Sectorial news

How Auchan Drive is expanding its presence

Auchan has opened its first pedestrian drive in Lille in October. Its offers amongst 10 000 products available for order, with four-times a day deliveries to the drive. The distributor’s objective is to receive 800 orders per week, with an average basket of €40. Additional services will soon be available at the drive, such as free coffee and a posting facility for mail. Thanks to its wide ... Read more >>>

What « Le 4 » says about Casino’s plans

By opening « Le 4 » just next to the Champs-Elysees, Casino’s new concept store tells a lot about how the distributor sees the market evolve. Even foreign journalists are rushing in to discover this French style store of the future. 1/ Products offer: A new way of putting it together. The store is extremely selective in its offering. Medium sizes friendly, trendy or qualitative ... Read more >>>

Combatting the Downward Trend in French Frozen Food Consumption

The frozen retail sector (savoury foods) in France has been experiencing a steady decline over the past 10 years. According to LSA Commerce et Consommation, between May 2017 and May 2018, the frozen savoury sector, worth 3.6 million euro, saw a decline of 1.9 % in value and 3.7 % in volume. The ready-meal category was the worst affected (- 4.2 % in value and – 5.2 % in volume). Fish, shellfish ... Read more >>>

Disappointing first half 2018 for drinks in the HORECA sector

Bad news for the drink sector (excluding wines and champagnes) distributed in the HORECA sector. According to a study by Nielsen On Trade, the sector has registered a decline of minus -1.9% in volume and is only growing by +0.5% in value over the first 6 months of the year. This could be explained by bad weather and social troubles characterised by many strikes. The most impacted segment is waters, ... Read more >>>

What distributors think about the development of organic products

Far from being simply a trend, 60% of the distributors surveyed by LSA/LEA Nature think organic products are a key segment in the distribution sector. Consumers’ demand is the first driver pushing the distribution players to sell organic products (77%). 57% of supermarket and hypermarket players consider organic product as leverage for growth. For specialist organic retailers, 65% of them mention ... Read more >>>

So-and-so period for ready-to-drink cocktails

After years of intense innovation, the segment for ready-to-drink cocktails registers a lack of investment. Despite the launch of frozen cocktails on the market in 2017, ready-to-drink cocktails are going down by almost 2% in volume and 3.5% in value. They represent a turnover of 53M euros and 6.7 million litres. Innovation-based vodka, gin and cachaça are heavily impacted in terms of volume, ... Read more >>>

Quality standards: the French are putting pressure on brands

The survey Opinion Way – Veeva carried out in June focused on how French consumers feel about the Food industry The survey reveals that the quality of the product is the key factor when shopping. 95% of the French consider quality when buying food products. Another aspect that is striking says Romain Marcel – General Director at Veeva is “ that the French are disappointed when it ... Read more >>>

Consumers look to reconcile nutrition and their health

In nutrition, the dual between plant-based and animal food products is only starting” says a survey published by the Xerfi group. According to them, the global market for plant-based proteins - growing at an annual average of 5.5% - will reach almost 11billion euros by 2020. A sign amongst others that consumers’ food habits are changing.  When shopping, consumers’ health is ... Read more >>>

The new Eldorado of vegetarian-based desserts

Almond-, oat-, soya or coconut-based, whether they are organic or not, a new range of brands attack the traditional desserts sector. Manufacturers bet on the fact that French will privilege vegetable proteins. While according to Nielsen, only 2% of the French consumers say they are vegetarian, 4% say they are flexitarian and 16% try to avoid eating meat. The rationale behind it is broad: being keen ... Read more >>>

Auchan and Casino present their new alliance called Horizon

New purchasing centers called « Horizon » should soon be set up between Auchan Retail, the group Casino, Metro and Schiever, both in France and overseas. “Horizon Achats”, on the purchasing side, will negotiate with around 110 suppliers of consumers good representing around 70% of purchases of well-known brands for the grouping of Auchan, Casino, Metro France and Schiever. ... Read more >>>

Around 150 Franprix Darwin by 2019

Only the ones able to adapt to their environment will survive. Franprix has adopted Darwin’s theory by calling internally its latest store concept “Franprix Darwin”. Franprix’s latest Darwin concept store will offer plethora of novelties which will address three key consumers’ expectations: catering, commitment and responsibilities, and service. The catering area is ... Read more >>>

Manufacturers & GMO/Non-GMOs products: moving forward into complexity

Producers of GMO-free products in the Dairy industry are developing rapidly. However, will they remain competitive compared to products containing GMO? The estimates for 2017 show that about 9% of the production of milk would follow non-GMO requirements, and about 9% of meat production. 21% of chicken would be fed without GMO, so are about 13% laying hens and between 16% and 17% of pork. The GMO-free ... Read more >>>

Pescanova wants to come back to the front stage

After two years of hard work, the shrimps’ Spanish group reached a balanced result in 2017. It now cultivates new ambitions for its future. In France, its turnover reached €140bn euros (representing 15% of the total turnover of the group). 60% of it comes from fresh products and 40% from its frozen range. Pescanova wants to double its turnover as its volumes by 2020 and reach 10% of market ... Read more >>>

Yogurts and fresh / frozen desserts are reinventing themselves

Yogurts and fresh desserts markets are not doing well. Sales are decreasing by 1.3% in value and 1.9% in volume for fresh desserts and by 0.5% in value and 2.3% in volume for yogurts. However there are strong disparities depending on the category of ultra-fresh products. Premium products are booming while low-fat products and traditional products are struggling. “Gourmet products are performing ... Read more >>>

Système U will grow stronger on its organic wines offer for its next Autumn Fair

For its Autumn wine fair, Système U will propose an offer made of 15% organic wines, (against 10% last year) amongst 900 outlets. After multiplying by three its offer of organic wines in 2017, Système U will continue to promote this category with a selection of wines for its Autumn Fair 2018 made of 15% of organic wines. “We want to fight prejudicies” says Gerard Bregeon, ... Read more >>>

A responsible use of antibiotics in animal nutrition

The Austrian company BIOMIN organized earlier this year a symposium dedicated to the responsible use of antibiotics in modern poultry production. Since 2006 and the ban on using antibiotics in poultry nutrition in the view of making them bigger, the use of antibiotics is decreasing. Biomin has been engaged over several years into the suppression of medicines within animal nutrition. “Our ... Read more >>>

E. Leclerc is losing grounds

LSA got hold of the whole of the market shares of distributor groups issued by Kantar Worldpanel for the 4th period of the year (19 March to 15 April). E. Leclerc falls by -0.3 point to 21.1%. This is quite a surprise for a group used to be in the leadership position to the point of taking over Carrefour during 2017. It is the 4th period of decline for E. Leclerc, which is a situation that has never ... Read more >>>

Nutrition: French consumers looking for proofs

Following a research carried out by INRA and the University of Paris-XIII, Nutri-Set Santé reveals that “an increased of 10% in the proportion of ultra-processed ingredients in food diet appears to be associated with an increase of over 10% of risks to develop cancer”. As such, consumers have lost confidence in food products. And this is reinforced by Scientists, NGOs and the media ... Read more >>>

The new food habits of the French

The food market is good through a deep transformation with the emergence of gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan, organic products and so on. The French have more and more an appetite for alternative products. According to a study Bjorg, Bonneterre and Compagnie carried out by OpinionWay last September, only 4% are buying organic products or Fair Trade products. The rest of the people surveyed are mixing ... Read more >>>

French Gourmets have an appetite for Italian deli meats

Aside from the traditional Parma ham, Italian deli meats in France are not that well known. Alessandra Pierini, MD at Rapp grocery, specialized in the sales of Italian products, says: “The French only know a small proportion of the Italian offer, but their appetite for it is undeniable”. Salami is the most consumed Italian deli meat in France, followed by Aoste ham and raw Italian ham. ... Read more >>>
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