Delhaize initiated Ahold merger talks | RetailDetail

Delhaize initiated Ahold merger talks

Delhaize initiated Ahold merger talks

Supermarket chain Delhaize has apparently taken the first step in the merger talks with Ahold. Increasing competition from discount chains Aldi and Lidl, alongside increased pressure on the margins, have forced Delhaize's hand.

Merger between equals

A merger would give Delhaize a huge boost online: the chain may have its own online supermarket, but Ahold is miles ahead in that regard, especially ever since it took over


Delhaize's CEO Frans Muller wanted to initiate the talks as soon as possible as both companies can still be considered equals more or less. "Delaying talks for another year or two could undermine the Belgian company's bargaining position if it had published disappointing results in the meantime", Dutch paper De Telegraaf said.


A merger would be a better fit for both companies, better than an acquisition at least. Ahold would not be required to pay a hefty sum to Delhaize's shareholders, while Delhaize's labour unions would accept a merger more readily than an acquisition.


Both companies still deny they are in merger talks, claiming it are merely "preliminary" talks. Previous merger talks, in 2007 and 2012, eventually fell through.

Questions or comments? Please feel free to contact the editors

Toys ‘R’ Us goes bankrupt


The definitive end is approaching for the former toy store giant, Toys “R” Us. After the death sentence was signed for its 100 British stores, its American store network will also shut down.

Unilever chooses Rotterdam


The long-standing rumour has now been confirmed: Unilever will have its main office in Rotterdam, rather than London. The food and detergent giant’s board has made the call after nearly a year of debate.

Claire’s edges closes to bankruptcy


Store chain Claire’s is allegedly preparing to shut down in the next few weeks. Following that, the current owner, Apollo Global Management would give the company to several debtors.

Poland introduces gradual Sunday trading ban


For the first time since the collapse of communism, Poland is restricting trading on Sunday for (larger) retail players. The ban is being introduced gradually, but stirs up emotions among Polish consumers, traders and employees.

RetailDetail Congress 2018: Belgian retail CEOs speak up


This year the annual RetailDetail Congress will present something entirely unique: a panel of Belgian top-level retail CEOs will discuss their industry’s opportunities and will debate on the matter.

Deposit for small plastic bottles in the Netherlands


The Netherlands will enforce a deposit on small, plastic bottles from 2021 onward, unless the packaging industry manages to lower the amount of plastic bottles found in waste by more than 70 % by then.

Back to top