Company Profile

Sligro Food Group 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.


Sligro Food Group leads the Dutch foodservice market, with a nationwide network of cash & carry and delivery-service outlets serving hospitality establishments, leisure facilities, volume users, company and other caterers, forecourt retailers, small and medium-sized enterprises, retail businesses and the institutional market. The cash & carry operation has 50 Sligro wholesale outlets and the delivery operation has 8 delivery centres. On the institutional market, we trade under the Van Hoeckel name.

In Belgium, Java Foodservice is a top-five player in the Belgian foodservice market, concentrating on the institutional, company catering and hotel chain segments. ISPC specialises in the catering sector and supplies high-quality, innovative food and non-food products to professionals in gastronomy. ISPC has combined cash-and-carry and delivery service outlets in Ghent and Liège and a fresh fish wholesale business in Brussels. The cash-and-carry and other hospitality markets are served using the Sligro format. This sector is being served from the Netherlands until the Sligro sites in Belgium open.

Partnership Heineken

In december 2017 Sligro Food Group and Heineken reached a final agreement concerning the strategic partnership announced on 9 May 2017 for beer and cider logistics in the Netherlands and sale of other parts of the HEINEKEN beverages wholesaler to Sligro Food Group. Read the press release here.

ZiN Inspiratielab

On November 30th, the ZiN Inspiratielab of Sligro was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium.The ZiN Inspiratielab is a foodlab for foodprofessionals. CEO Koen Slippens was very pleased with the royal visit. "We see the interest of Queen Mathilde as a great compliment and it gives us further energy to develop Sligro in Belgium”.

Food Retail

The food retail activities comprise around 133 full-service EMTÉ supermarkets, of which 30 are operated by independent retailers.

Food Production

We also operate our own in-house production facilities for specialised convenience products, fish and exclusive patisserie, deserts and savoury products , 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. Read more about the four production companies here.

Food and non-food products

Our customers have the choice of around 75,000 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 around 30% of the Dutch supermarket sector, handles Sligro Food Group's food retail purchases. As market leader in the sector, 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 back-of-house management at a central level. We strive to increase our gross margins through joint purchasing, combined with direct and detailed margin management.

Operating expenses

Operating expenses are reduced through ongoing tight cost control and a joint integrated logistics strategy. Group synergy is further enhanced by joint ICT systems, joint management of property and group-wide management development.

Organisation structure

The following chart shows which Group operating companies target the various segments of the food market. Central where possible, local where necessary.

Sligro Food Group strives to be a high-quality company achieving steady, managed growth for all its stakeholders. Sales in 2016 totalled €2,970 million and the net profit
€81 million. The average number of employees on a full-time basis was 6,741. Sligro Food Group shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam.