Infobox Company
company_name = Royal Ahold N.V.
company_type = Public (Euronext|AH, FWB|AHO, [http://www.swx.com/market/quote_chart_en.html?id=NL0000331817CHF4 SWX: AHO] )
foundation = 1973
location = Amsterdam, the Netherlands
key_people = John Rishton, CEO
num_employees = 118,715 (December 2007)
industry = Grocery Stores
products = Retail
revenue = profit 44.872 billion (2006)
operating_income = profit 1.293 billion (2006)
net_income = profit 915 million (2006)
homepage = [http://www.ahold.com/ www.ahold.com]

Ahold, (in full Koninklijke Ahold N.V., Royal Ahold N.V.), (Euronext|AH, FWB|AHO, [http://www.swx.com/market/quote_chart_en.html?id=NL0000331817CHF4 SWX: AHO] ) is a major international supermarket operator based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Ahold is listed on Euronext Amsterdam and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Company history

The company's origins can be traced back to 27 May 1887 with the founding of the Albert Heijn grocery store in Oostzaan, the Netherlands. The grocery chain expanded through the first half of the 20th century, and went public in 1948. It became the largest grocery chain in the Netherlands, expanded into liquor stores and cosmetic stores in the 1970s, and changed its name to "Ahold" in 1973 (which stands for "Albert Heijn Holdings").Fact|date=April 2007 The company expanded internationally starting in the mid 1970s, eventually buying chains in Spain, the United States, and Portugal, and accelerating its acquisitions in the latter half of the 1990s in markets in Latin America, Central Europe and Asia.

This ambitious global expansion was halted by fraud at the chain's American subsidiary U.S. Foodservice and by a Board level accounting scandal. In February 2003, the CEO and CFO resigned following charges of financial irregularities. Earnings over 2001 and 2002 had to be restated and the company began selling off some of its grocery chains in Latin America and elsewhere.

A similar scandal, albeit on a much smaller scale, arose in the Tops Markets unit at about the same time. The total of all liabilities and public image damage thus incurred proved burdensome and very difficult to overcome. By 2003, Ahold had totally pulled out of Asia. It has also pulled out of Brazil, once a sizable market for Ahold, and it sold the Bi-Lo and Bruno's chains in the United States.

In July 2006, it announced that the Northeast Ohio division of Tops Markets would be put up for sale and that the stores in that region would close by the end of the year regardless of whether or not they had been sold. In early October of that same year, Ahold issued a statement in compliance with the WARN Act, or Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, indicating that the stores would, indeed, close on December 8, 2006, regardless of whether they had been sold. In early November, Ahold announced that the remainder of the Tops chain in the states of New York and Pennsylvania would be put up for sale.

Ahold announced details of a major strategic review on November 6, 2006. As of May 2007 Ahold has reached a definitive agreement for the sale of U.S. Foodservice to a consortium of CD&R and KKR for 7.1 billion USD [http://www.ahold.com/page/5149.aspx] , "Ahold Corporate Website", Last accessed May 6, 2007.] . It will also divest retail operations in Poland and Slovakia as well as selling its 49% stake in Portugal's Jeronimo Martins.

In July 2007, Ahold's Stop & Shop division announced that it would exit the Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey market, selling 10 Super Stop & Shop stores to Wakefern, which will convert them to ShopRite Supermarkets [http://www.progressivegrocer.com/progressivegrocer/headlines/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003608685&imw=Y] , "Stop & Shop to Close 10 Stores and Sell Them to Wakefern ", Last accessed July 11, 2007.] . The stores were all opened in the late 1990s under the Super G banner and represented new markets for Ahold. In 2005, the underperforming Super G stores switched banners and became Super Stop & Shop stores, in a failed attempt to revive sales. At that time, 4 New Jersey Super G stores were also shuttered.

"Supermarket News" ranked Ahold's U.S. division No. 7 in the 2007 "Top 75 North American Food Retailers" based on 2006 fiscal year estimated sales of $24.0 billion. [http://www.supermarketnews.com/sns-top-75/ 2007 Top 75 North American Food Retailers] , "Supermarket News", Last accessed February 24, 2007.]



*Ahold Czech Republic A.S.
*Ahold Polska - "(Poland)"
*Ahold Retail Slovakia k.s.
*Ahold Supermercados S.L. - "(Spain)"
*Ahold Coffee Company - "(The Netherlands)"
*Albert Heijn B.V. - "(The Netherlands)"
*Gall & Gall B.V. - "(The Netherlands)"
*Etos B.V. - "(The Netherlands)"
*Schuitema N.V. - "(The Netherlands)" (73%)
*ICA AB - "(Scandinavia)" (60%)
*Jerónimo Martins - "(Portugal)"

Formerly owned

* DinoSol


* Stop & Shop
* Giant of Landover
* Giant of Carlisle
** Martin's Food Markets
* Peapod

Formerly owned

* Bruno's
* Tops

Ahold also formerly owned the Edwards chain of stores, but changed most of the stores under that banner to Stop & Shop in 2000.

Latin America

Ahold has sold all of their activities in Latin America.

Major shareholders in Ahold

Some of Ahold's major shareholders are

*DeltaFort Beleggingen I B.V., a joint venture of Fortis and Aviva "(9.50%)"
*ING Groep N.V. "(6.92%)"
*AEGON N.V. "(5.77%)"


*John Rishton has been Chief executive officer since November 2007, having served in this role in an interim capacity since July 2007.

*Kimberly Ross has served as acting Chief financial officer since November 2007.

*Peter Wakkie has been Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Governance Counsel since 26 November 2003.

The previous CEO was Anders Moberg, while Rishton formerly served as CFO.



In the turbulent first quarter of 2004 sales declined 11% to 15,4 billion and Ahold recorded a net loss of € 405 million. This was partly a result of the sale of subsidiaries in Brazil and Thailand at unfavorable prices, in an effort to limit the effects of the accounting scandal. At the end of the quarter, net debts were € 7,1 billion.

Over the full year 2004, Ahold's net sales were 52 billion €. This resulted in an operating income of 195 million € and a net loss of 436 million € by Dutch GAAP (€ 110 million by US GAAP). The net debt had been reduced to € 6.3 billion.

ee also

* European Retail Round Table


* [http://www.helsinginsanomat.fi Helsingin Sanomat] (daily, print version, 15.6.2004)


External links

* [http://www.ahold.com Ahold Official site]

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