from nine different categories. The products w...
26 November 2018
As Italian retailers Pam and Despar focus on expanding, Conad appoints its new general manager and Penny launches a new private label line. Pam expands through partnerships From 1 January 2019, Pam will gain 68 stores in northwest Italy. This includes 16 Arimondo stores in the provinces of Genoa, Imperia and Savona, which will be rebranded to Pam, and 52 Borello stores in the province of Tu...