Belgium news and analysis

12 February 2020
Ahold Delhaize generated net sales of €17.4 bn in the fourth quarter, a rise of 3.1% at constant exchange rates. Its performance was driven by growth in the Netherlands, where net sales increased by 4.5%, and Central and Southeastern Europe, where they were up by 5.4% at constant exchange rates. At a channel level, Ahold Delhaize said net consumer online sales rose 30.1% at constant exchange r...
10 February 2020
We look at the latest news from Aldi across Europe, Australia and the US. Aldi Australia launches Healthy Picks app Source: App Store Australia Aldi Australia has teamed up with The George Institute for Global Health, to create an app that makes grocery shopping easier and more health focused. This is part of the retailer’s wider strategy to develop its healthy food assortment. ...
03 February 2020
Ahold Delhaize-owned Albert Heijn has reported a solid growth in 2019. Separately, Jan Linders revealed an increase in sales of 6.5% in 2019. Meanwhile, Sligro food group aims to develop its 2020 performance. Albert Heijn reveals a promising 2019 Albert Heijn announced a strong performance in 2019, after adapting its strategy to meet further shoppers demands. Marit van Egmond, Albert Heijn’...
30 January 2020
As Carrefour introduces a new promotional campaign and the chief executive of Mestdagh steps down, we round up news from its operations in Belgium. Carrefour launches ‘Healthy prices’ promotion Trade publication Gondola reports how Carrefour has launched the ‘Health prices’ campaign in the country, which will run between 27 January and 15 February. The promotion is aimed at spotlighting hea...
28 January 2020
As Colruyt adds a new online delivery solution and Delhaize launches carbon neutral bananas, we round up news from the countyr. Colruyt launches ‘Collect&Go Connect’ app The Colruyt Group is trialling a new solution enabled by the sharing economy. Under the Collect&Go Connect brand, its Okay and Okay Compact banners will trial a solution that connects local customers and local shoppers. The...
24 January 2020
France-based Carrefour said total sales, at constant exchange rates, rose 2.5% to €21.7 bn in its fourth quarter. Its performance in its home country, which were accentuated by market conditions, held back its overall growth, offsetting positive results in Europe, especially Spain, and Latin America, especially in Brazil. France: results affected by market conditions Carrefour reported tota...
15 January 2020
As the retailer looks to turnaround its underperformance in Belgium, Carrefour has rolled out new trials in the country to help shoppers maximise their time in store. Retailer to trial payment by fingerprint… Carrefour is set to trial a system that enables shoppers to pay with their fingerprints. The trial follows a test conducted previously which saw it enable shoppers to use their fingerp...
08 January 2020
Netherlands-based Jumbo has announced its annual results for 2019, posting an increase of 14% in turnover to €8.43 bn (US$5.2 bn). Jumbo’s foodservice format La Place saw its turnover increase by 10% to €165 m (US$183.7 m). Meanwhile, the conversion of the remaining Emté stores generated €85 m (US$94.6 m) in the first half of the year. Store network At the end of 2019, Jumbo operated a tota...
18 December 2019
Ahold Delhaize-owned Delhaize is reorganising its stores and partnering with Deliveroo and Takeaway.com. Meanwhile, Carrefour’s new store near Brussels Central Station is trialling a new food offering. Delhaize tests new organisational structure Delhaize has announced plans to reorganise its stores to attract more shoppers and become more profitable. It is testing a new organisational struc...
10 December 2019
Belgium-based Colruyt has posted its results for the first half of 2019/20, reporting a revenue increase of 2.8% to €4.7 bn (US$5.2 bn) and net profit of €196 m (US$217 m). The figure was boosted by the extension of the financial year for French companies and by the integration of Fiets!. The Group noted on a comparable basis, revenue rose 2.1% including petrol and 1.9% excluding petrol. In addit...