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New fresh food boss at Sainsbury’s

New fresh food boss at Sainsbury's


Rhian Bartlett has been appointed to Sainsbury’s director of fresh food. With over 25 years’ experience in the retail industry, Bartlett rejoins the UK retail chain from Screwfix, where she worked for two years, most recently as customer and digital director. Prior to Screwfix, she spent nearly three years at eBay. Her first stint at Sainsbury’s, from 2008 to 2015, saw her hold the roles of category manager and head of online merchandising. 

Commercial director, Mills-Hicks, said, “We are delighted to be welcoming Rhian back to Sainsbury’s. She has extensive experience and will be a key member of the commercial leadership team as we further enhance our food business and focus on offering customers quality products at affordable prices.” 

Bartlett also stated a pleasure at the reunion. “It is a fantastic company with talented colleagues and a clear purpose to help customers live well for less. I am really looking forward to working with the teams to deliver a fantastic Christmas for our customers.”

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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 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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Lidl launches innovative organic vegetable labelling

Lidl launches innovative organic vegetable labelling

Lidl Poland has begun labelling its organic vegetables using a non-invasive laser technique to avoid using packaging, paper, ink or glue, reports The technique is already being used with the retailer’s organic butternut squash and celery, as of the beginning of December. The technique is entirely safe and does not affect the structure and nutritional value of the products in any way, leaving just a “tattoo” on the vegetable using a concentrated light beam. Information that these are organic products can be found directly on the skin.

The Schwarz Group, which includes Lidl and Kaufland, is one of the largest retailers on the international stage. The Group has developed a comprehensive REsetPlastic strategy aimed at reducing waste, recycling, eliminating plastics, and education.

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M&S still growing ahead of market in food

In its latest annual report, the UK retail chain said despite the most competitive food market of recent years, it delivered like-for-like growth in every quarter and maintained its margin.

M&S says 2014/15 was an outstanding year for its food business “in a sector that continues to go through profound change.”

In its latest annual report, the UK retail chain said despite the most competitive food market of recent years, it delivered like-for-like growth in every quarter and maintained its margin. “We have a clear and distinct offering and our growth plans look clear and achievable,” it said.

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M&S has two divisions: Food, which accounts for 57% of its turnover, and General Merchandise, which accounts for the remaining 43%. Overall, it has 33 million customers through its 852 UK stores and e-commerce platform. Worldwide, M&S has 480 wholly-owned, jointly-owned or franchised stores in 59 territories across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. “Our International business now includes a fast-growing standalone Food operation, meaning that more people around the world can enjoy our delicious, innovative food products,” it said.

M&S said innovation remains its core strength as a speciality retailer. “In Food, we showed that we are at the forefront of discovery and creativity,” it said.

Expansion of convenience format: Simply Food

M&S said it opened 67 new stores during the year. Of these, 62 were its Simply Food convenience store format, taking its total to 504. It said franchise partners play a key role in this growth and in March it opened its 200th Simply Food store through a partnership with BP.

“We expect Food space to increase by 4.5% in 2015/16, again driven by growth in Simply Food store numbers,” the chain said in its report.

“The Simply Food format plays into evolving shopping habits. People are shopping more regularly and more locally, meaning that our convenience format is one of our key differentiating factors.”

M&S said it has “a strong pipeline with the fastest Food store opening programme planned in M&S’s history.”

“The UK food market will remain challenging but we are well positioned with a store format that caters for how shopping habits are changing.” 

source: M&S