Sainsbury's and Dansk end joint venture | Lidl Denmark to quadruple in capital

Thousands call on Walmart to sell 'ugly' fruit and veg

Low prices 'not a driving factor for UK supermarket shoppers', study finds -
According to Nielsen’s Global Retail-Growth Strategies Survey, British shoppers are driven by product availability and convenient location over low prices. The survey polled 30,000 online participants from 61 countries and revealed that 55% of British shoppers choose where to shop based on the products they want stocked regularly. UK consumers list product range and quality as relating to four out of the ten most influential factors, with three relating to price and convenience. (

1000s call on Walmart to sell 'ugly' fruit and veg
A petition demanding Walmart start selling ugly fruits and vegetables hit 100,000 signatures on Friday, and the effort could put pressure on the superstore chain to tackle the country’s food waste crisis. Nearly 26% of all produce grown in the U.S. gets thrown away because supermarkets refuse to stock misshapen or dinged-up fruits and vegetables that don’t meet stringent cosmetic standards. A decision by Walmart — by far the nation’s largest grocer — to sell such produce could send ripples throughout the industry. (

Sainsbury's and Dansk Supermarked end Netto joint venture
UK retailer Sainsbury's and Dansk Supermarked have announced the termination of their joint venture, which has seen 16 Netto test stores open across the UK since 2014. The stores are expected to close next month. Netto UK was launched by Sainsbury's and Dansk Supermarked in 2014, to test the viability of a new discount chain entering the British market. Per Bank, managing director of Dansk Supermarked, said in a statement that while the group is "pleased with the performance of the stores to date, it has become clear to both partners that the business requires greater scale over a short period of time to achieve long-term success. (

Lidl Denmark to quadruple in capital
Commenting on Lidl’s growth ambitions, Mads T. Nielsen, development and property director of Lidl Denmark said, ‘We have big ambitions in the metropolitan area, where we are under-represented. The goal is to triple or quadruple the number of stores [up to 60 or 90]. The concentration of people is close, and so the potential is huge’. (

Danish REMA 1000: half of new openings will be in cities

Competitor REMA 1000 has revealed that half of its new stores will open in Denmark’s four largest cities, with the retailer planning to grow its metropolitan-based store count from 20 to 100 stores. Overall, REMA 1000 operates around 275 Danish stores. (

SPAR Portugal hits 100 store market
SPAR Portugal has opened its 100th store, continuing its expansion in the country. The retailer said that its growth in Portugal was being aided by working with independent retailers who were keen to rebrand their stores under the SPAR brand. Meanwhile, to support the pace of growth, SPAR Portugal has acquired a 6,000 sq. m warehouse in Alverca do Ribatejo, Lisbon, which it is aiming to help it drive greater efficiencies by centralising more of its distribution and enable it to expand the number of SKUs its stores could carry. (

Sainsbury’s to double number of Groceries Click & Collect sites
Sainsbury’s has announced that it will double the number of Click & Collect Groceries Sites in its store car parks over the next 12 months, as it further builds its multi-channel offer to make shopping easier for customers. (

SPAR China continues expansion

SPAR China’s various members have continued their expansion, adding new outlets across all channels. SPAR opened its first SPAR Express in Beijing, in the Fangshan District, while in Sanmao it added a new lifestyle supermarket, which stocks a number of imported products, and, finally, a supermarket in Houjie. In 2015 SPAR opened 48 new stores in China, which helped underpin total sales growth of 6.8% during the year, taking its revenue to €1.9 bn. (

Spain: Eroski co-operative hopeful despite falling sales
Spanish co-operative supermarket chain Eroski has announced its results for 2015, showing a fall in sales but with signs for encouragement. Net sales fell 0.99% in 2015 to €5.28bn although operating profit rose 14.7% to €104.7bn. Where stores had been remodelled, sales increased by 7%. (

UK: Nisa reports a return to profitability in full-year fesults

UK convenience distributor Nisa Retail has posted a return to profitability with adjusted earnings of £7.3m on sales of £1,309 million for the year 2015-2016. The company reported that overall sales fell 3.8% following the loss of Nisa's supply contract with retail chain Costcutter. (

Kroger bringing expected changes to Roundy's Pick ’n Save and Metro market stores
Please, click here to read the article.

Publication date:

Receive the daily newsletter in your email for free | Click here

Other news in this sector:

© 2020

Sign up for our daily Newsletter and stay up to date with all the latest news!

Subscribe I am already a subscriber