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Carrefour promotes Alba Group cherries and food transition

Carrefour promotes Alba Group cherries and food transition
Photo: Carrefour will sell more than 500,000 kilos of cherries and picotas – Revista Mercados

Carrefour has met Alba Group executives to promote cherry sales, reports Revista Mercados. The French retailer plans to sell 500 tons of Jerte cherries and picotas during 2021 as proof of its commitment to Extremadura’s product. A visit to the facilities of the Alba Group (a social economy company in Extremadura, Spain), where these cherries and picotas are grown. The meeting was attended by Alexandre de Palmas, executive director of Carrefour Spain; Jorge Ybarra Loring, director of Carrefour merchandise and Eric Caruelle, director of Socomo. Representing of Grupo Alba were Alberto Serrano, commercial director, and Ángel Vicente, financial director.

The agreement is part of Carrefour’s commitment to local producers and its objective of leading the food transition for all. Carrefour distributes cherries and picotas to its more than 1,200 establishments in Spain and exports these fruits from the Jerte Valley to countries such as Italy, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

 

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French government opposes take-over of Carrefour

French government opposes take-over of Carrefour
Photo: Réussir Fruits et Légumes

France’s government has opposed the proposed €16.2 billion takeover of French supermarket chain Carrefour by Canadian convenience store group Couche-Tard, according to Reuters. Labour Minister Elisabeth Borne said Thursday on Radio Europe 1 that she is “opposed to a takeover.” That follows similar comments by Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire who explained that the country’s “food sovereignty” is at stake. “I’m not in favour of such a deal,” Le Maire said on television channel France 5.

Carrefour is Europe’s biggest retailer and the biggest private employer in France, with over 105,000 employees in the country. Under French rules on controlling foreign investment, the government’s approval is required in some strategic sectors, which includes food retail, Le Maire said.

Carrefour said in a statement that the Alimentation Couche-Tard group had approached it with a tie-up proposal and that talks are at an early stage. Couche-Tard also confirmed it proposed an initial “friendly combination” at the price of €20 per share but stressed “there is no certainty at this stage that these discussions will result in any agreement or transaction.”

 

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Carrefour launched 157 new organic products in 2020

Carrefour launched 157 new organic products in 2020
Photo: Carrefour

In total, the French supermarket chain has more than 400 organic farming and livestock references, sold under the Carrefour Bio brand. In 2020 alone, Carrefour Bio launched 157 new products. In addition, and to promote both the production and the consumption of these types of articles, Carrefour develops a series of initiatives such as the elimination of VAT on fresh organic products and collaboration with Spanish farmers to develop these products.

Carrefour has maintained at all times its commitment to sustainable development in the production and distribution of these products. It has also reinforced the commitment to local producers, since it also relies on the transformation of its production model. The purpose is none other than to promote the importance of the ecological world in the current food environment, as well as to help adapt new consumption and living habits that are more respectful with the environment.

It was in 2017 when Carrefour opened the first supermarket of a distribution chain dedicated exclusively to the commercialization of organic products. A pioneering event that took place in Madrid’s Velarde street and that continued with three other Carrefour Bio: another in Madrid, in the Corredera Baja de San Pablo, and two in Barcelona, ​​in Carrer de Sants and Travessera de Gracia.

Carrefour’s Soft Bio  range contains items made entirely with raw materials from organic farming and of natural origin. All of them under the Eco Cert Cosmos Organic seal, which certifies that it has been made following ecological production processes, with respect for biodiversity, with a responsible use of natural resources and recyclable packaging.

 

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French retail takes on Amazon

French retail takes on Amazon

Photo: Auchan Retail

French retailers Intermarché, Auchan and Carrefour are seeking to stave off the imminent threat of Amazon by facilitating access to their digital platforms and pick-up points for small independent retailers, according to a report by Retail Detail. Carrefour is specifically supporting independent food stores, while Intermarché and Auchan are supporting independent bookstores, clothes stores and toy stores by opening up their e-commerce sites and pick-up points to small shops. Carrefour is offering free access to its marketplace and an “accelerated digitisation solution with the support of its partner Mirakl”. The retailer stressed the importance of its long-term partnerships with growers. 

A press release by Carrefour stated: “Through its Quality Channels, Carrefour has been weaving partnerships with French producers for nearly 30 years to guarantee them a level of price and volume over several years in return for their commitment to provide fresh, tasty products that are good for health and the environment. Today, Carrefour is proud to already have more than 18,000 long-term partners, to the delight of our customers, who can be sure that they will find something good to eat in our stores. But France’s agriculture is full of talent and that’s why Carrefour is today appealing to all fruit and vegetable producers who have not yet joined our shelves.”

Intermarché ran an ad last week in a French newspaper stating: “Sorry Amazon. From Monday, all those who, like us, wish to support local commerce will once again be able to buy their books from their bookseller.”

 

 

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Carrefour expands Taiwan network with takeover

Carrefour expands Taiwan network with takeover

Carrefour is expanding its presence in Taiwan, just as it pulls out of China. The French retailer announced an agreement to acquire Wellcome Taiwan, consolidating its position as the leading multi-format food retailer in Taiwan. As part of the agreement, Carrefour will acquire 224 proximity stores in quality locations (199 Wellcome – average sales area of 420 sq. m – and 25 Jasons – average sales area of 820 sq. m) as well as a warehouse (including ownership of the real estate and land). By combining these businesses, it is expected that both customers and team members will benefit from the group’s greater strength and scale, with a resulting boost in quality, prices, and service. The transaction is expected to be closed by the end of 2020.

Wellcome brings recognised expertise in fresh produce and will contribute to the development of food e-commerce, with each store becoming a new pick-up point for online orders. Carrefour plans to convert the Wellcome stores to the Market banner within 12 months after the closing of the transaction, and then convert Jasons stores to a Carrefour premium banner. 

The estimated cost of the acquisition is €97 million euros. Wellcome Taiwan posted net sales of around €390 million in 2019. Carrefour is accelerating the development of its network in Taiwan in the fast-growing proximity format, making it second largest player in this format. Carrefour currently operates 137 stores in Taiwan, including 69 proximity stores under the Market banner. The Group posted net sales in the country of €1.97billion in 2019.

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Carrefour Statement – Opening hours

Carrefour Statement – Opening hours

Philippe PEGUILHAN – Country Manager of Carrefour UAE at Majid Al Futtaim Retail

March 23rd, 2020While shopping malls are closing in the UAE, all our stores remain open and fully stocked for customers, operating at our regular times.

We encourage all our valued customers to shop responsibly and be mindful of others. We have full confidence in our stock and supply chain and we continue to monitor stock levels to ensure we adequately cater to customer needs. We are also working closely with suppliers to ensure that essential products remain at reasonable prices so that our customers don’t experience an increase in their shopping bills.

In addition to full sanitation of the stores, Carrefour is adding measures to ensure social distancing and preserve the health of our customers and employees. This includes placing acrylic glass screens at checkout counters to reduce contact, and instructional signage to guide customers on the best social distancing practices.

Carrefour remains committed to offer customers the best and freshest food options at the best prices during the current challenges.

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Carrefour opens 10 new stores in Poland

Carrefour opens 10 new stores in Poland

 

Carrefour Polska has opened ten new outlets in the first two months of 2020, including four convenience stores in Warsaw. The retail giant plans further openings throughout the year. The move is part of Carrefour’s expansion in the country Poland, with the opening of its first organic stores at the end of 2019. 

Michał Florkiewicz, Carrefour Convenience Store Director for Poland, said: “Under the name of Carrefour, there are already more than 650 shops in Poland operated by our franchisees in three different formats. In 2019, we opened over 100 new shops all over the country.” 

In 2018, Carrefour offered a new retail format for the Polish market: a Carrefour Express tailored for petrol stations, which has become very popular. Carrefour Polska operates convenience stores in three formats – Carrefour Express Convenience, Carrefour Express Minimarket, and Globi.

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Carrefour unveils Mobimart: the region’s first grocery bus

Carrefour unveils Mobimart: the region’s first grocery bus, © Carrefour & Majid Al Futtaim
© Carrefour & Majid Al Futtaim

 

Carrefour’s newest grocery concept brings fresh food and everyday supplies to underserviced neighbourhoods across Dubai.

 

Dubai, UAE, 3rd March 2020: Carrefour, operated by Majid Al Futtaim in the UAE, unveiled Mobimart, the region’s first grocery bus, bringing convenient and accessible shopping to the doorsteps of underserved neighbourhoods and communities across Dubai, six days a week.   

Carrefour Mobimart offers customers an extensive variety of daily groceries and fresh food, including a selection of organic produce, frozen food, snacks, beverages, and light household items. The bus will visit various communities along its assigned route, with timed stops, parking just a short walk from shoppers’ homes.

© Carrefour & Majid Al Futtaim

 

Phillippe Peguilhan, Country Manager of Carrefour UAE, at Majid Al Futtaim Retail – said: “We’re constantly looking to find new ways to reinforce our position as the leading retailer in the region. This is what drives us to come up with unique concepts that reach our customers and satisfy their needs wherever they are. Carrefour Mobimart represents Majid Al Futtaim’s commitment to provide innovative, and seamless customer experiences to our shoppers, as we bring Carrefour to their doorsteps.

Carrefour Mobimart was built in Dubai by homegrown Bespoke Trailers—a start-up based in Al Quoz. Jamal Wick, Managing Director and Co-Founder of the company said, “We commend Majid Al Futtaim for their efforts to always bring the best innovations by going over and above the brick and mortar stores’ expectations. Residents in the UAE have high expectations of personalised delivery services and Carrefour has successfully brought a grocery shopping experience to their doorsteps. We are also appreciative for their support to local SMEs through such initiatives, reflecting their efforts to contribute to the diversification of the economy.”

Majid Al Futtaim Retail has been reimagining traditional grocery concepts as it caters to evolving customer needs. With this latest innovation, Mobimart compliments Carrefour’s portfolio of store formats, including the popular Carrefour Marine, the world’s first sail thru store.

The bus will visit several areas in Dubai, with the majority being residential as well as stops at Kite Beach, and Rahaba labour accommodation. The full list of destinations served at this time is: Javza – South Gate, Akoya – Juniper Cluster, Claret Cluster and Amazonia Cluster, Rahaba Kite Beach, Meydan – near Emirates Pilots Village, Jumeirah Village Circle, Jumeirah Village Triangle, Jumeirah Islands, and Sports City – Victory Heights. Details on the schedule will be posted regularly on Carrefour’s website and social media channels.

 

 


About Carrefour in UAE

Carrefour was launched in the UAE in 1995. Today, Carrefour operates 29 hypermarkets and 80 supermarkets, employing more than 10,000 colleagues.

About Majid Al Futtaim

Founded in 1992, Majid Al Futtaim is the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

A remarkable business success story, Majid Al Futtaim started from one man’s vision to transform the face of shopping, entertainment and leisure to ‘create great moments for everyone, every day’. It has since grown into one of the United Arab Emirates’ most respected and successful businesses spanning 16 international markets, employing more than 44,000 people, and obtaining the highest credit rating (BBB) among privately-held corporates in the region.

Majid Al Futtaim owns and operates 27 shopping malls, 13 hotels and four mixed-use communities, with further developments underway in the region. The shopping malls portfolio includes Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre malls, My City Centre neighbourhood centres, and four community malls which are in joint venture with the Government of Sharjah. The Company is the exclusive franchisee for Carrefour in a number of markets across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, operating a portfolio of more than 300 outlets.

Majid Al Futtaim operates more than 500 VOX Cinemas screens and 37 Magic Planet family entertainment centres across the region, in addition to iconic leisure and entertainment facilities such as Ski Dubai, iFly Dubai and Ski Egypt, among others. The Company is parent to the consumer finance company ‘Najm’, and a Fashion and Home retail business representing international brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, AllSaints, lululemon athletica, Crate & Barrel and Maisons du Monde. In addition, Majid Al Futtaim operates Enova, a facility and energy management company, through a joint venture operation with Veolia, a global leader in optimised environment resource management. The Company also owns the rights to The LEGO Store and American Girl in the Middle East.


 

Source: Press Release
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Carrefour opens specialist organic store in Poland

Carrefour opens specialist organic store in Poland

 

Poland’s first Carrefour BIO store was opened on November 15, 2019 in the centre of Warsaw. Poland thus becomes the fourth country, after France, Spain and Belgium, to see the concept of Carrefour BIO stores. The first Carrefour BIO offers 153 m² of commercial space and a 27 m² coffee corner with free wifi. A wide and varied offer of approximately 2,500 products awaits customers, 80% of which are organic products, with the remaining ones dedicated to vegans and people with gluten and lactose intolerance. The Carrefour BIO store assortment includes 250 types of fresh products, including vegetables and fruit sold by weight, meat, fish, as well as 2,200 packaged products, including wines and other alcohols. There are also 250 Carrefour BIO private label products available in the store.

The latest concept includes the possibility of buying 50 loose products by weight, among them are cereal, macaroni, legumes, coffee, as well as a wide selection of dried fruit and nuts. Tea and spice lovers can choose from 24 types of these products displayed in glass jars. The Carrefour BIO store also offers freshly baked bread, as well as cold meats, organic cheeses, cakes and delicatessen products sold in traditional counters. In addition to food products, the store also has a zone of make-up products, natural cosmetics and eco-detergents.

The Carrefour BIO also has a “Food to Go” zone that offers healthy snacks, soups as well as bio sandwiches prepared on site. In addition, freshly ground organic coffee and freshly squeezed organic fruit juices await customers. In the store it is possible to use your own packaging, e.g. when buying coffee or weight products. An additional option for customers looking for products directly from farmers are collection in the store of orders processed via the LokalnyRolnik.pl platform. The latest concept uses less waste solutions and ecological equipment, e.g. the floor is made of approximately 50% recycled material, and energy-saving refrigerators are powered by propane-butane.

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Carrefour to exit from China

Carrefour to exit from China

The big news in the retail world is that the French giant Carrefour is set to sell 80% of its shares in Carrefour China. The stake will be purchased by leading Chinese retail group Suning.com. Suning.com has a network of 8,881 stores and operates the third largest B2C e-commerce platform in the country.

The cause of the sell-off is likely to be Carrefour China’s disappointing performance of late. The retailer posted revenues for 2018 of €3.6 billion, which represents a fall of almost 10% from the previous year. The chain operates 234 stores in China and is valued at €1.4 billion. The takeover is expected to be completed by the end of the year.