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Innovation is not a buzzword at Ahold Delhaize. It’s been part of our DNA since our founding 150 years ago. Own-branded products, self-service and low mark-up shopping were pioneered by our founders, Albert Heijn and the Delhaize brothers.

Today, our family of great local brands continues to improve the shopping experience for millions of customers by carrying out multiple Innovation projects applied to the business at any given moment.

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT Vision

Together with our academic partners we are pioneering in making new scientific and technological discoveries (creating knowledge) ensuring the success of Ahold Delhaize and it's leading brands now and in the future (fueling business).

Scientific R&D

As part of these innovation efforts Ahold Delhaize has a dedicated team that focuses on innovation with a long term business impact, by collaborating with scientists.

The team operates guides the strategic partnerships we have with academia. In this way, scientists can work with real data and business knowledge, which increases scientific knowledge to be shared with fellow academics, students and society.

As a company, we work with bright minds that help us shape our future. It’s a win-win! 

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT Team

Producing a constant stream of discoveries for business impact takes a set of special skills. Our work is orchestrated by a core team of scientists and carried out with local or regional partnerships. We offer scientists in our brands the possibility to engage and work with us, by offering them secondments.

Our principal players: Core Scientific R&D Team

The core scientific R&D team has the overview of ongoing strategic partnerships with academia.

They give brands the kickstart they need, by providing them with the latest scientific and technological knowledge, guidance on general processes, and policies on IP, grants and talent acquisition.

Meet our affiliated team

Aimee van Wynsberghe

is assistant professor of ethics and robotics at Delft University of Technology.

Carlos Hernandez Corbato

is assistant professor at Cognitive Robotics Department at Delft University of Technology.

Javier Alonso-Mora

is assistant professor at Cognitive Robotics Department at Delft University of Technology.

Jens Kober

is associate professor at Cognitive Robotics Department at Delft University of Technology.

Maarten de Rijke

is professor of artificial intelligence and information retrieval at the University of Amsterdam.

Martijn Wisse

is professor of biorobotics at Delft University of Technology.

Paul Groth

is professor of algorithmic data science at the University of Amsterdam.

Sebastian Schelter

 is Assistant Professor of data management and machine learning at the University of Amsterdam.