It will not be easy for food retailers to beat the record figures they recorded in the corona year 2020, but in any case, the pandemic has amplified some trends that will determine the food sector this year and in the years to come. An analysis.
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Wouter Kolk, European chief executive of Ahold Delhaize, wants to achieve more as a group: Albert Heijn, Delhaize and bol.com need to team up if they wish to remain competitive, according to the CEO.
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In the United States, Ahold Delhaize acquires FreshDirect, an online supermarket in New York City specializing in fresh produce.
Albert Heijn is no longer just a supermarket chain, but a "food technology company". As far as chief executive Marit van Egmond is concerned, digitisation can go even faster: goodbye tills and hello far-reaching personalisation.
For Ahold Delhaize, these are exciting times in the important US market: the presidential elections put pressure on the retail sector. CEO Frans Muller hopes to see a leader emerge as soon as possible.
Supermarket group Ahold Delhaize experienced strong growth again last quarter thanks to the corona crisis. Online sales are thriving: the retailer is announcing investments to significantly increase its e-commerce capacity.
In collaboration with the Dutch ING bank, supermarket group Ahold Delhaize is developing a new payment method: a digital payment card with which customers leave (almost) no personal data behind.
The coronavirus crisis has given wings to Ahold Delhaize: the supermarket group achieved a 16 % rise in turnover this quarter, while doubling its profits. The current pandemic caused a 78 % increase in online sales, causing the group to revise its full-year forecasts upwards.
Artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly important in the supermarket industry, but biased algorithms can cause great damage. Ahold Delhaize wants to pay more attention to this, CEO Frans Muller says.
Ahold Delhaize joins the battle for Hema and undertakes a new attempt to incorporate the Dutch department store chain.
Investors seem to be very interested in department store chain Hema: American investment fund Flacks Group is presenting itself as a potential buyer. The fund is also looking at other chains in the Benelux.
Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize wants to open 30 additional stores this year, on top of the 23 it already opened in the first half of this year. If anything, the coronavirus crisis seems to have given the chain a boost.
Stop & Shop, Ahold Delhaize's biggest chain in the United States, has cancelled the acquisition of King Kullen, often named America's oldest supermarket chain. This is largely due to the coronavirus crisis.
As was to be expected, Ahold Delhaize experienced a major impact of the corona crisis during the past quarter. In both Belgium and the Netherlands, the retailer again managed to increase its market share.
Major retailers and FMCG giants, like Ahold Delhaize, Carrefour, Danone and Nestlé, have joined forces to demand Nutri-Score is made obligatory in Europe. The simple five-level code is thought to help the fight against obesity.
Ahold Delhaize's non-food webshop bol.com is due to open its French version in June, starting its offensive in Brussels and Wallonia. On its annual general meeting, the Dutch retail group also approved a prolonged Belgian presence in its supervisory board.