BELGIUM: Delhaize to change buying alliance
Belgium-based retailer Delhaize is to switch buying alliances from next year, the company has announced.
From 1 January next year, Delhaize, a member of the European Marketing Distribution (EMD) consortium, will join AMS.
Delhaize, which joined EMD in 2001, said French retailer Systeme-U would also make the switch next year.
Renaud Cogels, head of global sourcing at Delhaize, said the move to AMS would improve the company's private-label "programmes".
Cogels added: "Private label products have become an increasingly important tool for differentiation and customer loyalty building, especially in our historical Belgian and European markets. Today more than ever, they also present a welcome alternative to consumers which purchasing power is under pressure."
Officials at Systeme-U could not be reached for immediate comment.
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