Ahold Delhaize

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Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V.
TypePublic (N.V.)
AEX component
Founded25 July 2016; 5 years ago (2016-07-25)
HeadquartersZaandam, Netherlands
Key people
  • Frans Muller (President and CEO)
  • Kevin Holt (CEO Ahold Delhaize USA)
  • Wouter Kolk (CEO Ahold Delhaize Europe & Indonesia)
  • Natalie Knight (CFO)
RevenueIncrease 74.7 billion (2020)[1]
Decrease 1.4 billion (2020)[1]
Number of employees

Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V., commonly known as Ahold Delhaize, is a Dutch multinational. Its name comes from a fusion between Ahold (Dutch) and Delhaize (Belgian). Its business format includes supermarkets, convenience stores, hypermarkets, online grocery, online non-food, drugstores, and liquor stores. Its 21 local brands employ 375,000 people at 6,500 stores in 11 countries, predominantly the Netherlands and Belgium.

Ahold Delhaize's international headquarters is in Zaandam, Netherlands.[3] Its brands are active in the Netherlands, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Greece, Luxembourg, Romania, Serbia, and the United States. It participates in joint ventures in Indonesia and Portugal.

Ahold Delhaize shares are listed[4] on Euronext Amsterdam and Brussels (ticker: AD). Ahold's former CEO, Dick Boer, was the CEO of Ahold Delhaize until his retirement in 2018, and Frans Muller, former CEO of Delhaize Group, became CEO after previously having served as the deputy CEO, chief integration officer and acting chief operations officer (ad interim) of Delhaize America.[5][6] Operating more than 2,000 stores across 23 states, Ahold Delhaize USA is among the largest food and consumables retailers in the United States.[7]


Ahold Delhaize was formed in July 2016 from the merger of Ahold and Delhaize Group.[8][9] Delhaize Group dates back to 1867, when the Delhaize brothers opened a wholesale grocery business in Charleroi, Belgium. Ahold started in 1887, when Albert Heijn opened a first store in the Dutch town of Oostzaan.

In 2018 the company experienced significant growth in the United States (Food Lion), the Netherlands, and online.[10] Growth in Belgium has been minimal.[10]

Beginning in June of 2020, Ahold Delhaize implemented a partnership with Instacart to provide home delivery from more than 750 stores operated under the Hannaford, Food Lion, Giant Food, and Stop & Shop brands.[11] The company further expanded in the United States with the acquisition of a majority stake in FreshDirect, an online grocer. As of 2021, Ahold Delhaize has plans to establish Ship2Me, an online marketplace featuring food and merchandise items, in the second half of the year. [12]

Brands and formats[edit]

Ahold Delhaize (co-)owns a number of supermarket chains and e-commerce businesses.[13]

Country Company Type Opening
Stores Note
 Belgium Delhaize Supermarket 1867 754 Including Proxy Delhaize (245 stores), AD Delhaize (222 stores), Shop & Go (150 stores), Fresh Atelier (8 stores) and Delhaize.be.
Albert Heijn Supermarket 2011 53 Including AH.be
Bol.com E-commerce 1999
(2012 by Ahold)
 Czech Republic Albert Supermarket 1991 324
 Greece Alfa Beta Vassilopoulos Supermarket 1939
(1992 by Delhaize)
526 Including AB City (21 stores), AB Food Market (81 stores), AB Shop & Go (122 stores).
Ena Cash & Carry -
(2000 by Delhaize)
 Indonesia Super Indo Supermarket 1997 171 Joint venture with Salim Group, Ahold Delhaize holds a 51% share.
 Luxembourg Delhaize Supermarket 54 Including Proxy Delhaize (21 stores), AD Delhaize (2 stores), Shop & Go (23 stores).
 Portugal Pingo Doce Supermarket 1980 436 Joint venture with Jerónimo Martins, Ahold Delhaize holds a 49% share.
 Romania Mega Image Supermarket 1995
(2000 by Delhaize)
854 Including Shop & Go (435 stores), Mega Image - Concept (4 stores) and Gusturi Romanesti (2 stores).
 Serbia Maxi Supermarket 2000
(2011 by Delhaize)
434 Including Shop & Go (192 stores).
Tempo Supermarket 2003 12
 Netherlands Albert Heijn Supermarket 1877 990 Including AH to go (87 stores), AH XL (37 stores) and AH.nl.
Gall & Gall Liquor store 1884
(1989 by Ahold)
Etos Drug store 1919
(1973 by Ahold)
Bol.com E-commerce 1999
(2012 by Ahold)
 United States Bottom Dollar Food grocery 2005
(2005 by Delhaize America.)
n/a Defunct; sold to Aldi on January 12, 2015
Food Lion Supermarket 1957
(1974 by Delhaize)
FreshDirect Online grocer 1999

(2020 by Ahold Delhaize)

Giant Supermarket 1923
(1998 by Ahold)
Giant Food Supermarket 1936
(1998 by Ahold)
Hannaford Supermarket 1883
(2000 by Delhaize)
Stop & Shop Supermarket 1914
(1995 by Ahold)
Peapod Online grocer 1989
(2000 (51%), 2001 (100%) by Ahold)
Bfresh Supermarket 2014 1
Eastside Marketplace Supermarket 2014[14] 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Recordjaar voor supers Ahold; Bol.com verkoopt in lockdown 70 procent meer". nos.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Fortune". 10 August 2020.
  3. ^ ""Hoofdkantoor Ahold-Delhaize komt in Nederland" - HLN.be". hln.be. Archived from the original on 11 October 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  4. ^ "First Trading Day Ahold Delhaize on Euronext". Euronext. Archived from the original on 2 August 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Ahold, Delhaize complete merger agreement". SupermarketNews. 24 June 2015. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  6. ^ "FT.com". ft.com. Archived from the original on 24 August 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Ahold Delhaize Is Acquiring FreshDirect". Progressive Grocer. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Delhaize Group and Ahold complete merger after receiving clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission". GlobeNewswire. 23 July 2016. Archived from the original on 25 July 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  9. ^ Wilmot, Stephen (24 July 2016). "A New U.S.-European Grocery Giant Is Born - WSJ". Wall Street Journal. wsj.com. Archived from the original on 7 September 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Stevige groei bij Ahold Delhaize". Telegraaf. 7 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Northeast grocer provides same-day delivery". Chain Store Age. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Ahold Delhaize's US identical sales move forward modestly in Q1". Grocery Dive. 12 May 2021. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  13. ^ "Our family of great local brands".
  14. ^ "Ahold to purchase upscale Providence supermarket".

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