Ahold Delhaize is a done deal. What now?
Ahold and Delhaize are now Ahold Delhaize. The merger of the two European-headquartered grocery chain operators, which was first announced in June 2015, is completed, and so begins the process of integration and finding a way forward.
The company’s U.S. banners include bfresh, Food Lion, Giant Carlisle, Giant Landover, Hannaford and Stop & Shop. It also operates Peapod, an online grocery delivery service.
In a statement yesterday, Ahold Delhaize CEO Dick Boer referred to the merger as “the start of an important new chapter and a unique opportunity to deliver even more for customers and communities, associates and shareholders.”
As with most mergers, management believes the company can achieve economies of scale in purchasing and can eliminate redundancy within the organization to cut its overhead. Ahold Delhaize’s U.S. businesses represent nearly two-thirds of its total sales and are critical to the future success of the organization.
Food Lion and other Ahold Delhaize banners are under increasing competitive stress as they operate in markets with newcomers that include Publix and Wegmans while attempting to fend off rivals ranging from Aldi to Walmart. Another newcomer, Lidl, plans to open stores along America’s East Coast in the future, no doubt putting Ahold Delhaize under more pressure.
- Ahold Delhaize successfully completes merger, forming one of the world’s largest food retail groups – Ahold Delhaize
- All the facts about our stores in the US – Ahold Delhaize
- A New U.S.-European Grocery Giant Is Born – The Wall Street Journal (sub. required)
- Ahold and Delhaize shareholders approve merger plans – RetailWire
- Ahold and Delhaize merger to create U.S. grocery force – RetailWire
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: How do you think Ahold Delhaize will evaluate the success of its merger over the next three years considering the increasing competitive pressures faced by its chain stores? Where do you see the best opportunities for Ahold Delhaize to succeed?