A couple in Haarlem got the fright of their life on Monday when their 4-year-old grandson was nearly abducted while they were shopping at a Vomar supermarket. A strange man picked up the boy at the play corner of the store and tried to walk off with him. His grandfather was luckily nearby and managed to stop it, the boy's grandmother wrote on Facebook.
Organic supermarket chain Marqt is merging with Udea, the parent company of organic chain Ekoplaza, the two parties announced in a press release on Thursday. A majority of their shareholders approved the merger.
Both chains have a strong position in the organic shopping market. By merging, they hope to further strengthen that position.
After years of decline, the number of robberies in the Netherlands increased sharply in the first half of this year. Meal deliverers are the most popular target. The number of meal deliverers robbed doubled compared to last year. Supermarket robberies are also on the rise, AD reports
Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality wants supermarkets to stock more locally sourced products. She believes that a short food chain will strengthen the connection between farmers, conservationists and consumers, and thereby increase consumers' appreciation for food and where it comes from.
The Minister is therefore organizing, in collaboration with the provinces, a special trade mission to make local products more widely known and to stimulate short chains of delivery, Schouten wrote in a letter to parliament.
Almost all products on special offer in Dutch supermarkets are unhealthy for the consumer or fall outside the recommended guideline for healthy eating by the Dutch Nutrition Center, supermarket comparator Stichting Questionmark found in a study, the Volkskrant reports.
The municipality of Rotterdam is working on a Rotterdam Prevention Agreement to encourage Rotterdam residents to live healthier lives. Part of that is discouraging unhealthy diets by countering the opening of more fast food chains, and promoting a more responsible and healthier product range in supermarkets, the office of mayor and aldermen said in response to questions by Leefbaar Rotterdam city councilor Michel van Elck, the Telegraaf reports.
Dutch supermarkets are determined to use less and more sustainable packaging, according to supermarkets' association CBL. The goal is to reduce packaging material by 20 percent by 2025, RTL Nieuws reports.
The supermarkets will start with the handling of fruit and vegetables. "The most important question is what the function of the packaging is. Where it is possible and also the sustainable solution, packaging material will be significantly reduced."
Branch organization for supermarkets and food service companies CBL expects that Dutch supermarkets' turnover will exceed 1 billion euros in the Christmas week. The organization calls this a new milestone, the Telegraaf reports.
CBL thinks that supermarkets in the Netherlands will be at their busiest on the Sunday and Monday before Christmas. Most of the fresh produce will be sold on Monday, December 24th.
A large number of supermarkets will also be open on Christmas itself - over 700 on Christmas Day and more than half of all supermarkets on Boxing Day.
The second floor of a parking garage of supermarket Deka in Wormerveer collapsed on Tuesday. It is not yet clear if anyone was hurt or killed. Emergency services are at the scene, NRC reports.
At least five ambulances, the fire brigade and police are at the parking garage. Firefighters are not yet able to enter the collapsed structure, because it is still too dangerous, a spokesperson for local safety office Veiligheidsregio Zaanstreek-Waterland said to the newspaper.
An argument about cutting in line escalated into a stabbing incident in a supermarket in Vlaardingen on Thursday. One man was injured. A suspect was arrested, at his own birthday party, NU.nl reports.
The victim was taken to hospital in unknown condition.
The police arrested the suspect at his home in Vlaardingen. When they arrived there, a birthday party was underway. It turned out to be the suspect's own party. He turned 53.
The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the stabbing.
A 49-year-old man stabbed his ex-wife with a chisel in a supermarket in Bergen op Zoom on Wednesday morning. The man was arrested almost immediately after the incident, AD reports.
The man entered the supermarket around 10:50 a.m. and walked right up to his ex. He stabbed her with a chisel, injuring her.
A police officer in civilian clothing happened to be in the supermarket and witnessed the attack. She ran after the perpetrator, overpowered and arrested him, despite his resistance. Bystanders helped her.
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.
Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg is annoyed at a number of supermarkets in the Red Light District, that bought extra beer and liquor to sell to English football supporters who came to the Dutch capital to watch the Netherlands vs England practice match. These supermarkets did not take their responsibility to prevent drunken football hooligans rampaging through the city, according to him, Het Parool reports.
One in three supermarkets in the Netherlands will be open on Easter Sunday this year, almost double compared to two years ago. A handful of shopping centers will also be open on Sunday, the first time ever in the Netherlands, according to Openingstijden.nl, AD reports.
63 percent of Dutch municipalities are now allowing supermarkets to be open on Easter Sunday. This year 31 percent of supermarkets in the country are making use of this possibility, compared to 16 percent two years ago.
Two robbers crashed their car into a supermarket in the Noord-Holland town of Wormerveer on Tuesday morning, the Zaanstad police said on Twitter.
The incident happened around 8:00 a.m., shortly before the supermarket on Krommenieerweg opened. Once inside, the robbers threatened the store employees. The fled on foot, with an unknown amount of stolen goods. No one was injured, the police said to NH Nieuws.
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 suspected burglar was arrested early Saturday morning after breaking into an Albert Heijn store in Nijmegen and stealing four dozen mini vegetable garden kits, the police there reported on Sunday. The popular kits are given away as a promotion to paying customers.
In the fight against food waste, supermarket Plus in Winterswijk started making ready-to-eat meals with supermarket products that are nearing their expiry date. And this anti-waste method is very popular
Dutch supermarket firm Jumbo will take over the reigns of La Place restaurants in a deal approved by the administrators overseeing the restaurant parent, V&D’s bankruptcy. Jumbo will initially take over 60 restaurants, the company’s assets and its headquarters, the administrators announced on Tuesday.
Young consumers want more information about products while they are shopping, preferably delivered by smartphone, according to a survey conducted by research firm Quotas. Customers want to do more shopping faster, broadcaster NOS reported.
The police fired shots at an unspecified number of fleeing suspects after a break in at a supermarket in Nieuwegein during the early hours of Thursday morning.
A suspicious package found in front of a Jumbo supermarket on July 1 was found to contain explosive material that could be used in creating a bomb. The item was dropped off by an unknown person at the shop in Zwolle, Overijssel, police revealed Wednesday evening.
Police released a video of the fatal Amsterdam West shooting on De Clercqstraat Tuesday. A 25-year-old man from Zaandam was killed in the shootout, and both of the suspects are still at large, police reported on Friday.