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Polish retailer Piotr i Paweł enters into cooperation with Spar Group 

 

Successful cooperation between retailers guarantees good profits, further development and increased brand awareness.

 

Retailer Piotr i Paweł is to join forces with the Spar Group Ltd. As in previous seasons, the retailers are developing their F&V segment so that every customer visiting their stores can find the tastes they are seeking. “In autumn 2019, in line with our new slogan ‘Inspirations’, we promoted a selection of produce, such as red grapefruit from Turkey, pineapple from Costa Rica, and Polish potatoes in various colours. We also promoted our products with the logo ‘Always Quality’ and offered many organic products,” said Tomasz Syller, managing director of Spar. Piotr i Paweł is also well-known for the high-class products that clients can find at its stores across the whole country. 

Joining forces
to reach a bigger target 

Spar has 70 shops in 65 towns in Poland but is planning to increase the number of outlets to 150 by the end of 2020. The average sales area is 1,100 m², with an assortment of 37,000 articles. The number of own-label products has increased to 1,200 items in the various categories. Once Piotr i Pawel joins forces with Spar Group Ltd., both retailers will be better placed to compete against other retailers by offering products that are often unavailable in the Polish market and at lower prices. “Fruits and vegetables account for about 8% of all our products. In 2019 up to November, our fruit and vegetables sales were worth over 120 million zlotys,” said Tomasz Syller, who states that in Poland, there is a trend to purchase organic fruits and vegetables, especially among young and middle-aged professionals. “Moreover, we are trying to offer our customers lesser known vegetables, like topinambur or pitahaya. We’ll sell these rarities in many of our outlets in various regions of our country,” said Syller.

Great potential will be generated by the partnership between Piotr i Paweł and Spar Group Ltd. “Our main target is to supply come over €11 million worth of products each year by making our shops more attractive for our customers. We now plan to build new markets in medium-sized towns. In Warsaw alone, we have five supermarkets and we plan to open new ones,” said Syller.

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Piotr i Pawel’s innovation in the F&V space

Piotr i Paweł, one of Poland’s biggest supermarket chains, is once again promoting a range of innovations in fruit and vegetables in stores nationwide

Piotr i Paweł, one of Poland’s biggest supermarket chains, is once again promoting a range of innovations in fruit and vegetables in stores nationwide.

Special areas where customers can try fresh fruit and vegetables, new sections featuring wooden tables and racks for fresh organic produce, and new stands promoting produce that is not familiar to the Polish – such as collard, black salsify and exotic fruit – are among the measures.

“We have been using the slogan ‘Cheaper than you think’ to promote a line of vegetables including Polish tomatoes, cucumbers, iceberg lettuce and also peaches grown in Małopolska, in southern Poland. And we have the ongoing promotion of our own brand products with the ‘Always Quality’ tagline,” said Jacek Grzyb, from Piotr i Paweł’s fruit and vegetable sales department.

“Fruit and vegetables account for about 10% of all our products. In 2015 our general turnover increased 5.6% to 2.12 billion zlotys, making Piotr i Paweł one of Poland’s most fastest growing food retailers.

“The same year, our fruit and vegetable sales totalled over 200 million zlotys,” Grzyb said.

“Right now in Poland there is a trend towards demand for better quality food, particularly in regard to fruit and vegetables and especially among young and middle-aged professionals.

“We are also trying to introduce our customers to lesser known vegetables such as topinambur and pitahaya. These specialty items will be sold in the majority of our outlets in different regions across the country,” he said.

Founded in 1990 and fully Polish-owned, Piotr i Paweł is also well-known for the premium class products offered in its expanding food store chain.

“In just two years we have opened over 130 new stores in 61 towns across the country. The average sales area is 1,100 m² and our assortment is up to 27,000 different articles.

“The number of our private label products has increased to 1,000 items and covers various categories of products. Piotr i Paweł is able to compete with other retailers whose fruit and vegetables are often cheaper,” Grzyb said.

Focus on medium size cities

Regarding the constant development of the fruit and vegetable sections in Piotr i Paweł supermarkets, there is a need to ask how the retailer will develop its purchase strategy in years to come concerning various categories of fresh produce.

“Our main task in the near future is to invest over €9 million each year from our sales revenue in making our shops more attractive for our customers.”

And while Piotr i Paweł plans to build new supermarkets in Poland’s medium size towns, it won’t neglect bigger cities.

“In Warsaw alone we have six supermarkets and plan to open more,” Grzyb said.

Piotr i Paweł now has 138 stores, including one opened in late October in Warsaw’s Koszykowa St.

TK