Coronavirus – Retail & FMCG Updates From Spain

By Steve Wynne-Jones
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Coronavirus – Retail & FMCG Updates From Spain

As part of our efforts to keep you, the ESM reader, notified on the latest coronavirus-related developments in the retail and consumer goods sectors, here are the latest news updates from Spain. Click the link in each snippet to view the full story. To return to the map, click here.

Mercadona has announced that the sales of private-label hand soaps in its stores have doubled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Spanish retailer Caprabo has launched a campaign aimed at promoting and increasing awareness of local products amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spain's lockdown, one of Europe's strictest, crushed the tourism trade and closed restaurants for around two months, meaning less thirst for cava - the beloved, fizzy alcoholic drink mainly produced in the northeastern Catalonia region.

Eroski has announced plans to donate eight tonnes of food to the food banks of Bizkaia, Gipuzkoa and Álava.


DIA has said that it will sell protective surgical face masks at cost price via its website,

Mercadona has seen a 30% decline in the sales of refrigerated sandwiches following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grupo DIA has launched ‘DIAContribuye2020’, a project aimed at mitigating the negative consequences of the COVID-19 crisis on the communities across the four countries in which it operates: Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Brazil.

A large portion of asparagus crop lies unpicked in the fields in Spain as border closures to curb the coronavirus block Eastern European seasonal labourers.


Mercadona, in collaboration with Spain's UME (Military Emergency Unit) in Spain, has announced plans to deliver basic hygiene products to the Ifema Campaign Hospital.

Spar Gran Canaria has donated approximately 9,000 kilograms of essential food items to the food bank of Las Palmas, Cáritas Diocesana and the Spanish Red Cross to help disadvantaged families during the coronavirus outbreak.

Mercadona has announced a new series of guidelines to maintain the health and safety of both shoppers and workers, as the coronavirus crisis in Spain shows no signs of abating.

El Corte Inglés has announced that it has signed a new financing contract worth €1.3 billion with 14 national and international financial entities.


Fruits de Ponent Group has donated OKI Juice natural fruit juices to the Arnau de Vilanova and Santa Maria de Lleida Hospitals in Spain as a token of its gratitude for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

DIA has announced that eight more stores will exclusively process online orders in light of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Spain's manufacturing sector shrank at its steepest pace in almost seven years last month, hit by the coronavirus pandemic and restrictive measures imposed at home and abroad to stem its spread, a survey has shown.

Spain entered national lockdown on 16 March in response to the coronavirus crisis, with the country's 47 million citizens forbidden from leaving their homes, except to buy food, medicine or other essentials.


Ebro Foods has ramped up production of pasta and rice in Western Europe and the United States in the past couple of weeks to meet growing demand by consumers worried by the coronavirus crisis, a company spokeswoman said.

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