Editorial deadline: Tuesday 6 July
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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. Elsewhere, we report on the latest innovations in Tea, Coffee & Hot Drinks; Bread & Pastry Products; and Olives & Olive Oil, examine the future prospects for the Convenience & Forecourt sector, and feature an extensive report from the Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit, which this year takes the form of a virtual event.
Europe's Finest: Showcasing The Best Of European Retail
ESM'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 – even during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.
Table Olives & Olive Oil
Healthy snacking, increased appreciation for the Mediterranean diet, and increased knowledge among consumers as to the flavour profiles of different varieties are all factors that have driven growth in the Table Olives & Olive Oil segments in recent years. With innovation and new product development in these categories gaining pace, ESM reports on where the Table Olives and Olive Oil markets go next.
Bread And Pastry Products
The Bread and Pastry categories have seen plenty of innovation in recent years, with the emergence of sourdough, gluten-free, 'ancient grains' and protein-packed variants now commonplace on the shelves of Europe's supermarkets. The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to accelerate this trend – home baking was one of the key growth areas during lockdown, and shoppers now expect the same level of quality and authenticity from products purchased in the supermarket. Additionally, given that bakery is typically a category with high in-store waste, retailers are coming up with novel solutions to address this. ESM reports on the dynamic Bread And Pastry Products categories.
Tea, Coffee & Hot Drinks
The Hot Drinks market has been one of the most-affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as cafés and restaurants were shut, and many consumers sought to re-create the out-of-home experience during lockdown. This has led to no shortage of new product development and innovation in the sector, building on already-established trends such as health and wellness, demand for ready-to-drink options, and capsule-based solutions. ESM reports on this dynamic sector.
Convenience & Forecourt
In ESM's Convenience & Forecourt report, we will examine the areas in which the c-store and forecourt retail sectors are investing in their operations as they seek to thrive in retail's 'new normal'. From a new product perspective, this encompasses a wider range of meal innovations for at-home consumption, solutions aimed at the time-poor customer who demands quality and value for money, and products that meet shopper demand for health and wellness. We will also be exploring the investments that retailers operating in this sector are making in their equipment infrastructure, from 'intelligent' meal preparation devices to barista-quality coffee machines. In short, ESM will explore why the convenience and forecourt sectors have a bright future ahead.
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.
Plus much much more, including
ESM catches up with Wouter Kolk, chief executive, Ahold Delhaize Europe & Indonesia, to discuss how the Dutch-based group is seeking to 'build back better' as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.
ESM meets Maxim Avtukhov, chief commercial officer at Russian e-commerce platform Yandex.Lavka, about how it is seeking to rewrite the rulebook when it comes to rapid grocery delivery.
We report from the Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit, which is taking place as a 'virtual' event this year.
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]