Rewe to invest strongly in Romania to 2029
Rewe, which operates the Penny banner in Romania, is set to invest RON5.1bln (US$835.1mln) in Romania by 2029 to expand the banner’s presence. The announcement came after Penny Romania recorded a 19% rise in its turnover in 2020 to RON4.73bln (US$774.5mln). The retailer said it had benefited from shoppers’ changing shopping behaviours during the pandemic, encouraging them to search out ‘quality products at the right prices’.
Jumbo to open 3 more Belgian stores
A press release announces 3 new store openings for Jumbo in Belgium: 2 in the north-eastern province of Limburg (Zonhoven on 30 June and Heusden-Zolder on 14 July), with in between them a first store in West-Flanders (Zedelgem on 7 July). This would lift Jumbo's total to 11 Belgian stores, and the retailer confirms its earlier ambition to have 100 stores in Belgium in the long run.
UK: Asda and discounters top performers in slowing grocery market
The latest take-home grocery figures from Kantar show sales fell by 0.4% during the 12 weeks to 16 May as normal shopping behaviour started to return amid people socialising and eating out more. All 4 of the largest supermarkets gained market share. After lagging behind its rivals over the last year, Asda was the biggest winner this period, with sales up by 1.9% and share increasing from 14.1% to 14.4%.
Croatia: Studenac launches new city store format
Croatian supermarket chain Studenac has launched a new city store format that caters to the needs of customers in urban areas. The opening of the first 'To Go' store also marked the entry of the retailer in the capital Zagreb, where it plans to open more stores by the end of the year.
France: Chapter 2 of Carrefour tech acceleration: move to Cloud with Google
Carrefour reported: "Miguel Gonzalez, Carrefour's Global CTO, presents our move2cloud program with Google. Carrefour is massively leveraging GCP (Google Cloud Platform) public cloud services to achieve multiple business benefits, including an acceleration of the delivery of new capabilities to its customers, the ability to respond to traffic peaks, the access to innovative capabilities and significant financial efficiency."
Holland: Picnic jumps over Jumbo on Dutch online grocery market
Since 2015, the platform ‘Supermarkt & Ruimte’ has been researching the development of online grocery shopping in the Netherlands twice a year. Against the backdrop of the corona crisis, the findings are particularly interesting, as e-commerce in general received a solid boost from the pandemic. Albert Heijn continues to dominate the market. 41% of respondents in the survey say they do their online shopping there. Picnic is preferred by 27% of online shoppers, while Jumbo loses market share and falls back to 21%. Outside the top-3, Plus is the fastest grower.
US: Online grocery shopping grows amid ‘pandemic-induced channel stickiness’
About 60% of U.S. consumers now buy groceries online, and the same percentage of these shoppers plan to do so at the same frequency or more once the COVID-19 crisis subsides, according to a new study by Coresight Research. Of 1,652 U.S. adults polled in April, 59% said they’ve purchased groceries online in the past 12 months, up from 52% in 2020 and 36.8% in 2019, according to Coresight Research’s "U.S. Online Grocery Survey 2021: Post-Surge Prospects" report.
US: FMI Signature research finds grocery shopping has fundamentally changed
For the past 4 decades, FMI-The Food Industry Association has tracked the grocery shopping habits of U.S. customers through the U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report. The 2021 edition, prepared in partnership with The Hartman Group, explores how the future of food retail will be colored by the pandemic - driven by shifts in the way consumers purchase groceries.
US: Instacart releases new "Plant Power" trends report examining the mainstream consumer migration to plant-based products
Instacart, the leading online grocery platform in North America, released its "Plant Power" report, a new data-driven examination of the mainstream consumer migration to plant-based alternatives. According to Instacart sales data, 1 in 3 Instacart customers has purchased a plant-based meat or milk product. Further, according to a recent Instacart survey conducted by The Harris Poll, when asked about the grocery and food habits adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic that they'll keep for the long term, 30% of survey respondents said they plan to continue eating healthier by preparing lighter, plant-based meals.
US: Hy-Vee opens store in Twin Cities area, plans other expansions
Hy-Vee, Inc. opened a new 77,000-square-foot store in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area on May 25. Hy-Vee continues its expansion in that region with another planned store opening in Maplewood, Minnesota, in June. The West Des Moines, Iowa-based retailer is also expected to unveil a new flagship location in Grimes, Iowa, in September, which reportedly will include a food hall, DSW shoes and the chain’s first in-store nail salon run by Columbus, Ohio-based W Nail Bar.
US: Sprouts gears up for busy summer with seasonal finds
Sprouts Farmers Market is kicking off summer by bringing fresh ingredients and unique flavors to shoppers' backyard barbecues and outdoor picnics. Known for a specially curated selection of fresh, local, and organic produce, Sprouts is offering the following this summer: Organic Bing and Rainier cherries in May. Lemon Drops, Hami and Golden Honeydew melons in June. Cotton Candy, Moondrop and Candy Heart grapes in July. Yellow Donut peaches, Plumsicles, Donut Nectarines and Raspberry Apricots for a limited time, July through September.
US: Wakefern Food Corp. selects dunnhumby to power customer driven category management and merchandising across 363 supermarkets
Wakefern Food Corp., the largest retailer-owned supermarket cooperative in the United States, has selected dunnhumby, a global leader in customer data science, as its strategic platform for category management and merchandising.