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Weekly Round-Up ... 8 February 2022

Bulgarian retailer Fantastico Group has announced an investment into a photovoltaic project that will enable the business to generate its own solar energy. The project, which be implemented this year and next year, will see solar panels installed on the roofs of its larger facilities. The total power of each photovoltaic system will be between 3,600 and 3,800 kWh, and combined, these will produce around 4.2 gigawatt hours of green energy per year, saving around 1,800 tonnes of carbon emissions. The first solar panels have been installed on the roof of the group’s supermarket in Elin Pelin, near Sofia. Some €900,000 will be invested in the solar roll-out.

SuperValu has announced that it will run a Spanish wine sale in store and online from 10 February until 2 March. According to the retailer, the Spanish wine sale will see stores welcome 12 guest wines sourced from small/niche vineyards that offer superb quality, allowing the shopper to explore new tastes at ‘great value prices’.

Speaking about the popularity of Spanish wines, Kevin O’Callaghan, SuperValu wine expert, said, “Spain remains number one, with over 10% of all wines sold being Spanish red wine. Spanish white wine is growing at 3.5% share, with steady interest in the range, and cava is also on the increase, as it plays second fiddle to the dominate [sic] prosecco.”

Carrefour Brasil is planning to accelerate the opening of standalone, autonomous stores under its Express banner in residential condominiums. Speaking to daily O Estado de São Paulo, Carrefour Brasil’s proximity director, João Gravata, said that the retailer is set to invest more in the roll-out of this new store model. Gravata did not reveal, however, the value of the retailer’s investment, nor how many stores will be opened. He said that the majority of stores would be located in the Greater São Paulo area.

Carrefour started developing the autonomous store project prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally, the plan was to instal these spaces in corporate environments. With the health crisis and the increase in working from home, the plan was modified and became focused on residential condominiums.

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