Business model

METRO is a leading international specialist in food wholesale. The group is headed by METRO AG, which acts as the central management holding company. It performs group management functions, among others in the areas of finance, controlling, legal and compliance as well as purchasing and human resources. Central management and administrative functions for METRO are anchored within METRO AG.

In its core wholesale business, METRO operates globally with 678 stores in 24 countries. METRO is active with the delivery business (Food Service Distribution, FSD) in another 10 countries. It includes the METRO delivery service as well as the delivery specialists Classic Fine Foods, Pro à Pro and Rungis Express.

The core customer groups of METRO are HoReCa and Traders. The HoReCa section includes hotels, restaurants, bars and cafés as well as catering companies, canteen operators and street food vendors. The Traders section includes small grocery stores, kiosks as well as petrol stations and other wholesalers.

Across all customer groups, the majority of customers are small and medium-sized companies as well as sole traders. METRO wants to assist them with their business challenges by providing them with sustainable solutions with superior added economic value, which we have combined under the Wholesale 360 approach.

The group’s digitalisation activities are bundled under the Others segment. They mainly comprise the activities of the Hospitality Digital and METRO MARKETS business units. The Others segment also includes the service companies METRO PropertieS, METRO Logistics, METRO-NOM, METRO Advertising and METRO Sourcing. These companies provide real estate, logistics, IT, advertising and procurement services.

Overview of METRO

Overview of METRO (graphic)