Organic, free-from and vegan at the same place

By: Trademagazin Date: 2021. 05. 12. 10:29

Our magazine asked Tímea Tukán, METRO’s commercial activities manager about the strengthening role of healthy lifestyle and diet in the company’s philosophy and trade concept.

trade logo 2x superbrands Why does METRO give increased emphasis to the category of healthy foods?

Tímea Tulkán
commercial activities manager

This category has always been important for us, but recently consumer attitude has changed in this segment: the pandemic transformed people’s thinking.

trade logo 2x superbrands What qualifies as healthy food?

Fresh fruits and vegetables, organic and free-from groceries, protein-fortified and functional foods, plant-based alternatives, low-sugar and low-salt products – just to name a few.

trade logo 2x superbrands What will your May campaign focus on?

Healthy lifestyle will be given a central role in our communication too, new visual elements will appear in METRO stores and in online and offline promotional materials. Healthy foods will have their own section in stores – this change doesn’t affect the chilled food category – on 8 shelves (22m²) in bigger stores. Currently healthy foods realise less than 5 percent of METRO’s total sales.

trade logo 2x superbrands What decides which products end up on store shelves?

The product selection is the result of shopper surveys and target-oriented research results. About 55 percent of products are domestically made.

trade logo 2x superbrands Which products do you recommend to the HoReCa segment?

HoReCa units are also adapting to the health trend, so they are buying large amounts of free-from pastas, free-from beers and sugar substitutes. We recommend two new METRO Chef products to them: 100-percent plant-based, 1kg meat substitutes developed especially for vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians and lacto-vegetarians, with plain or gyros spicing. //

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