Europe news & analysis

01 March 2023
Tesco is poised to expand its partnership with Mexican food-to-go specialist Burrito Kitchen in its London stores. Burrito Kitchen opened a Mexican food kiosk in the Tesco Metro (now an Express) in Cheapside in 2015. Since then, Burrito Kitchen – which operates standalone restaurants in Millbank and the Merry Hill shopping centre – has since gone on to take over the operations of the salad bar...
27 February 2023
In Belgium, Delhaize has opened 50 unmanned stores at workplaces in partnership with Selecta over the last 12 months. Meanwhile, Colruyt has launched a new foodservice format aimed at on-the-go consumption in offices. Delhaize opens 50 unmanned convenience stores A year after the launch of its first Shop&Go store concept, Delhaize has announced future plans for the format. Shop&Go is an unm...
24 February 2023
Sainsbury’s has announced it is swapping traditional, plastic tray packaging for a new vacuum-packed alternative across its beef mince range, saving 450 tonnes of plastic annually. The new packaging will result in a minimum 55% reduction in plastic per product. The beef mince products will be vacuum-packed for freshness by removing all oxygen which typically causes a product to eventually spoi...
24 February 2023
We recently visited a Kaufland store in Zagreb, to see how the German hypermarket retailer is evolving its offer to appeal to Croatian shoppers. Leading with value Thanks to its economies of scale through being part of the Schwartz group, Kaufland can deliver a strong value proposition to shoppers. This is well showcased throughout the store through overhead and shelf edge signage. The f...
20 February 2023
Italian market leader Conad is set to continue its expansion plan across Italy, by launching new stores which embed its strategic priorities. Discounter Penny reveals it plans to claim more share in the Italian discount market by 2025. Separately, Code Crai Ovest and Carrefour Italia focus on reducing food waste by launching new in-store initiatives and technology. Conad continues its expansio...
20 February 2023
Asda Stores and Publicis Sapient have announced a partnership to transform Asda’s online grocery business, “enabling the retailer on its journey of independence from former owner Walmart and helping Asda build its digital future.” The programme will see Publicis Sapient take on the overall transformation of Asda’s ecommerce capability, delivering a new digital platform before April 2024. Asd...
20 February 2023
Asda has announced changes to its senior leadership team, including the appointment of a new chief customer officer. David Hills will join as chief customer officer later this year from Aldi, where he is currently group director, marketing & communications. Hills joined the discounter in 2007 and held a number of senior commercial roles before taking up his current position in 2013. Asda’s act...
20 February 2023
Sainsbury’s is introducing £2 fruit and vegetable boxes. Following a successful trial in January, the boxes are now available in over 200 selected supermarkets. The ‘Taste Me, Don’t Waste Me’ boxes will include a variety of surplus fresh fruit and vegetables and the boxes will be sold for a lower price to help ensure customers have access to affordable, nutritious food amid the cost-of-living cri...
16 February 2023
Carrefour reports a strong performance in a challenging year, especially as inflation accelerated across all European markets. The retailer confirms its net sales in 2022 reached €81,385m an increase of 15.5%, with like-for-like (LFL) sales growing by 8.5%, compared to 2021. The group has successfully navigated a challenge environment to protect shoppers purchasing power, while also focusing on i...
15 February 2023
Ahold Delhaize released its results for Q4 and the full 2022 financial year. We review the retailer’s results, outlining key highlights from the US and Europe. Group highlights In Q4, net sales for the group increased 8.1% at constant exchange rates to €23.4bn. Sales were driven by comparable sales growth excluding gasoline of 7.9%. In the quarter, net consumer online sales increased by ...