Dutch coffee giant Douwe Egberts has lost a lot of ground in its home market, in a coffee war with several competing coffee brands. The company has lost 6 % of its Dutch turnover, with main competitor Nespresso still gaining ground.
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Lidl has found an interesting concept for its old store in the Belgian town of Temse, which has been vacant for three years: it will become a food and non-food outlet store. The Solid Outlet Store has items at extremely low prices, both food and non-food, and will opened for a long term, not just a pop-up outlet store like there were some before at certain occasions.
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Belgian distributor Delhaize has pulled out of the Balkan even more, as it has now sold its 39 stores in Bosnia and Herzegovina for an undisclosed fee.
Bart Jan Constandse is Superunie's new CEO, following in the footsteps of Leo Kivits. He will now represent 13 independent Dutch retail organizations. Constandse has plenty of experience, as he has been involved at The Greenery, Cehave and Coveco.
Belgian distributor Delhaize wants to get the same purchase conditions as Albert Heijn gets for national brands and he is willing to fight suppliers to get better conditions if need be. Delhaize's CEO believes that Delhaize's market share (10 times higher than Albert Heijn's) warrants the same conditions, at the very least.
The Dutch Frisian Islands will offer retailers a chance to make a financial deposit, which they will get back if checks prove they handle alcohol sales correctly. Retailers can choose whether they want to participate in this system, but they can avoid traditional fines through voluntary participation.
Partij voor de Dieren (the Dutch Animal Party) wants a parliamentary inquiry into how politics handled the meat industry checks, after a study has shown that meat in the Netherlands is not always safe. Partij voor de Dieren mainly wants to see how political decisions have influenced food safety.
Rabobank believes that the current array of supermarkets will be radically different in the next few years, with plenty of 'newcomers' putting the traditional supermarket hierarchy under pressure.
Nettorama will lower prices of several brands permanently in an attempt to stop the discount wars between supermarkets, which Nettorama feels devaluates the brands.For example, Coca-Cola and Fanta will become cheaper from now on, with other products to follow.
Belgian farmers are growing increasingly restless as they are experiencing price pressure because of Albert Heijn which is discounting quite a few things.
Vanreusel, the largest Belgian chip shop supplier, is considering an offer on its Dutch competitor, Beckers, known for their Bicky Burger.
Lidl has started using a new app, called Lidl Mobile Office, which will allow it to digitize the job application process and to downsize the paper administration.
Arc Food Invest has purchased L'Artisane Food and aims to speed up the group's growth, both in Belgium and abroad, while respecting the company's core values.
Bottled drinks group, Spadel, managed a 6.1 % sales increase in 2013, to 210.4 million euro. That resulted in an 11.775 million euro net profit, 32 % higher than in 2012, with Belgium and France as performing markets.
French water group Evian will begin home deliveries in its home market. Customers will have to order at least 10 euro to qualify for home deliveries from Evian, Volvic, Badoit and Taillefine.
Consumers cannot derive too much safety from meat that is offered for sale in the Netherlands. That is the remarkable conclusion of the newest report from the Dutch Research Board for Safety.