In 2020, the German based Schwarz Group was the leading food and beverage retailer from Europe and generated approximately 144.25 billion U.S. dollars in revenue. The second largest retailer was also Germany-based. Aldi Einkauf GmbH & Ko. oHG ranked second with about 117 billion dollars in revenue. It is important to note that numbers for Carrefour S.A. was not included in the ranking on the request of the company.
The German discounters
Aldi and Lidl are currently the most important players on the European market. The Schwarz Gruppe operates the discounter Lidl and the retailer Kaufland. However, on the German market the discounter is by far the more important part of the company’s portfolio. Lidl also made a notable entry on the market in the United Kingdom. While Schwarz and Aldi may be the biggest retail companies in Europe, at home in Germany, they only rank 3rd and 4th respectively.
The UK market
The U.K. market leader Tesco generated 81.35 billion British pounds in revenue overall in 2019. At home in the UK the company generated some 52.9 billion British pounds in the 2019/2020 financial year. However, the company witnessed a decline of its market share for multiple years in a row, while the share of the German discounters grew. Lidl and Aldi have seen a sizable sales growth in the same period. In Aldi’s case, the German discounter has often seen sales growth into the double digits.
Leading food and beverage retailers of Europe in 2020, based on retail revenue
(in billion U.S. dollars)
Company (Country of origin)
Billion U.S. dollars
Schwarz Group (Germany)
Aldi Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG (Germany)*
Ahold Delhaize (Netherlands)
Tesco PLC (UK)
Edeka-Verbund (Germany)* **
Rewe Group (Germany)**
Centres Distributeurs E. Leclerc (France)* **
ITM Developpement International (Intermarche; France)* **
Numbers are rounded.
Information on Deloitte's study methodology and data sources is to be found on page 47. * Estimate. ** Revenue includes wholesale and retail sales.
The source notes: "Carrefour S.A. has been excluded from this year’s report at the company’s request."
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