Aldi has captured a record 3.8% market share in the UK, up from 3% a year ago, according to the latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published today for the 12 weeks ending 13 October 2013.
Edward Garner, director at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “Aldi’s year-on-year growth rate of 31.7% is the latest in an unbroken series of double-digit growth figures that date back to early 2011. The retailer has done a particularly good job in conveying its competitive pricing message through its ‘Like Brands Only Cheaper’ and subsequent ‘Swap and Save’ campaigns – both of which have given the supermarket a clear point of difference.
“Lidl’s growth of 13.1% is somewhat overshadowed by Aldi’s performance but it nevertheless keeps up a strong run. The combined discounter share of 6.8% continues to grow and has remained above that of the Co-operative since March this year.”
The only grocers to resist pressure from the discounters are Sainsbury’s and Waitrose which have outperformed the market with growth of 3.7% and 7.6% respectively, said Kantar Worldpanel. Elsewhere, the polarisation of the grocery market and subsequent pressure on the middle-ground continues unabated, with Tesco, Asda and Morrisons all recording growth behind the 3.0% market average.
Iceland’s share is static at 2.0% this period despite growth dipping below the market average. ts position is likely to strengthen in the run-up to Christmas when it traditionally performs as a result of its frozen party food offering.