Ahold Delhaize news

17 March 2016
After a series of announcements from both companies about their potential merger, we look at the various steps that brings the combination of Netherlands-based Ahold and Belgium-based Delhaize a few steps closer. Belgian Competition Authority gives conditional approval Delhaize announced that the Belgian Competition Authority had conditionally approved the merger, but required that the ret...
10 March 2016
As the two retailers prepare to complete their merger in the second quarter, Ahold and Delhaize continue to invest in their operations in the US to sustain their banner’s recent positive performance in the country. Ahold US rolls out improved bakery offer… Following on from a successful trial, Ahold US has said it will roll out its redesigned and revamped in-store bakery offer to all its st...
07 March 2016
In an interview in Financial Dagblad the chief executive of Albert Heijn, Wouter Kolk, discussed the potential to increase the pace of expansion of its convenience-focused fascia, Albert Heijn to Go. The interview was followed later in the same week by the announcement that Albert Heijn would be trialing six Albert Heijn to Go stores on BP forecourts, with the first set to be opened in autumn...
16 February 2016
We highlight the five trends set to shape the grocery sector in the US and Canada this year. 1. Format reinvention Our key trend to watch this year is ‘format reinvention’. We expect to see a number of new concepts enter the market, with a particular focus on the supermarket format. Over the last year, retailers in North America have been channelling increased levels of investment into this...
11 February 2016
Following on from Ahold US’s COO noting that food retailers need to provide customers with choice, the retailer’s subsidiaries Giant and Peapod announce initiatives that do just that for shoppers. Ahold US’s COO: retailers need to provide choice Speaking on a panel at a FMI Midwinter Executive Conference Ahold US’s COO James McCann said that food retailers need to focus on what their shoppe...
10 February 2016
Announcements from Albert Heijn, in relation to its organic ranges and helping shoppers eat healthier, Etos and Bol.com underline how the retailers is aiming drive growth across its banners and channels. Spotlighting strength of organic private label Following the relaunch of its organic private label range under the AH Biologische brand in April 2013, Albert Heijn has continued to expa...
08 February 2016
As Amazon launches Prime in Belgium, Colruyt collaborates with OCMW and the city of Kortrijk to spotlight how families can create affordable, healthy meals and Bol.com in Belgium gets a new director for the country. Amazon Prime launched in Belgium Amazon has extended the reach of its Prime offer to Belgium. For an annual subscription of €49 shoppers will be able to benefit from the scheme,...
22 January 2016
Belgium-based Delhaize has said fourth quarter sales rose 4.9% at identical exchange rates to €6.3 bn, with organic revenue growth of 4.9%. Including the additional 53rd week that it enjoyed in the US in 2015 the retailer said that sales 9.1%. While Delhaize’s US operations continued to see a steady growth in sales, the turnaround programme instigated in Belgium appeared to gain traction, with sa...
21 January 2016
Netherlands-based Ahold has announced fourth quarter and full year results, noting they were boosted by an additional week. We round up the results by looking at the five key numbers that the retailer announced as it prepares to merge with Belgium-based Delhaize. 11.8% - total sales growth in Q4 at constant exchange rates Although the figure was bolstered by the additional week, Ahold noted...
26 November 2015
US-based, Ahold-owned Peapod has announced a number of initiatives to meet different shopper missions, with some in collaboration with suppliers building their online presence and sales. The programmes come soon after the retailer announced third quarter results that showed Peapod’s performance had improved, with sales growing by ‘ double-digits ’; a pace of increase that will be expected to cont...