Ahold USA and Delhaize America unveil plans and strategies to further strengthen their brands

Quincy, Mass. and Salisbury, N.C., 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold USA and Delhaize America, proud companies of Royal Ahold Delhaize, are each announcing plans to further strengthen their brands to ensure they will remain customer-focused, close to their communities and positioned to win in their markets. This follows the merger of Ahold and Delhaize Group on July 24, 2016, which created the largest grocery retailer group on the United States East Coast, and furthers its strategy centered on building great local brands while capturing the benefits of scale.

As part of this strategy, Ahold USA and Delhaize America in December announced the creation of Retail Business Services LLC, led by Roger Wheeler, President. Retail Business Services will leverage its scale to drive synergies and best practices as well as provide industry-leading expertise, insights and analytics to the Ahold USA brands and Delhaize America brands to support their respective strategies. Services provided by Retail Business Services, in addition to commercial support, will include financial services, not-for-resale procurement, legal services, information technology, and people systems and services.

With the creation of Retail Business Services, the Stop & Shop, Giant Foods, GIANT/MARTIN’S, Peapod, Food Lion and Hannaford brands will be able to dedicate full focus on building on their leading positions in their respective markets and delivering even more for their customers. Each of the brands will have distinctive commercial strategies that are tailored to local markets with dedicated resources, including category merchandising, assortment, pricing, promotions, marketing and format teams. This brand-centric structure, which we expect to be complete by early 2018, will better position the Ahold USA brands and Delhaize America brands to be even more closely connected to their customers and communities. “Positioning the Ahold USA brands to be even closer to their customers will not only help them deepen their connection in their local communities and win in their markets, it will ensure that associates have exciting and rewarding opportunities to make meaningful contributions to each brand’s success,” said Kevin Holt, chief operating officer of Ahold USA.

“Today’s announcements will further strengthen Food Lion and Hannaford’s strong brands,” said Frans Muller, acting chief operating officer (ad interim) of Delhaize America. “The brand-centric structure will enable our Food Lion and Hannaford associates to build even stronger relationships with existing customers and communities in the markets they serve, and win new customers to grow their businesses.”

Ahold USA also announced that its Stop & Shop New York Metro and Stop & Shop New England Divisions will be consolidated into one brand organization. Having a single brand organizational structure dedicated to Stop & Shop will strengthen the brand and will ensure it can better leverage its brand to serve the unique needs of customers in the different markets that Stop & Shop serves.

Delhaize America and Ahold USA brands will maintain their respective office locations in:

 Stop & Shop, Quincy, Mass.
 Food Lion, Salisbury, N.C.
 GIANT/MARTIN’S, Carlisle, Penn.
 Hannaford, Scarborough, Maine
 Giant Food, Landover, Md.
 Peapod, Skokie, Ill.

Ahold USA brands and Delhaize America brands that have regional support offices now will continue to have brand support offices throughout their market areas.

In addition, Holt announced the following Ahold USA brand executive leaders will continue in their roles:

 Mark McGowan, President, Stop & Shop
 Tom Lenkevich, President, GIANT/MARTIN’S
 Gordon Reid, President, Giant Food
 Jennifer Carr-Smith, President, Peapod

“I’m very excited about the brand-centric model at Ahold USA and its brands, which puts the customer at the center of all we do,” said Holt. “Mark, Tom, Gordon and Jennifer all have proven track records and they are the right leaders for our great local brands.”

Muller announced the following Delhaize America brand executive leaders will also continue in their roles:

 Meg Ham, President, Food Lion
 Mike Vail, President, Hannaford

“I am extremely pleased that Meg and Mike will continue to lead and drive the successful strategies of Food Lion and Hannaford,” said Muller. “We have every confidence in the continued success of Food Lion and Hannaford under their leadership.”

In addition, the following executive appointments in the U.S. will become effective when the brand-centric organization is complete, which is expected by early 2018:

 Reporting to Royal Ahold Delhaize:
o Greg Amoroso, Executive Vice President, U.S. Chief Financial Officer
o Linn Evans, Executive Vice President, U.S. Chief Legal Officer

 Reporting to Retail Business Services:
o Kathy Russello, Executive Vice President, People Systems and Services
o JJ Fleeman, Executive Vice President, Commercial Services & Strategy
o Chris Lewis, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain
o Paul Scorza, Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

The Ahold USA brands and Delhaize America brands will continue to operate as independent companies in the U.S. and will continue to serve their local customers’ needs and be strong community partners in their respective markets.

About Ahold USA

Ahold USA is a proud company of Ahold Delhaize, one of the world’s largest food retail groups, a leader in supermarkets and e-commerce, and a company at the forefront of sustainable retailing. Ahold USA supports four regional Divisions – Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Landover, and Giant Carlisle – that together operate approximately 780 supermarkets with 115,000 associates in 14 states and the District of Columbia along with Peapod, the nation’s leading e-commerce grocery shopping/delivery service. For more information, visit www.aholddelhaize.com.

About Delhaize America

Delhaize America companies include Food Lion and Hannaford, operating more than 1,200 stores along the East Coast. Each banner has a distinct identity and well-established brand image within its respective markets across 16 states, offering market-specific products and services to meet the unique needs of its customers. The companies of Delhaize America employ more than 96,000 fulltime and part-time associates. The company is part of Ahold Delhaize, an international grocery retailer based in Zaandam, Netherlands.

Media Contacts:
Christopher Brand
for Ahold USA
717-240-1513 (office)
717-448-5835 (cell)

Christy Phillips-Brown
for Delhaize America
704-310-2221 (office)
704-245-3317 (cell)

Source:  Ahold USA

Kevin Holt to succeed James McCann at Ahold USA

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (5 October 2016) Ahold Delhaize announced that James McCann, member of the Management Board of Ahold Delhaize, has resigned in order to move out of full-time executive work and into a portfolio of non-executive and advisory roles. He will remain available to provide an appropriate hand over and transition through April 30, 2017.

James joined Ahold in September 2011 as Chief Commercial Officer, taking over responsibilities for Ahold USA in 2013. After the merger between Ahold and Delhaize Group in July 2016, he became member of the Ahold Delhaize Management Board and continued his leadership role at Ahold USA.

Dick Boer, CEO Ahold Delhaize: “We thank James for his significant contributions both driving our e-commerce strategy whilst based in Europe and for the last three-and-a-half years driving the transformation at Ahold USA, supporting the Stop & Shop New York, Stop & Shop New England, Giant Landover, Giant Carlisle, Martin’s and Peapod brands. We wish James and his wife Tania all the best for the future.”

James McCann will be succeeded at Ahold USA by Kevin Holt. Kevin currently is CEO of Delhaize America and member of the Management Board of Ahold Delhaize.

Dick Boer: “As the new leader of Ahold USA, Kevin brings a wealth of US retail experience and he is recognized for his leadership skills.”

Kevin Holt: “I am looking forward to getting to know Ahold USA and the great brands it is supporting. I am leaving Delhaize America with pride for the transformations we have accomplished and with gratitude for the support and warmth I received from the many associates and customers.”

Following Kevin’s departure from Delhaize America to assume his new role at Ahold USA, Delhaize America including the Food Lion and Hannaford brands will be reporting on an ad interim basis to Frans Muller, Deputy CEO of Ahold Delhaize. Both Frans and Kevin will assume their new accountabilities effective immediately and will continue to report to Dick Boer.

Media Contacts:

Email: media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
Phone: +31 88 659 9111

Source: Ahold Delhaize Group

Ahold USA’s senior VP merchandising strategy & support named to The Griffin Report’s 2015 40 under 40 class

Ahold USA today announced Nick Bertram, senior vice president of merchandising strategy & support has been named to The Griffin Report’s 2015 40 under 40 class.

Carlisle, PA, 2015-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — “Nick brings a wide breadth of grocery retail insight and expertise to his work on behalf of Ahold USA,” said James McCann, chief operating officer, Ahold USA. “Nick is a true leader who is able to see the big picture, and he also understands the details that are important to our business. He has quickly garnered the support and respect of his colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the company. This recognition is a testament to his significant achievements to date and we expect him to continue to be a catalyst that drives results on our journey from good to great.”

Bertram joined Ahold USA in 2013 as senior vice president of store strategy & execution and was appointed to his current role as senior vice president of merchandising strategy & support in 2015. Prior to Ahold USA, Bertram oversaw store operations for Jewel-Osco across Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. In addition, Bertram previously served as senior vice president for Supervalu and held other store operations positions of progressing responsibility with Walmart in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Bertram currently resides in Mechanicsburg.

The Griffin Report is a monthly publication covering the east coast of the United States and is written for and about people, products, events and trends across the entire food industry. Readership and coverage include retail grocery chains and strong independents, multi-unit restaurant and food service operations, the entire convenience store sector, and newer channels such as big-box, warehouse, dollar stores, drug stores, organic and specialty outlets.


Ahold USA's seniorVP merchandising strategy & support named to The Griffin Report’s 2015 40 under 40 class

Ahold USA’s seniorVP merchandising strategy & support named to The Griffin Report’s 2015 40 under 40 class

Ahold USA becomes the first of major grocers to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program to improve the lives of farmworkers

Carlisle, PA, 2015-7-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold USA today became the first of America’s major grocers to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) Fair Food Program, the widely-acclaimed partnership to improve the lives of the country’s farmworkers. Ahold USA is the parent company ofStop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Martin’s and online grocerPeapod. With nearly 780 supermarkets across 14 states and the District of Columbia and 50 million customers each month, Ahold USA companies together represent one of the largest food retailing groups in the country.

The CIW was awarded a Presidential Medal earlier this year for its groundbreaking work in social responsibility, and its Fair Food Program – called “one of the great human rights success stories of our day” in the Washington Post – protects the rights of tens of thousands of workers on farms across the east coast, from Florida to New Jersey.

Today’s announcement builds on the work that the CIW as well as Ahold USA and its suppliers have done to deliver responsibly sourced tomatoes to customers and to help improve conditions for farmworkers in Florida. Ninety percent of tomatoes produced in the United States from November to May are grown in the state. Ahold USA’s support for the Fair Food Program will extend the retailer’s long track record on responsible product sourcing and strengthen the reach, impact and visibility of the CIW’s social responsibility efforts. Ahold USA’s participation in the program will increase the number of U.S. grocery stores carrying Fair Food tomatoes by approximately 75 percent.

“We are truly proud to welcome Ahold USA into the Fair Food Program and excited about the opportunity to work with an industry leader like Ahold,” said Gerardo Reyes of the CIW. “Ahold USA is the first of the country’s major grocers to join the program and, as such, not only will its partnership help propel to new heights our efforts to protect farmworkers’ rights, but we believe its market leadership will send an invaluable message to the rest of the grocery industry that social responsibility is greatly strengthened when workers, suppliers and retailers work together toward a more modern, more humane agricultural industry.”

James McCann, Chief Operating Officer of Ahold USA, said, “Ahold USA’s companies are deeply committed to responsible practices throughout their operations and to providing customers with great products at great prices from suppliers who share our dedication to strong ethical standards and fair treatment for workers. The cornerstone of this commitment is the Ahold Standards of Engagement, which commit our companies’ suppliers to these values. The Fair Food Program is a time-tested leader in improving the lives of agricultural workers, and we have observed the Program’s success over the past several years. Our companies and our customers care about the welfare of workers in our supply chain, and we believe now is the right time to begin an important new chapter in our partnership with the CIW.”

As part of this partnership, Ahold USA’s companies will:

  • Continue to purchase Florida tomatoes only from growers who participate in the CIW’s Fair Food Program, and expand the Fair Food Program’s standards to farms of participating growers in other states;
  • Work with the CIW to ensure timely, periodic inspections and audits of the participating farms that supply Ahold USA’s companies;
  • Pay a premium on tomatoes purchased from participating growers that growers will pass on to field workers;
  • Provide additional financial support for the Fair Food Standards Council, CIW’s partner in monitoring compliance by participating growers with the Fair Food Program standards; and
  • Support the Fair Food Program with expanded marketing and advertising, including in-store displays, online visibility and education materials for associates at Ahold USA companies.

About the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Based in Florida, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. The CIW launched the Fair Food Program (FFP) in 2010. The FFP combines an extensive, on-the-farm worker education program with a unique set of labor standards and rigorous, market-based enforcement mechanisms to create the most advanced program of its kind in US agriculture. To learn more about the CIW, please visitwww.ciw-online.org. To learn more about the FFP, please visit www.fairfoodprogram.org.



Ahold USA becomes the first of major grocers to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program to improve the lives of farmworkers

Ahold USA becomes the first of major grocers to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program to improve the lives of farmworkers










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Dean Wilkinson appointed Senior VP of Store Strategy and Execution at Ahold USA

Landover, Md., 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food of Landover announced today that Mark Adamcik, Regional Vice President of Operations, has been appointed Vice President of Sales and Merchandising, effective May 18. He will be succeeding Dean Wilkinson, who will be leaving Giant Landover to become Senior Vice President of Store Strategy and Execution at Ahold USA.

Giant Landover also announced the following management changes, all of which are effective on May 18:

  • Toni Judy is moving from Regional Vice President of Operations, Region 10 to Regional Vice President of Operations, Region 9. Judy joined Giant in 2012 as a District Director and became Regional Vice President, Region 10 in June 2013. She has over 30 years in the food retail industry, including management roles with Winn-Dixie and Sam’s Club.
  • Robert Belcher has been appointed the new Regional Vice President for Region 10. He most recently served as the Director of Sales and Merchandising (Center Store). Belcher, who has worked in retail management for more than 30 years, started with Giant in 2011 as District Director. Prior to joining Giant Landover, Robert held a senior operations position at Walmart.

Commenting on these announcements, Gordon Reid, President of Giant Landover said, “Mark, Dean, Toni and Robert are exceptional leaders, and I want to wish them all the best in their new positions.”

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 168 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 168 stores are 159 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776

Progressive Grocer named Stop & Shop and all of the Ahold USA businesses as 2014 Retailer of the Year

Recognized for company’s better neighbor efforts

Purchase, NY & Quincy, MA, 2014-11-14— /EPR Retail News/ — Progressive Grocer, a leading retail food industry trade publication, has named Stop & Shop and all of the Ahold USA businesses as 2014 Retailer of the Year. The recognition was given for the company’s exceptional philanthropic contributions and community outreach efforts. Stop & Shop is profiled in the October 2014 issue which can be found at www.progressivegrocer.com.

“Stop & Shop is enormously proud of this award,” said Don Sussman, president of Stop & Shop New York Metro Division. “It is our honor and privilege to be able to give back to each and every community that we do business in. It is essential that Stop & Shop set an example of what it means to be a responsible corporate citizen. The support we receive in our efforts from our customers and associates to make a difference is a source of great pride to Stop and Shop.”

Progressive Grocer’s profile highlights Stop & Shop’s community efforts related to charitable giving, health and wellness initiatives and associate engagement. In 2013, Stop & Shop New York and New England divisions donated over $20 million to help the communities they serve.

“This is the highest honor to be bestowed on a retailer and we are humbled yet honored to receive the Retailer of the Year award,” said Joe Kelley, President of Stop & Shop New England Division. “We would not have achieved this without the support and hard work from our associates who do an outstanding job serving our customers and of course our customers who support us on a daily basis to further emphasize that we are a great place to work and shop. The award is also a testament to our better neighbor programs and we are grateful to be able to give back to the communities in which we serve on a continued basis.”

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate the ongoing commitment and vital role Stop & Shop’s family of stores and associates play not only as a better neighbor but also as an exceptionally responsible retailer in countless meaningful ways,” said Progressive Grocer’s Editor-in-Chief Jim Dudlicek. “Their caring culture and commitment to good corporate citizenship have been at the forefront of the company’s success through the years.”

As the voice of the retail food industry for 90 years, Progressive Grocer’s core audience targets top management at headquarters and key decision makers at store-level from chain supermarkets, to regional and local independent grocers, supercenters, wholesaler distributors, manufacturers and other supply chain training partners.

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs over 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

Arlene Putterman
Stop & Shop NY Metro Division
(914) 251-2834

Annmarie Seldon
Stop & Shop New England Division
(617) 276-7756