Ahold Delhaize has commenced the €1 billion share buyback programme announced on 15 November 2021. The company expects to complete the programme before the end of 2022. The share buyback programme aims to reduce the capital of Ahold Delhaize by cancelling all or part of the common shares acquired through the programme. The company focuses on maintaining a balanced approach between funding growth in key channels and returning excess liquidity to shareholders to support the financial framework of its 'Leading Together' strategy.
Lidl Switzerland has introduced Nutri-Score labelling for certain own-label products to help consumers make more informed purchases and opt for healthier food options. The voluntary labelling indicates the nutritional balance of a product's composition on a scale of A to E, and has been widely used in France since its introduction in 2017. In Switzerland, the Federal Office of Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs (USAV) came out in favour of the Nutri-Score in 2019. Now, Lidl Switzerland has rolled out the label for its 'Harvest Basket' and 'Trattoria Alfredo' private-label brands, with plans to expand it to other product areas.
Weekly Roundup...4 January 2022
Dutch retailer Jumbo has announced a strategic partnership with Gorillas in the Netherlands and Flanders, focusing on instant delivery of groceries ordered online in larger cities. The partnership will allow both companies to benefit from each other’s expertise and strengthen their market positions. The agreement will see Jumbo supplying a large part of its range to Gorillas, including various a-brand, private-label, organic, and exclusive La Place products. The deal also has provision for delivering orders within minutes in urban areas in the future. Currently, Gorillas operates in eleven Dutch cities and two Belgian cities. Commenting on the partnership, Jumbo CEO Frits van Eerd, said, "Like Jumbo, Gorillas stands for a high level of service and distinguishes itself through a customer-oriented approach. Thanks to this collaboration, we can further expand our service and increase the choice for our online customers."