Discount news

23 September 2013
Lidl's UK business is set to open a new £40m distribution centre to support its rapid sales growth in fresh produce. Managing fresh deliveries The 22,000 sq m site will manage deliveries of fresh produce into London and the south east. The new DC is set to be built at the site of the old Northfleet power station in Kent. Growing focus on fresh categories Last year sales of fresh ranges...
19 September 2013
Iceland has invested £7m in a series of new TV adverts that will air this Autumn and Christmas. Focus on quality The new adverts will highlight the quality of Iceland's products, with the campaign strapline of "Love Fresh, Love Frozen". The first advert launched last week and used the strapline "It's time we met". The 40-second advert shows a couple having a romantic first dinner, with Icela...
19 September 2013
After years of stagnation and false dawns in the wake of the global financial crisis, it is heartening that there is some positive momentum in the economy at last. In this article we outline how an improving economic outlook and evolving shopper preferences have shaped our new market and channel forecasts. Three channels set to drive growth Over the five years to 2018, we expect the grocery mar...
18 September 2013
As Aldi's strong performance continues in Ireland, the discounter has announced that it will continue to grow its supply of Irish products. Annual spend with Irish suppliers has tripled Aldi has revealed that it spends three times as much with Irish suppliers as it did in 2008. This amounts to an impressive 50% of its grocery sales now coming from its 127 Irish suppliers, producers and manuf...
17 September 2013
Lidl UK has appointed Tim Henry to the position of operations director in the UK, as it looks to continue its rapid growth. Promoting from within the Lidl business Tim Henry has been with the Lidl business for just short of a decade, having held a number of different roles within the discounter. He is replacing Conor Boyle, who is taking on the role of managing director of Lidl Sweden. Su...
16 September 2013
1. Aldi, Kilburn Opened in April 2013, this is Aldi’s first move into convenience retailing in the UK, providing a possible blueprint for future expansion as it looks to build its presence in central London. It has an extensive food-to-go offer to effectively cater for the convenience shopper, while an extended produce and bakery offer, also positioned at the front of store communicates qualit...
16 September 2013
This autumn, Swiss discounter Denner is launching a major campaign promoting the image of its wine range and online Wineshop. Uses customers to promote the wines Playing on Denner's strapline 'one for all', the campaign is called 'one for all wine lovers'. Rather than using wine experts, Denner's campaign features customers talking about why they find one wine better than another. It wi...
11 September 2013
Turkish corporation Yildiz Holding has confirmed it plans to merge all stores belonging to discount supermarket chain Dia with its other stores under the Sok banner in Turkey, according to Chairman of Yildiz, Murat Ulker. Merger follows Dia sale in July The merger follows the sale of Dia from Spanish supermarket group Dia and Turkey’s Sabanci Holding to Sok Marketler, a subsidiary of Yild...
10 September 2013
Portugal-based Jerónimo Martins has announced that it is planning to invest €1.4 billion over three years in its Poland-based operations, Biedronka. Investment to grow presence to more than 3,000 stores The announcement came from Jerónimo Martins’s chief executive, Pedro Soares dos Santos, who said that the retailer was looking to invest ‘approximately PLN2.1 billion [in 2013], and are likely...
28 August 2013
Sales at B&M Bargains increased by 31% to £935.2m in the 12 months to 31 December 2012 as the popularity of the high street discounter continued to rise. Strong profit growth B&M Bargains also recorded impressive growth in profits in the newly filed accounts at Companies House. Operating profits grew 73% from £49.2m to £85m, while pre-tax levels showed similar growth, jumping 76%, from £47.5m...