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.
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Coop has acquired all 163 Swedish stores of the Danish Netto chain. However, the deal is still awaiting permission from the competition authorities.
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Swiss distribution group Micros saw its annual turnover grow by 1.4% to 28.5 Swiss franks in 2018. Earlier, its rival Coop also significantly increased its turnover and reached the milestone of 30 billion CHF for the first time.
Coop has opened a concept store called Fooby in Lausanne. It is a premium foodmarket based on Coop's culinary online platform of the same name.
There is still no solution in the dispute between purchasing group Agecore and brand manufacturer Mars. More products will become unavailable at Colruyt and other members. Elsewhere in Europe, new conflicts are brewing.
Jumbo and Coop have announced how they will split the Emté supermarkets they have acquired. 79 will go to Jumbo and 51 will become Coop supermarkets.
Sligro Food Group sold its struggling supermarket chain Emté to a group which consists of supermarket companies Jumbo and Coop.
Coop opened its first Karma store in the Zug train station, south of Zurich. The store (and formula) is named after its vegetarian private label, which is obviously very present in the store’s product range.
Italian chain Coop opened a highly technological supermarket in Milan, with augmented reality to inform shoppers about their shopping and eating behaviour. The goal: sustainable consumption.