Delhaize Group : Delhaize Group appoints Frans Muller as CEO

         Delhaize Group : Delhaize Group appoints Frans Muller as CEO

    - Frans Muller to succeed Pierre-Olivier Beckers upon his retirement -
             - Roland Smith resigns as CEO of Delhaize America -
  BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, September 4, 2013 - Delhaize Group (Euronext, Brussels:
  DELB, NYSE: DEG), the Belgian international food retailer, announced today
   that it has appointed Frans Muller as Chief Executive Officer, effective
  November 8, 2013. Mr. Muller will succeed Pierre-Olivier Beckers, who will
remain available to advise the new CEO until year-end and continue to serve on
  the Board of Directors in a non-executive capacity thereafter. In order to
ensure a seamless transition, Mr. Muller will join the company on October 14,
                   2013, prior to assuming the role of CEO.



Frans Muller, 52, has  more than 15 years  of senior leadership experience  in 
retail and brings to Delhaize Group a strong track record of managing complex,
global organizations.Most  recently,  Mr.  Muller  served  as  Member  of  the 
Management Board of Metro AG, an  international retailing company, and CEO  of 
Metro Cash & Carry, with direct responsibility for approximately 740 stores in
29 countries and sales of €31.6 billion. His extensive operational experience,
from supply  chain management  to  procurement, and  proven ability  to  drive 
growth will be critical to Delhaize Group's continued momentum.

Mats Jansson, Chairman of the Board  of Directors, said: "Frans has the  right 
mix of experience and skills  to lead our company into  the future and we  are 
pleased to welcome him  to Delhaize Group. He  brings a deep understanding  of 
global food retailing and we  are impressed by his international  perspective, 
operational expertise, and proven ability to grow businesses."

Frans Muller said: "I am very enthusiastic to join Delhaize Group. The company
is on track with its strategic priorities  for the year and is focused on  the 
areas that deliver  the highest growth  and returns. I  am looking forward  to 
leading the company, working with the Executive Committee and 160,000 Delhaize
associates to build on the company's current momentum."

Pierre-Olivier Beckers said: "I am delighted to welcome Frans to the Group. He
has all the qualities to lead the company to the next level of its development
and I look forward to working with him to ensure a smooth transition."

Delhaize Group also announced  that Roland Smith is  resigning today from  his 
role as CEO of Delhaize America but  will be available as a senior advisor  to 
the CEO  until the  end of  the  year. Following  Mr. Smith's  departure,  the 
company's U.S. operations will report to the Delhaize Group CEO.

Mr. Beckers added: "Our  U.S. business continues  to deliver positive  results 
and we  have  a solid  foundation  upon which  to  build. There  is  a  strong 
leadership team in place and we look forward to further progress in the U.S. I
want to  thank Roland  for his  significant contributions  to the  success  of 
Delhaize America,  particularly  the  energy  and  focus  he  brought  to  the 
business. I am pleased that  he will be available as  a senior advisor to  the 
CEO until the end of the year."

Biographical details for Frans Muller

2008-2013 CEO, METRO Cash & Carry

2006-2013 Member of the Management Board of METRO AG

2005-2008 CEO, METRO Group Buying

2004-2005 President, Asia Pacific and Russia/Ukraine, Metro Cash &
Carry International

2002-2004 Chief Operating Officer, Eastern Europe and Russia, Metro
Cash & Carry International

2002-2005 Member of the Executive Board of Directors, METRO Cash &
Carry International

1997-2002 Operations Director / Managing Director, Makro Cash & Carry
Netherlands

1988-1997 Different senior management positions at KLM Cargo

Education Master of Business Economics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
(Netherlands)

Nationality Dutch

» Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group  is  a  Belgian  international food  retailer  present  in  ten 
countries on  three continents.  At the  end of  the second  quarter of  2013, 
Delhaize Group's sales network  consisted of 3 455  stores. In 2012,  Delhaize 
Group posted €21.0 billion ($27.0 billion) in revenues and €104 million  ($134 
million) in  net profit  (Group share).  At the  end of  2012, Delhaize  Group 
employed approximately 158  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 website http://www.delhaizegroup.com.Questions can be sent  to 
investor@delhaizegroup.com.

Pictures are available in the image gallery onthe Delhaize Group website :
www.delhaizegroup.com

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