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Talking shop: Delhaize better positioned in US

Belgium-based retailer Delhaize is to sell its Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid's chains in the US to Winn-Dixie owner Bi-Lo. The move could reduc...


Katy Askew | 4 Sep 2013

Shares in Belgian retailer Delhaize Group slid in morning trade today (4 September) as investors responded to the appointment of former Metro Group executive Frans Muller as CEO. While Muller has extensive retail experience, he comes to Delhaize from Metro's cash and carry arm and, significantly, has no experience of operating in Delhaize's largest market, the US. Katy Askew reports.


Dean Best | 13 May 2013

In a week dominated (at least in the mind of one of the just-food editorial team) by the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson from Manchester United, there were questions and rumours about the future of two senior food retail CEOs - and confirmation that a third did plan to step down.


Michelle Russell | 9 May 2013

Delhaize Group is on the look-out for a new chief executive. The Belgium-based retail giant yesterday (8 May) issued a shock announcement revealing that CEO Pierre-Olivier Beckers plans to retire after 15 years at the helm. Michelle Russell takes a look at the shape Beckers will leave Delhaize in and the impact his departure could have on the grocer.


Michelle Russell | 8 May 2013

In two separate announcements this morning (8 May), Belgian retailer Delhaize Group revealed its CEO Pierre-Olivier Beckers is to retire at the end of the year and that it had returned to profit in the first quarter. Analysts gave a mixed view of the announcements.

Latest Interviews

Ben Cooper | 30 Jun 2010

Building links with all stakeholders is seen as a vital component in any corporate responsibility strategy but companies vary both in their readiness and their success in doing this. Megan Hellstedt, director of corporate responsibility at Delhaize Group, spoke with Ben Cooper about how its collaborative culture and devolved business model helps the Belgian-based retail group’s sustainability efforts.


Dean Best | 26 Nov 2009

Greencore is a private-label giant with a business that spans from sandwiches to sauces and from pickles to puddings. However, with operations centred on convenience, the last year has been a tricky one for the Ireland-based group and its chief executive Patrick Coveney. In this month's just-food interview, Dean Best spoke with Coveney to find out how Greencore had navigated the downturn and what plans they have for the US - a fledgling but key market for the business.

Latest News

John Shepherd | 3 Aug 2016

Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn has announced plans to reduce the sugar in more than 100 of its private-label products by between 10% and 40%.


Hannah Abdulla | 23 Apr 2014

Belgium-based retailer Delhaize Group has opened the first of nine new-look domestic stores devised after discussions with customers.


Dean Best | 1 Apr 2014

Belgium-based retailer Delhaize Group has struck a deal to sell its stores in Bosnia and Herzigovina to a vehicle headed by local retailer Bojan Risovic.


Katy Askew | 6 Mar 2014

US grocer Food Lion has launched what it termed an "industry-leading" sustainable seafood policy that encompasses fresh, frozen, canned and packaged seafood products.


Dean Best | 3 Mar 2014

Tesco's bid to try again to revitalise its UK sales grabbed the headlines this week and we looked at the retailer's moves to build a multichannel business. just-food also reported from the Gulfood trade fair in Dubai, where we met a series of senior executives including Mondelez International's regional boss. Our interview pages this week also featured the boss of gluten-free firm Dr Schär's UK arm and the CFO of Scandinavian dairy giant Arla Foods.


Dean Best | 27 Feb 2014

Belgium-based retailer Delhaize Group has said it decided to quit Bulgaria after concluding it could not secure a "leadership position" in the country.


Dean Best | 26 Feb 2014

Belgium-based retailer Delhaize Group is set to exit Bulgaria after striking a deal to sell its local business to AP Mart.


Dean Best | 26 Feb 2014

Bi-Lo Holdings has secured regulatory approval for its acquisition of three US chains from Delhaize Group - but the clearance came with conditions.


Hannah Abdulla | 18 Feb 2014

Belgian retailer Delhaize Group has announced its commitment to a "no deforestation policy" as part of a move towards sourcing fully traceable palm oil.


Dean Best | 27 Jan 2014

Mondelez International last week announced Nelson Peltz is set to join the company's board. The activist shareholder's investment fund disclosed the US billionaire has turned his focus away from campaigning Mondelez to merge with PepsiCo - and encourage the cola and crisps group to split in two.


Hannah Abdulla | 23 Jan 2014

Shares in Delhaize Group rose today (23 January) after the Belgium-based retailer booked higher sales for the fourth quarter of 2013, with its performance at home and in the US, its largest market, beat expectations.


Katy Askew | 3 Dec 2013

Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of US chains Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie, registered an increase in sales and earnings during the first nine months of the year.


Dean Best | 9 Oct 2013

US retailer Bi-Lo is to hold on to the Harvey's banner but discard Sweetbay and Reid's once it closes its deal to buy the chains from Delhaize Group.


Dean Best | 9 Sep 2013

European retail giant Delhaize this week named its new CEO - ex-Metro executive Frans Muller - but his appointment, combined with the departure of its US boss, hit the company's shares. In the US, Mondelez International gave more detail on its plans to shake up its plant network and use fewer suppliers. And an investor in Smithfield Foods insisted it had received interest from rival suitors for the US pork giant that could be better value than the current agreed takeover bid from China's Shuanghui International.


Katy Askew | 4 Sep 2013

Belgian retailer Delhaize Group has appointed former Metro Cash & Carry chief Frans Muller to the post of CEO.


Michelle Russell | 21 Aug 2013

US regional supermarket operator Bi-Lo has remained silent over reports it is planning an initial public offering later this year.


Dean Best | 8 Aug 2013

Shares in Delhaize Group jumped today (8 August) after the Belgium-based retailer lifted its forecast for annual underlying operating profit.


Michelle Russell | 11 Jul 2013

Belgian retailer Delhaize Group has sold 25 of its stores in Montenegro to distributor Expo Commerce.


Katy Askew | 3 Jun 2013

This week saw the high levels of M&A activity we have seen throughout May continue, with the shock announcement that the board of US pork group Smithfield has given its unanimous backing to a takeover bid from Chinese pork group Shuanghui International.


Katy Askew | 29 May 2013

Belgium-based retailer Delhaize Group has struck a deal to sell US chains Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid's to local rival Bi-Lo Holdings for US$265m.


Dean Best | 24 May 2013

Belgium-based retailer Delhaize Group is reportedly looking to sell two US chains, Harvey's and Sweetbay.


Michelle Russell | 13 May 2013

The quarterly results continued to roll in this week and we listened to a number of CEOs talk about the challenges and opportunities they face in 2013. Elsewhere, just-food covered Hofex, the largest food and hospitality tradeshow in Asia-Pacific, where we spoke with UK SMEs about their international ambitions. Retailer Delhaize Group has also begun the search for a new CEO following the resignation of Pierre-Olivier Beckers.

Latest blogs

Katy Askew | 24 Jun 2015

Dutch supermarket operator Ahold and Belgium-based retailer Delhaize Group announced today (24 June) that a long-awaited merger has been finalised in a move these two European retail giants hope will improve their competitiveness across the pond

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