Blog: Petah MarianFormer Ahold boss Dr Albert Heijn dies

Petah Marian | 14 January 2011

Dr Albert Heijn, the former president of Dutch grocery operator Ahold, died yesterday (13 January) at his British home in Herefordshire.

The grandson of Albert Heijn, who founded the Albert Heijn supermarket chain in 1887, Dr Heijn was born in the Netherlands in 1927, joining the company in 1948 and becoming president of its executive board in 1962.

The Heijn family led the transformation of the company from a Dutch supermarket chain into a major international food retailing group.

The company said Dr Heijn helped create the grocery empire on the "deceptively simple premise that doing what is right for the business starts with what is right for the customer".

One of his most significant contributions to the grocery industry was his role in the establishment of a uniform barcode that remains the global standard today.

Following his retirement in 1989, he remained involved in Ahold as a member of the supervisory board until 1997.

Ahold CEO John Rishton said: "Albert Heijn was a remarkable man. He was a spirited entrepreneur whose vision has helped shape the global food industry. He was a warm and charismatic leader who was passionate about people - both those who worked for the company and all who shopped at our stores. My thoughts, and those of my colleagues on the corporate executive board, are with his wife Monique and their family."


BLOG

Barilla puts sustainability centre stage

Barilla's 2016 results statement, published last week, makes interesting reading, not because of the Italian food group's commercial performance, but for the emphasis placed on sustainability achievem...

BLOG

UK M&A deal volumes slide in early months of 2017

Fresh data from Grant Thornton indicates the number of mergers and acquisitions in the UK food and drink sector fell to the lowest level for over two years in the first quarter of in 2017 - but the ac...

BLOG

Food policy returns to focus in Westminster

Amid the political turmoil in the UK caused by the EU Referendum, the resignation of a Prime Minister, subsequent burning debates over the Brexit “divorce” settlement and now by the surprise announcem...

BLOG

Danone closes WhiteWave, who will acquire Stonyfield?

Danone completed its US$12.5bn acquisition of WhiteWave Foods this week. The move will roughly double Danone's presence in North America, where WhiteWave is a top four dairy player. ...

just-food homepage



Forgot your password?