Europe news & analysis

21 September 2021
bp and Albert Heijn have reaffirmed their commitment to expand their partnership in the Netherlands. By the end of 2022, more than 100 petrol stations will have an AH to go The two businesses first partnered in 2016 and announced expansion plans in March 2020 , but progress has stalled because of the pandemic. The roll out will help boost bp’s food credentials, while enable Albert Heijn to...
20 September 2021
DIA has reported group turnover decreased by 9.1%, to €3,193.7m, in the first half of 2021. DIA’s sales performance by market The retailer operates in four markets: Argentina, Brazil, Spain, and Portugal. By market it reported: DIA Spain announced its H1 sales of €2,089.7m, a decrease of 7.7%, compared to H1 2020 DIA Portugal revealed a decline of 4.2% to €296.3m in H1 2021 DIA Brazil...
17 September 2021
Netherlands-based pure ecommerce retailer Picnic has raised further funding as it looks to expand in its existing markets of Netherlands, Germany, and its more recent entry of France. Picnic raises €600m in series D fundraising round The retailer raised €600m as part of its series D fundraising round, with investment coming from four organisations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates foundat...
17 September 2021
As Auchan looks to embed its new strategy, its operations in Spain and Portugal roll out initiatives that support this outlook. Auchan Portugal launches Pick&Go service… Auchan Portugal has launched a new ecommerce service for urban shoppers under the brand name Pick&Go. The service, which is available at two independent locations in Lisbon and from one MyAuchan store in the city, will enab...
16 September 2021
Leading UK convenience retailer Co-op has added a new format to its portfolio with the opening of its first 24-hour self-serve, cashless Micro Market. Located at the head office of British cleaning appliances manufacturer Numatic, the outlet offers the 1,000 staff access to Co-op own-label products such as food-to-go meal deals, breakfast items, milk, bread, ready meals as well drinks on the g...
16 September 2021
As Carrefour receives sign off for its acquisition of Bio c’Bon in France, expands its presence in the convenience channel and enjoys strong growth in Spain, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour required to sell eight stores to complete Bio c’Bon acquisition Following its announcement to purchase Bio c’Bon and notification of the Competition Authority, Carrefour has received si...
15 September 2021
As Ahold Delhaize looks to continue to drive its sales growth in 2022 and roll out healthy options and sustainable initiatives, we round up news from the retailer. Delhaize launches ‘healthy subscription’ service Delhaize is launching a new subscription service, which enables companies to offer their employees a 20% discount on healthy food products. The service is in line with the retailer...
14 September 2021
Tesco has partnered with global reusable packaging platform Loop to offer shoppers a variety of food, drinks, household, and beauty product in a reusable packaging. The initiative will be available in 10 large Tesco stores. Tesco and Loop offer shoppers 88 products, which includes popular brands and products from Tesco private label range. The retailer is aiming to add more products throughout ...
14 September 2021
2020 saw the Spanish grocery sector experience robust sales growth driven by shoppers’ confinement and the subsequent abrupt closure of the hospitality sector. Now the pandemic seems to be easing, retailers are adapting to the ‘new normal’, consolidating their positions in a market poised for further growth, fuelled by an incipient recovery of the economy. With consumers still reluctant to spe...
14 September 2021
Europe’s largest retailer is accelerating its sustainable transformation. While many of the developments are not unique in the retail industry, the size and scale of Lidl means these solutions could contribute to make it a leader in Europe in terms of sustainability. We look at some of its latest developments in the region. Tighter plastic reduction targets through Reset Plastic strategy In...