French Food Service Distribution specialist Pro à Pro now formally owned by METRO GROUP

Düsseldorf/Halle (Belgium), 2017-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (1 February 2017), the acquisition of Pro à Pro by METRO AG Wholesale & Food Specialist Company was officially closed. With this step, the French Food Service Distribution (FSD) specialist for professional customers now formally belongs to METRO GROUP. In the run-up to the closing, the transaction was approved by the French Competition Authority (FCA).

“We are delighted to commence operations with Pro à Pro. This acquisition will further strengthen our FSD profile for professional customers and our overall wholesale positioning in France”, said Philippe Palazzi, Member of the Operating Board of METRO Cash & Carry and Operating Partner France, Spain and Portugal.

In July 2016, METRO GROUP announced that it had signed an agreement with Colruyt Group to acquire Pro à Pro. Pro à Pro is one of the most important FSD providers in France offering direct food delivery services to a range of different customer groups. The company has around 42,000 customers in France and focuses on canteens in the public and private sector as well as major contract caterers, chained and independent restaurants. In 2015, Pro à Pro generated sales of around €670 million.

Dries Colpaert, General Manager of Colruyt France and Foodservice: “The transaction is very good for the customers, employees and all other stakeholders of Pro à Pro. Indeed, with METRO GROUP’s support Pro à Pro can become one of the leading foodservice distribution providers in France.”

The transaction comprises the operational business as well as the warehouse locations, logistics platforms and the truck fleet of Pro à Pro. The brand Pro à Pro will be fully retained.

The METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company (W&FS Co.) is an internationally leading specialist in wholesale and food retail. With its sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real as well as its other associated companies, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. operates in 35 countries and employs more than 150,000 people around the world. In 2015/16, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. achieved sales of around €37 billion. The company provides custom solutions to meet the regional and international needs of its wholesale and retail customers. More information is available at www.metrogroup.de and https://wfsco.metrogroup.de/

Contact:
METRO AG
Corporate Communications
Metro-Straße 1
40235 Düsseldorf

Phone +49 (0) 211 68 86-42 52
Fax +49 (0) 211 68 86-20 01

www.metrogroup.de
presse@metro.de
@Metro_Comms

Source: METRO GROUP

METRO to celebrate inaugural Own Business Day on 11 October 2016

Düsseldorf, 2016-Sep-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whether it is the cosy café, the family run bed and breakfast or the hairdresser around the corner – small, privately owned businesses, visited by millions of people every single day, play a crucial role in local communities. To pay tribute to their enduring dedication and recognize their accomplishments, METRO is celebrating a special day worldwide. The inaugural Own Business Day is due to be celebrated in all countries in which the company is active on 11 October 2016 and will draw attention to a great number of small businesses who will launch special offers for the public.

“Every day, millions of independent business owners around the world make our lives more colourful and connected through their essential services and enduring passion. They are one of the key social and economic players in our communities and help sustain the meaningful interaction between us,” said Pieter Boone, CEO of METRO Cash & Carry and member of the Management Board of METRO AG. “METRO strives to be the champion for independent businesses, and we want to express our admiration for these business owners with this special day.”

The inaugural Own Business Day will take place on 11 October 2016 in all countries in which METRO operates, targeting all small businesses including 21 million METRO professional customers. The company intends to establish the day as an annual global event scheduled for every second Tuesday of October. The event strives to provide own businesses with the attention and recognition they deserve and support them in building strong networks with others who share their passion. Leading up to 11 October, the activities surrounding Own Business Day will present a variety of special deals and offers, created by all participating businesses on a dedicated online platform that is open to the public in each country.

“We are convinced that with this global campaign and its diversified activities, an even broader recognition of independent businesses will be promoted and the emotional and operational link between these businesses and the public will be further enhanced,” said Philippe Palazzi, Chief Marketing Officer and Operating Partner of METRO Cash & Carry. In preparation for the event, METRO will provide participating business owners with comprehensive support. The online platform at www.own-business-day.com features the most up-to-date information and a growing number of special offers for the local public. Customized marketing support measures vary from country to country to benefit the participants. In some countries, for example, registered business owners will be able to order merchandising material free of charge, provided by the local METRO subsidiaries, to support their own marketing activities. In others, participants will even have access to regular updates on special deals, workshops and promotion material, including supplier and media cooperation.

During the final month leading up to 11 October, a number of promotional campaigns will be intensively carried out across all countries to stimulate more attention among the targeted business owners and the general public. For example, a series of so-called “pop-up shops” are due to be launched in seven selected cities across Europe and Asia. Here, one restaurant owner will set up a provisional but eye-catching spot at a busy downtown location using the banner of Own Business Day and will promote the upcoming event through tasty food and attention-grabbing activities

METRO employees around the world will be engaged as of the beginning of September in a global “#ownie” campaign, in which they will visit small businesses in their neighbourhood and take a selfie-style picture with the owner to show acknowledgement of the owner’s efforts and achievements. This event underscores the company’s culture of staying in touch with its independent business customers and understanding their needs and challenges.

METRO Cash & Carry is represented in 25 countries with over 750 self-service wholesale stores. With a headcount of about 110,000 employees worldwide, the wholesale company achieved sales of around €30 billion in financial year 2014/15. METRO Cash & Carry is a sales line of METRO GROUP. METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retail companies. In financial year 2014/15, it generated sales of around €59 billion. The company operates over 2,000 stores in 29 countries and has a headcount of more than 220,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale; Media Markt and Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing; and Real hypermarkets.

For more information, visit www.metrogroup.de

Contact:
METRO AG
Corporate Communications
Metro-Straße 1
40235 Düsseldorf

Phone +49 (0) 211 68 86-42 52
Fax +49 (0) 211 68 86-20 01

www.metrogroup.de
presse@metro.de
@Metro_Comms

Source: Metro Group

Philippe Palazzi assumes the position of the Chief Customer & Marketing Officer at METRO Cash & Carry

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014-10-3— /EPR Retail News/ — Effective 1 October 2014, Philippe Palazzi (43) will assume the position of the Chief Customer & Marketing Officer (CCMO) at METRO Cash & Carry and at the same time also become member of the Extended Management Board of METRO AG. He will take over from Diego Bevilacqua, CCMO since January 2010, who will be responsible for top supplier relations of the Germany-based wholesaler.

Philippe Palazzi has been serving as Managing Director of METRO Cash & Carry Italy since January 2011 where he laid the essential foundations for more customer proximity and drove the business focus on Horeca customers.

Philippe Palazzi began his career by joining METRO Cash & Carry France in 1994. In September 2002, he was appointed Senior Buyer at MAKRO Cash & Carry Greece and in August 2005 assumed the position of Director Procurement & Merchandising Food at METRO Cash & Carry Hungary. In January 2007, he was designated Head of Food Management of METRO Cash & Carry International and then took the position of Director Offer Management at METRO Cash & Carry Italy in April 2008.

“In Philippe Palazzi, we found an experienced expert of our business who, with his work in Italy, already impressively demonstrated that he knows our customers’ needs inside out. Under his leadership, our Italian business was also successfully transformed towards a customer orientated, innovative and strong performing wholesale format”, said Olaf Koch, CEO of METRO AG. “We are pleased that Philippe Palazzi will now contribute this expertise to his new position”.

The management of METRO Cash & Carry Italy will be taken over by Claude Sarraih who until now served as Director Offer Management at METRO Cash & Carry Russia.

METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retailing companies. During the financial year 2012/13 (pro forma), it generated sales of about €66 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 31 countries and has a headcount of around 250,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale – Media Markt and Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing – Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.

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