Grolsch boycotts AH over price row
6 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — Product recalls, a boycott and a petition - it hasn't been a good week for leading Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn (AH).
6 January 2006
AMSTERDAM — Product recalls, a boycott and a petition - it hasn't been a good week for leading Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn (AH).
The company was forced to withdraw 30 of its pre-packed meat products on Thursday and Friday due to faulty packaging.
Also on Friday Dutch brewer Grolsch announced it has begun boycotting AH after negotiations for a supply contract for 2006 collapsed.
A spokesperson for the supermarket said Grolsch asked for an extra EUR 1 per crate of 24 beers, and also asked for selling prices to go up by EUR 1.30, the website of 'Beverage Daily' reported.
The move highlights the mounting pressure on food and drink producers to keep profit margins afloat amid soaring energy and packaging prices, 'Beverage Daily' said.
Grolsch spokesperson Coen Thönissen declined to comment on figures and said the brewer had not sought to influence retail pricing. The brewer sells 35 per cent of its beer through Dutch supermarkets.
Separately, clients of the AH store in Stadionweg in Amsterdam have started a campaign against the manager's decision to ban a homeless magazine seller from the premises.
The store's boss has rejected a petition signed by 1,267 people who want the ban lifted on "John", a seller of homeless person's publication 'Z-magazine'.
Now activists plan to "loudly" sell a special edition of the magazine in the store to put pressure on the manager to relent.
John was banned from the store last summer after he was accused of complicity in a theft. Security camera footage showed the alleged thief talking to John and giving him a euro before the crime.
The suspect went into the supermarket and grabbed EUR 500 from a till. John did not stop him when he ran past him. The staff and customers believed him, but the manager of the store did not.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news