Royal Ahold (NYSE: AHO), the international food provider, yesterday announced that the Spanish stock exchange authorities (`Comision Nacional del Mercado de Valores') have declared a positive result of Ahold's public tender offer for the outstanding shares of Superdiplo S.A.

Superdiplo shareholders tendered 49,797,129 of the 51,000,000 outstanding Superdiplo shares in connection with the tender offer which closed at midnight on December 27, 2000. This amount represents 97.64% of Superdiplo's share capital.

Ahold has issued a total of 36,849,875 new common shares in connection with the public tender offer. This represents 0.74 Ahold shares for every Superdiplo share tendered. The new Ahold shares are expected to begin trading on the Amsterdam Exchanges as of January 3, 2001.

Including Superdiplo with over 300 stores, Ahold now operates approximately 530 stores in Spain with annualized sales of Euro 2 billion.

Background

Royal Ahold operates approximately 8,200 supermarkets, hypermarkets and other store formats in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia with annualized sales approaching Euro 50 billion. The company is also developing significant experience in the foodservice industry and as an e-commerce player. Ahold employs 400,000 associates and serves the food needs of over 30 million loyal customers in 26 countries every week. Ahold's website can be found at www.ahold.com.

In addition to its listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: AHO), Ahold's shares are trading on the Amsterdam Exchanges and on the Swiss Exchange. Additional information is available on Ahold's website: http://www.ahold.com.

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