- Delhaize Group Publishes 2013 Sustainability Progress Report - Delhaize Group Publishes 2013 Sustainability Progress Report

The report underscores the company's progress toward 2020 'Supergood' strategy
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 5:55am

CAMPAIGN: ReportAlerts from 2014

CONTENT: Press Release

Brussels, Belgium, May 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ – International food retailer Delhaize Group published its 2013 Sustainability Progress Report today online at

“Our 2020 ambition is to be sustainability leaders – to be ‘Supergood’ – in all our markets, through full commitment to sustainable private brand products, waste reduction, healthier lifestyles, and employment of a diverse associate base,” said Frans Muller, President and CEO of Delhaize Group.

2013 achievement highlights:

  • Sustainable private brands: Delhaize Group made important strides in supporting sustainable agriculture and healthier eating. Examples include Alfa Beta launching a sustainable seafood initiative and Delhaize Group’s percentage of Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-certified private brand suppliers rising to 82%.
  • Zero waste: Delhaize Group succeeded in reducing waste through innovations in its operations world-wide. For example, the Group-wide recycling average increased to 56% and Delhaize America reduced waste sent to landfill by 19%.
  • Everyday practices: Delhaize Group took responsibility for minimizing one of the industry’s largest contributors to climate change – refrigeration emissions. It installed state-of-the-art transcritical CO2 refrigeration systems in 2 stores (Belgium and U.S.) and is ahead of schedule in having reduced refrigerant emissions by 8% in 2013.
  • Employment of a diverse associate base: Delhaize America was recognized for employing a diverse associate population that represents its surrounding communities.

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About Delhaize Group
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in nine countries on three continents. At the end of the first quarter of 2014, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3,520 stores. At the end of 2013, Delhaize Group employed approximately 160,000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB& and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).