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Competition authorities have blocked ICA-IKI acquisition

O'Key: Q1 sales decline due to supermarket sell-off

Spain's Condis: 2017 sales of €866mln, a 6% increase from 2016Condis’s proximity store network is concentrated in urban locations in Barcelona and Madrid. Condis ended 2017 with 537 supermarkets, 41 more than in 2016, equating to a sales area of 200,893sq m. In 2018 ten new stores have been opened, from the.....

Feed Your Future educational program introduced by Kroger

Amazon: new app feature targeting international shoppers

US: Kroger introduces Feed Your Future educational programThe Kroger Co. is introducing a new and enhanced long-term benefits program that was made possible due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Feed Your Future includes accelerated investments in store associate wages, a more generous 401(k) benefit, and enriched.....

JD.com plans to open 1,000 stores per day

Casino: Q1 sales rise as French hypermarkets improve

France's Carrefour opens first pedestrian drive outlets in ParisFrench retailer Carrefour opened its first Pedestrian Drive outlets in the Paris region, one of the 'milestones' of its 2022 transformation plan. The openings came just after the inauguration of its e-commerce platform in Alnay-sous-Bois on 10.....

Walmart: website makeover

Target: same-day delivery to 5 cities

US: Shipt to launch same-day delivery across UtahShipt, a leading online marketplace, announced they will begin same-day delivery of an assortment of groceries and home essentials with six retailers across Utah. Beginning May 1, Shipt will deliver from Target stores and a number of stores owned by Associated.....

Alfamart: 800 stores will be opened despite reduced profits

Spar Austria: 'Young & Urban By Spar' start-up initiative

Japan: AEON records 14% increase in annual profitsJapanese conglomerate, AEON, has posted a 14% increase in operating profit to JPY210.2bln (US$1.9bln) and 2.2% increase in operating revenue to JPY8,390bln (US$77.9bln) for the fiscal year ending 28th February 2018. The retailer's operating revenue increased.....

Save-A-Lot: Headquarters moves to St. Ann

Meijer: New checkout app

CAN: Superstores on P.E.I. launch online grocery shoppingThe Atlantic Superstore in West Royalty is Loblaw’s first store on the Island to offer an online grocery ordering and pick-up service. People register for the online service for free at www.atlanticsuperstore.ca. Once there, they select a time slot to.....

Sonae MC plans to open 70 proximity stores by 2020

Coop Danmark: flat 2017 results as operating profit doubles

India’s retail inflation eases further in March as food prices fall Retail inflation moderated in March as vegetable prices eased further on fresh supplies. However core inflation, that strips out the impact of food and fuel prices, continued to rise hitting a 43-month high. The index of consumer price.....

Mother’s Market: 1st LA store

Walmart plans to expand in Florida, Texas

CAN: Sobeys keeps some B.C. Safeway stores open longer than plannedAfter planning to close as many as nine B.C. Safeway stores by May 5, Sobeys must now keep them open until July, according to a government-appointed labour mediator. Sobeys first announced in January that it could close as many as 10.....

Carrefour Romania: Q1 2018 sales up by 10.6%

Auchan: expansion in Ukraine

Retailers Intermarché and DIA end joint purchasing agreement in PortugalPortuguese grocery retailers Intermarché and Grupo Dia Portugal are to end their joint negotiating and purchasing platform Cindia. The news was announced by Os Mosqueteiros, the Portuguese unit of French retailer Les Mousquetaires, stating.....

Albertsons: positive comp growth in 2018 forcasted

Costco: March sales results

CAN: Loblaw expands its online grocery service to AmherstLoblaw Companies announced the expansion of its popular online grocery service into Amherst. This service, the first of its kind in the Atlantic region, lets customers shop for all of their groceries online, then schedule a convenient time to pick up.....

Auchan: to close down stores in Italy’s Campania region

Carrefour Brasil: Q1 gross sales rose 6% from year before

Germany: supermarket group Rewe has "exceptional year"2017 was an exceptional year for the Rewe Group, according to CEO Lionel Souque. “Our group has grown 3.7bln euro, a record turnover growth.” The CEO is mainly pleased with the fact that the group also published considerable autonomous growth, aside from.....

Aeon's annual profit: 14% record jump, further rise forecast

Walmart will invest $277mln into Texas stores

US: Walmart investing $277mln into Texas storesWalmart announced that it will invest $277mln into its Texas based stores over the next year. The company plans to build 4 new locations across the state, including one in Fort Worth at 5336 Golden Triangle Boulevard. The store will be a super center with a fuel.....

Migros platform Amigos: customers connected with bringers

Tesco: 28% rise in annual profits beats forecast

Northern Ireland: Supermarket chain investing in ‘value’Leading retail group Musgrave has announced a double-digit investment in its value offering in 2018 which they said will give their customers, at SuperValu and Centra stores, more opportunities to save on everyday items. As part of a major new commercial.....

Giant Food Stores: more PA locations planned

Walmart partners with Postmates for grocery delivery service

US: Food City marks 100 yearsFood City is marking its 100th birthday, growing from its beginnings in Greeneville, Tenn., to now serving people in four states. "It's been a pretty good ride," said Rick Bishop, executive vice president of Food City's Chattanooga division. "We've come a long way. We want to be.....

Seven & i FY18 results: Group sales grows 4%

ICA: Sales up almost 10% in March

Northern Ireland: supermarket’s local produce sales up 8%Sales of locally produced food in Asda’s Northern Ireland stores grew by 8% in 2017, proving that customers are actively supporting the region’s agri-food industry. The response to food from Northern Ireland was also positive across Asda’s UK-wide store.....

Lucky’s has signed leases for stores in 20 cities

Sprouts Farmers Market named 2018 Grocery Business of the Year

US survey: the Wegmans experience outranks that of 317 other companiesWegmans' customer service outranks that of any company in the supermarket industry, and any company in any industry, according to a report by research and consulting firm Temkin Group. The Rochester-based grocer got an 86% overall customer.....

Co-op reports profit jump & eyes new markets

Lenta opens 1st dedicated vegetable storage facility

Portugal: Pingo Doce bets on online retail and food deliveryFifteen years after closing the first online supermarket in the country, Portuguese supermarket chain Pingo Doce has relaunched its e-commerce operations. The supermarket banner of retail group Jerónimo Martins closed its online food store in 2003,.....

Price Chopper and Interactions are expanding demo program

Grocery delivery performance fails consumer expectations

US: Earth Fare touts handpicked lineEarth Fare has launched the Handpicked, Discovered by Earth Fare brand, which is featured in the second edition of its in-store magazine, The Clean Plate. The specially curated line of globally inspired products with sophisticated flavor profiles adheres to the natural food.....

AU: Maluma avocado sales expansion proving to be a hit for Coles

Coles say their decision to expand supplies of Maluma avocados to New South Wales and Tasmania this year have proven successful.The variety in Australia is sourced from DBC Farming in Dimbulah, Queensland and has been marketed through a partnership with Costa since 2013.The supermarket chain started selling.....

Albert Heijn introduces Product Pitch 2018

Lidl: New supermarket to open on prison site

UK: The Co-Op expands Worcester store portfolioUK retailer the Co-op has opened three new food stores in the Worcester area over the last few weeks. The stores came after a £2.25mln investment, and will create up to 30 jobs. Guy Wimhurst, regional manager for the retailer’s large store formats said: “As a.....

H-E-B: new home delivery option

Sprouts: 13 new store locations for Q3

US: Food City plans to expand kerbside pick-up to more Tri-Cities locationsAbingdon-based Food City is expanding a very convenient program to more stores in the Tri-Cities region and beyond. Food City says it plans to continue to expand GoCart, a curbside pick-up program. So more locations will be added in the.....

Mega Image: fast expansion in Romania continues

Spanish supermarket chain DIA plans to leave China

Russia's Lenta implements Revionics price optimizationLenta, one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is a recognized retail innovator dedicated to leveraging cutting-edge machine-learning science and data analytics. Following a successful pilot in 2017, Lenta plans to deploy Revionics Price Optimization.....

Winn-Dixie: online delivery in Alabama, Florida

Island Pacific closes 6 stores

US: Giant launches store-wide nutrition navigation programGiant Food Stores has launched its Guiding Stars program that helps shoppers navigate which products have the best nutritional value. The program uses star symbols on more than 9,000 items to rank products by “good,” “better” and “best.” “We’re focused.....

Albert Heijn: how to walk in a supermarket

Alibaba buys Ele.me in $9.5bln deal

Spar Austria introduces dedicated health & nutrition sectionSpar Austria has introduced a new dedicated health, nutrition and wellbeing section at its Interspar hypermarkets across the country. For people looking to keep fit, the new Interspar range includes naturally functional foods and superfoods,.....

Target: locations of 3 new small-format stores in New York revealed

Walmart introduces global money transfer service

US: Times Supermarkets promotes Christopher Borden to presidentQSI Inc., the Honolulu-based operator of Hawaiian chain Times Supermarkets, has promoted Christopher Borden to president and director of QSI Inc. Hawaii. In his new role, Borden will have primary responsibility for the daily operations and.....

Workers strike at Carrefour supermarkets over job cuts

Spar to open first cash-register-free supermarket on Wednesday

France: Supermarket retailers Casino & Auchan enter purchasing partnership talksFrench supermarkets Casino and Auchan have begun talks on forming a partnership regarding the purchasing of food and non-food items, as competition intensifies within the domestic sector. The companies said they were in talks.....

AWG: record results

Walmart: first high-tech supermarket opens in China

US: Petition seeks plastic-free aisle in Kroger storesNearly 100,000 people have signed a petition encouraging Kroger Co. to offer an aisle that is free of plastic packaging, following the launch of such an aisle in Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza. The petition, launched by activist organization Care2, which.....

Ramayana is planning to close several supermarket outlets

Spar Slovenija: the highest growth in sales for a decade

Kaufland Bulgaria re-introduces premium K-Exquisit, temporarilyOver 50 K-Exquisit products were re-introduced to Kaufland’s assortment in Bulgaria in mid-March. The range is not part of the constant assortment and was added for a period of two weeks. Kaufland looks to keep its assortment fresh with the.....

Sprouts amends and expands credit facility

Walmart committed to reducing emissions in China

US: Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. amends and expands credit facilitySprouts Farmers Market, Inc. announced the closing of an amended and restated credit agreement that increased the company’s total commitments to $700mln, extended its maturity through March 2023 and added financial flexibility. At closing,.....

Kaufland introduces ‘Favourite’ private label range

Franprix: already looking for second location in Brussels

Italy: SIA launches Jiffy m-payment in Iper supermarketsItalian payment technology services provider SIA and UBI Banca announced that the Jiffy mobile payment app can now be used at Iper-branded supermarkets in Seriate, Orio al Serio, Rozzano and Vittuone. Android, iOS and Windows Phone users can pay directly.....

Piggly Wiggly Indie storeowners purchasing 6 Southeastern Grocers locations

Kroger's same-day grocery delivery at 94 stores in Michigan

US: Healthy living to your doorstep by Fresh Thyme’s new delivery service Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, a rapidly growing Midwest specialty grocer focused on healthy organic products and groceries, announces that their delivery service, Fresh Thyme Delivers, is available in the majority of its Midwest markets.....

Lidl will soon sell BMW's

Carrefour introduces its own mobile payment solution

Denmark: Irma embarks on urban transformation programmeCoop Danmark’s Irma chain is leading a new strategy, ‘The Urban Irma 2018-2022’. The retailer has identified two groups of people as central to its urban strategy: ‘Idealists’ – meeting the needs of those who support ‘animal welfare, ecology, vegetarian.....

Flashfood introduces ugly produce delivery service

Shipt and Target: same-day delivery across New England

US: 'Micro visits' rise at Whole Foods stores with Amazon Lockers“Micro visits,” or visits lasting between three and five minutes, were up 11% at Whole Foods stores featuring Amazon Lockers since August, according to Reuters, citing data from inMarket. Stores in the same cities that don't have the lockers saw.....

Supermarket operator Aeon Stores: bigger loss of HK$54.7mln

Carrefour plans to launch marketplace in Spain

JMA Group invests $16mln to open supermarket chain in UAEJMA Group has invested $16mln (AED60mln) to open a chain of twenty supermarkets in Dubai by the end of 2018, creating an estimated 1,000 jobs in the country. The firm will invest further to open around 100 convenience stores across the UAE, GCC and Asia.....

New Whole Foods: mini mushroom farm in produce section

Wholesaler Mitchell purchases 3 Winn-Dixies

US: Online grocery shoppers haven't developed loyalty to one siteConsumers have not established loyalty to an online grocery store. A new survey from RichRelevance found 36% of consumers now shop at multiple online food retailers. In addition, more than 60% of consumers who don’t shop for food online are.....

NorgesGruppen FY2017: sales rise, but profits fall

Muji launches first dedicated fresh department

Germany: Aldi and Lidl dig deeper into Britain's grocery marketGerman-owned discount supermarkets Aldi and Lidl are plowing ahead with a rapid expansion in Britain and are on course to grab more market share from the traditional big four players. A top Aldi executive told Reuters it aimed to have 1,000 UK.....

SuperValu investing $69mln in return to Harrisburg distribution hub

Fiesta Mart to be acquired by El Super grocery chain

US: AI-powered circular positive for Earth FareEarth Fare’s artificial-intelligence-powered Smart Flyer boosted sales for the company and freed up its employees to work on other important projects, like product innovation, CEO Frank Scorpentini said at a panel discussion at the Shoptalk show in Las Vegas. The.....