Sligro Food Group N.V. encompasses food retail and foodservice companies selling directly and indirectly to the entire Dutch food and beverages market. The Group is active in foodservice as a wholesaler and in food retail as a wholesaler and retailer
The food retail activities comprise around 130 fullservice EMTÉ supermarkets, of which 30 are operated by independent retailers.
Sligro Food Group leads the Dutch foodservice market, with a nationwide network of cash & carry and delivery-service outlets serving large and small-scale hospitality establishments, leisure facilities, volume users, company and other caterers, forecourt retailers, small and medium-sized enterprises, smaller retail businesses and the institutional market.
The cash & carry operation has 46 Sligro wholesale outlets and the delivery operation has 10 delivery centres. On the institutional market, we trade under the Van Hoeckel name.
We also operate our own in-house production facilities for specialised convenience products, fish and patisserie and delicatessen items, as well as a meat-processing centre focusing on the retail market. Our Fresh Partners associates specialise in meat, game and poultry, fruit and vegetables and bread and bakery products.
Our customers have the choice of around 60,000 food and food-related non-food items. We also offer a range of services, some on a franchise basis.
CIV Superunie B.A., a leading purchasing cooperative with a share of almost 30% of the Dutch supermarket sector, handles Sligro Food Group's food retail purchases. As market leader, the Group handles its own purchases of foodservice products.
Sligro Food Group companies actively seek to share expertise and utilise the substantial scope for synergy and economies of scale.
Activities that are primarily customer-related take place at an individual operating company level, with behindthe-scenes management at a central level. We strive to increase our gross margins through joint purchasing, combined with direct and detailed margin management. Operating expenses are reduced through ongoing tight cost control and a joint integral logistics strategy. Group synergy is further enhanced by joint ICT systems, joint management of property and Group management development.
Sligro Food Group strives to be a high-quality company achieving steady, managed growth for all its stakeholders. Sales in 2013 totalled €2.5 billion, generating a net profit of €68 million. The average number of full-time equivalent employees was just over 5,800. The Sligro Food Group shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam.