Edeka is Germany's biggest food retailer by far, comprising seven regional wholesale groups and 11,207 outlets by the end of 2019, owned and run by some 3,700 independent operators. The total includes around 370 supermarkets acquired in 2016 from rival Tengelmann, two years after the purchase was agreed. (Edeka was obliged to offload some Kaiser's-branded stores to rival REWE which had launched a legal challenge to the original deal). The group also has a substantial presence in the discount segment as local licensee for the Netto brand, the German #3 in this sector behind Aldi and Lidl. Unlike rivals REWE, Aldi or Lidl, Edeka operates almost exclusively in Germany, though it is also a key member of international buying alliance Alidis, whose other members include France's Intermarché and Spain's Eroski, Conad of Italy and Coop Switzerland. It also has a minority holding in Picnic, a Dutch online grocer which also has operations in Germany. In recent years, Edeka began flexing its muscles in Germany to negotiate even better prices from some key suppliers. Its first target was Nestlé. A selective boycott of that company's brands led to lower wholesale prices, and a similar exercise temporarily removed more than 50 products sold by Mars, Red Bull and Heineken in the run-up to Christmas 2018. Edeka Group's gross revenues for 2019 were €61.9bn, equivalent to almost 25% grocery market share, and more than €15bn higher than the domestic revenues of nearest rivals REWE and Schwarz Group (Lidl). Markus Mosa is CEO. The business was originally created in 1898 as the Einkaufsgenossenschaft der Kolonialwarenhaendler, or "purchasing cooperative for colonial goods". This was abbreviated to EdK, and later Edeka.
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