Supermarkets in the Netherlands are being called to take measures to ensure that everyone can get their shopping done during the Covid-19 crisis. Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs asked that they reserve an hour for elderly customers every day. Actor Thomas Acda started a Twitter action through which healthcare workers in Amsterdam can place their grocery orders and pick them up after their shift.
Animal rights organization Wakker Dier is calling on those considering quail for Christmas dinner to rather reconsider, or at least avoid buying these game birds at Albert Heijn and Jumbo. The two Dutch supermarket chains are selling quail without an animal welfare quality mark this year, the organization said.
At least 20 listeria infections caused by tainted meat over the past two years were connected to supplier Offerman. Of these patients, three people died and one woman had a miscarriage, public health institute RIVM said on Friday.
Jumbo is recalling dozens of pre-packed meat products because the production location of one of the suppliers may be contaminated with the listeria bacteria. The supermarket chain is also removing these products from the shelves of all its stores, Jumbo said in a statement.
The recall includes a total of 135 different meat products, such as pre-packaged chicken fillet, ham and bacon. A full list can be found here. Consumers are urged to bring the meat back to the supermarket for a refund.
More and more Dutch are buying their groceries and tools for home projects online. Web stores like Albert Heijn, Jumbo and Picnic are seeing their turnover grow with double digits every year, and DIY stores are also showing impressive growth, according to the Twinkle 100, a ranking of the 100 most popular online sellers based on turnover, NOS reports.
Jumbo supermarkets will stop selling live lobsters, after years of protest by animal rights activists. A large Jumbo branch in Utrecht will get no tank for live lobsters, and branches in Amsterdam, Breda and Veghel will stop selling them, RTL Nieuws reports.
Animal welfare organization Wakker Dier announced the five nominees for its "liar liar" award for 2018 - an annual online election the organization holds to draw attention to companies deceptions about animal welfare. This year's nominees are Jumbo, Campina, Rabobank, ECOstyle and last year's winner Albert Heijn.
Supermarket chain Jumbo established a subsidiary in Belgium - the next step in the Dutch chain's mission to open stores in the Netherlands' neighboring country, NU.nl reports.
Jumbo announced in November that it plans to open stores in Belgium. The first Belgian Jumbo stores will open only after this year, financial director Ton van Veen said. In March Jumbo posted a vacancy for an "experienced real estate acquisition agency" in Belgium, which must help the group select suitable shop locations.
Lidl Nederland will be the first supermarket to stop selling cigarettes. The chain announced that it will phase out sales until no more cigarettes are sold in Lidl Nederland stores by 2022 at the latest, ANP reports.
According to the supermarket chain, the sales figures for cigarettes declined over the past years and cigarette sales are no longer profitable. But Lidl also took measures to discourage the sale of smoking products, like placing all cigarettes out of sight in stores last year.
Jumbo is the cheapest supermarket in the Netherlands, according to an annual study by consumer program Kassa. Albert Heijn is the most expensive, RTL Nieuws reports.
For this study, Kassa bought the same, common products from large national supermarkets Albert Heijn, Aldi, Jumbo, Lidl and Plus. 26 products were bought from each store. Albert Heijn turned out to be the most expensive, with the basket of groceries costing 46.01 euros. Jumbo came out cheapest at 41.25 euros.
Jumbo's Goudeerlijk cornbread won the 'Gouden Windei' award as the most misleading product of the year, food watchdog Foodwatch announced on Friday. According to the watchdog, this cornbread is baked without cornmeal and only contains corn pieces for decoration. The corn-yellow color is created by adding the spice turmeric, ANP reports.
Of the 15 thousand people who participated in this public election, 31 percent voted for Jumbo's corn bread.
Consumers association Consumentenbond is very critical about the freshness of shrimp sold in Dutch supermarkets Albert Heijn, Jumbo and Lidl. Jumbo's shrimp also contains more preservatives than is permitted by Dutch law, according to the association, NU.nl reports.
Food products imported from the United States and sold in Dutch stores often don't comply with European laws and regulation, Foodwatch announced after investigating 86 such products sold by Albert Heijn, Jumbo and Jamin, among others.
According to the watchdog, none of the products fully complied with EU laws. "We already suspected that there are problems in the supervision on these types of American import products, but that not one product from a sample of over 80 products fully complied with European regulation is really scary", Foodwatch said in a statement.
Jumbo and another party placed a joint bid to takeover Sligro's supermarket chain Emté, the Telegraaf reports based on sources in the market. The amount involved is unknown, but according to the newspaper, it's high enough to be "difficult for Sligro to let go".
A spokesperson for Jumbo told NU.nl that they "will not respond to rumors". No one could be reached at Sligro for a comment.
In addition to its wholesalers, Sligro has 131 supermarkets under the name Emté. The supermarket chain has been struggling with declining sales for some time.
Max Verstappen's managers are demanding 350 thousand euros in compensation from online grocery chain Picnic for a commercial in which a Vestappen lookalike was used, his manager Raymond Vermeulen confirmed to NU.nl
Picnic published the ad on Facebook late in September. It was a variation of an ad for supermarket chain Jumbo in which the real Max Verstappen delivers groceries. Jumbo is a major sponsor for Verstappen. In the Picnic ad an Verstappen lookalike was used.
Nearly half of canned and bottled vegetables in the Netherlands contain added sugar, Foodwatch announced after investigating an assortment of products from Albert Heijn, Jumbo, Lidl and Aldi. The food watchdog calls on the government to take action, RTL Nieuws reports.
A massive 70 of the 170 tested canned and bottled vegetables contained added sugar. That is 46 percent of the examined products. "Even in organic vegetables added sugars were found", Foodwatch says.
Over 700 supermarkets in the Netherlands opened their doors on Christmas Day, a new record, according to openingstijden.nl. On Boxing Day today more than 2,800 stores are open, AD reports.
With some 700 stores open, Christmas Day looked like a regular shopping Sunday, according to the site. Last year only about 400 stores were open on Christmas and in 2014 only 200.
A majority in Dutch parliament passed a motion calling for a ban on displaying cigarettes and tobacos in every supermarket. The motion by PvdA parliamentarian Marith Volp also includes a deadline of enforcing this measure by December 1st, AD reports.
According to the motion, reducing the tobacco addiction is so important that tobacco products should be hidden from view, especially in places children and young people frequent.
Supermarket chain Jumbo is removing various beef tartar products, rissole and steak du boeuf from its shelves as the meat products may contain the E.coli bacteria, the supermarket chain announced on Wednesday
Supermarket chains Lidl and Jumbo are both taking steps against carcinogenic mineral oils in food packaging. Jumbo added extra requirements to its purchasing conditions when it comes to packaging. And Lidl is imposing even stricter limits banning these mineral oils in packaging, the first supermarket in the Netherlands to do so, watchdog Foodwatch announced on Wednesday.
Foodwatch found dangerous mineral oils MOAH and MOSH in food products of supermarkets Alebert Heijn, Jumbo, Aldi and Lidl, the food watchdog announced on Wednesday.
On Friday the Public Prosecutor demanded an 8 year prison sentence against Alex O., the man suspected of trying to extort money from supermarket chain Jumbo by placing explosives and making bomb threats
A number of people in Bemmel could not believe their luck when the ATM in the Jumbo supermarket started giving out 50 euro notes instead of 20 euro notes. But that luck has run out. Everyone who got too much money from the ATM has to pay it back in two weeks, or Jumbo will press charges
Supermarket chain Jumbo finally decided to start a home grocery delivery service, something that competitor Albert Heijn has already been doing for years