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Delhaize Group CEO Pierre-Olivier Beckers to retire by year-end

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Belgian international food retailer Delhaize Group, whose U.S. banners include Hannaford, Sweetbay and Food Lion, has announced that president and CEO Pierre-Olivier Beckers intends to retire from his executive role by the end of this year.
 
As part of Delhaize’s succession plan, Beckers will stay in his post until a new CEO is appointed and a smooth transition has taken place, the company stated. He will continue to serve on the board, in a nonexecutive capacity, after stepping down as CEO.

The board is now searching for a successor and will consider both internal and external candidates. It is working to facilitate a smooth and orderly transition of the CEO by the end of 2013.
 
Beckers joined Delhaize Group in 1983, has been a director of the company since 1995 and was appointed president and CEO in January 1999. In almost 15 years as CEO he has led Delhaize Group during a period of fast change in the global food retail environment.
 
Under Beckers’ leadership, Delhaize transformed itself from a Belgian company with an international presence to an integrated group sharing the same vision and values. Since 1999, the number of stores has grown from 1,904 to 3,411 in 10 countries on three continents, revenues grew from €12.9 to €22.6 billion. More recently, Delhaize Group has increased its growth profile with 30.7% of the stores now located in growth markets, generating 14% of the group’s revenues compared with less than 5% when Beckers took office, the company stated.
 
“While serving this company and working with the Board of Directors, great colleagues and great teams has been the most rewarding job I can imagine, the board of directors and I agree that the moment is right to put in place a successor who will lead the group and its evolution into the future. Until then I remain fully committed to leading and supporting the company and its 158,000 associates,” stated Beckers.

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New MBA Beauty nail care products rolling out to retail

BY Antoinette Alexander

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — MBA Beauty is looking to shake up the nail care segment with the rollout of its new tweets :), Waterworks and Dr Marvey lines.

Looking to target the tween/teen market, the beauty brand has developed tweets 🙂 nail color, which is a water-based, two-coat, full coverage nail color for the mass market. The collection is comprised of nearly 50 shades priced at $2.99 each.

In keeping with its name and further playing off its social media product positioning, the tweets 🙂 polish has a tag line that reads: “the nail color that communicates.” In addition, the shades bear such names as TBL (Text Back Later), SUP (What’s Up), CULA (See You Later Alligator) and AITR (Adult in the Room).

Waterworks
For the woman who is looking for a more natural nail polish, MBA Beauty has developed Waterworks. The water-based polish is odor-free and free of phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde, glutens, toluene and DBP. And it is not tested on animals. The Waterworks collection is comprised of more than 30 shades that are priced at $4.95 each.

Dr Marvey
The manufacturer also is looking to bolster the nail treatment category with its new Dr Marvey line. The line is comprised of five different solutions — Nail & Cuticle Care, Base & Top Coat, Repair & Recover (features three-step kits), Strengthen & Grow and Hardener. Each solution is color-coded to make it even easier for consumers to quickly identify the product benefit.

Dr Marvey is made in the United States and free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor and gluten. The nail treatments are priced between $5.95 and $9.95.

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CRN, NPA bring Congress up to speed around value of dietary supplement industry

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition and the Natural Products Association on Wednesday announced they have met with the entire freshman class of the 113th Congress, including 83 offices in the House of Representatives and 14 offices in the Senate, as part of their educational efforts to ensure that newly elected members of Congress have accurate information about dietary supplements and their role in good health. 

In meeting with the new members of Congress, the two associations focused on why the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act is the appropriate regulation for the supplement industry, providing the Food and Drug Administration with enforcement tools to protect consumers while still allowing for access to a wide variety of safe and beneficial products. Additionally, the CRN and NPA team talked about the value that supplements provide for overall health and wellness, as well as the industry’s contributions to healthcare cost savings and the economy. 

“Education is a key priority for our industry. There are very few legislators remaining in Congress who were here when DSHEA passed, and even fewer congressional staffers," observed Mike Green VP government relations, CRN. "In addition, freshman members of Congress are challenged to quickly learn about many industries and even more complex issues associated with those industries, and we want to make ourselves available as a resource for the dietary supplement industry and provide assistance with our issues in any way we can."

“We anticipate that the remainder of 2013 will bring several more regulatory and legislative challenges for the industry," added Liz Hurst, director government relations NPA. "Taking the time to sit down with each new member of Congress helps ensure that any legislation affecting the dietary supplement industry will be decided on by informed elected representatives.” 


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