From local grocery store to international leading food retailer. Our retail legacy spans 150 years.

150 years strong

What started as two family-run grocery stores almost 150 years ago is now one of the world’s largest food retail groups, a leader in supermarkets and e-commerce, and a company at the forefront of sustainable retailing. Our family of 21 great local brands today serve more than 50 million shoppers each week in 11 countries.

It all started in 1867 when the Delhaize brothers opened a wholesale grocery business in Charleroi, Belgium and chose the lion, the symbol of strength, as their logo. Twenty years later in the Netherlands, Albert Heijn and his wife opened a small grocery store in Oostzaan that would form the roots of Ahold. Albert Heijn advertised his goods as “cheap enough for the man on the street and good enough for the millionaire.”

Innovation has been part of our DNA since the beginning. The Delhaize brothers and Albert Heijn pioneered the use of their own branded products – from biscuits and coffee to wine and peanut butter – and introduced the concept of self-service, low mark-up shopping to a wider audience. And the founders and leaders of our local brands – again and again – have turned change and challenges into major opportunities for success.

From using trains to reduce transport time for fruits and vegetables to the introduction of the bar code, from self-scanning checkout lanes and groundbreaking e-commerce to the first iPhone app for self-scanning, discounts and rewards, Ahold Delhaize believes that improving the shopping experience for customers is something that never ends.

In 2016, Ahold and Delhaize Group combined forces to become a world-leading food retail group dedicated to helping customers shop anytime, anywhere and in any manner – in-store and online. The collective heritage and shared values that brought us together continue to guide our ambition to bring fresh inspiration every day to customers, communities and colleagues, and to make life a little easier, healthier and more affordable for everyone. 


At a glance:

  • 6,500 stores characterized by long-established brands

  • a focus on customers and communities

  • excellent choice in products and shopping formats

  • combined net sales of €54.1 billion (2015)

  • more than 50 million customers weekly across the US and Europe