REWE Group

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REWE Group
Cooperative, Joint-stock company
Industry Retailing
Founded 1927 (current form 1972)
Headquarters Cologne, Germany
Key people
Alain Caparros, CEO
Heinz-Bert Zander, Chairman
Products Discount Stores, Grocery Stores, Convenience stores, Cash&Carry, Hypermarkets, Home improvement, Optical, Pharmacy, Clothing, Cosmetics and more
Revenue Increase 50.6 billion (2013)
Number of employees
329,418 + Severin (2013)
REWE grocery delivery service, Germany

The REWE Group is a German diversified retail and tourism co-operative group based in Cologne, Germany. The name REWE comes from Revisionsverband der Westkauf-Genossenschaften", meaning "Western Buying Co-operatives Auditing Association". The most important companies under the umbrella of the REWE Group operate under the REWE-Central AG and REWE-Zentralfinanz eG names. The basis of the co-operative trade group consists of a network of independent retailers. In the 2014 financial year, the REWE Group had a total external sales of €51.1 billion. The REWE Group is the second largest supermarket chain in Germany behind EDEKA.




DER Touristik is the tourism division of Rewe Group:

  • Tour operator brands: ITS, Jahn Reisen, Tjaereborg, Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen and ADAC Reisen [1] and
  • Hotel brands: lti Hotels, Club Calimera and PrimaSol Hotels

In June 2015, it signed an agreement with Kuoni Travel that will pass on control over their European tour operations over to DER. The deal is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2015. [2]

Country ranking in 2006[edit]

Country No. of Stores Sales (million euros)
Flag of Germany.svg Germany 8,939 M€31,220
Flag of Austria.svg Austria 1,901 M€4,618
Flag of Italy.svg Italy 337 M€1,736
Flag of France.svg France* - M€1,140
Flag of Romania.svg Romania 65 M€1,050
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland* 22 M€904
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic 245 M€844
Flag of Poland.svg Poland 33 M€679
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 200 (2015) M€667 (2015)
Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia 117 M€274
Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia 50 M€215
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria 110 (2016) M€n/a (2016)
Flag of Russia.svg Russia 69 M€
Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine 21 M€68
  • *Sales of retail activities

Cassis de Dijon[edit]

In 1979, Rewe won a significant case in the European Court of Justice, the Cassis de Dijon case.


  1. ^ ADAC Reisen - Specialist for mobile holidays
  2. ^ Gretler, Corinne. "Kuoni Sells European Tour Operating Business to Rewe Group", Bloomber Business, 22 June 2015. Accessed 7 July 2015.

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