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Coming Up In ESM Issue 4 2020

Copy Deadline: Monday 29 June
Goes To Press: Tuesday 2 July

ESM: European Supermarket Magazine's fourth issue of the year sees us showcase some of Europe's most innovative store designs and new retail concepts in our annual Europe's Finest report. With the coronavirus epidemic still impacting the retail sector, we examine the technological enhancements available to ensure you can Get COVID-19 Ready.

Elsewhere, we also feature in-depth reports on a number of key grocery categories, including Seafood; Tea, Coffee & Hot Drinks; Bread & Pastry Products; and the always-vibrant Olives & Olive Oil category... plus much more.

Europe's Finest 2020: Showcasing The Best Of European Retail

ESM: European Supermarket Magazine's annual Europe's Finest report highlights why the European grocery sector is considered a retail trend setter, as we check out the most exciting new store developments, openings and redesigns of the past 18 months. If you're looking for insight on how forward-thinking retailers are looking to tap into both current and emerging customer need states, look no further. Click here to view a selection of the eye-catching stores featured in last year's edition.

Get COVID-19 Ready – Retail Technology To The Rescue

The COVID-19 epidemic is likely to impact the retail sector for several months, with most European operators still maintaining social distancing guidelines, additional safety precautions for both employees and shoppers, and strict capacity controls. Technology is playing a key role in ensuring businesses can Get COVID-19 Ready, with solutions such as store traffic monitors, 'scan and go' platforms, heat maps, self-checkout, autonomous cleaning and replenishment systems, e-commerce platforms and digital displays all being widely adopted. ESM reports on how retail technology has 'come to the rescue' for retailers during this challenging time.

Table Olives & Olive Oil

Having experienced strong growth for the past number of years, driven by consumer demand for healthy snacking options, the Table Olives category is one of the most dynamic in grocery. In addition, the Olive Oil segment is being embraced by those seeking the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. With both categories seeing increased innovation, and an increasingly knowledgeable consumer base, ESM reports on where the Table Olives and Olive Oil markets go next.


According to the United Nations, global fish consumption is expected to reach 178 million tonnes by the mid part of the decade, equating to about 21.8 kilograms per capita, while the World Bank recently calculated that production will need to double in order to meet global demand by 2030. It's no surprise, therefore, that aquaculture is now the world's fastest-growing protein production industry, while sourcing capabilities within the sector are also advancing rapidly.

At the same time, however, the growing threat of overfishing and the need for visibility across all areas of the supply chain is placing strain on this valuable resource. ESM reports.

Tea, Coffee & Hot Drinks

The Hot Drinks market has seen no shortage of innovation in recent years, with consumers seeking increased convenience and ready-to-drink options, healthy living (particularly with regard to tea) and premiumisation. Consumers expect their at-home coffee or tea experience to be as satisfying as that of a café, leading to widespread new product development. At the same time, however, shoppers want to be surprised by the category – traditional tea blends are being shunned in favour of infused or organic variants. ESM reports.

Bread And Pastry Products

The fact that even the discounters are embracing scratch bakery and bake off products is an indication that shoppers are looking for greater inspiration from the Bread and Pastry Products category. Sourdough, gluten-free and products incorporating 'ancient grains' are among the trends leading the renaissance of the bakery category, while retailers are also developing in-store solutions to maintain strong profits in a category that traditionally has seen high wastage. ESM reports.

Plus much much more, including:

ESM catches up with Tomas Pietrangeli, group chief executive at Danish retailer Dagrofa, which is in the midst of turning around the fortunes of its business.

After six years at the helm, Peter Freedman is departing his role as managing director of The Consumer Goods Forum, to be replaced by Oliver Wyman executive Wai-Chan Chan. ESM chats to both of them about their vision for the future of retail and consumer goods.

Salling Group, the operator of the Netto discounter chain, hit the headlines last month with the news that it was taking over Tesco's Polish operations. We speak to Salling Group CEO Per Bank about what this means for the business.

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] 

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