Sectorial news

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 >>>
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