Sectorial news

Observatory on the threshold of sales loss on food and drinks

The Observatory A3 Distrib, Editions Dauvers and Lineaires have carried out a study following the coming into force of the new French regulation on the 10% threshold of sales loss on food & drinks. Leclerc is by far the most impacted distributor by this new regulation, with an average basket price increase of +5.1%, compared to Géant Casino +4.6% and Intermarché +4.4%. Leclerc is ... Read more >>>

Generations “Z”: tricky business for the brands

They are between 3-21 years old and represent a third of the global population. While they are concerned about animal welfare and sustainable development, they have distinguishing and contradictory characteristics such as following trends while reaffirming their uniqueness. According to the study OC&C, the generation Z are similar in their purchasing behaviours. The average difference is of ... Read more >>>

3% growth in compound feed in 2018

According to data from the Alltech Global Feed Survey released at the end of January 2019, International feed tonnage has increased by a strong 3% to 1.103 billion metric tons of feed produced in 2018, exceeding 1 billion metric tons for the third consecutive year. The feed is produced in fewer feed mills, meaning that the feed mills become bigger (and smaller in total number) each year. The top ... Read more >>>

Kantar Worldpanel releases the winners and losers of the supermarket distribution for 2018

Auchan has gone slightly down -0.2% now representing 10.3% market shares Carrefour has been impacted by a slowdown of its hypermarkets and Carrefour markets, now representing 20.2% market shares, a decline of -0.2%. Casino represents 11.4% market shares, a decline of -0.1%, partly due to its brand Leader Price that lost 500 000 clients in 2018 E.Leclerc also goes down -0.1%, representing ... Read more >>>

Food regulations: products prices to go drastically up

One measure of the food regulations will come into force on 1st February: there will be an increase of +10% on the threshold of sales loss on food products, which will translate into an increase of the reference prices for the big brands. Indeed, so far 20% of distributors’ turnover was made with less than 10% margin. With this new measure, the price increase at Carrefour will be in average ... Read more >>>

Carrefour’s tricks to optimise its logistics

Artificial intelligence, just-in-times, direct deliveries: Carrefour is changing its logistics and implements its action plan “Opti Supply”. Logistics is at the heart of the transformation plan “Carrefour 2022” launched by Alexandre Bompard in 2018. According to Lineaires’ information, logistics costs for Carrefour France strongly increased over the last years, going ... Read more >>>

Market shares: hard times for the brands at the end of 2018

Kantar Worldpanel released the results of the brands for the last period of 2018 (P13) from 26th November to 23rd December: a period witnessing the start of the yellow vests’ protest. Carrefour has registered the strongest loss since October, going down to 20% market shares (-0.4 point in November and again -0.4 point in December). Casino and Auchan also see their market shares declining by ... Read more >>>

Trade negotiations: organic products under pressure

Organic products are at the heart of the brands ‘strategy in supermarket distribution. In 2018, the organic turnover in Hyper and Supermarkets was of €4.5bn euros. Leclerc plans to double its turnover in this segment by 2022 and Carrefour plans to multiply it by 4. However, according to Synabio (the observatory for trade negotiations), there is more and more pressure put on suppliers. ... Read more >>>

The vegan and vegetarian market increased by +24% in 2018

Sales of vegetarian and vegan products in Hypermarkets and supermarkets generated a turnover of €380m last year, representing a growth of +24% according to data from the Institute Xerfi. This amount is similar to the one for gluten-free products, but is ten times lower than sales of organic products. For the period 2019-2021, the Institute forecasts an annual growth of +17% of the vegan and ... Read more >>>

Desserts get up-to-speed

Ultra-fresh products are recovering, at least from a turnover’s point of view: +0.4% in a year, even +2.6% in June 2018. However, volumes are decreasing -1.8%. Desserts are not doing too well either, -2.1%. Organic desserts represent 16% of ultra-fresh products’ turnover (+26%). The brands Les 2 Vaches (44% of the sales), private labels (25%) and Vrai (15%) are sharing most of the cake. ... Read more >>>

Grand Frais, the favourite brand of the French

Every year since 2010, the Institute OC&C measures the popularity of the main French distribution brands by surveyeing thousands of clients. Grand Frais appeared in the ranking for the 1st time in 2015, at the 8th place. This year, the distributor is leading the ranking. Picard, used to be well placed, is 4th. With Biocoop 6th and Leclerc 8th, they close the march of food distribution representatives ... Read more >>>

Italian cheeses keep performing

Italian cheeses are doing well at the self-service counters. The Mozzarella represents 46% of Italian cheese turnover, +9.2% in one year. 42% of its volumes are sold between September and April, outside of season. Organic mozzarella, while it represents only 5% of its turnover increased by + 43%. Organic cheese actually represent 4.8% turnover of fresh Italian cheese and go up by 34.6%. While the ... Read more >>>

Almost a third of flexitarians

A study carried out by OpinionWay and 3W.relevanC (a subsidiary of the Casino group) shows that veganism (people not consuming any products derived from animals or their exploitation) is very marginal, representing around 1% of the population. The study estimates to 28% French who diminish their consumption of fish and meat. This proportion has increased by +5 points in a year. “This increase ... Read more >>>

Changing times for desserts

Desserts’aisles in grocery stores  reflect the changes in consumption habits.They represent €1.15bn and have progressed by 0.7%. The turnover of the dessert category has grown by +45% in a decade in Hypermarkets and Supermarkets. Compote purées are the best performer (+€185M), with sales almost doubling in 10 years. Ingredients for baking and pastries have been the 2nd ... Read more >>>

3 trends for 2019 analysed by Mintel

Mintel reviews the three main global trends that will influence the food & drink sector in 2019. They will have an impact on packaging, as well as on marketing and associated services. 1/ Green and fair consumption: sustainable development will be important on the whole life cycle of the product. There shall be a number of product launches taking into account plastic-free packaging, products ... Read more >>>

Young working urbanised generation : precursors of new trends

Young graduated working people under 35, living in areas of over 100 000 inhabitants and working in jobs in the virtual economy are perceived as a particular fringe of the millennials generation. According to a study carried out by OBSOCO between June and December 2018, they are seen as precursors of emerging trends. The weight of their consumption of services and the importance of digital in their ... Read more >>>

Carrefour & its incredible bet with its concept City La Halle

Carrefour has redesigned its store on the 86 avenue of Clichy in Paris, to give birth to a new concept called “La Halle”. Over 371sqm, the range of fruits and vegs has been multiplied by two compared to the previous store, and a large stand is dedicated to traditional products (fish counter, charcuterie and deli, and cheese counter). With regard to catering, there is a space with 20 seats ... Read more >>>

Monoprix makes new commitments on animal welfare

In view of the international day for animal welfare, Monoprix is taking new commitments towards poultry. For its private labels, Monoprix will offer chickens that have benefited of good farming conditions (56 days of animal growth compared to 39 before and antibiotics-free). In parallel, Monoprix will automatically offer organic chicken in its rotisseries, for a cost of €12.90. It will be guaranteed ... Read more >>>

The French Government will finally publish the ordinance on prices

The ordinance on the threshold for reselling at a loss and discounts measures will be presented to the French Cabinet ministers. They should be implemented from 1st of February 2019. Initially, the increase of the threshold for reselling at a loss (+10%) will be compulsory from 1st February. Regard the measures to applying for discounts; they will take place in two stages. From 1st January 2019, ... Read more >>>

Meat-market : who are the French consumers ?

According to a survey from IFOP, the share of consumers eating meat very often has gone down by 7 points in 3 years. On the plus side, the share of consumers eating meat often (several times a week) has gone up by +2 points in 3 years. Only 11% of the people surveyed say they eat meat two to three times a month or less. While the proportion of men tend to eat more meat than women (97% vs 94%), ... Read more >>>

How Carrefour Bio is promoting itself as specialist retailer

Carrefour has reviewed entirely the positioning of its local store Carrefour Bio, which has been struggling to grow (20 stores in 5 years). With the opening of its new outlet in Asnières, we can see what the distributor wants to achieve. The store will spread over 230sqm and offers over 400 products. The average basket should be of €25 euros. The purpose of Carrefour Bio is to enable the ... Read more >>>

Ready meals grow in transparency

The turnover of single portion’s ready-meals has progressed by +2.4% over the last 12 months. If we include vegetable recipes it goes up to 5.3%. Around 60.3% of French households buy them regularly and visit the outlet’ section in average 7.1 times a year. However, with consumers being suspicious with regard to ultra-processed products, ready-meals manufacturers can be concerned. Brands ... Read more >>>

Pastries are shining

The pastry market in hyper & supermarkets is doing well according to Kantar Worldpanel, representing over 550m euros. Its growth is of +4.7% in volume and even +5.5% in value. Thanks to cooking TV shows, cooking books and blogs, the pastry market benefits from positive coverage. While supermarkets may not be the natural place to buy pastries from in France, pastries shelves are flourishing and ... Read more >>>

Food discovery: “The Adventurous Consumer” tipped as top trend for 2019 by Innova Market Insights

Innova Market Insights releases its top 10 trends for 2019. Here are the leading top 3: #1: Discovery of new food: +35% growth in new food & beverage launches with a discovery claim and +17% CAGR of new food & beverage launches with ethnic flavors – consumers are getting more and more adventurous with food, due in part to travelling abroad more often #2 The Plant Kingdom: consumers ... Read more >>>

Auchan France’s restructuration by 113 « life zones »

Auchan’s structuration by format (hypermarkets, supermarkets…) will be changed to address clients’ needs. 113 “life zones” have been defined (and the number will evolve), each gathering what Auchan now calls contact points, which cover both stores and digital sites. “Each life zone will have its own business plan addressing clients’ particular needs locally” ... Read more >>>

Dietetic nutrition: challenges ahead

Dietetic products represent a turnover of €421M, declining -1.6% in a year. The decline of slimming products (-15%) – which are amongst the most expensive products of the dietetic nutrition sector – increases the loss in value. In addition, dietary supplements see their sales decline by -12% in a year, which has a strong impact too as they represent half of the turnover’s sector. ... Read more >>>

The « Yellow reflective jackets » movement: its economic impact is worrying

While they are less people taking part, the hard liners are strengthening their position and distribution warehouses are getting blocked. Retail trade associations are worried. “There have already been great losses, which have not been compensated by anticipated shopping. Last Saturday, several stores were shut, and since then the situation is not back to normal, far from it” says Jacques ... Read more >>>

How will Brexit impact on animal feed?

Siobhan Walsh, 27th October 2018 A ‘no-deal’ Brexit would be “an immense political failure on both sides of the equation” says Prof. Michael Wallace at the R&H Hall Conference. Compound feed used in the Republic of Ireland increased by approximately 3.4% per annum from 2008 to 2017. On this basis, five million tonnes of compound feed would be used this year in the ... Read more >>>

Match has turned the corner

Following a difficult period, when Match had to close a third of its network and accumulated a loss of €100M, Match registers a positive growth for the 3rd year running. Its turnover is now stable, representing €1.05bn in 2017. One of the key aspect when turning around the company was to clarify the project of the company: providing healthy fresh food is at the core of the company known ... Read more >>>

Food industry: consumers want more transparency

Ahead of the SIAL, Kantar TNS released a study carried out across 14 countries. “9/10 consumers want more transparency” says Pascale Grelot-Girard, Director at Kantar TNS. They are after “authentic, healthy and safe products”. Three quarter of them also look for “free-from” products: GMO-free, sugar-free, and so on. The same applies for snacking, a booming segment. ... Read more >>>

The future of Food&Bev at SIAL 2018 Paris - 10 things I’m learning

SIAL Paris 2018 gathered over 160.000 visitors and 7.000 exhibitors. Here are the top 3 key learnings from Kris Michiels Marketing Director & BU lead Refreshment Belux (beverages & ice cream) at Unilever: 1/ Proteins: By 2050, there will be 10 billion people to feed. It is expected that the protein demand will go up by 48%. Beans and peas are a good source of protein [well represented at ... Read more >>>

O’ Marché frais: a new popular brand for Casino

After a first test started a year ago, Casino is working with Quattrucci’s network offering massive discounts on fresh products which is an ideal concept for popular suburb areas.   On 1st January 2019, 12 hyper and supermarkets O’Marche frais will get their FMCG (Fast-Moving Consumer Goods) supplies from Casino warehouses, 7 will be under the brand Marché Frais Géant ... Read more >>>

Intermarché reinvents itself and go after the city centres

Thierry Cotillard, president of ITM Alimentaire says “city centres and digital technologies are growing markets in our sector. Not to take them into account means getting ready to lose two billion euros by 5 to 6 years”. City centre food shopping represents around 14 billion euros worth of sales, of which half is made in Paris. By Spring 2019, Intermarché will open a new concept ... Read more >>>

Innovation: trends that get confirmed at the SIAL

XTC, partnering with SIAL on innovation has looked at over 2500 new products at the show. Here are the key trends on the frozen food section selected by Le Monde Du Surgele. 1/ Taste: Powerful and natural flavours. With flavouring ingredients such as ginger or saffron, chilli pepper or truffle, daily products are magnified and get a strong personality. Powerful taste is also conferred through manufacturing ... Read more >>>

SPACE

Animal feed was well represented again at the Space this year, with over 200 exhibitors in this category. In terms of innovations, Denkavit was awarded a price for its piglet product. On the side of service companies, the hallways were buzzing with the news of ADM buying out Neovia. What will happen for the organisation of the service companies of the group, Inzo, Prisma and Evialis? Time is gone ... Read more >>>

Rayon Boissons releases the top 20 new products for this fall

Beers under private labels are well represented in the ranking. Amongst them, Casino is launching its own artisanal beers “La Collective du Houblon”. Auchan is following in Systeme U, Leclerc and now Casino’s footsteps with its private label gluten-free beer “Sterling”. “Sterling” is certified from organic agriculture. Auchan releases a me-too of Desperados ... Read more >>>

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 >>>

Pastries meet all expectations

With a growth of 4.1% in value (€2.3 bn turnover) and a growth in volume of 2.5%, the pastry market is doing very well. Cécile Dubois-Vénière, Brand Manager at Brossard, gives three reasons for this : « Performing shelves displays, brands that innovate and attractive promotional offers ». Looking at the product format, consumers’ preference goes to individual ... Read more >>>

Carrefour and Système U get together for the purchasing

Carrefour and Système U have just declared today finalising a cooperation agreement for purchasing for a period of 5 years. This cooperation agreement will focus on negotiating the prurchasing from big national and international brands. Commercial and promotional policies will remain under the responsibility of each Carrefour and Système U. They are also strenghtening their commitment ... Read more >>>

Energy drinks keep their strenghts

Their weak penetration rate in France compared to larger European markets means energy drinks have a strong potential. Indeed, while soft-drinks were up +0.4%  in value in 2017, energy drinks were the 3rd contributor to the soft-drinks market in value and in volume. Their turnover was up +7.6%, equivalent to €199.9M. « Energy drinks are valued, with an average price per liter three ... Read more >>>

Carrefour opens a premium Carrefour Market rue de Sèvres

Over 2400sqm on two floors, Carrefour Market rue de Sèvres opened in January in the chic area of Paris. The first level of the shop is dedicated to the fresh food section, traditionnal food and alcoolic drinks with a cellar. « We have designed the store so that furniture disappears to the benefit of the products » says Justine Gilliard, Store Director. « Our goal is to offer ... Read more >>>

New era for producers of ice-creams

The ice cream sector is buzzing. Producers are developing new strategies of diversification and are looking at organic opportunities. Strongly linked to the weather conditions, 2017 has been very successful for the sector. Sales progressed by 4.3% in value and 2.4% in volume from April to October 2017 representing a turnover of €921.6M. For 2018, Magnum will widen its tubs range by offering new ... Read more >>>

Global challenges for the breeding of « free-from antibiotics » meat

Around 300 participants from 45 countries attended the Symposium organised by Phileo last Autumn in Rome (Italy). Despite income inequalities, consumers are all keen on poultry and pig breeding which are antibiotics-free. And this is reinforced by the following fact. With the development of their purchasing power, poorer populations (such as in China) increases their meat consumption. « In ... Read more >>>

The self-service catering section gets organic

With €100M turnover, organic products only contributes to 2% of the sales on the self-service catering section. However, sales in value are up +41.1%, consequently manufacturers are developing an appetite for organic products. In addition to specialised brands – Jardin Bio, Cereal Bio, Bjorg – we see classic providers of the self-service catering section offering organic products ... Read more >>>

Organic products are doing well at the self-service refrigerated section

Organic products’ turnover was of 8billion euros in 2017. The turnover for organic products is doing very well at the self-service refrigerated section with 4.2% vs 3.5% for the total of the CPG. It is mainly driven by dairy products (6.7%) and non-dairy fresh products (2.6%) as well as frozen food and ice creams (1.3%) according to IRI’s data. The potential for growth on these three categories ... Read more >>>

Food supermarkets will increase their takes on organic products

With a growth of +20.9%, sales of organic products took off in 2017 to reach an unprecedented level. “It is the strongest progression registered in 5 years, which goes above the 20% mark. This on a market valued to 3.6 billion euros” says Karine Sanouillet, vice-president in charge of retail at Iri. Pushed by consumers looking for quality products, this growth should continue and brands ... Read more >>>

Hypermarkets are opening the doors to organic retail stores

In addition to developing shelf-displays dedicated to organic products, many “classic” distributors are looking at developing a dedicated network to contribute to the “democratisation process for organic products”. Carrefour was first to develop a dedicated network. In 2013, it launched “Carrefour bio” in Paris. 17 Carrefour Bio stores exist to date. The management ... Read more >>>

Buying CPG online: the French opt for the drive

With 2.7bn buying sessions made online, for a total amount of €7.5bn euros in 2017, the French buy their CPG online. Compared to other countries, those numbers are quite high. “France is doing well on this segment with the development of the drives. The United States for instance are behind” said Frederic Valette, Retail Director at Kantar Worldpanel during the Digital Shopper’s ... Read more >>>

Leclerc driven by its hypermarkets and its drives in 2017

Leclerc’s turnover has progressed by 2% last year to reach €37.2bn euros. A performance driven by an increased traffic of 2.5%. The main contributors to the growth of the brand are its 547 hypermarkets and that for the second year in a row. The hypermarkets contributed to 44.2% of the growth (vs. 31.5% in 2016) with an increased turnover of +1.4%. The contribution of internet (drives included) ... Read more >>>

Coop de France Animal nutrition

Last November, Coop de France Animal Nutrition held its annual convention in Paris. Four topics were on the agenda:  1.: how to better respond to market’ needs, in terms of health safety, traceability, with providing better information to consumers; 2.: Resource management: water management, recycling; 3.: Creating and sharing value with the producer member of the cooperative; and 4.: ... Read more >>>

Carrefour, the best Hypermarket for the French

LSA, in partnership with Mobeye, has established a barometer on how clients perceive their Hypermarkets. While in recent years hypermarkets are losing grounds to smaller shops, there are still some leverages for hypermarkets to be more attractive. The study was carried out over 200 hypermarkets of + 2500sqm analysing the feeling and perception of clients through a questionnaire filled in on the grounds. ... Read more >>>

Possible alliance between Triskalia and the D’Aucy group ?

The groups D’Aucy and Triskalia announced last December their intention to join forces to build a new agri-food project. The first objective of the project would be to support the transforming market of the agriculture sector in Brittany caused by the implementation of technologic and agronomic innovations as well as research and development of new opportunities for members. The second objective ... Read more >>>

What are the best launches of organic products for 2017?

In 2017, organic products have contributed to 40%of the growth of the CPG, mainly due to the development of new national brands. According to Nielsen, the best product launch (outside of the 100% organic brands) on food and alcohol-free drinks goes to Côte d’Or for its organic chocolate bars with €2m turnover generated over the six first period launches (Hyper and supermarkets). Côte ... Read more >>>

The French are developing a taste for exotic fruits

In France, 60% of fruits are imported. This enables to widen the range of fruits on the shelves which either cannot be grown in France or with fruits offered out of season says Interfel. Apples are leading the list of fruits consumed by the French in 2016 and at second place we find citrus. 25 kilograms are consumed per households (of which 46% are oranges, 33 clementines-mandarines, 10% grapefruits ... Read more >>>

Baker and sandwich shops: representing a key role on the Food Service’s market in France

The Food Service market is recovering in France. According to NPD, the number of visits would even have progressed by 0.7% in 2017. While this trend differs from sector to sector, sandwich’s shops and baker’s shops are doing well with the number of visits going up to 1.3% over the same period (representing 1209m of visits). Visitors there can be seen all day long in France, partly due ... Read more >>>

The 3 pillars of the new Carrefour

Alexandre Bompard – Carrefour new CEO since July 2017 - has released his plan for Carrefour 2022, and the roadmap to follow for the next 5 years. There will be a deep restructuration, especially in France where it makes 45% of its global turnover (€88bn). The 1st pillar : a restructuration at all levels This will be done with the view to reduce costs. This restructuration will impact ... Read more >>>

Snacking in Hyper and supermarkets: growth forecast for 2018-2019/what growth rate to expect for 2018-2019

Exclusively for LSA, NPD releases its forecast for the snakcing sector over the next couple of years.  On the sales side, NPD’s forecast is positive, as sales for 2017 increased by 2% (equivalent to €2576m) and they should progress by 3% in 2018 and 3% again in 2019. On the number of visits to fast foods and take-away stores, the forecast is also positive. The number of visits to ... Read more >>>

2017: Difficult times for Casino and Carrefour

2017 was not a great year for Casino and Carrefour. Carrefour has lost some market shares in France, mainly due to its supermarkets which are suffering. The positive note is to be found on the international side. Indeed, while its turnover for France is equivalent to €40.096billion, its turnover abroad is of €48.144bn. With regard to the Casino group, its turnover for France distribution ... Read more >>>

Free-from products are flourishing!

In addition to sugar-free or gluten-free products, new products are appearing such as the animal protein-free products and rawfood. Are the French becoming adept to the “less is more”? According to Nielsen, 36% of the French would buy sugar-free and salt-free products, 15% are looking at an alternative to meat and 8% at glutose and lactose-free products. This trend for “free-from ... Read more >>>
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