Netherlands news

15 November 2022
I recently visited the Netherlands to see how retail is evolving and understand the latest trends within the market. Here I pull out what I learnt and why I believe the Dutch market stands out… My key learnings from our visits in the Netherlands: Digital is evolving in-store. Retailers are using screens to promote their own ranges as well as selling this advertising space to suppliers ...
09 November 2022
Ahold Delhaize reported Q3 results, saying net sales rose 9.1% at constant exchange rates, to €22.4bn, while like-for-like sales increased by 7.9%. Ahold Delhaize US: comparable sales +8.2% In the US, Ahold Delhaize saw net sales rise to €14.7bn in Q3, an increase of 8.8% at constant exchange rates. Comparable sales (excluding gasoline) rose by 8.2%. It said its Food Lion banner continue...
03 November 2022
OXXO, a Mexican convenience store chain (owned by FEMSA), recently announced it will open two new stores every three days until the end of the year. As of September 30, 2022, OXXO operated 20,899 stores across Latin America, and in November last year, it announced its 10-year plan to open 10,000 stores. Following a successful acquisition of Valora Group (more below), we will soon start to see ...
21 July 2022
Jumbo food released its H1 results taking a sales turnover of €5.46bn which was a growth of 1.6% against the same time period last year. Quality improvement and expansion driving success The company has been focusing on quality improvement on fresh, health and sustainability. In the Netherlands customers are looking for better, more responsible and local fresh food.  Jumbo have met these dema...
08 July 2022
This Tuesday (5 July), FEMSA, a Mexican Coca-Cola bottler and convenience store operator, announced its all-cash offer to acquire Swiss convenience and foodservice retailer Valora. The deal is subject to regulatory approval, but if approved, FEMSA has agreed to purchase all the publicly held shares of Valora Holding AG for 260 Swiss francs per share, totaling CHF1.1 bn (€1.1 billion). It expect...
05 July 2022
Albert Heijn was recently voted the most sustainable supermarket chain the Netherlands for the sixth year in a row by the Sustainable Brand Index 2022. Over the past few months it has announced some impressive plans to help reduce it’s carbon footprint, provide healthier choices and eliminate waste. Albert Heijn leads the way for a plastic free Netherlands Albert Heijn have removed all disp...
14 June 2022
SPAR International published its 2021 annual report with a 3.3% growth on global turnover at €41.2 bn, even better against 2019 at +10.7%. Europe’s dominance continues Europe’s responsible for 80% of the global turnover of the SPAR business, reporting positive year on year growth. Western Europe took €25.6 bn in 2021 which was +1.8% year on year and +13.4% vs 2019. Other European markets in...
25 April 2022
Since the launch of Shell Café in April 2021 in the Netherlands , the concept has been rolled out to other markets. We highlight the latest developments and explain what can be learned. Shell Café available in more than 10 markets  The Shell Café concept has been launched in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Czech Republi...
02 March 2022
City officials in the Netherlands and USA are creating legislation that will impact expansion plans and delivery times, while retailers are expanding their partnerships with quick commerce operators. I also round up some of the latest activation I’ve seen from quick commerce pure plays Gopuff and Getir, including a focus on loyalty and seasonal events. Legislation impacts growth In the N...
16 February 2022
Ahold Delhaize saw its net sales rise 3.3% in 2020 in its 2021 financial year, driven by its operations in the US, where they increased by 3.6%, at constant exchange rates, versus 2.8% in Europe. The retailer benefited from a 53rd week in 2020, which if excluded, meant sales were up by 5.0% on a comparable 52-week basis. Net online consumer sales jumped by 38.2% to €10.4 bn during 2021, with t...