Delhaize Group

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Delhaize Group S.A./N.V.
Type Naamloze vennootschap / Société anonyme
Traded as EuronextDELB, NYSEDEG
Industry Retail
Founded 1867
Headquarters Anderlecht, Brussels, Belgium
Number of locations 3451 worldwide (2012)[1]
Key people Frans Muller (CEO), Mats Jansson (Chairman), Vaccant (CEO, Delhaize America)
Services Supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores, wholesale
Revenue €20.85 billion (2010)[2]
Operating income €1.024 billion (2010)[2]
Profit €574 million (2010)[2]
Total assets €10.90 billion (end 2010)[2]
Total equity €5.069 billion (end 2010)[2]
Employees 103,050 (FTE, end 2010)[2]

Delhaize Group (French pronunciation: ​[dəlɛːz]) is a food retailer headquartered in Anderlecht, Brussels, Belgium[3] which operates in eight countries and on three continents.[4] The principal activity of Delhaize Group is the operation of food supermarkets.


Delhaize Group was founded in Charleroi, Belgium in 1867 by Jules Delhaize.

As of 31 December 2006, Delhaize Group had a sales network (which includes directly operated, franchised, and affiliated stores) of 2,705 stores and employed approximately 140,000 people. 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 EPA's ENERGY STAR program to manage energy efficiency across its portfolio of U.S. facilities.

In addition to food retailing, which accounted for approximately 95% of Delhaize Group's sales in 2005, Delhaize Group also 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.

Delhaize Group recorded sales of €19.225 billion in 2006 and net income of €351.9 million. Delhaize Group's operations are located primarily in the United States (Food Lion LLC, Hannaford Brothers Company, and Sweetbay Supermarket) and Belgium. Other operations are located in Greece, Indonesia, Luxembourg and Romania.

Delhaize entered the US market through its acquisition of Food Town Stores in 1983, renaming it Food Lion and expanding from 22 stores to 226.[5] In 1985, it opened its first Cub Foods store in Atlanta (although it did not own Cub Foods entirely), and in 1996 acquired Kash n' Karry a Florida grocery chain.[6] 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.[7] In 2009, the company left the German market after 6 years and sold all of its 4 supermarkets to REWE Group. In 2011, Delhaize acquired Serbian retailer Delta Maxi.[8][citation needed]

In May 2013, Harveys was sold along with sister supermarket chains Sweetbay and Reid's to BI-LO, LLC for $265 million.[9]

Sales divisions[edit]

Operating locations includes:


Delhaize distribution centre in Zellik


  • Delhaize
  • Red Market
  • AD Delhaize
  • City Delhaize
  • Proxy Delhaize
  • Shop'n Go
  • Tom&Co
  • Caddyhome



  • Delhaize
  • City Delhaize
  • Proxy Delhaize



Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina

North America[edit]

United States

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



  • Super INDO (51%)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Annual Review 2012
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Annual Report 2010". Delhaize. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Contacts." Delhaize Group. Retrieved on 16 May 2012. "Square Marie Curie 40 1070 Brussels - Belgium"
  4. ^ Delhaize Group operating companies
  5. ^ Delhaize Group Corporate History
  6. ^ Delhaize Group Corporate History
  7. ^ BILLA ČR zdvojnásobí podíl na trhu, obrat, počet prodejen i zaměstnanců (BILLA ČR will double its market share, sales, number of supermarkets and employees) (Delvita press release, 1 June 2007)
  8. ^ Food Lion parent Delhaize buys Delta Maxi
  9. ^ Tampa-based Sweetbay supermarkets sold Tampa Bay Times, May 28, 2013
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^ Serbian:

External links[edit]

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