Anglo-Dutch consumer good giant Unilever pushes further into the healthy food market with its latest purchase in Brazil. One of Canada's largest grocers has just expanded its presence in the drugstore business and a Norwegian retailer sees growth potential in Denmark. Get informed about the latest expansion strategies and a lot more.




Tuesday, 03 October 2017





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Anglo-Dutch consumer good giant Unilever pushes further into the healthy food market with its latest purchase in Brazil. One of Canada's largest grocers has just expanded its presence in the drugstore business and a Norwegian retailer sees growth potential in Denmark. Get informed about the latest expansion strategies and a lot more.

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Blockbuster deals


Organics acquisition ▪ Unilever announced its third acquisition in less than a month with the purchase of Brazilian food business Mae Terra, a fast-growing brand which provides health-conscious consumers with natural food products. It offers organic cereals, cookies, snacks, culinary products and more.



Canadian merger ▪ Montreal-based Metro, the country's third-biggest grocer, has finalised the agreement to buy drugstore chain Jean Coutu for US$ 3.6 billion. The deal, labelled an "exciting milestone", creates a combined food and pharmacy retail business with annual sales of US$ 12.8 billion and a network of more than 1,300 stores.




Europe


Lidl under scrutiny ▪ The German discounter has come under serious attack for its working conditions in France. TV documentary Cash Investigation has reproached the company for poor treatment of employees. Although LZ Retailytics thinks this looks more like a collection of isolated incidents, it needs to be addressed.



Italian ambitions ▪ Carrefour has launched Filiera Qualita in Italy, a new private label line dedicated to the 4,700 suppliers that implement sustainable practices. Grocer Esselunga has spent EUR 18 million on its new superstore in Bergamo, where the fruit and vegetable section features over 500 products.



Danish goals ▪ Norwegian Reitangruppen aims to open around 55 new 7-Eleven convenience stores in Denmark. The franchise chain hopes to reach its maximum potential of 250 stores in the country within the next five years and is also set to push further into healthy convenience meals and salads.



Upbeat results ▪ British online retailer Shop Direct has posted record sales of GBP 1.93 billion, boosted by the growing number of mobile shoppers with smartphone devices. The company had invested in artificial intelligence and machine learning to 'stay relevant' and will continue to do so.




USA & Canada


Finance issues ▪ In a bid to free up approx. US$ 720 million, supermarket giant Albertsons has made a deal to sell 71 owned stores to a real estate investor and subsequently lease them back. Meanwhile, Nordstrom family members struggle to get together the financing to take the upmarket department chain private.



Digital offers ▪ Fast-casual chain Shake Shack is launching a cashless burger joint in New York. The only ordering option will be via kiosks with touchscreens. Photo-sharing service Instagram is set to open its shoppable posts feature to US-businesses that use Bigcommerce platform.



Loyalty rewards ▪ Ahold Delhaize-owned supermarket chain Hannaford has launched an app-based loyalty platform rewarding shoppers for buying its house brands. Amazon has sold US$ 1.6 million of Whole Foods’ private label products in the first month since acquiring the national grocery chain.




Asia & Middle East


Split in Singapore ▪ Oil giant Shell will end its 11-year-old partnership with convenience store chain 7-Eleven in the city-state this year, as it looks to rebrand its petrol stations to be in line with its "long-term business strategy". A national revamp will take place in phases.



Israeli investments ▪ Amazon is expanding its activity in Israel. The online giant announced a new Alexa shopping research and development group to be housed in two new office spaces in Haifa and Tel Aviv and is seeking scientists, software engineers and product managers.