Dubai, UAE – Local supermarket Spinneys and leading pharmacy chain Aster Pharmacy have joined forces to introduce the first holistic wellness concept to Spinneys stores in the UAE. The joint venture, which will launch in the fourth quarter of 2022, is a direct response to growing consumer demand for more accessible, quality products that improve their health and well-being.
The concept offers an exclusive range of high-quality vitamins, minerals, health supplements, specialist foods and natural beauty products. An extension of Spinneys ‘Eat Well, Live Well’ philosophy, ethical sourcing will guide all merchandising, offering customers naturally derived products and ingredients that are both good for them and the planet.
Sunil Kumar, CEO of Spinneys, UAE, explains: “We are delighted to partner with Aster Pharmacy to launch the first supermarket wellness concept in the UAE. As a true local supermarket, the community is our heart and our mission is to educate and inspire customers to live a better life every day. Our new holistic wellness offering is a direct response to our customers’ desire to live healthier lives. We are committed to understanding our customers’ needs, their shopping behavior and what we need to do to help them live better lives.”
Commenting on the partnership, Alisha Moopen, deputy director of Aster DM Healthcare said:, “Aster Pharmacy is driven by the philosophy of ‘Health is Happiness’, which is reflected in its efforts to make its health and wellness offerings easily available at the doorstep of people in the UAE. We are excited about this new chapter with Spinneys as together we can provide UAE customers with a convenient, accessible way to shop for the very best health and wellness products. With decades of experience between us, we are confident we will deliver an exceptional customer experience and look forward to welcoming visitors later this year.”
While the rise in health and wellness was an upward trend before the COVID-19 outbreak, the global pandemic has helped accelerate consumer demand for healthier products. By 2025, the global health and wellness market is expected to reach $7 trillion (Global Wellness Institute). Prior to COVID, the segment was valued at US$4.9 trillion.
In the UAE, the health, happiness, well-being and quality of life of citizens and residents is also a government priority. The National Wellbeing Strategy 2031 contains a comprehensive 10-year plan that aims to make the Emirates a global leader in quality of life. An important focus is promoting an active and healthy lifestyle, healthy food options, good mental health, positive thinking and good life skills.
Much loved by expats and locals alike, Spinneys enjoys a well-deserved reputation for thinking ahead, keeping pace with changes in supermarket trends and the emergence of new products worldwide. While Aster has become one of the most trusted household health care brands in UAE.
Kumar added: “This joint venture reaffirms our commitment to the people of the UAE to make a meaningful difference in the communities in which we operate. With a growing demand from conscious consumers for supermarkets to provide a wider range of health and wellness products under one roof, we are on a mission to innovate and expand our retail offerings to make healthy living more accessible and easier.
The first Spinneys store to introduce the concept will be announced soon with a nationwide rollout in the UAE.
The Spinneys story began in 1961 when the first supermarket opened in Al Nasr Square. Since then, it has become one of the most favored premium supermarket chains in the region, with 65 stores in the UAE. Much loved by expats and locals in the region, Spinneys enjoys a well-deserved reputation for thinking ahead, keeping pace with changes in cooking trends and the emergence of new products worldwide. Today, Spinneys Dubai, owned by Mr Ali Albwardy from the UAE, has built a strong reputation for providing top quality products and providing a high level of customer service. Yet food standards, safety and freshness have always been at the forefront of the company ethic – just one reason why the Spinneys brand is defined as ‘The fresher experience’.
About Aster DM Healthcare:
Aster Pharmacy is part of the Aster DM Healthcare group. Aster DM Healthcare Limited is one of the largest private healthcare providers operating in GCC and in India. With an inherent emphasis on clinical excellence, we are one of the few entities in the world with a strong presence in primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary healthcare through our 29 hospitals, 121 clinics, 446* pharmacies, 17 laboratories and 109 patient experience centers in seven countries, including India. We have more than 27,200 plus dedicated staff, including 3,441 physicians and 7,901 nurses in the regions in which we operate, delivering on a simple yet powerful promise to our various stakeholders: “We will treat you well.” We reach all economic segments in the GCC states through our differentiated healthcare services for the “Aster”, “Medcare” and “Access” brands.
* Includes 201 Pharmacies in India operated by Alfaone Retail Pharmacies Private Limited under brand license from Aster.