Morrisons downturn continues | Costco and Loblaw post sales
Whole Foods comes up with new chain
Whole Foods Market Inc
on Wednesday said same-store sales growth cooled in the latest quarter
and announced plans to debut a new chain of smaller, more value-focused
shops next year, Reuters reports. Whole Foods executives said the new
stores will be designed for influential and tech-savvy.....
METRO get new CEO | Woolworths to slash 800 jobs after Q3 decline
Sainsbury's posts first loss in decade
Giant retailer Woolworths has reported a disappointing 2% decline in sales for the third quarter, dragged down by tumbling petrol sales and its poorly performing Big W stores, abc.net.au reports. Woolworths will shed an extra 400 jobs as it looks to save $500m in costs, theguardian.com reports. Woolworths’.....
Spar Austria bets on crispy-fresh radishes and young onions from Tyrol
After the long winter months, people can look forward to the first kinds of domestic vegetables. The red-glowing radishes and fresh young onions from Tyrol appear to be bursting with vitamins. In the last 8 to 12 weeks, they have been grown on the fields of Biachlhof in Thaur, and they perfectly complement.....
"Sales organic groceries 450% in 2025" | Both Aldi and Lidl losing share
Lidl adjusts plans to enter US
Changes in the food industry landscape and customer expectations will cause the market share of traditional retailers to drop from 71% of retail food sales to 62% by 2025, according to a new report from Technomic, supermarketnews.com writes. Technomic does predict some growth for traditional retailers over.....
Farmers exploring supermarkets | Tesco spurns £4bn offer for Korean stores |
Publix earnings and sales keep growing
of South African fruit growers visited the UK for the first time
as part of a training and skills programme developed by the Fresh
Produce Exporters' Forum and funded by Sainsbury's and the UK's
Department for International Development (DFID), 4-traders.com reports. For a week, 11.....
Lidl teams up with Media Markt | US supermarket selling produce outside
Lidl is losing battle of the discounters
Lidl’s slow store
opening programme has caused its share of the lucrative UK discounters
market to slip 4.7% points 2010 and 2015, despite its success in food
and grocery, retailgazette.co.uk reports. Lidl has opened the fewest
stores within the period estimated at 69 versus 195 at Aldi and 220.....
CFO Sligro: On-line supermarket sales still need developing
According to Huub van Rozendaal, financial director of Sligro Food Group, no supermarket chain knows yet how to capitalise on the Internet boom. "Along with wholesalers we are one of the largest on-line suppliers, but for supermarkets this is not really working yet and is likely to remain so for some.....
France: consumers advised to choose French asparagus
France is in full asparagus season, and it will continue until the end of June. But it is advised to check the label before buying asparagus and check that it is French. If the asparagus is brought in a bundle from the market or from a good greengrocer, there should be no problem, the asparagus will be from.....
Kroger plans to expand | Higher fruit sales at convenient stores
Publix supporting famers
More than one in three Americans say that they have purchased more snacks that are considered "healthy choices" over the past year, and they are increasingly turning to convenience stores for these healthy purchases, nacsonline.com reports. That’s according to survey results released recently by the.....
Wal-Mart bets big on China | Kroger to promote “Fresh From Florida”
Delhaize posts Q1 2015 results
Walmart Stores Inc. said it will expand by more than 25% in China and renovate existing stores in a bid to reverse sales declines after a series of food scares and accounting missteps, Bloomberg reports. The world’s largest retailer plans to add 115 stores and spend 370mn yuan ($60mn) renovating about 50.....
Tesco Lotus to expand in Thailand | X5 Retail announces 5000th store
Kroger and Tesco breaks exclusive relationship
Customer science and data company Dunnhumby has announced that it will end its exclusive partnership with supermarket chain Kroger in order to work with other US retailers and fast-moving consumer goods clients, thedrum.com reports. The move comes as Tesco tries to make Dunnhumby more appealing as it.....
Italy: Shopping is more pleasant in the Future Food District
"Work is fast-paced in the Future Food District," tweeted Coop Italia while Expo Net published an interview to Coop chairman Marco Pedroni in which he unveiled a few details about the project.The Future Food District that Coop Italia is developing for Expo 2015 (in the photos above and below) was.....
Big US grocers selling more local produce | Tesco hires new brand director
Sobeys boosts East Coast footprint
CA: Sobeys boosts East Coast footprint with Co-op deal Sobeys Inc., the country’s second largest grocer, is poised to gain more clout in its key Atlantic Canada market thanks to a proposed supermarket deal announced over the weekend, theglobeandmail.com reports. Sobeys, owned by Empire Co. Ltd. of.....
Wawa expands presence in Florida | Sainsbury's to axe hundreds of jobs
Tesco to cut third of product range
Shoppers have been told to expect tens of thousands of items to disappear from Tesco’s shelves as the supermarket chain struggles to recover from one of the biggest losses recorded by a British company, The Times reports. In an effort to lead Britain’s biggest grocery chain out of a financial crisis, Dave.....
Rising demand for avocado
“The avocado is currently in vogue”
“Currently, the avocado is definitely in vogue”, reports Andreas Wolf, product manager at Bratzler & Co. GmbH. The exotic, pear-shaped fruit is enjoying an ever increasing popularity in the German-speaking area. “On the German market, demand is not yet as strong as on the Swiss or Austrian markets”,.....
Walmart and govt form task force | Survey: Organic a boon to supermarkets
Metro's expensive fruits and veggies boost profit
Metro Inc. said the price of its average food basket increased 4% in the last quarter, thestar.com reports. Higher prices for fresh produce and meat have translated into stronger-than-expected. Prices for vegetables and fruit also rose, 6.4% and 2.1% respectively. Metro's profit soared 15.2% to $111.6mn in.....
Kroger fights by cutting prices | Walmart is world's largest IT investor
UK's Tesco posts largest-ever loss of 6.3bn
Test Tesco has reported the worst results in its history with a record statutory pre-tax loss of £6.4bn for the year to the end of February, the BBC reports. That compares with annual pre-tax profit of £2.26bn a year earlier. It is the biggest loss suffered by a UK retailer and one of the largest in the.....
Co-op to give up fairtrade | Websites selling fruit see exponential growth
Walmart suppliers facing 30% rule
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon’s renewed focus on the “every day low price”
model and away from promotional pricing may result in pressure on large
and small suppliers near the boundaries of Walmart’s 30% rule. The 30% rule is
the limit of sales the retailer wants any one supplier to have within
Tesco poised to report loss of £4bn | Woolworths's frozen veggies sell well
Costco gets unique and much sought after deal
Costco Wholesale Corp. has attained a goal that retailers have sought for years: near-zero expenses for credit-card payments, Bloomberg reports. In a deal with Visa Inc. and Citigroup Inc., Costco’s acceptance costs will be about zero, according to people familiar with the arrangement. The arrangement.....
Morrisons again taking drastic measures | Tesco cuts prices in Malaysia
Major priority Walmart: Click & Collect
Walmart’s 4,500 stores are a “competitive advantage” in terms of quickly getting web purchases in the hands of customers, Greg Foran, Walmart’s new CEO says, internetretailer.com reports. As online and offline retail become more closely linked, with customers purchasing online and picking up in stores, or.....
Tesco selling its jets | Less focus on food for Sainsbury's
Study: Amazon Fresh cheapest delivery service
Amazon.com Inc., which has been seeking to push further into shoppers’ everyday lives, was the least expensive grocery-delivery option in New York City, beating the closest competitor by $20 on a 30-item order, a study found. In the pricing study, Nomura ordered 30 grocery items from competing New.....
Coles to buy fresher fruit | Loblaw and Uber team up on click-and-collect
Lidl 40% increase of fruit sales Eastern Europe
Lidl has over 100 suppliers filling the shelves of the chain's stores in Bulgaria with fresh fruits and vegetables every day, as reported in the presentation of the campaign "Managing Freshness", launched in late January 2015. For the past few months, the retailer reports a 40% increase in sales for these.....
Tesco conquered by SuperValu | Safeway names new CEO
Target appoints new head of food business
Target Corp. has
named a 20-year grocery and consumer product industry veteran to help
revamp the retail chain's food business, kansascity.com reports. The
Minneapolis-based retailer said Monday that it has hired Anne Dament to
the role of senior vice president, merchandising with food and.....
Target Canada closed for good now | Rewe committed to Russia
Tesco may face £3bn bill
is facing a bill of £3bn for its failing supermarkets as Britain's
biggest retailer fights against falling sales and profits, City analysts
have warned, telegraph.co.uk reports. The supermarket group will reveal a £3bn impairment charge
on its property in annual results later this.....
US Haggen slows conversion pace | Carrefour Q1 sales don't disappoint
Dutch fresh produce in demand in UK stores
decision-makers at major UK retailers have of late been leaning
increasingly in the direction of goods from the Netherlands,
esmmagazine.com reports. Results of the study carried out by
ProduceView, the produce-market analysis company, show for example that
the leading large-scale.....
Fruit and veg retailers join new campaign | Tesco losing share again
Retailer's online grocery service quadrupled
Online shopping greatly changed the habits of the German consumers. Just one area remained untouched, food shopping. And that is beginning to change too. Rewe, the retail giant, reported last Tuesday that their online sales almost quadrupled in the past year.Rewe now delivers online ordered food, in 57.....
Tas fruit growers scope China potential
Skills, training and education were the focus of discussion between Phil Pyke of Fruit Growers Tasmania and representatives of the Government of Shaanxi Province, the world's largest apple producing region with more than 50% of global output, during a recent visit to China.The purpose behind the visit was.....
How far can discounters expand? | Lidl tests new format
SPAR International agrees new licence agreement
SPAR International has announced todaythat it has reached an agreement with two partners to expand SPAR retail operations in the Moscow region as part of its continued growth in Russia. The licensing agreements, with Intertorg and Azbuka Vkusa, represent a significant strengthening and extension of.....
Supermarket introduces new fruit variaty
Survey: Publix 2nd freshest grocer, Walmart worst
1, Freshplaza covered the news that Wegmans was ranked the chain Number 1
for having the freshest produce, according to the Consumer Reports. As the report's results are very much
in the news now, Freshplaza wants to give some more details. The
Consumer Reports surveyed nearly sixty-three.....
Walmart wants more and fresher food
German Lidl sets out for US expansion
Wal-Mart Stores acknowledged last year that it had big problems to solve in its U.S. grocery business, fortune.com reports. Customers thought its fresh food was unappealing and often found empty shelves because of problems in the supply chain. Furthermore, rivals had started to undercut the retail giant on.....
Buying vegetables cheaper at UK's supermarkets
Amazon disrupting small and big grocers
16 million Americans buy their groceries at either Costco or Sam's Club. Now Amazon is using Prime to disrupt groceries as well, businessinsider.in reports. The cost and complexity of delivering groceries is what ultimately led to the downfall of Webvan and other startups that have tried to disrupt.....
Annual report 2014
Brazil main growth market for Carrefour
Carrefour is the largest retailer in Europe and the second largest in the world. With over 10,000 stores in 34 countries, the French supermarket chain employs nearly 365,000 people. In 2014, the retailer saw sales increase by 3.9%, reaching 84 billion Euro. In the fourth quarter alone, sales increased by.....
Tesco reports 4Q results
Wal-Mart turns up pressure on suppliers
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is increasing the pressure on suppliers to cut the cost of their products, in an effort to regain the mantle of low-price leader and turn around its sluggish U.S. sales, Wall Street Journal reports. The retailing behemoth says it has been telling suppliers to forgo investments.....
Fruit giveaway to boost local business
Fruit and vegetable retailer Harris Farm has made its stand for local businesses by giving away bags of fresh fruit, and received a good response according to those in the store. “It went well. I don’t know how many bags went overall, but it was at least four boxes worth,” Said the Edgecliff.....
Albertsons and Safeway announces new CEO
Carrefour growing internationally
Internationally, Carrefour’s (excluding France) sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 increased by 6.6%, with marked improvements in Latin America and Europe. The total turnover from international operations amounted to more than €12 bln.InFrance, the supermarket chain also grew, but to a lower extent......
Consumers starting to purchase vegetables online
"Will UK's 'Big Four' still exist in 10 years time?"
UK Sainsbury's looks to wipe out 'Big Four' by 2025. Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe says the
grocer could double its convenience estate to more than 1,500 stores and
predicted that the big four may not exist in 10 years’ time, retail-week.com reports. He said its
convenience shops were a.....
Consumers want seamless online-offline shopping
Retailers glad with Target's retreat
Retailers in Canada are
not celebrating Target’s retreat, but after four years of cut-throat
competition, they are enjoying a little bit of breathing room,
thestar.com reports. “The exit of one of the big players – it’s good
news for the industry that square footage is easing a bit,” said the.....
Fresh organic foods shaping Metro
Tesco opens Farm food-to-go concept
Tesco opens Farm food-to-go conceptTesco has added to its
growing portfolio of food-to-go ventures with the opening of 'Farm' in
London, IGD Retail Analysis reports. Farm's mission is to offer "food we
love from farms we trust" and this is well communicated in store with
imagery of the.....
Tesco faces US lawsuit
Wal-Mart gives 20% discount for online grocery
In recent weeks the “Everyday Low Cost” retailer began offering deeper discounts to consumers willing to try the online grocery-pickup experience. Using targeted emails to Walmart.com customers in test areas, Wal-Mart agreed to give a $10 discount on a user’s first $50 order, for a test period of a few days,.....