Delhaize Group (Euronext Brussels: DELB) and Delhaize America, Inc. (NYSE: DZA)(NYSE: DZB) will release their first quarter earnings on April 27, 2001 for the thirteen weeks ended March 31, 2001. Immediately following, Delhaize Group will conduct an analyst conference call at 9:00 am (EST) [3pm (CET) - Brussels] on Friday, April 27, 2001. The Delhaize America and Delhaize Group management teams will be discussing the financial results for first quarter 2001 and the events related to the share exchange.
The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet on Friday, April 27th from 9 am until approximately 10:00 am (EST) (3pm - 4pm (CET) - Brussels) at http://www.delhaizeamerica.com/ and http://www.delhaizegroup.com/. An audio replay of this web cast will be available at the same websites starting at 2:00 pm (EST) (8pm (CET) - Brussels) on April 27th.
About Delhaize America
Delhaize America is the parent company of Food Lion, Hannaford Bros. and Kash n' Karry. With more than 1,400 stores from Maine to Florida, Delhaize America is one of the leading supermarket operators in the U.S. In 2000, Delhaize America achieved sales of USD 12.7 billion (EUR 13.7 billion) and net earnings of USD 155.5 million (EUR 168.7 million). For more information, visit the Delhaize America web site at http://www.delhaizeamerica.com/.
About Delhaize Group
Delhaize Group is a food retailer headquartered in Belgium and listed on Euronext Brussels. At the end of 2000, Delhaize Group's sales network consisted of 2,310 stores in 10 countries on three continents. In 2000, Delhaize Group achieved sales of EUR 18.2 billion and net earnings of EUR 160.7 million. Delhaize Group employs approximately 152,000 persons. For more information, visit the Delhaize Group web site at http://www.delhaizegroup.com/.
This press release is not an offer or the solicitation of an offer to acquire any securities of Delhaize Group and no such offer or solicitation will be made except in compliance with applicable securities laws.
Certain statements contained in this press release and related statements by management may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. These forward- looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including those described in Delhaize Group's filings with the Securities and Exchange commission. Delhaize Group undertakes no obligation to update this forward- looking information except as required by law.
Guy Elewaut, +32 0 2 412 29 48, or Geoffroy d'Oultremont,
+32 0 2 412 83 21, both of the Delhaize Group, or investors, Amy Shue,
704-633-8250, ext. 2529, or media, Tawn Earnest, 704-633-8250, ext. 2185, both
of Delhaize America, Inc.