Delhaize inspires customers on eating well and healthy through its multimedia campaign

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2018-Jan-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — With consumers in Belgium and Luxembourg increasingly interested in making healthier food choices, Delhaize launched a multimedia campaign last week that focuses on health and nutrition. The goal is to inspire customers and provide them with information, ideas and tips on topics ranging from eating more fruits and vegetables to consuming less sugar.

The campaign will run throughout 2018 in a variety of media channels, including television, radio, newspapers and online. On the brand’s website, for example, customers can find information and ask questions about healthy living, with answers provided by chef and ambassador Jeroen de Pauw.

“The better you know your customer, the better you understand their different needs and requests,” said Xavier Piesvaux, Brand President of Delhaize. “More than ever, we want to be the preferred food retailer that has a solution for every customer. We launched our new campaign to stress that eating well and healthy is a crucial element in living well.”

MEDIA CONTACT:
Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

Delhaize Belgium celebrates its achievements in tackling food waste

Delhaize Belgium celebrates its achievements in tackling food waste

 

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Belgium has long been a leader in tackling food waste, including the donation of 7 million meals from unsold food products over the past five years. The brand marked its progress with a celebration on November 15 with associates, business partners and volunteers and pledged to achieve its 2020 goal to redistribute at least half of all unsold food to persons in need.

Reducing food waste has been high on Delhaize’s agenda for more than 26 years. The brand now works with about 200 food banks and other charitable associations in communities throughout Belgium and Luxembourg. In Belgium alone, 15% of people live below the poverty line and 144,000 turned to food banks for assistance last year.

In 2012, Delhaize became the first retailer in Belgium to donate fresh products – such as fruits, vegetables and bread – along with dry goods. The project is already being used in nearly all 130 Delhaize supermarkets as well as in its distribution centers. Further, over 400 of the independent Delhaize stores (AD Delhaize and Proxy Delhaize) have similar initiatives.

Delhaize is constantly looking to improve the process, from logistics to food safety, and is exploring new partnerships to donate even more products, which currently amount to 150 meals per supermarket per day. At the same time, Delhaize limits its own food waste as much as possible by monitoring and adjusting store-specific orders.

Sustainable development – including the goal of zero waste – is one of the pillars of Delhaize’s local strategy and supports key elements of the Ahold Delhaize Better Together framework.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

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SUPERVALU to acquire 22 Food Lion grocery stores that are being sold in connection with the merger between Ahold and Delhaize

MINNEAPOLIS, 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 22 Food Lion grocery stores that are being sold in connection with the merger between Ahold and Delhaize. The 22 Food Lion stores are located in northern West Virginia, western Maryland, south central Pennsylvania and northwestern Virginia. The acquired stores will be converted to SUPERVALU’s Shop ‘N Save format and at least initially be operated by SUPERVALU. SUPERVALU is in discussions with certain of its wholesale customers and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on ways for its wholesale customers to have an interest in these stores going forward.

SUPERVALU supplies and supports nearly 100 independently-operated Shop ‘N Save stores located primarily in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. These independently-operated stores are a key component of SUPERVALU’s wholesale business and the network of stores and owners is among the strongest in SUPERVALU’s wholesale business. The 22 acquired stores are expected to benefit from both the scale of the format and similar merchandising and marketing strategies. These stores are not part of SUPERVALU’s corporately-owned Shop ‘n Save retail banner comprised of 44 stores in the St. Louis, Missouri area.

“I’m pleased that SUPERVALU will acquire these stores, which should provide excellent opportunities for our wholesale customers, who were unable to buy them outright,” said SUPERVALU President and CEO Mark Gross. “The stores will operate under our Shop ‘N Save format, which we believe is a great format for us and our wholesale customers. This acquisition is another example of the work we’re doing to grow our business and to deliver creative solutions for our wholesale customers.”

The stores being acquired are conventional supermarkets that are approximately 35,000 square feet in size. As Shop ‘N Save stores, the plan will be to deliver a full-variety meat department, full-service delis and bakeries and an expanded produce department. Additionally, these 22 stores also will receive comprehensive marketing, advertising, and promotional support, including implementation of the Shop ‘N Save loyalty card program, and interactive website and mobile app. The 22 stores currently employ more than 1,200 full and part-time associates and, as part of the acquisition, SUPERVALU anticipates offering employment to substantially all interested employees.

The acquisition of the 22 stores is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the FTC, and is expected to be completed in a staggered closing process over the next 105 days.

A complete list of stores and locations follows below.

Food Lion Stores Being Acquired by SUPERVALU

Store Address City ST Zip
761 East Wilson Boulevard Hagerstown MD 21740
22401 Jefferson Boulevard Smithburg MD 21783
18717 North Pointe Drive Hagerstown MD 21742
17718 Virginia Avenue Hagerstown MD 21740
18360 College Road Hagerstown MD 21740
4170 Philadelphia Avenue Chambersburg PA 17202
875 Lincoln Way West Chambersburg PA 17202
500 North Antrim Way Greencastle PA 17225
11105 Buchanan Trail Waynesboro PA 17268
707 Fort Collier Road Winchester VA 22601
2600 Valley Avenue Winchester VA 22601
249 Sunnyside Plaza Circle Winchester VA 22603
609 K East Main Street Purcellville VA 20132
260 Remount Road Front Royal VA 22630
409 North McNeil Road Berryville VA 22611
190 Delco Plaza Winchester VA 22602
380 Fairfax Pike Stephens City VA 22655
159 Grocery Avenue Winchester VA 22602
147 Roaring Lion Drive Hedgesville WV 25427
1140 Winchester Avenue Martinsburg WV 25401
50 Coast Guard Drive Kearneysville WV 25430
1317 Old Courthouse Square Martinsburg WV 25401

About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,588 stores composed of 1,796 independent stores serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,360 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 897 are operated by licensee owners; and 200 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of February 27, 2016). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees.

For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

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Except for the historical and factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, particularly those pertaining to SUPERVALU’s expectations, guidance, or future operating results, and other statements identified by words such as “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” “intends,” “will” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including uncertainties as to the timing of the acquisition and satisfaction of the closing conditions, including approval by the FTC, SUPERVALU’s ability to integrate the Food Lion stores into the Shop ‘N Save format and ability to reach agreement on ways for its wholesale customers to have an interest in these new stores, and the resulting business impacts of these new stores. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Unless legally required, SUPERVALU undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:

For Investors:
Steve Bloomquist
952-828-4144
Steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com

For Media:
Jeff Swanson
952-903-1645
Jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

Delhaize announces sale of pet specialist shop Tom&Co to PetSerCo

Brussels , 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize announces today the sale of its retail formula Tom&Co, the pet specialist shop for pet feed and pet care. An investment group led by Lionel Desclée, current member of the management of Delhaize Belgium, will take over Tom&Co. He will leave Delhaize. The brand Tom&Co will continue to exist. Nothing changes for the employees and the existing network of Tom&Co stores in Belgium, Luxembourg and France.

This morning Delhaize has internally communicated its decision to sell the pet specialist shop. Delhaize has the ambition to become the favorite supermarket of the Belgians again and wishes to focus more than ever on the sale of healthy and high quality food. The management and further development of a pet specialist shop is therefore no longer considered a priority. Nevertheless Tom&Co remains an ambitious and financially sound business with a lot of potential.

The buyer of Tom&Co is PetSerCo, an investment group of which Lionel Desclée is the principal shareholder. He is the current Senior Vice president of Delhaize Belgium and responsible for the independent stores and retail activities. Lionel has the ultimate responsibility for Tom&Co within the management of Delhaize and, in the past, was a member of the operational management of Tom&Co himself. With this acquisition PetSerCo acquires 100 % of the shares in Tom&Co. Following this transaction, Lionel Desclée will leave Delhaize. The acquisition takes effect as of the third quarter of this year.

Tom&Co was founded in 1991 and was since part of the store network of Delhaize Belgium and Luxembourg. Today the chain counts 144 stores in Belgium, Luxembourg and France of which 136 franchised stores and 8 own stores. Tom&Co is specialised in pets, pet care and feed. Aniserco nv* currently employs 58 people : 38 people at the headquarter of Tom&Co in Zellik and its 5 own stores in Belgium, 20 people in its stores in France under the company Serdelco sa**. There will be no consequences for the store network and the associates of Tom&Co. All existing employment agreements will be respected.

On Lionel Desclée’s departure, his responsibilities within the management committee of Delhaize Belgium will be shared by 2 people: Françoise Burlet and Kris Van Strydonck who consequently also becomes a member of the management committee of Delhaize Belgium as Senior Vice President.

Delhaize Belgium Early March 2016 the network of Delhaize Belgium & Luxembourg counted over 880 stores in different formula (supermarkets Delhaize, AD Delhaize, Proxy Delhaize, Shop&Go, Tom&Co and Red Market) offering a unique shopping experience and high quality service. Delhaize offers a wide assortment of over 20,000 high quality products at affordable prices. Thanks to its 6 own labels (365, Delhaize, taste of Inspirations, Bio, Eco, Care) Delhaize can match all of its customers’ needs. Its customers can also shop online through www.delhaize.be and www.delhaizewineworld.com for wine, or have these delivered at home by Caddy Home. Delhaize Belgium, which generated a turnover of EUR 5.0 billion in 2015 and had a market share of 24.0%* in Belgium, counts over 14,000 associates. Delhaize Belgium is part of Delhaize Group, which is active in 7 countries and on 3 continents, and employs approximately 150,000 people. At the end of September 2015 the network of Delhaize Group counted 3,465 stores.

Press information:
Roel Dekelver
External Communications Manager Delhaize Belgium
Tel.: +32 (0)2 412 84 51
E-mail : rdekelver@delhaize.be

*Aniserco is the legal entity holding the activities of Tom&Co in Belgium
**Serdelco is the legal entity holding the activities of Tom&Co in France

Source: AC Nielsen

Strong financial results for Ahold in the fourth quarter and full year 2015

Ahold achieved strong results, led by solid store performance and a substantial increase in online sales:

  • 21.4% increase in Q4 Group sales to €9.8 billion (up 11.8% at constant exchange rates)
  • 4.3% increase in Q4 sales excluding gas (at constant exchange rates and adjusted for an additional week)
  • Online sales growth continued to accelerate, with Q4 adjusted net consumer sales up 29.1% at constant rates
  • Q4 underlying operating income up 39.4% to €421 million; underlying operating margin at 4.3%
  • Strong Q4 free cash flow of €401 million, resulting in €1,184 million full year free cash flow
  • Proposed dividend of €0.52, up 8.3% compared to last year
  • Announced merger with Delhaize on track to close in mid-2016; EGM to be held on March 14

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Zaandam, The Netherlands, 2016-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Ahold today announced strong financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2015, reflecting good performances across its key markets and multiple formats. This included net annual sales of €38 billion, driven by excellent store operations, especially during the holiday season, and a strong increase in consumer online sales.

Ahold CEO Dick Boer said: “With a sharp focus on supporting our great local brands and investing to serve the rapidly changing interests and needs of our customers, we have made very good progress and achieved strong operating and financial results for the fourth quarter and the year. We challenged ourselves to innovate faster, to bring our customers fresher products in new and different ways, and to deliver greater value. This progress was supported by reinvesting the substantial savings achieved through our company-wide Simplicity program. We are pleased with the response from our customers and appreciate the continued great work of our associates, which led to robust sales performance, market share gains and an increase in Group operating income for the year.

“In the Netherlands, sales momentum remains strong, with a 3.2% increase in identical sales. This reflects our successful omni-channel strategy, a strong holiday season and positive sales momentum at Albert Heijn. Albert Heijn’s customers are benefiting from our broader and innovative product range and the expansion of healthy choices in our Fresh departments, resulting in increased market share for Q4 and the full year.

“In the United States, we grew sales excluding gas by 4.1%, adjusted for an additional week. We continue to make good progress with our investments in quality and price, highlighted by growth in identical sales and market share gains, primarily in the New York Metro market where we further strengthened our position with the successful conversion of 25 former A&P stores.

“Our online performance was also strong with a nearly 30% increase in consumer sales in the fourth quarter. Bol.com maintained its position as the number one online retail destination in the Netherlands and had a particularly strong December. In addition, Peapod and ah.nl remain leading online grocers in their respective markets.

“Finally, our proposed merger with Delhaize continues to progress on schedule. The combination of Ahold and Delhaize will create an even better retail leader for customers and associates and will enable us to further build on the position of our respected and popular local brands in the communities we serve.”

 

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