Belgium news and analysis

13 November 2020
Against a challenging economic backdrop, accelerating food inflation and an increasingly competitive market, retailers in Belgium are raising the visibility of their price-focused investments for shoppers. We look at recent initiatives from Carrefour and Colruyt in the country. Carrefour freezes prices on 20,000 products The retailer said it was reacting to the second lockdown in Belgium an...
09 November 2020
As part of its Q3 results announcement , Ahold Delhaize set out how it was aiming to solidify its position as an industry-leading local omnichannel retailer in 2021 and beyond. We look at the three strategies it is putting in place and the initiatives it has implemented as it looks to build towards this future now. 1. Step-up online capacity, supply chain and technological capabilities A...
05 November 2020
Ahold Delhaize reported net sales, at constant currencies, rose 10.1% to €17.8 bn during its third quarter. The retailer’s growth was broad based, with comparative sales, excluding petrol, rising by 12.4% in US and by 7.5% in Europe. Despite the boost to sales from the pandemic, the results did show a sequential slowdown on previous quarters, underlining how markets were stabilising as the qua...
04 November 2020
Following on from its strong Q3 results announcement , we look at five initiatives from the retailer’s operations in Europe as it looks to build on its strong foundations and continue its recent sales momentum. Carrefour adds health-focused personalisation tool online in France… After announcing plans to launch the service in July , Carrefour has launched its personalisation service i...
28 October 2020
Carrefour reported total sales rose 5.5%, at constant exchange rates, to €19.7 bn, with like-for-likes rising 8.4% in its third quarter. The retailer said its growth was its ‘ best performance in at least 20 years ’. The positive results were broad based, with most markets and channels seeing growth, and came despite ‘ an unfavourable petrol effect ’ and ‘ an unfavorable exchange rate effect ’...
21 October 2020
We highlight recent developments from Belgium, where retailers are pivoting their food-to-go and online offers to meet shopper needs. 1. Delhaize discontinues Fresh Atelier food-to-go concept Delhaize has discontinued the Fresh Atelier food-to-go concept, which it originally launched in Brussels in 2018. At the time, the retailer saw the potential for 200 of these sites. Delhaize now pla...
20 October 2020
As it looks to standout in local markets and develop its offer to meet shoppers’ health-focused needs, Ahold Delhaize’s operations in Belgium and US have launched new initiatives to help encourage shoppers to live healthier and more sustainable lives. Ahold Delhaize US aims to boost sales of healthier products… As part of an initiative in conjunction with the Partnership for a Healthier Ame...
16 September 2020
Vancouver-based Food X Technologies has signed a strategic partnership with Carrefour Group to accelerate the retailer’s ecommerce capabilities. Integration of Food X technologies by mid-2021 The partnership with Food X Technologies has been formed to support Carrefour in increasing the productivity and profitability of its ecommerce operating systems while enhancing its digital customer e...
15 September 2020
As Carrefour continues to drive change across its operations in Europe, we round up developments from France, Belgium, Italy, Poland, and Spain. Carrefour France enjoyed a good summer In an interview with local trade publication LSA, the managing director of Carrefour France, Rami Baitiéh, discussed the retailer’s performance over summer 2020, given the challenging operating environment. Ba...
05 August 2020
Ahold Delhaize has reported that its Q2 net sales increased by 15.9% at constant exchange rates to €19.1bn. Performance was largely driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. President and CEO Frans Muller said, ‘The engagement and strong execution of our teams have translated this unprecedented demand in both the U.S. and Europe, due to COVID-19, into outstanding results’ . Changing consumer behaviour...