Prik & Tik will merge with Cobeli to form Prik & Tik, with a joint turnover of 130 million euro. Together, they are able to service the market better, with their own chain of stores and a catering presence. By joining forces, the company hopes to get a 40 % market share in 6 years' time, although that means it will have to grow significantly.
The Proxy Delhaize in Ghent can no longer be open 24/7, until Ghent is designated as a tourist centre. The supermarket had unlawfully been open 7 days per week so far, but has now agreed to abide the law on Sunday openings. According to a survey, 83 out of 100 retailers in Ghent do not want Sunday openings.
The Belgian vegetable auction house REO Veiling has launched a new quality label, called Fine Fleur, to differentiate endive and glasshouse lettuce. The label is created to "designate healthy, fresh and authentic products" in these two fields, according to the auction house from Roeselare.
Lidl has found an interesting concept for its old store in the Belgian town of Temse, which has been vacant for three years: it will become a food and non-food outlet store. The Solid Outlet Store has items at extremely low prices, both food and non-food, and will opened for a long term, not just a pop-up outlet store like there were some before at certain occasions.
Bart Jan Constandse is Superunie's new CEO, following in the footsteps of Leo Kivits. He will now represent 13 independent Dutch retail organizations. Constandse has plenty of experience, as he has been involved at The Greenery, Cehave and Coveco.
Belgian distributor Delhaize wants to get the same purchase conditions as Albert Heijn gets for national brands and he is willing to fight suppliers to get better conditions if need be. Delhaize's CEO believes that Delhaize's market share (10 times higher than Albert Heijn's) warrants the same conditions, at the very least.
The Dutch Frisian Islands will offer retailers a chance to make a financial deposit, which they will get back if checks prove they handle alcohol sales correctly. Retailers can choose whether they want to participate in this system, but they can avoid traditional fines through voluntary participation.
Partij voor de Dieren (the Dutch Animal Party) wants a parliamentary inquiry into how politics handled the meat industry checks, after a study has shown that meat in the Netherlands is not always safe. Partij voor de Dieren mainly wants to see how political decisions have influenced food safety.
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