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Press release

Delhaize Group 2010 corporate responsibility progress report presents the Group’s latest steps in its journey to sustainability

Brussels, Belgium, June 16, 2011 - Delhaize Group (Euronext Brussels: DELB - NYSE: DEG ) the Belgian international food retailer presents its fourth Corporate Responsibility (CR) report. For the first time the report adopts a new short format and is published online only. The report summarizes the Group’s performance against its CR strategy and goals and highlights the achievements from the Group’s operating companies during an especially challenging year.

‘CR is one of the three pillars of our Group strategy - the ‘New Game Plan’ - alongside Growth and Efficiency. It is core to our business’, said Pierre-Olivier Beckers, President and CEO of Delhaize Group. ‘This integrated strategy supports the Group’s economic performance while building a more sustainable operating model. The progress we are making in the focus areas of our CR strategy across the business makes us a stronger company, from sourcing more responsibly, to building a stronger associate base, reducing operational emissions, and anticipating customer needs and expectations.’
The report shows how the Group translates global trends into business strategy and ultimately action.

For each of the Group’s strategic CR areas of healthy products, healthy people and healthy planet, the report presents goals, performance, and a case study providing more detailed insight into our activities.

2010 highlights for the Group include:

  • Healthier products through the reformulation of nearly 2 000 products at Delhaize Belgium (cutting out tonnes of salt, sugar and fats) and through aggressive salt reduction goals at Delhaize America
  • The launch of sustainable seafood policies at Delhaize Belgium and Delhaize America
  • The participation of 73% of the Group employees in one-to-one performance dialogues
  • The opening of the first state-of-the-art green store in Greece (at Alfa Beta)
  • A 63% increase in energy generated from on-site solar panels across the Group