Romanian Grocery Retail – The most important news from March 2018

Romanian Grocery Retail – For all our readers abroad, these are the most important news from Romanian Grocery Retail Market, in March 2018, provided by the, the most read B2B online publication in Romania from retail & FMCG niche.

retailSAVE THE DATE: From 16 to 19 of May 2018, will take place the first edition of EXPO SHOP – Future Retail Solutions, the first romanian exhibition dedicated to retail industry, a B2B event organized by Euroexpo and Romexpo, in partnership with On 17 of May 2018, inside the exhibition, it will take place the EXPO SHOP conference, organized by Euroexpo and

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Carrefour Romania launched Gurmandio, the first app that users from the biggest cities in Moldova, such as Iasi, Suceava, Botosani, Piatra-Neamt, Targu-Jiu and Galati, can order, fast and easy, their favorite dishes. Carrefour also launched the first chatbot in romanian retail, available 24/24 on Facebook Messenger. The retailer launched “Flavours of Romania”, a 9 episode series that offer an extraordinary image about romanian culture, traditions and values.

Penny Market opened in March 2017 two store in Targu Jiu and Breaza, reaching 223 units. The retailer supports Professional Scholarship program dedicated to students from the rural environment enrolled in a professional education, through an annual sponsorship of 72.000 RON.

Ahold Delhaize mentioned again Romania in its financial report for 2017 with strong performances for sales growth.

Mega Image opened in March 2018 a new store in New Residence Ghencea.

Lidl Romania opened in March 2018 a new store in Sighisoara, reaching 221 units

The business group Presage/Micro Food Company, with 100% romanian capital, announced the opening of the ready made pancakes factory, Clatette, and the signing of the  first contract with a retailer, Auchan Romania.

Selgros Cash&Carry Romania contest organized the 10th edition of the cooking „Chefs Arena”, dedicated to the gastronomy professionals from HoReCa industry.

Lagardère Travel Retail officially launched the new Inmedio concept by remodeling the store inside Carrefour Orhideea.

Auchan Retail Romania and Transilvania Film launched “Wild Romania” movie.

Winmarkt Group announced that is one of the first companies that is globally certificated ISO37001:2016, the international standard of corruption control.



Guiness, the number 1 stout beer in the world, started St. Patrick’s Day, the celebration that brings together over 70 million people in the world.

Ursus Breweries launched Ursus Retro – a new assortment of unpasteurized blond beer.

Coca-Cola HBC announced the name of Jovan Radosavljevic, as General Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Romania. Also, Coca-Cola HBC Romania signed the Diversity Cart, to continue promoting and implementing the principles of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities within and outside the company, serving as an example of good practice for other companies or organizations.

Alexandrion Group signed an accord for the acquisition of the romanian wine portofolio of Halewood group.

The Competition Counsel started an investigation on production and commerce eggs market in Romania, after a prices increase by the retailers last year.

Vascar, one of the main producers of meat dishes and preserves in Romania, closed 2017 with a market share of 16 million euro, with 10% more than 2016.

Vincon Romania, one of the biggest wine producers in Romania, launched a new brand from economy category – Good Wine – that will complete the Bag in Box wine range.


DAAS International Group, leader on the commercial and industrial cold industry market, celebrates 25 years of activity and launched a book  that presents the changes on romanian market that influenced romanians consumption habit, a dedicated book about romanian retail history.

In this globalized world, the new technologies can be a threat for standards and work places. The human translate does not escape from this problem, because the automatic translation stands by.

Mastercard and Carrefour launched a new campaign to encourage electronic payment in Romania.

Along with the increasing expansion in retail, the modern retail is now in many new cities in Romania and provoked retailers about the supply network.

TENROM Cleaning Solutions, the cleaning professional equipment provider with one of the best after-sales services in Romania and Hungary, purposes to the retail, FMCG and logistics companies some innovative solutions in sales and hiring cleaning professional equipment domain, with service and consumables provided.


In Romania, the volume of retail decreased in January 2018, compared with December 2017, with 0,9%, but increased with 11,1% compared with January 2017, according to INS. In Europe, Romania had the biggest grow for the retail volume of 11% in January 2018 compared with January 2017, according to Eurostat.

Romania is on 9th place in the countries ranking with the biggest percentage of businesses owned by women, according to Mastercard study Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2018.

The general managers from Romania are very confident about world economy perspectives in 2018, according to the 8th edition of the CEO survey report for Romania and Central and Eastern Europe.

The Competition Counsel started a financed project with external irredeemable funds to implement a digital system based on a Big Data platform that will allow a quick identification of cartels, especially those from public acquisitions.

The lunch tickets, gifts, the transport settlement, the holidays in Romania and the private pensions are the main extra salary benefits that employees take last year, according to study, the biggest online platform of extra salary benefits.

59% of the teenagers below 35 years from urban area made shopping from at least one online store from other countries, like Amazon, AliExpress, eBay, Alibaba, according to a study made by iSense Solutions.

The demand for global consumption evolves towards healthy products. While traditional preferences revolve around product price, taste and availability, today’s consumers are more interested in health and wellness, transparency of information, product safety, social impact and experience, according to the Health & Wellness Progress Report 2018 conducted by Deloitte.

The results of “Trends and challenges” study from Valoria show that, in romanian companies, top management and HR managers have a different perspective about the most important strategy challenges for the HR.


On 28th of February 2018, took place Social Media Summit event, organized by Biz Magazine, at which was launched the second edition of Digital Report 2018, that presents a complex radiography of the digital industry in Romania, with analysis about trends and evolution of the digital market and specialists opinions.

Biz Magazine organized on 28 of March the ADN Entrepreneur 2018 Conference at which were discussed the opportunities and threats of the entrepreneurship in Romania.

The Consumer Rights International Day was marched by the “E-consumerconference organized by “100% romanian” Association, that founded the Consumer Tribune, the first platform in Romania that has correct and useful information for all types of consumer needs.

The Public Relations Romanian Association, in partnership with International Communication Companies Organization, organized the Fake News conference.

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