The covid-19 outbreak sparked the busiest month on record for UK supermarkets, with grocery sales in March soaring by 20.6% compared to the previous month. All 10 major UK supermarkets recorded sales increases during the first 3 months of 2020, according to the new data. Aldi reported an 11% rise in sales. Of the Big-4 supermarkets, Sainsbury’s performed best, with 7.4% growth.
Record sales for UK supermarkets
Sainsbury's commits to £1 billion to become Net Zero by 2040
UK retailer Sainsbury’s has issued a pledge that its operations will become Net Zero in line with the goal to limit global warming to 1.5°C, the highest ambition of the Paris Agreement, and a decade ahead of the UK Government’s own target. The project will focus on reducing carbon emissions, food waste, plastic packaging, water usage and increasing recycling, biodiversity and healthy and sustainable eating Sainsbury’s will work collaboratively with suppliers and will ask suppliers for their own carbon reduction commitments.
Departure of Sainsbury’s CEO “not due” to Asda deal collapse
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Sainsbury’s CEO, Mike Coupe, has announced his resignation but will remain in his post until the end of May. His replacement will be current retail and operations director, Simon Roberts. Coupe has denied that his resignation is linked with the collapse of the £12 billion merger with Asda, emphasising that it was his own decision to leave.
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.
Sainsbury’s to top Tesco with Asda merger
Sainsbury’s says its proposed merger with fellow UK retailer Asda would see prices drop by about 10% on many products and create “significant opportunities” for suppliers.
Based on their current shares of Britain’s grocery market, a merger between the second and third biggest supermarket groups would give the new business a 31.4% slice, overtaking long-time leader Tesco’s 27.6%.
Health driving UK food trends
The free-from phenomenon was one of the biggest food trends of 2016 in the UK, reports Sainsbury’s.
The UK supermarket chain said sales in what was once a niche market grew over 18% and it is now a £770 million (€900m) industry.
One of the most popular free-from items sold by Sainsbury’s was vegan cheese. Its seven varieties of cheese alternatives exceeded sales expectations by 300% in the first month after the September launch.
Sainsbury’s on its support for sustainable agriculture in Peruvian desert
Sainsbury's, Lidl and Aldi gain share in UK grocery market
"Not much festive chair for supermarkets collectively this month with growth falling to a feeble 0.1%." That's how Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, began discussing the company's latest data on grocery share in the UK, covering the 12 weeks to December 6.
Furthermore, like-for-like prices had fallen by 1.9% in the previous month, he said.
New bid to keep food out of bins
Potatoes, then bread and milk, are the UK’s most wasted foods, a new study by the retailer Sainsbury’s shows.
In the case of the spud, it’s estimated that around 733,000 tons are thrown out each year in the UK.
The research has been released by Sainsbury’s to launch its Food Rescue waste campaign. Among other things, the campaign provides recipes and handy tips to help people reduce their food waste.
The tips include:
Big ad spends help Aldi, Lidl grab more of UK market
German discounters Aldi and Lidl now hold an 11% slice of UK grocery sales.
According to Nielsen figures for the 12 weeks to March 28, Aldi’s sales grew 17.9% year-on-year, to reach a 6.2% share of the grocery market, and Lidl’s sales rose 10.8%, for a 4.9% share – cementing their positions as the UK’s 5th and 7th biggest supermarkets, respectively.
Lidl biggest spender on TV & press ads