Retail and consumer goods industry news

31 January 2013
Slovenia-based Mercator has continued to expand its range of private labels in Serbia, adding 300 new products. The company said that more than half of the new products have been developed in conjunction with local manufacturers. Four new lines added Mercator said that four new lines had been added, including Mercator Bio (organic products), Active Life (meets nutritional claims), minutes (re...
31 January 2013
Finland's largest retailer, S Group has released a healthy set of results for 2012, seeing year-on-year sales grow by 5%, reaching €12bn. Finnish consumers more price conscious Grocery retail sales grew positively, increasing 7.4% to €6.7bn, which includes sales across its Prisma, S-Market, Sale and Alepa banners. CEO of SOK, Kuisma Niemel ä commented, "Our grocery sales developed accordin...
31 January 2013
Trade press reports have confirmed that Musgrave Retail Partners GB is launching a loyalty card scheme for its Budgens retailers.  Under the title 'Love Local', the card will enable shoppers to collect points for donations to community projects within their neighbourhoods. Trial launched in three stores The new loyalty scheme is to be trialled initially from 1st February by three Budgens re...
31 January 2013
Woolworths has released half year sales for the 27 weeks to the 30 December up 3.2% to AU$30,679m, with sales for continuing operations up 4.8% to AU$30,037m. Its supermarket division continues to grow well with sales up 3.7% to AU$26,194m. Australian Food and Liquor shows steady progress Australian Food and Liquor sales for the half were up 4.7% to AU$20,488m, with like-for-like (LFL) ...
31 January 2013
Gérard Dorey, Carrefour's executive director for convenience, reveals development plans for 2013 in an interview with a French trade publication. Plans 350 new stores this year Speaking to Franchise Magazine, Mr Dorey said Carrefour opened 330 stores under the new City/Contact/Express/Montagne group of fascias in 2012.  It reached 1,000 with the opening of a Carrefour Contact on 4th...
31 January 2013
CP All, operator of 7-11 in Thailand, will apply for a license to open stores in China, ahead of market entry in Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Whilst helping Seven & I maintain its dominant position in the convenience format, the move will intensify competition in key Asian markets and present new opportunities for suppliers.  Asia's position in Seven & I's global strategy In line wit...
31 January 2013
According to several press reports, Russia’s largest drugstore chain looks to be gearing up to merge with local rival, A5 Pharmacy Chain. Shares rocket Shares in the drugstore chain surged by more than 13% in one day amid rumours that it is about to merge with A5 Pharmacy Chain. If the merger comes to fruition, the deal is likely to be funded by $300m worth of new shares. Become signif...
31 January 2013
With the 47th Superbowl taking place next Sunday, February 3rd, the major US grocery retailers are focusing this week on maximising the trading opportunities. As the largest sporting event in the US, and one of the largest globally, what are the key focus areas for the retailers? Game themed flyers used almost universally With weekly flyers a key promotional tool for retailers in the US , m...
30 January 2013
Roger Whiteside has been appointed as the new CEO of Greggs. He will take over from Ken McMeikan at the start of February 2013 who leaves for Brakes in March 2013 after leading the business for five years. Roger Whiteside to lead Greggs Having been a non executive director at Greggs since March 2008, Roger Whiteside will leave his position as chief executive of Punch Taverns plc to take ove...
30 January 2013
Ocado has signed an exclusive agreement with Jamie Oliver to become a featured advertiser on the chef's new YouTube Channel. Enter the world of Ocado Ocado will run an unskippable 30 second ad before each piece of content on Jamie Oliver's new FoodTube channel. Oliver launched the FoodTube channel on 21 January, and now has 130,000 subscribers, with over 12.5 million video views.  The adver...