Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group SA (French pronunciation: ​[də'lɛːz], Dutch pronunciation: [də'leːzə]) was a Belgian multinational retail company headquartered in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Brussels, Belgium,[2] and operated in seven countries and on three continents. The principal activity of Delhaize Group was the operation of food supermarkets. On 24 June 2015, Delhaize reached an agreement with Ahold to merge and form a new parent/holding company headquartered in the Netherlands: Ahold Delhaize.[3]

Delhaize Group SA
TypeSociété anonyme
Founded1867; 156 years ago (1867)
Defunct24 July 2016; 6 years ago (2016-07-24)
FateMerged with Ahold
SuccessorAhold Delhaize
HeadquartersAnderlecht, Brussels, Belgium
Number of locations
3,534 in Europe, North America and Asia (2013)[1]
Key people
ServicesSupermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores
Revenue€21.1 billion (2013)
€487 million (2013)[1]
Total assets€11.6 billion (end 2013)[1]
Total equity€5.076 billion (end 2013)[1]


Delhaize was founded near Charleroi, Belgium, in 1867 by Jules Delhaize and his brothers Auguste, Edouard and Adolphe. He was helped in this endeavor by his future brother-in-law, Jules Vieujant.[4] For their new company, they chose the lion, the symbol of strength, as their logo. They also chose a motto: unity is strength.[5]

In 2005, Delhaize Group completed the acquisition of the Belgian supermarket chain Cash Fresh for 118.6 million euros. Delhaize paid an additional 51 million euros to acquire real estate assets of Cash Fresh.[6][7]

As of 31 December 2014, Delhaize Group had a sales network (which includes directly operated, franchised, and affiliated stores) of 3,402 stores and employed approximately 150,000 people (excluding the stores and related associates of divested and discontinued operations). Store formats are primarily supermarkets, which represent 85% of Delhaize Group's sales network. Delhaize Group's sales network also includes other store formats such as neighborhood stores, convenience stores, and specialty stores. The company is actively engaged with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program to manage energy efficiency across its U.S. facilities.[8]

In addition to food retailing, Delhaize Group engages in food wholesaling to stores in its sales network and in nonfood retailing of products such as pet products and health and beauty products.

In 2014, Delhaize Group recorded revenue of €21.4 billion and underlying operating profit of €762 million. Delhaize Group's operations are located primarily in the United States (Food Lion LLC, Hannaford Brothers Company) and Belgium. Other operations are located in Greece, Indonesia, Serbia, Luxembourg and Romania.

Delhaize entered the U.S. market through its acquisition of Food Town Stores in 1983, renaming it Food Lion due to name conflict with other stores, and expanding from 22 stores to 226.[5] In 1985, it became a franchisee for Cub Foods and opened the first of many stores in the Atlanta area and in 1996, acquired Kash n' Karry, a Florida grocery chain.[5] Both its Cub Foods stores, and the Kash n' Karry chain have since been sold by Delhaize.

In 2007, the company left the Czech market after 16 years and sold all of its 97 supermarkets to Billa.[9] On January 19, 2009, Delhaize announced on request that the branches in Aachen and Cologne should be sold. In 2009, the company left the German market after 6 years and sold all of its 4 supermarkets to REWE Group.[10] In 2011, Delhaize acquired Serbian retailer Delta Maxi.[11]

In May 2013, Harveys was sold along with sister supermarket chains Sweetbay and Reid's to BI-LO, LLC for $265 million.[12]

The locations in Montenegro were sold in 2013.[13] The locations in Bosnia and Herzegovina were sold in 2014.[14]

In November 2014, Delhaize Group signed an agreement to sell its Bottom Dollar food store locations in the U.S. to Aldi, Inc. The stores were closed on 12 January 2015, and the transaction was completed early 2015.[15]

On 24 June 2015, Delhaize reached an agreement with Ahold to merge, forming a new parent company, Ahold Delhaize.[16][17][18] The merger agreement was signed after approval by shareholders and competition authorities on July 23, 2016.[19] Ahold CEO Dick Boer became CEO of the merged company until his retirement in July 2018, with Frans Muller, CEO of Delhaize initially as deputy CEO and chief integration officer.[20] Frans Muller took over as CEO in July 2018.[21][22]

Sales divisionsEdit

Delhaize distribution centre in Zellik



  • Delhaize
  • AD Delhaize
  • Proxy Delhaize
  • Shop & Go

Czech Republic

  • Delvita (1991–2007)


  • Delhaize
  • Proxy Delhaize




North AmericaEdit

United States

Operated as Delhaize America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delhaize Group:



  • Super Indo (51%)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Company Annual Report
  2. ^ "Contacts Archived 22 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine." Delhaize Group. Retrieved on 10 March 2016. "Osseghemstraat 53 1080 Brussels – Belgium"
  3. ^ redactie (23 June 2015). ""Hoofdkantoor Ahold-Delhaize komt in Nederland"". Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  4. ^ Dendooven, Pascal (5 July 2007). "De onversaagde kruideniers van Delhaize". De Standaard (in Dutch). Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Delhaize Company's Our History". Archived from the original on 20 July 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Delhaize Group Completes Cash Fresh Acquisition". Progressive Grocer. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Key Figures". 18 April 2009. Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Hannaford Supermarket First to Achieve LEED Platinum Rating". Greenbiz Group. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  9. ^ BILLA ČR zdvojnásobí podíl na trhu, obrat, počet prodejen i zaměstnanců (BILLA ČR will double its market share, sales, number of supermarkets and employees) archived copy (Delvita press release, 1 June 2007)
  10. ^ "Delhaize-sucht-Kaeufer-fuer-Maerkte".
  11. ^ "Food Lion parent Delhaize buys Delta Maxi". Charlotte Business Journal. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  12. ^ Tampa-based Sweetbay supermarkets sold[permanent dead link] Tampa Bay Times, 28 May 2013
  13. ^ "Delhaize Press Release – sale of MaxiMiniMaxi and Tempo stores". Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Delhaize Press Release – sale of Bosnian-Herzegovinian stores". Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Bottom Dollar Food to close all locations in deal with Aldi". bizjournals. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  16. ^ "Other Press Releases View". Archived from the original on 19 September 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Growing Dutch company eats up Maine-based Hannaford chain". The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.
  18. ^ "Stop & Shop parent to purchase owner of Hannaford – Business – The Boston Globe".
  19. ^ "Supermarktketten Ahold und Delhaize schliessen sich zusammen | NZZ". Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  20. ^ "Ahold, Delhaize complete merger agreement". SupermarketNews. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  21. ^ Delhaize, Ahold. "Ahold Delhaize CEO Dick Boer retires; Frans Muller appointed as successor effective July 1, 2018". Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Frans Muller succeeds Dick Boer at Ahold Delhaize". 5 April 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.

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