Ahold Delhaize posts Q3 sales of $17.5 billion, up 2.1%
ZAANDAM, the Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize delivered strong performance in the U.S. on the strength of strong volume growth across its Food Lion banner, supported by the rollout of that banner's "Easy, Fresh & Affordable" strategy, whereas Stop & Shop New England benefited from a strong summer holiday season.
Ahold Delhaize is investing to further improve the portfolios of its own-brand products, providing healthy and convenient choices for customers and leveraging expertise from both sides of the Atlantic. For example, Giant Landover introduced a new line of own-brand products called "No Antibiotics Ever" from 100% vegetarian-fed stock.
This includes combining Ahold USA and Delhaize America natural and organic own-brands with a total annual sales of $1 billion, into its Nature's Promise brand that will be introduced across other businesses, the company reported. Ahold Delhaize will be increasing the Nature's Promise SKU count to 1,400 with $1.5 billion in annual sales by 2020.
All told, Ahold USA fields more than 20,000 own brand SKUs, representing 38% of total sales.
Moreover, Ahold Delhiaze is building its digital capabilities and expertise and continues to invest personalized experiences, both in our stores and online, using data analytics to develop digital loyalty programs and unique offers and promotions. With the introduction of "My Hannaford Rewards" program, all of Ahold Delhaize's U.S. brands have now implemented a digital customer loyalty program.
For the third quarter, Ahold USA posted sales of $6.3 billion, representing an increase of 0.8% as compared to the year-ago quarter at constant exchange rates. Comparable sales exclusing gas was up 0.7%. Delhaize America sales were up 2.2% at constant rates to $4.4 billion representing a same-store sales lift of 2.3%.
Overall third quarter sales for Ahold Delhaize totaled $17.5 billion, up 2.1% at constant rates.
Dollar General to receive the Coca-Cola President’s Veterans Recognition Award
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General will become the first retailer to be honored with the President’s Veterans Recognition Award from the Coca-Cola Co. The award recognizes those with outstanding engagement and outreach with the military community.
“Dollar General is humbled by this prestigious recognition of our ongoing work with the military and veteran communities,” Larry Gatta, Dollar General’s senior vice president and general merchandise manager, said. “As a company dedicated to our mission of Serving Others, we continually strive to support and show appreciation to the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country. We appreciate Coca-Cola’s partnership in recognizing our efforts as we continue to be grateful and thankful for the sacrifices made by our military communities and their families.”
The company has worked with the community by offering exclusive discounts to active military, veterans, their immediate family members. Dollar General also has outreached through its military employee resource group, and founded the Paychecks for Patriots program to support service members transition to civilian life through employment opportunities.
“On behalf of everyone at Coca-Cola, we are proud to recognize our longstanding customer Dollar General for their commitment to veterans, members of the U.S. military and their families across the country,” Sandy Douglas, president of Coca-Cola North America, said. “Dollar General exemplifies the gold standard in honoring and celebrating our nation’s servicemen and women, and we salute them as a Coca-Cola President’s Veterans Recognition Award recipient.”
Pampers aims to protect premature infants with new diapers
CINCINNATI — The number one trusted brand of diapers within the U.S., Pampers has created the first flat diaper to protect the skin of premature infants. The Pampers NICU Flat is for preemies with skin too delicate to wear a traditional diaper or for those who require alternative diapering solutions while in the NICU.
To mark the product's release, the Procter & Gamble owned company released a video titled “Littlest Fighters” to champion the fighting spirit of all preemies. Pampers also is joining forces with the March of Dimes during Prematurity Awareness month to donate a new box of Pampers NICU Flat diapers to every NICU in the country.
“For more than 40 years, Pampers has been proud to be in the corner of all NICU nurses and preemie babies, providing innovative solutions in support of their unique needs,” Erica Bardeau, brand manager, North America Baby Care, P&G said. “In 2002, we were the first major diaper manufacturer to create a diaper for premature babies. Since then, we have developed numerous innovations, including diapers ranging from size P1 to P3 for micro-preemies, to care for all babies, even the littlest fighters.”
Key features consumers can find in the new Pampers NICU diapers include all-around absorbency to provide equal protection in the front and back, the company’s absorb away liner which pulls wetness and mess away from the baby’s skin for a dry and comfortable baby, a wetness shield to prevent run-off and premium skin protection using the same breathable materials found in Pampers Swaddlers. The product also does not contain tape, elastic or fragrance.
“With the rising preterm birth rate, the March of Dimes’ fight for the health of all moms and babies has never been more important,” Stacey D. Stewart, president of the March of Dimes, said. “We are proud to partner with Pampers, who shares our commitment to innovation, research, protection, care and support, ensuring that future generations of babies have a fighting chance.
The company also is donating $300,000 to the March of Dimes. Materials used in this and all Pampers products are safe and gentle, as the company partners with leading pediatricians, pediatric dermatologists and safety experts in order to ensure safety and comfort for all babies.