Copy Deadline: 3 May 2021
Goes to Press: 6 May 2021
ESM's third issue of 2021 will feature our annual exploration of the Private Label industry, as we reach out to retailers across Europe to determine the trends, innovations and future prospects shaping this vibrant sector. Elsewhere, we explore the latest trends in Dairy Products as well as Convenience Foods & Food To Go, examine why the Frozen Foods sector has boomed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, discover the latest in Point-Of-Sale Technology and a lot more besides.
The Private Label Issue
ESM's annual 'The Private Label Issue' will feature input from retailers across Europe, getting their perspective on the growth areas, untapped markets and unmissable opportunities within the private label industry at present, and asking them for their assessment of how the sector will develop over the coming years. We will also examine how COVID-19 has impacted consumer behaviour when it comes to private labels, and explore the lasting legacy of the pandemic on store brand development.
The Frozen Food segment has been in growth for several years now, driven by consumer demand for convenient, easy-to-prepare cooking options, and a wider range of meal solutions, however COVID-19 has accelerated this growth, as shoppers sought out products with increased shelf-life. As the category has developed, so frozen suppliers have also sought to tap into growing trends such as healthy-eating and free-from, which in turn opens up opportunities for private label, while improvements in chilled logistics have facilitated the creation of a wider range of products. ESM explores this growing segment.
According to a recent study, consumers are increasingly seeking out products with locally-sourced ingredients, 'clean label' product formulation and sustainability credentials – areas which have likely been magnified by the prolonged COVID-19 crisis, and to which the Dairy Products industry is well-attuned. Healthy living is leading to a wealth of investment in dairy products with added-value benefits, such as protein milkshakes, while many retailers are also embracing animal welfare as part of their dairy offering. While the pandemic has undoubtedly had some impact on production chains, this is one category that is well positioned for future growth. ESM reports.
Convenience Foods & Food To Go
While the COVID-19 pandemic has lowered demand for grab-and-go items at the checkout, convenience foods and food-to-go providers have sought to capitalise on changing consumer habits, with a wider range of products for at-home consumption and new innovations that meet shopper demand for health and wellness. The market may have changed, but there's still plenty of innovation out there, as ESM discovers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated development in terms of point-of-sale technology and other customer-facing technologies, with checkout safety as important as efficiency in the eyes of shoppers. In addition, the integration of digital payments and loyalty programmes into point-of-sale technologies, as well as new ways to engage with consumers, are helping to develop more bespoke in-store experiences. ESM examines how these technologies are likely to evolve over the coming years.
Plus much much more, including
ESM meets Özgür Tort, chief executive of Turkish retailer Migros Ticaret, to discuss how the retailer has navigated the tricky 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We chat to Peder Tuborgh, chief executive of Arla Foods, the largest dairy company in Scandinavia, about how both the business and the wider sector are becoming more agile as a result of the pandemic.
ESM’s regular Europe’s Newsmakers section profiles the men and women making the news within the grocery retail sector over the most recent quarter.
ESM's regular Private Label Showcase feature highlights the latest own-brand innovations from across Europe, which continue to raise the bar within select grocery categories.
Plus interviews with leading retail executives, industry reports, news, opinion and analysis.
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For further details on any of these features, contact the ESM sales team at:
Niall Doyle [email protected]
Des Ball [email protected]
Rocio Palma Perez [email protected]
Ronan Meagher [email protected]
Kresimir Horvat [email protected]