Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo is on the move in Belgium: after receiving a building permit from the municipality of Heusden-Zolder in Northeast-Belgium, the company has also announced concrete plans for its first store in West-Flanders.
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Over the next two years, Mars Retail Group plans to open three new M&M’s candy stores, including one in Berlin. The flagship stores will have a "Wall of Chocolate", M&M’s walking around, and games.
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Morrisons announces a major restructuring in which 3,000 management jobs will disappear. At the same time, the British supermarket chain wants to create 7,000 new jobs "on the shop floor".
Coffee brand Douwe Egberts is no longer available in many Colruyt and OKay branches, as price negotiations between the two parties continue to drag on. In order to be able to live up to its lowest price guarantee, the retailer from Halle is trying to gain maximum benefit.
The hypermarkets continue to affect French retail group Carrefour: sales in France, Italy and Belgium continued to fall in the fourth quarter. However, there are also some bright spots: Latin America, Poland and Romania save the furniture, profitability improves and the transformation plan is on track.
What does Daniel Kretinsky have in mind for Casino and Metro? The unruly Czech investor, with a penchant for sectors 'on their way back', has set his sights on the European hypermarket sector, but what are his intentions?
Changes at the top at Carrefour : François-Melchior de Polignac replaces Guillaume de Colonges as Executive Director for Northern and Eastern Europe and is once again CEO of Carrefour Belgium.
Last year, Aldi managed to outperform Tesco and Carrefour to take second place in the ranking of the largest European food retailers, after rival Schwarz Group (Lidl and Kaufland). Further consolidation in the sector seems inevitable.
As previously announced by the foodservice company, Sligro Food Group in the Netherlands saw its profits fall sharply last year.
Rohlik, the leading grocery delivery service in the Czech Republic, has started its European expansion: the grocery delivery service just started in Hungary, Austria, and Romania, but is already approaching Germany.
Starbucks is turning 50 in 2021 and wants to celebrate that by becoming climate-positive. The American chain is announcing major climate ambitions, such as more plant-based options and no longer using disposable packaging.
German hypermarket chain Kaufland, which, like Lidl, is part of the Schwarz Gruppe, is stowing away its plans to enter the Australian market. The retailer wants to concentrate on its European core markets.
Hard discounters lost market share in the Netherlands last year, which is remarkable. Market leader Albert Heijn remained stable, the big winner being Jumbo, partly thanks to acquisitions.
Beisheim and Meridian, two major shareholders of Metro, have increased their stakes in the German group to just over 23 %. They also want to buy more shares in the future - possibly hoping to frustrate rival stakeholder Daniel Kretinsky?
The Paris Commercial Court ruled in interim measures that Coca-Cola must immediately resume deliveries to Intermarché. The beverage giant had stopped it after a conflict with the supermarket chain about the range.
Walmart subsidiary Asda will roll out a pickup service in the UK within an hour of ordering and set up a test with Kellogg’s and Unilever.