"Footfall and spend rebounded quicker in 2021 compared to reopening periods in 2020, following widespread pent-up demand and vaccination confidence"
"Consumer confidence remains suppressed; however, the grocery sector shows strong resilience. The key question remains, how to predict consumer behaviour in the new normal"
"With a significant pandemic-related uptick in grocery spending, strong annual portfolio growth is set to continue, particularly from the value-orientated brands"
"With significant pandemic-related improvements in trading results across all major foodstore operators, there has been little shift in their market share positions nationally"
"Pandemic-related uptick in trading results has been felt across all brands and sectors; however, independent retail operators have gained traction in the market in a year where consumers have stayed at home and increased their local grocery consumption"
"In a market where online grocery provision is less mature than in other European countries, it is the domestic operators with the confidence to grow, whilst the international brands take stock and rationalise"
"With a significant pandemic-related improvement in trading results across all major foodstore operators, there has perhaps surprisingly been little acquisition activity from the top 10 retailer operators"
"Changes in consumer habits and the advancement of new technologies have led to one of the greatest transformations in the food sector"
"Pure players are rising their markets share as they compete on price and convenience. New technologies are leading to the emergence of new concepts and players"
"Today’s customers expect more from physical stores. One important opportunity arising from this moment is for retailers to rethink their approach to the customer experience in-store"