SPAR Natur*Pur celebrates 25 years

June 25, 2020 IN THE CATEGORY: Own Brand and Suppliers, Sourcing

  • Photo Dr. Gerhard Drexel, CEO SPAR Austria © SPAR/evatrifft

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Crowned Austria’s strongest national organic brand, annual sales of SPAR Austria’s Natur*Pur range reached €471 million in 2019. Supporting organic farmers in developing their business, this range has grown in sales at an average of 16% each year for the past twelve years. In the first five months of this year, sales growth was as high as 27%, and as a result, annual sales for 2020 are projected to reach half a billion euros.

“This year, we will exceed the historic sales mark of half a billion euros with SPAR Natur*Pur products. Nobody would have expected our sales reaching this level when the first ten organic dairy products were introduced 25 years ago”, said SPAR Austria CEO Dr. Gerhard Drexel. Today, the range comprises 1,050 products, forming the largest single brand within the entire product group of 3,500 organic items on offer in SPAR Austria’s stores.

Dr. Gerhard Drexel attributes this success to a set of factors: “On the one hand, we clearly rely on regionality. About 10.000 Austrian organic farmers supply the raw materials for our own organic brand and we work intensively with Bio Austria, the largest Austrian organic governing body.”

“On the other hand, we work with Austria’s most popular advertising stars for SPAR Natur*Pur. Mirjam Weichselbraun, who was recently named the Austria’s most popular TV presenter, has been our brand ambassador for 14 years. The cooperation with the Austrian Ski Association and the local ski stars Hannes Reichelt and Michael Matt is entering its tenth year”, Gerhard Drexel added.

“Best product quality, regional partnerships with manufacturers coupled with a sympathetic brand appearance are an unbeatable concept for success”, Gerhard Drexel concluded.

Source: SPAR Austria

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The origins of SPAR in Austria date back to 1954, but the current SPAR AG was created in 1970 when the original founding families joined with other regional wholesalers to form SPAR Austria AG – a 100% privately owned Austrian company.

With licences granted by SPAR International, ASPIAG (Austria SPAR International AG) has developed SPAR in Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, and Northern Italy.

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