Spar has unveiled a new UK wide brand positioning

Tesco raised its profit outlook for the 2nd time in 4 months

Holland: Retailer Jan Linders 'maintained high turnover' in 2021
Dutch retailer Jan Linders Supermarkets said that it managed to 'maintain a high turnover level' throughout what the group described as an 'eventful year' in 2021. With the focus on maintaining a safe shopping environment for consumers to do their daily shopping, a turnover of €512mln was achieved in 2021, the group said.

UK: Tesco upgrades profit outlook on stronger than expected Christmas
Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, raised its profit outlook for the 2nd time in 4 months as it reported a rise in Christmas sales despite a tough comparative with 2020 when spending was boosted by a COVID-19 lockdown. The group said UK like-for-like sales rose 0.2% year-on-year in its 3rd quarter to November 27 and were up 0.3% over the 6 weeks to January 8. As a result of stronger than expected sales to date Tesco now expects a full-year 2021-22 retail operating "slightly above" the top-end of its previous 2.5-2.6bln pound ($3.43-$3.57bln) range.

Indonesia: Conglomerate Chairul Tanjung - Bukalapak will sell vegetables and fresh food, CT: Just wait!
Chairul Tanjung conglomerate will further strengthen its relationship with PT Tbk (BUKA). This is in line with the entry of the e-commerce company as a strategic investor for PT Allo Bank Indonesia Tbk (BBHI). Chairul Tanjung said that the CT group through PT Trans Retail would form a joint venture company with Bukalapak which is engaged in the e-commerce business. The items that will be sold will be specifically for vegetables and fresh food or fresh and grocery.

Just Eat Takeaway shifts to a lower gear
Growth at Just Eat Takeaway slowed down considerably over the 4rth quarter. Nevertheless, the meal delivery company is gradually pedalling towards profit: the margin should only just be negative this year. Just Eat Takeaway received a 3rd more orders in 2021 and thus reached the 1bln mark: in total, the company received 1.1bln orders. These orders summed 28.1bln euros.

UK: SPAR launches new brand positioning
SPAR, the leading convenience symbol group, has unveiled a new UK wide brand positioning that celebrates the unique characteristics of SPAR convenience stores. The new brand positioning, called ‘The Joy Of Living Locally’, launches in SPAR NI stores and across its digital communication channels this month, as part of Henderson Group’s £5.3mln marketing investment for 2022.

UK: M&S nudges up outlook after strong Christmas
British retailer Marks & Spencer nudged up its profit outlook after it reported a strong Christmas performance, particularly in food, where it outperformed the market. M&S, Britain's most famous stores group which is recovering from a decade of decline, said it now expected full-year profit before tax and adjusted items to be at least 500mln pounds ($686mln) compared to previous guidance of about 500mln pounds.

What the nation ate: Sainsbury’s reveals the top food trends of 2021
Sainsbury’s has announced the top taste trends that hooked the nation throughout 2021 - a year of overdue celebrations, with food and drink being at the heart of those moments. June was a popular month for healthy eating as Sainsbury’s saw the return of Nectar’s Great Fruit and Veg Challenge. Nectar customers went bananas for… bananas! Over 7.7mln bunches were consumed over the month, with Londoners being the #1 buyers in 2021.

Pepco Group quarterly revenue rises on 161 store openings
Pepco Group , the owner of PEPCO, Poundland, and Dealz discount retailer brands in Europe, posted a 12% rise in its quarterly total revenue on a constant currency basis, driven by performance at its PEPCO banner that saw a 20% revenue jump.

EroeGo launches UAE’s first “ugly” vegetable and fruit delivery service
EroeGo is the UAE’s first ugly fruit and vegetables delivery service. Founder Daniel Solomon is on a mission to fight food waste by helping consumers save money. The brand was founded to rescue unseemly looking vegetables to take them from farmer, directly to the consumer.

UK: M&S invites shoppers to try lower carbon diets
Retailer M&S has launched its Sparking Change National Challenge, inviting its 14mln Sparks customers to try a lower carbon diet. During the 2-month challenge, customers will have access to recipes, suggestions, and a Sparks Live cook-along event hosted by M&S chef Chris Baber alongside a surprise celebrity guest.

US: Wakefern aims to elevate post-purchase experience
Wakefern Food Corp. is adopting receipt marketing technology designed to enhance the post-purchase experience for shoppers. The grocery chain has partnered with flexEngage to offer personalized digital receipts for in-store and online purchases, making the digital receipt program more enticing for customers.

US: Kroger and Nuro announce expanded collaboration, showcasing new autonomous vehicles set to power grocery delivery service
The Kroger Co. and Nuro announced an expanded collaboration to continue redefining the customer experience leveraging autonomous vehicles with the introduction of Nuro's 3rd-generation autonomous delivery vehicle.

US: Lidl and D.C. leaders break ground on 1st Washington, D.C. store on January 8
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Council member Vince Gray, and Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio joined leaders from Lidl to break ground on Lidl’s future store at Skyland Town Center in Washington, D.C. Lidl, recently ranked a top 3 U.S. grocer by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, will be the 1st new supermarket to serve residents in Wards 7 and 8 in more than a decade.

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