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Bompard, chairman of Carrefour

The board of directors of the French retail group has appointed Alexandre Bompard as its new chairman and CEO. Bompard will take over the position on the 18th of July, replacing Georges Plassant, who has held the position since 2012. He is committed to promoting sales and digital business. In 2016, Carrefour made 2,351 million euros, with sales of 70,204 million euros.

A more ecological Consum

The supermarket chain, Consum, is using CO² as its cooling gas at the expense of conventional gases. By the end of 2017, it will have 56 supermarkets using CO² in their cold storage facilities. Of these, 36 are supermarkets that opened in 2015-16; 15 are new stores scheduled to open this year and it has been implanted in five pre-existing stores.

The ecological commitment also means the implantation of LED lighting in 100% of its supermarkets during the first half of the year.

Lidl’s ‘complete store’

Most of the investment made last year by the German chain was used on its supermarket network in Spain, mainly on the ‘complete store’ model, which includes the refurbishment of installations or store location changes within a town.

On the other hand, its sales have grown by 9.46% over the past financial year and it has increased its staff by over 1,000 people. A fact that consolidates it in the top 5 Spanish food retailers with a market share of 4.1% at the end of 2016 (4.3% in the first quarter of this year).

For 2017, there are plans for opening between 30-40 stores, a figure that Lidl expects to repeat more or less on an annual basis in years to come. The target outlined by the company in the near future is to reach 800-850 supermarkets in Spain.

The proximity of Condis

The supermarket chain, Condis, owned by the Condal family, has launched a new local supermarket flagship, under the brand name ‘Tu Súper’ (Your Supermarket), with a surface area of 400 metres and that has 15 establishments. The new flagship will be implanted in several medium-sized supermarkets. The company invoiced 689 million euros in 2016, with a 5% increase and it closed last year with a net profit of 7.1 million euros.

Amazon has purchased the WholeFoods supermarket chain

Amazon has entered the food business with physical stores through its purchase of the American supermarket chain WholeFoods, which has 450 stores selling organic produce. The operation is valued at 12,250 million euros and it means that Amazon now has distribution centres in high income neighbourhoods all over the USA.

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