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2016-03-14

Delhaize Group: Delhaize Group press release - Delhaize shareholders approve proposed merger with Ahold

BRUSSELS, Belgium, March 14, 2016 -
Delhaize Group NV/SA ("Delhaize") today announced that its shareholders
approved the proposed merger between Delhaize and Koninklijke Ahold N.V.
("Ahold") at an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders held today.

61.7% of all outstanding Delhaize ordinary shares were represented at the
meeting. The merger was approved by approximately 96.2% of the votes cast.
All other proposed resolutions in relation to the merger were also approved
by Delhaize shareholders.

At completion of the merger, Delhaize shareholders will receive 4.75 Ahold
ordinary shares for each Delhaize ordinary share.

Delhaize Chairman Mats Jansson commented, "We are excited to receive this
overwhelming support from our shareholders for this merger and all other
related resolutions. Today's vote underscores their clear appreciation of the
strategic rationale for the combination of our two companies, which will
create a stronger and more innovative food retail company, with enhanced
scale and increased relevance in local communities. We are moving one step
closer to the completion of this merger process, which is expected to take
place mid-2016."

On June 24, 2015, Delhaize and Ahold announced their intention to merge. The
transaction is expected to be completed in mid-2016, following associate
consultation procedures and regulatory clearances in the United States and
Belgium.

The final voting results from today's shareholders' meeting will be disclosed
on our website and in a Form 6-K that will be filed with the U.S. Securities
and Exchange Commission.

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Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in seven
countries on three continents. At the end of 2015, Delhaize Group's sales
network consisted of 3,512 stores. In 2015, Delhaize Group posted €24.4
billion ($27.1 billion) in revenues. In 2015, Delhaize Group posted €366
million ($407 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2015,
Delhaize Group employed approximately 154,000 people. Delhaize Group's stock
is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange
(DEG).

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also
find it on the websitehttp://www.delhaizegroup.com. Questions can be sent
toinvestor@delhaizegroup.com.

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Contacts

Investor Relations: + 32 2 412 2151
Media Relations: + 32 2 412 8669

Press release in PDF
http://hugin.info/133961/R/1994072/734222.pdf

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The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Delhaize Group via Globenewswire

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