As was to be expected, Ahold Delhaize experienced a major impact of the corona crisis during the past quarter. In both Belgium and the Netherlands, the retailer again managed to increase its market share.
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Despite the closure of its largest customers, Beyond Meat's quarterly sales grew by no less than 141 % to 97 million dollars (90 million euros). This summer, the producer of meat substitutes plans an aggressive growth strategy.
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Supermarket chain Carrefour is adding Smartscan to its Belgian app, which allows customers to scan and pay their purchases in-store using their smartphone. This eliminates the use of a handheld scanner, and thus reduces the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
Proximity stores were the fastest growers on the Belgian FMCG market in March, the first month of the lockdown. Also, private labels gained market share from A-labels.
An impressive record for Tesco: the British supermarket chain is the first to deliver a million grocery orders in one week. The retailer hired 16,000 additional employees to cope with the surge in orders due to the corona crisis.
Mere, a hard-discounter from Russia, opens its third store in Germany and wants to expand further into Europe. The economic crisis caused by the coronavirus is an opportunity for the low-budget retailer.
Less cola, more breakfast and crisps: PepsiCo clearly sees different behaviour during the corona crisis. As a result, Coca-Cola's rival has had a better quarter.
French retail group Carrefour published strong growth figures in all countries in the first quarter. This is not only due to panic buying caused by the corona crisis: the improvement was already underway in the beginning of the year.
Major retailers and FMCG giants, like Ahold Delhaize, Carrefour, Danone and Nestlé, have joined forces to demand Nutri-Score is made obligatory in Europe. The simple five-level code is thought to help the fight against obesity.
The closure of bars and restaurants has resulted in a sharp decline in Pernod Ricard's sales, which fell by 13.3 % in the past quarter. Only in America sales grew slightly, mostly because the lockdown measures started later in the United States.
The confinement due to the coronavirus in many countries led to first quarter growth for Nestlé, but Chinese sales fell and recent divestments by the food giant also had a negative impact.
French supermarket group Casino published a favourable quarterly report, with an increase in turnover that it largely owes to the lockdown in France. Both online activities and convenience stores reported exceptional results.
People seem to be drinking less during the corona crisis: Heineken's sales volume decreased by 14 % in March, resulting in a volume decline of 2.1 % for the quarter as a whole. And still, the beverage group believes the second quarter will be even tougher.
Danone fares well under the current confinement: in March, sales increased by 5 to 10 % thanks to consumer stockpiling. In its first quarter, the group recorded a 3.7 % sales increase on a comparable basis. Belgian subsidiary Alpro is even struggling to meet demand.
Coca-Cola has warned its turnover in the second quarter may be hit hard by the corona crisis. Its sales in April have gone down by a quarter.
The Covid-19 pandemic increases the demand for contactless shopping and for self-scanning. That is why British supermarket chain Asda is rolling out its mobile self-scanning system 'Scan & Go Mobile' to all its 581 stores.