Axfood has its roots in the formation of D&D Dagligvaror in 1999. The intention behind merging D-gruppen and Dagab into D&D was to create a new consumer-oriented food retailer.
Axfood was established in 2000 through the merger of Hemköp and D&D Dagligvaror and through the acquisition of Spar Inn Snabbgross, Spar Sverige and Spar Finland. Hemköp’s listing on the Stockholm Stock Exchange was taken over. Axfood started consolidating its business, resulting in the companies Willys, Hemköp, Axfood Närlivs and Dagab. In 2003 Willys and Hemköp gained their own private labels under a separate name and launched their own special non-food products.
Spar Finland was sold off in 2006 and the Stockholm chain PrisXtra was acquired in 2008. The private label Garant Ekologiska organic range was launched in 2008 and Fairtrade private label products were launched in 2009 under the name Aware. The new group private label Garant was also launched in 2009. In 2010 Axfood presented a sustainability programme and joined Diversity Charter Sweden. The food planning website and app vardagsmaten.se was launched in 2011. The funding to Rädda Barnen engaged both customers and employees, in 2012 over four million SEK was raised. Axfood wins the prize Yearly listed company in 2012 and 2013. In 2014 the head office moved to central Stockholm.
Axfood’s logistics functions were coordinated in 2014 and included the transfer of Axfood Närlivs’ transport and inventory functions to Dagab. Starting on 1 January 2015, Axfood’s logistics operations – Dagab including Axfood’s Assortment & Purchasing unit – are reported as a separate segment in Axfood Sverige.