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Aldi to build DC in Virginia | Carrefour to open 175 stores | EU grocery sales very low

Olympics boosts Aldi's fruit/veg sales 20% | Morrisons completes sale

CA: Alimentation Couche-Tard won't confirm reports it's on verge of acquiring rival -
Convenience store chain Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. said Tuesday it is in talks regarding "possible business transactions" but won't confirm reports it is about to buy Texas-based rival CST Brands. Earlier Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter, reported a deal between the companies could come this week and be worth at least $3.4bn US. (cbc.ca)

Aldi’s Olympic partnership boosts fruit and veg sales
Aldi has claimed that its sponsorship of Team GB has significantly boosted sales of healthy foods in its stores. The discounter revealed that its customers spent over £289m on fresh produce from May to July, up 19% year-on-year. Seemingly inspired by the partnership and their Olympic heroes, shopper’s top ‘Olym-picks’ included bananas, salads and tomatoes, which saw an increase in sales of 25%, 14% and 15%, respectively in Aldi stores. (kamcity.com)

Carrefour Spain to open over 175 shops this year
Carrefour Spain opened 169 supermarkets in 2015, and the objective for 2016 is to surpass the figure. As reported by revistainforetail.com, Ignacio Cobo, General Director of Carrefour Spain, said that the company expects to open "over 175 supermarkets" this year. From this, at least 90 will be Express supermarkets, and 85 will be shops in Cepsa petrol stations.(esmmagazine.com)

Aussie grown and packed frozen fruit to launch in Coles
Australian frozen berries will be available in Coles from next week. Victorian-based Matilda’s Australian Frozen Fruit was launched in December last year following a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to imported frozen berries. Matilda’s is owned by third-generation strawberry farmers Matt and Ruth Gallace and includes hand-picked and graded berries and mangoes, snap frozen in a new, purpose-built factory in the Yarra Valley. The products have already launched in IGA supermarkets and green grocers. Please, click here to read more at weeklytimesnow.com.au.

US: Aldi to build DC in Virginia
German grocery retailer Aldi is planning to establish a divisional headquarters and build a 500,000-square-foot distribution center in Dinwiddie County near one of Amazon’s fulfilment centers. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the $57m project, which will create 145 new jobs, Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office said Tuesday in announcing the project. Aldi has 32 stores in Virginia, and plans to open up to 60 more locations across the state in the next five years.(richmond.com)

China: Dairy Farm invests a further US$190m on Yonghui
Dairy Farm has completed the acquisition of a further 286,934,440 shares in Yonghui for US$190m in order to keep its share of Yonghui at 19.99%. The acquisition, which is alongside an acquisition by JD.com of a 10% interest and by Mr. Zhang Xuansong, the Chairman of Yonghui, of a 2% interest, shows Dairy Farm's commitment to the Chinese market. The co-operation with JD.com will accelerate Yonghui’s participation in the rapidly expanding e-commerce space in China and offer significant opportunities for Yonghui. (igd.com)

UK: Morrisons completes sale of US Fresh Direct 
Morrisons said on Tuesday it had completed the sale of its 10% stake in U.S. online food retailer Fresh Direct for 45m pounds ($58m), more than two years after it announced the sale. Morrisons, Britain's fourth-largest supermarket chain, bought the stake for 31m pounds in 2011. The British retailer, whose brands include Free From and Food To Go, said in March 2014 that it would exit from non-core activities, including its childrenswear business Kiddicare and Fresh Direct. (Reuters)

European grocery sales grow at slowest ever pace
European grocery sales rose the least on record in the second quarter amid a U.K. price war and sluggish consumption in Germany and France, a study showed. The amount spent on household goods increased by 0.8% from a year earlier, researcher Nielsen said in a report Wednesday. That’s about half the growth achieved in the first quarter, said Nielsen, which began recording the data in 2008. Europe has come to depend on private consumption for economic growth as the uncertainty around Brexit weighs on exports. (Bloomberg)

Spanish Consum opens 15 new Charter Supermarkets 
Supermarket chain Charter, a franchise owned by Spanish co-op Consum, has opened 15 supermarkets during the first semester of 2016. As reported by expansion.com, six of these shops are based in Valencia, four in Catalonia and three in Murcia. (esmmagazine.com

Indonesia: Ahold Delhaize JV looks to grow via franchise
PT Lion Super Indo, a retail subsidiary of conglomerate Salim Group, is pushing for nationwide expansion by selling franchises of a compact version of its supermarkets, making it the first supermarket operator in the country to do so. Super Indo, a joint venture between Indonesian conglomerate Salim Group and Dutch-based retailer Ahold Delhaize, has set an initial target to open six stores under the name Lion Express by the end of the year. (thejakartapost.com

Supervalu rallies on Fresh Market deal
Yesterday, Supervalu Inc.’s stock rallied over 10% on news that it had signed a wholesaler agreement with The Fresh Market. This comes after recent news that the company had signed an agreement with Marsh Supermarkets for a similar agreement. This is great news for Supervalu, as these new contracts will give it the additional revenue it needs to accelerate its business transformation plans, and it’s something investors should take note of. (investopedia.com

DSP Supermarkets – supporting Northway support local
Northway Producer Organisation announced that it has partnered with local retailers, the Kelly family and their DSP Supermarket Group this summer. Customers can now pick up a punnet of Northway Grown fresh, sweet and locally produced strawberries in these stores and in doing so, will also be supporting the work of Northway in supporting its farmer membership throughout Northern Ireland. (farminglife.com

US: Oppenheimer visits Whole Foods' new 365 stores
In a research report published Tuesday, Oppenheimer's Food Grocery & Consumer Products analyst Rupesh Parikh detailed what he observed first hand across multiple 365 stores. "Overall, based on our visits, we continue to see the potential for the concept especially based on the Silver Lake location and the Bellevue WA real estate site," the analyst wrote. "We very much expect this concept to continue to evolve further over time, as it is unlikely to be optimized in the first go around." Please, click here to read more at benzinga.com

Ralphs rolls out online grocery shopping in California
Ralphs is inviting customers to take advantage of the convenience of online grocery shopping at its Carlsbad, Calif., store, and the retailer plans to expand the service company-wide by the end of the year. Ralphs' Carlsbad store debuted the online grocery shopping service, ClickList, on Aug. 5, making it the first Ralphs in California to offer the service. (chainstoreage.com)

Huge growth in online food industry expected in Sweden
One in five consumers in Sweden already brought groceries online last year, but the online food industry in this European country is expected to grow even more significant in 2016. According to a report by the Swedish Trade Federation, it’s expected to grow by 1.6bn kronor, €169m, during this year. The Swedish Trade Federation announced that online grocery sales in the Scandinavian country increased by 40% last year (compared to 2014), and during the first quarter this year, sales increased by 32%. (ecommercenews.eu

X5 enters Siberian Federal District 
X5 Retail Group announces the launch of its operations in the Siberian Federal District and the creation of Pyaterochka’s Siberian Division. Five Pyaterochkas were opened in Novosibirsk. At present, Pyaterochka partners with more than 50 Siberian producers. Over 40 producers are located in the Siberian Federal District, with 17 of them in the Novosibirsk Region. Local producers account for about 17% of store sales. The Novosibirsk Pyaterochkas will be supplied by a distribution centre (DC) in the town of Ob, Novosibirsk Region. By the end of 2016, Pyaterochka plans to open over 60 stores in Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, Novokuznetsk and Omsk. Over the next two years, Pyaterochka plans to open over 150 stores in the Altai Territory, as well as in Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, Omsk and Tomsk Regions. (eprretailnews.com)

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Publication date: 8/17/2016
Author: Jan Willem de Jongste
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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