Greenpeace made an annual rating called “Green supermarket” where Russian retailers are rated by the level of contribution in recycling problem solvation. First places were taken by “Auchan” and “Dixy”.
Experts were comparing and estimating 10 biggest supermarket networks – “Auchan”, “Dixy”, Х5 Retail Group, “Lenta”, “O’kay”, “Magnit”, “Holiday classic”, “Maria Ra”, “Sedmoy Continent” , and “Monyetka”. These retailers were estimated by 20 criteria such as receiving packaging for further recycling, reduction of packaging, a possibility of using own packaging for catchweight goods, a presence of goods with ecofriendly packaging.
“Auchan” took the first place due to the opening recycling centers in St. Petersburg and the possibility of buying catchweight goods. “Dixy” was also pointed out because of the presence of recycling centers in Moscow and the sale of original non-disposable bags.
“O’kay”, “Sedmoy Continent”, and “Monyetka” are turned to be at the end of the rating list.
“Unfortunately, even leaders of our list are far from being “green” retailers. However, most of them are changing their policy: refusing from free plastic bags, letting do weighting of fruit and vegetables without packaging, and even opening recycling centers. Directors of stores understand that such actions are attracting attention of new clients and making their stores more competitive on the market,” – Rashid Alimov, a coordinator of “Greenpeace Toxic Program”, said.
The Moscow Arbitration Court invalidated the prohibition of the Federal Financial Markets Service (FFMS) issued to company Pakva in respect of the purchase of securities of the trading network “The Seventh Continent”. It was reported by RAPSI referring to a representative of the court.
In November 2011, the Federal Antimonopoly Service approved the petition of Pakva company to acquire 100 percent of shares of “The Seventh Continent”. The largest owner of securities of the trading network is Alexander Zanadvorov, and according to the media, he also controls the Cyprus company Pakva.
In spring of 2012, the Cyprus entities belonging to Zanadvorov consolidated the 96.25 percent of “The Seventh Continent” shares. Meanwhile, the majority of the shares were sold to Pakva by the companies controlled by the businessman. In May Pakva filed an offer for a compulsory redemption of the remaining 3.75 per cent of the securities from minority shareholders at $100 per share.
Soon after that the FFMS prohibited to Pakva to buy 3.75 percent of shares of “The Seventh Continent”. In response to that, the structures of Zanadvorov went to the arbitration court while continuing to buy up the securities of the trading network. In August, it was reported that the businessman had taken control of all 100% of the shares of “The Seventh Continent”.
It was announced on November the 15th that the Association for the Protection of Investor Rights was going to go to court because it considered the compulsory acquisition of securities from minority shareholders illegal.
“The Seventh Continent” is the eighth-largest grocery retailer in Russia, taking up about 0.6 percent of the market. The company owns 146 retail outlets, including the same-called stores and 11 hypermarkets “Nash”. In 2011, the revenue of distribution network was 50.9 billion rubles.
Grocery chain Sedmoy Kontinent (Seventh Continent) has reported strong growth in profit and sales for the first half of the year, helped by continued expansion.
For the January-June period, net profit more than tripled to 2.03 bn roubles (€48.5m), from 668.9 m roubles last year, while revenue jumped up 23.4% to 24.19bn roubles (€578m).
The company attributed the growth in sales to the addition of new outlets as well as “the improving welfare of the country’s population, and the Moscow administration’s policy for developing civilized food trade instead of product markets”. Profits were helped by lower commodity costs and a better pricing policy, as well as savings on labour expenses.