CHICAGO, April 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ahold Delhaize USA has been chosen as Winsight's 2019 Grocery Business of the Year, which is featured in the leading trade media brand's April cover story.
As the brand's most significant honor bestowed annually to one select grocery industry leader, WGB's Grocery Business of the Year profile story explores how the former international rivals charted a new trajectory following a rare merger that's hitting all its goals and has positioned its six U.S. brands to each wield the power of a $44 billion company locally. The profile story further details how Ahold Delhaize USA has made good on its post-merger promise of "Leading Together" to accelerate growth and position its U.S. brands—including Stop & Shop, Giant/Martin's, Giant Food, Hannaford, Food Lion and Peapod—to focus on local markets and gain sales and share through a deft combination of service, technology and e-commerce advances.
"The series of impressive achievements logged by Ahold Delhaize USA during the past 15 months were made possible in no small part from the thoughtful and thorough integration of the former international rivals under the guidance of one of the most talented and capable contingents of corporate and divisional retail leaders in the grocery business today, including: Frans Muller; Kevin Holt, J.J. Fleeman, Roger Wheeler, Meg Ham, Nick Bertram, Gordon Reid, Mark McGowan, Mike Vail and Selma Postma," noted Meg Major, WGB's VP of Content.
"Food retail mergers rarely turn out as powerful as imagined—often they don't work out at all—but that hasn't been the case at Ahold Delhaize USA, where a unique structure, distinct brands and just a little bit of friction is proving to be a winning combination and a timely springboard for innovation and investment," according to an excerpt of the story authored by WGB Executive Editor Jon Springer.
WGB's Grocery Business of the Year analysis also features a one-on-one interview with Ahold Delhaize CEO Frans Muller, who discussed the synchronicity of having the right people in the right roles at the right time, which he said was not only essential to orchestrating a complex integration in near record time, but also "remarkable."
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