Mercadona has opened an office in Brussels

A South African retail first: Checkers Sixty60 launches new delivery guarantee

Top 10 supermarket retail chains in Bulgaria
Here's an overview of the top ten supermarket retail chains in Bulgaria, according to their most recently-available full-year turnover. All data is supplied by Retail-Index ( 1. Kaufland & Lidl turnover: €1.77bln (2021); 2. Metro C&C turnover: €435mln (2021); 3. BILLA turnover: €429mln (2021); 4. T Market turnover: €198mln (2021); 5. Fantastico turnover: €128mln (2021); 6. Dar turnover: €20mln (2021); 7. Hit turnover: €20mln (2021); 8. 345 turnover: €12mln (2020); 9. Kam Market turnover: €10mln (2020); 10. Leksi turnover: €7mln (2020).

UK: Strawberries instead of bin liners: poll reveals strange supermarket delivery substitutions
Dog chews instead of chicken breasts? Strawberries in place of bin liners? These are just some of the strangest supermarket substitutions, according to a poll. Almost half of supermarket deliveries (47%) included a substitute item over the past 12 months, the survey for the consumer group Which? found.

Spanish retailer Mercadona opens Brussels office
Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona has opened an office in Brussels, as it seeks to gain more visibility in Europe, according to local media reports. Spanish daily El Economista reported that the retailer is aiming to boost direct contacts with EU institutions primarily responsible for legislation and regulation, the report said.

Austria: SPAR expands market leadership, retail sales exceed €9bln
SPAR Austria consolidated its market leadership position in 2022, with a market share of 36,3%, and food retail sales exceeded €9bln, equivalent to a sales growth of 4.7%. SPAR Austria Group, including operations in Austria and seven neighbouring countries across the three business areas of food retail, sports retail, and shopping centres, reported combined sales growth of 7.3% to €18.63bln. The Group currently employs over 91,300 team members and operates 3,026 stores, of which 1,506 are located in Austria.

Action on French trade negotiation law a matter of urgency: EuroCommerce
EuroCommerce has called on the European Commission to challenge the new French trade negotiation law, which it says is a clear violation of EU rules and risks harming not only French, but all other EU consumers across the continent.

John Lewis: Ex-boss says changing ownership model would be a tragedy
A former John Lewis boss has said it would be a "tragedy" if the retailer changed its ownership model, which has been in staff hands for 70 years. Andy Street, managing director from 2007 to 2016, told the BBC's Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg that John Lewis went beyond being a shop. In other news: Retail consultant Mary Portas has written an open letter to John Lewis warning that the department store had "let go" of its soul.

Belgium: Delhaize to face further strikes until end of month
Trade unions representing employees of supermarket chain Delhaize filed a new strike notice on Friday, said Hilde Verhelst, secretary of the Christian labour union ACV.

Singapore: FairPrice Group distributes dates for Iftar during Ramadan and announces S$40,000 donation to MENDAKI
FairPrice Group (FPG) announced that it will be offering beverages with snacks or dates at 60 FairPrice supermarkets to Muslim customers during the month-long Ramadan period, from March 23 to April 21.

Checkers Sixty60 launches new delivery guarantee - a SA retail first
Checkers Sixty60 will now give customers their delivery for free if an order arrives more than 30 minutes after the estimated time of arrival. Delivery will also be free if an order contains fewer than 80% of a customer's first-choice products. This Service Guarantee is a first in the South African on-demand grocery delivery space.

Belgium: Makro auction earns trustees 2mln euros
The inventory sale of the six Belgian Makro stores been completed, earning the bankrupt chain more than 2mln euros. Meanwhile, the abandoned stores look more and more derelict.

Galeria appoint Olivier van den Bossche as CEO
The ailing department store group Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof has appointed Olivier van den Bossche as its new CEO. The Belgian, who has some history with constituents of the merger group, now has to lead the chain back to growth.

Dino Polska sees LFL sales growth of 28.5% in FY 2022
Polish retailer Dino Polska has reported a 28.5% year-on-year increase in like-for-like sales in its financial year 2022. Total sales, including newly-opened Dino stores, grew 48.2% to PLN19.8bln (€4.22bln). The company noted that size of its business almost doubled compared with 2020, when revenue amounted to PLN10.1bln (€2.15bln).

HelloFresh reports plans to expand market, meal options
HelloFresh said it will focus on providing more options to customize its weekly meal choices, and it will continue to expand its HelloFresh Market - which allows its members to customize their meal kits with extras like desserts and quick lunches - following the success of its rollout in the United States, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg over the last two years.

US: Wakefern taps Mike Stigers as cooperative’s next president
Wakefern Food Corp. named Mike Stigers as the cooperative’s next president, the Keasbey, New Jersey-based cooperative announced, one day after Stigers said he would leave his post as CEO of retail at United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI). The grocery industry veteran will take the helm of Wakefern on June 1, following the retirement of current President Joe Sheridan.

US: Instacart announces Instacart Health products for providers designed to power food as medicine programs at scale
Instacart, the leading grocery technology company in North America, announced the availability of a suite of digital tools for providers across the country to enhance collaborative care, promote healthy choices, and deliver nutritious foods to patients and their families.

US: CareIt food rescue app launches nationwide
Careit, a Los Angeles-based free food donation and rescue app that connects businesses to nonprofits to combat hunger, is now available nationwide in all 50 states.

Dollar General crosses border into Mexico
Dollar General Corp. has officially crossed the border. The major discount retailer celebrated its international expansion into Mexico with the first Mi Súper Dollar General store grand-opening, in Escobedo, Nuevo León, in early March.

Canada: KaleMart24 secures its first location in Montreal
KaleMart24, the fresh new concept - positioned to become “the Whole Foods of convenience stores” - has executed on March 22nd an LOI to secure a 450 sq.ft. location inside the Jarry Metro station. This would be KaleMart24's first location.

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