The ten largest supermarkets chains in the Netherlands include both Dutch and foreign-owned food retailers. The country has seen substantial consolidation over the past decade in the grocery retail sector, which is dominated by a handful of key players…
#1 ALBERT HEIJN – The first Albert Heijn grocery store opened over 130 years ago in Oostzaan, Netherlands, just north of Amsterdam. Today the Albert Heijn supermarket chain consists of more than 825 locations across the country and stores come in three different formats: Albert Heijn – medium-sized locations found in all city centers, AH XL – large hypermarkets primarily located in suburban areas and shopping malls and AH to Go – small convenience food stores located in high-traffic locations such as airports and train stations. Albert Heijn offers home delivery via its online webshop www.AH.nl. As of 2017, Albert Heijn had a base of approximately 6.6 million regular customers in the Netherlands. Albert Heijn’s parent company, AHold Delhaize, is one of the largest food companies in the world and operates supermarket and grocery chains in many countries, such as the United States (under the banners Stop & Shop and Giant).
#2 JUMBO – The first Jumbo full-service supermarket was opened in Tilburg in 1979 and was purchased by a competitor, Van Eerd Groep, a few years later. Through organic expansion and the purchase of the former C1000 supermarket chain, Jumbo has become the second largest traditional supermarket chain in the Netherlands. As of 2017, Jumbo had a base of 5.2 million customers and a total of 580 stores across the country. In 2016, Jumbo purchased La Place from the bankrupt V&D department store chain.
#3 LIDL – This German-owned discount food chain has the second largest customer base in the Netherlands at approximately 5.4 million regular shoppers and the third largest number of stores (415 as of 2017). In addition to brick-and-mortar locations, it also offers an online webshop for home delivery but only for non-food products.
#4 ALDI – Another German-owned discount food retailer, Aldi has grown significantly over the past decade and is now the fourth largest player in the Dutch supermarket industry. As of 2016, Aldi had a customer base of 4.2 million in the Netherlands and 510 stores.
#5 PLUS – This Dutch-owned supermarket chain is the fifth largest food retailer in the Netherlands and in 2017 had a 2.3 million customer base and operated 260 brick-and-mortar stores.
#6 DIRK – This Dutch supermarket chain is owned by Detailresult Groep and is the sixth largest food retailer in the Netherlands with approximately 2.0 million customers and 117 stores located throughout the country.
#7 COOP – The first Coop store was opened over 100 years ago in Zaandam, Netherlands which is close to Oostzaan where the first Albert Heijn store was opened a few years prior. It is the eighth biggest supermarket chain and as of 2017 had a customer base of 1.3 million and operated 260 stores which are mostly mid-sized neighborhood grocery stores and convenience food stores. More recently they introduced a third larger hypermarket format.
#8 EMTE – The Emte supermarket chain is owned by Sligro Foods which also operates a chain of member-only wholesale clubs under the Sligro name. As of 2017, there were 132 Emte stores in the Netherlands but only a handful are located in South Holland. The chain has a customer base of approximately 1.2 million shoppers.
#9 HOOGVLIET – This Dutch supermarket chain only ranks ninth overall among food retailers in the Netherlands but is quite familiar to residents in the province of South Holland as it was founded in the city of Hoogvliet, just south of Rotterdam. A majority of its 67 stores (as of 2017) and its 1.1 million regular customers are located in this region of the country. In order to get competitive prices from wholesalers, it belongs to a buying group that also includes Plus, Coop, Dirk, Deen and Emte/Sligro.
#10 DEEN – The Deen chain rounds out the top ten largest supermarket retailers in the Netherlands. In 2017 it had a customer base of approximately .8 million and operated 81 stores.