Peas, soya and chickpeas are the basic ingredients of many vegetarian alternatives to meat. But the global harvests of these raw materials are significantly disappointing this year. And that will be felt in the prices of veggie burgers and other similar products.
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Two Belgian food chains, healthy restaurant chain Foodmaker and supermarket chain Delhaize, have opened their first common restaurant in Brussels, the first in a series of ten planned openings in the next two years.
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For the first time, an existing Delhaize supermarket is turned into one of its sister chain Albert Heijn. The beginning of a trend, or a solitary case? The latter, the Belgian retailer says decidedly.
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Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize is launching a subscription service that allows companies to offer their employees a discount on healthy food products.
Franchisers of Belgian retailer Delhaize threaten to sue their franchisee as its logistical problems continue. Deliveries remain problematic, fuelling franchisers' frustrations.
Despite a decreasing market share, Colruyt believes in a relaunch post-corona. The increasing cooperation between Albert Heijn and Delhaize hardly affects the Belgian market leader. CEO Jef Colruyt does not comment about a possible merger with Jumbo.
Thanks to a partnership with Delhaize, Foodmaker is finding the means to open new restaurants quickly: not only in cities but also in corporate settings. "You don't help your employees by offering them chips. You help them with healthy food."
Delhaize and Foodmaker are structuring their partnership: the supermarket chain will become the exclusive "main franchisee" of the Foodmaker restaurant concept in Belgium and Luxembourg and will be responsible for further developing the network.
Colruyt remains the cheapest supermarket in Belgium. The duel against Albert Heijn causes prices to drop further in Flanders. Carrefour opts for a remarkable multi-track policy in its price strategy.
As several franchisees of Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize are struggling with empty shelves due to logistical problems, they demand financial compensation.
Russian discounter Mere has announced its plans to open its first Belgian store in Opwijk (near Brussels) this September. However, the town's mayor says a permit has not yet been requested.
Supermarket chains are reducing the price gap with hard discounters by lowering prices and adjusting their private label strategy. This increases the gap between private label and A-brands.
Ahold Delhaize has had a better than expected first quarter. Online sales went through the roof and the merged group gained market share again in the Benelux.
Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize is becoming "Belhaize". With this marketing stunt, the retailer wants to draw attention to its focus on local products.
Dirk Van den Berghe, CEO of Walmart Asia and former CEO of Delhaize, has left the world's largest retail group and is returning to Europe.