Cerrado Manifesto: Ahold Delhaize to work together with leading companies to stop forest loss in Brazil

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has joined 22 other leading retailers and food companies to endorse a letter of support for the Cerrado Manifesto, a global pledge to work toward halting forest loss associated with soybean production and cattle expansion in the Cerrado, a vast tropical savanna in Brazil.

The announcement was made on October 25 during a high-level summit in London that focused on creating deforestation-free commodity and supply chains by 2020. In addition to Ahold Delhaize, companies signing the statement included among others Carrefour, Colgate Palmolive, Kellogg, McDonald’s, Nestle, Tesco, Unilever and Walmart.

“We are making a commitment to help protect the Cerrado, which is Brazil’s second largest biome after the Amazon,” said Jan Ernst de Groot, Ahold Delhaize Chief Legal Officer and responsible for Product Integrity. “This is a key step toward developing sustainable sourcing strategies in partnership with local and international stakeholders.”

The businesses “recognize the critical importance of the Cerrado for its role in climate change mitigation, as a repository for biodiversity, as the source of many of Brazil’s fresh water systems, and additionally as a production region for the agricultural commodities used in our products,” the two-page letter of support says. “However, we also recognize the extent and pace of native vegetation loss resulting from cattle and soy expansion in the Cerrado poses a significant threat to these social, environmental and economic values.”

Recent research indicates the availability of substantial areas of already cleared land. “It is increasingly clear that development need not be incompatible with the protection of globally important landscapes,” the letter continues.

It concludes that the 23 companies collectively “seek to collaborate to develop the policies needed to steer all actors towards a more sustainable land use pathway, and the monitoring and verification systems to give us confidence that our actions are having the desired outcome of protecting the unique landscape of the Cerrado.”


Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
+31 88 6595134

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

Proposed Executive Committee of Ahold Delhaize

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-11-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold and Delhaize Group today announced the proposed Executive Committee of Ahold Delhaize, effective upon completion of the proposed merger of the two companies.

The future Executive Committee will be comprised of the Management Board members as announced on June 24, 2015, and will be supplemented by the following four members, in alphabetical order, who will report directly to the Ahold Delhaize CEO:

• Marc Croonen, Chief Sustainability, Transformation & Communications Officer
• Hanneke Faber, Chief E-Commerce & Innovation Officer
• Jan Ernst de Groot, Chief Legal Officer
• Abbe Luersman, Chief Human Resources Officer

Ahold and Delhaize Group have created two new important roles in the future Executive Committee to help shape and drive the company’s ambitions as a responsible and innovative retailer: Chief Sustainability, Transformation & Communications Officer and Chief E-Commerce & Innovation Officer. At the level of the Supervisory Board, these areas will be overseen by a Sustainability and Innovation Committee.

As announced, the proposed Ahold Delhaize Management Board consists of CEO Dick Boer, Deputy CEO and Chief Integration Officer Frans Muller, CFO Jeff Carr, COO Europe Pierre Bouchut, COO USA Kevin Holt, and COO USA James McCann.

The Management Board will be responsible for the overall management and decision-making of the new company and will have fiduciary responsibility towards the Supervisory Board and shareholders. The future Executive Committee will be charged with the day-to-day management of the company. With a strong and balanced leadership team with representation from both companies, it exhibits the right combination of functional capabilities and retail experience to steer a company that will greatly expand its reach to deliver even more for the customers and communities it serves. The team will be well-positioned to drive and support integration, while managing the businesses for continued customer service and commercial success.

On June 24, 2015, Ahold and Delhaize announced their intention to merge, creating an international retailer with a portfolio of strong, trusted local brands with more than 375,000 associates serving more than 50 million customers every week in the United States and Europe.

Ahold and Delhaize remain on track to complete their proposed merger by mid-2016. The appointment of the future Management Board members and other important elements of the merger are subject to shareholder approval and regulatory clearance as well as other customary conditions. More information can be found at www.adcombined.com.

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This communication is being made in connection with the proposed business combination transaction between Koninklijke Ahold N.V. also known as Royal Ahold (“Ahold”) and Delhaize Group NV/SA (“Delhaize”). This communication is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction in connection with the proposed transaction or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and applicable Dutch, Belgian and other European regulations. This communication is not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, in or into, directly or indirectly, any jurisdiction in which such release, publication or distribution would be unlawful.

In connection with the proposed transaction, Ahold will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a registration statement on Form F-4 that will include a prospectus. The prospectus will be mailed to the holders of American Depositary Shares of Delhaize and holders of ordinary shares of Delhaize (other than holders of ordinary shares of Delhaize that are non-U.S. persons (as defined in the applicable rules of the SEC)). INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AHOLD, DELHAIZE, THE TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Ahold and Delhaize through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed by Ahold with the SEC by contacting Ahold Investor Relations at investor.relations@ahold.com or by calling +31 88 659 5213, and will be able to obtain free copies of the prospectus and other documents filed by Delhaize by contacting Investor Relations Delhaize Group at Investor@delhaizegroup.com or by calling +32 2 412 2151.

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Jan Ernst de Groot appointed Chief Legal Officer and member of the Ahold’s Executive Committee

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-1-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold today announced the appointment of Jan Ernst de Groot as Chief Legal Officer and member of the company’s Executive Committee. Jan Ernst will start on February 1, reporting to CEO Dick Boer, and will be based at Ahold’s headquarters in Zaandam, the Netherlands.

Jan Ernst de Groot will be responsible for Ahold’s legal affairs, governance and compliance, and he will also head up responsible retailing and product integrity.

Dick Boer, Ahold CEO, said: “I am excited that Jan Ernst is joining our company as Chief Legal Officer. He brings highly relevant global commercial experience as a general counsel. In addition, Jan Ernst has strong business and sustainability acumen, and is an experienced board room advisor. He will provide key insights as we continue to execute our Reshaping Retail strategy.”

Jan Ernst de Groot, (Dutch, 51) joins Ahold from TNT Express, the international courier delivery services company, where he was General Counsel and Managing Director External Affairs & Corporate Responsibility. Prior to TNT Express, he worked at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in a wide range of business and legal roles, most recently as Managing Director and member of the Board of Management. He was also responsible for the development and implementation of KLM’s sustainability strategy. Jan Ernst started his career at Dutch law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

Following the announcement of October 14, 2014, Lodewijk Hijmans van den Bergh will be stepping down as member of the Board of Management as of March 1, 2015.

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Jan Ernst de Groot

Jan Ernst de Groot