Supermarket chain Coop has grown its turnover 7 % in 2013, mostly because it opened a range of new stores. Consumer spending dropped in the second part of the year.
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Spanish discounter Dia wants to get rid of its French stores with its former owner, Carrefour, and its grand rival Casino already fighting to get the stores. Casino wants to bump Lidl of its perch.
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French vegetable giant Bonduelle had a 5.6 % like-for-like turnover increase in its third quarter, with North America and Brazil even growing 15 %.
Douwe Egberts and Mondelez will join forces on the coffee front to create an enterprise with a 5 billion euro turnover and start the battle against Nestlé, though bizarrely not including Mondelez' French activities.
French distributor Auchan has bought 25 Parisian Casino stores after the latter was forced to sell 55 stores after it had seized control of Monoprix nearly two years ago.
Albert Heijn has appointed Luc de Baets as its new CEO for Belgium. He will replace Corné Mulders, who has moved to AH's Dutch competitor Sligro Food Group.
Belgian retailer Delhaize has had a mixed first quarter, with good sales in the United States and lower Belgian sales because of increased competition. Profits rose sharply though, from 51 to 80 million euro.
British supermarket chain Sainsbury's saw its 2013-2014 profits soar 16.3 % to 898 million pounds (1.09 billion euro) despite the "tough retail environment": like-for-like sales only grew 0.2 %.
British frozen foods giant Iglo has had a difficult year, with Belgium as a negative highlight. It has had to endure a 25 million euro devaluation in that particular country.
Brussels will get the very first Food Truck Festival in Belgium, to stimulate the use of food trucks in Belgium's capital.
Coca-Cola's European workers, among which part of the Belgian workers, are protesting the planned European cost-saving measures.
The Flemish label for traditional local products has been around for 10 years and in that decade 183 products received the label as a recognition of its heritage.
Superdirect.com, the ambitious challenger in the market of grocery pick-ups, has closed its pilot store in Eindhoven on 1 May, the sole pick-up point so far. It is unclear whether it will relaunch at a later date.
The C1000 employees are not satisfied with the compensation arrangement for former Jumbo-entrepreneurs who experience lower revenue.
KoopCentrum Molecule in Vichte will now also have a 1,200 sqm Spar, which means that the store now has a full range of food as well, for the first time in 47 years.
German discounter Lidl will postpone its plans to expand to the US to 2018. The departure of 2 board members in March apparently influenced the decision to delay the expansion by two years, according to several German media.