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Jumbo has announced strong growth and an increase in market share. Online has performed particularly well, with Jumbo’s share of total online revenue increasing to 4% at the end of 2018.

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An ambitious programme to tackle food waste was launched this week in the Netherlands. United Against Food Waste is a collaborative programme aimed at cutting Dutch food waste by 50%.

One of the eye-catching initiatives comes from “Verspilling Is Verrukkelijk” (“Waste Is Delicious”), a group of entrepreneurs developing new products made from food that would otherwise be wasted. They worked with Jumbo to launch an aisle of food-waste products, such as soup made from misshaped vegetables, beer brewed using stale bread or soap produced from orange peel. The store and producers will work with researchers from the Wageningen University & Research team to evaluate the results.

Toine Timmermans, programme manager for sustainable food chains at Wageningen Food & Biobased Research said “This real-life setting will enable Wageningen scientists to examine which approach has the best effect, which types of products and packaging are attractive to consumers, which kinds of consumers opt for surplus products, what the ideal pricing level is, and how to present products in the best possible way.”

The United Against Food Waste programme was kicked off this week by the Taskforce Circular Economy in Food, a collaboration between the Dutch government, FMCG and retail companies and research organisations. This is notable because it is a public-private partnership, which perhaps sets the tone for measures on food waste in other countries.

We share the latest developments from the Netherlands as Jumbo and Coop acquire Emté supermarkets, Poiesz buys the Van Smaak meal delivery service and Picnic partners with Wehkamp.

Jumbo and Coop acquire Emté supermarkets…

Following speculation about the future of the Emté supermarket business, parent company Sligro Food Group has sold the chain to Jumbo and Coop Netherlands. The deal, which is worth €410m, will see the retailers acquire 130 Emté stores, two distribution centres, a meat plans and supporting Sligro divisions.

Two thirds of the Emté business will be integrated into Jumbo, the country’s second largest retailer. The remaining third will be integrated into Coop Netherlands. Real estate across 27 locations will also be sold, while Sligro will become Jumbo-owned La Place’s supplier.

In 2017, Emté achieved a turnover of €828m.

…As Poiesz buys Van Smaak meal delivery service

Elsewhere, Poiesz has acquired the Van Smaak meal delivery service. The two companies have partnered on the home delivery of products since last year, using a shared logistics network.

Picnic partners with Wehkamp

In other news, Picnic has partnered in a trial with online non-food retailer Wehkamp. This will allow Picnic’s customers in the Amersfoort area to return products from Wehkamp to Picnic couriers.

The collaboration will include the connection of ‘complex logistics flows and ICT systems’, while offering shoppers added convenience.

Dutch retailer, Jumbo, has announced plans to build a new online fulfilment centre, following the rapid growth of its online offer.

Responding to rapid growth

Jumbo has reported that capacity at its existing online fulfilment centre (FC) in Den Bosch, in the south of the Netherlands, will soon be met, due to the rising popularity of online shopping. The new facility will be adjacent to its existing temperature-controlled distribution centre in Raalte, in the north of the country. The new online FC should become operational in spring 2018.

Investing in online

Jumbo is expanding its online offer quickly, and offers online-only bulk buy products. The retailer has over 300 click and collect points in the Netherlands, plus home and small business delivery options. For more information on Jumbo’s supply chain, check out the Jumbo supply chain snapshot here.

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