Sligro Food Group encompasses foodservice businesses in the Netherlands and Belgium, offering a full range of food and food-related non-food products and services in the food and beverages wholesale market.
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 first branch of the new Sligro-ISPC wholesale formula is located in Antwerp. In the coming period, ISPC will be operating in Gent and Liège as well as newly opened wholesalers under the name Sligro-ISPC. They primarily focus on the large-scale consumer and other catering market. Step by step we will grow in this way to a structure comparable to the Netherlands. It consists of two formulas, Sligro-ISPC and JAVA Foodservice, with its own commercial organization and a joint delivery structure and shared services.
In december 2017 Sligro Food Group and Heineken started a strategic partnership for beer and cider logistics in the Netherlands and sale of other parts of the HEINEKEN beverages wholesaler to Sligro Food Group.
At the end of 2016 we opened our Inspirationlab ZiN. In a unique inspiring environment of 3,000 m2 an Inspirationlab has been created where trainings, trend tours, events, bootcamps, market research and everything that is possible to inspire our customers and share knowledge, will take place.
In 2017, we welcomed more than 15,000 visitors and trained more than 1,000 customers in numerous modules. New trainings and concepts are being developed for and together with our customers and partners, with the aim to show a strong growth in the number of training courses in ZiN and above all to be relevant to our customers and their development. More information about ZiN can be found at www.sligro.nl/zin
Sligro Food Group operates its own in-house production facilities for specialist convenience products and fish. We also have participating interests in Fresh Partners for meat, game and poultry, fruit and vegetables, bread and bakery products and these serve both the Dutch and Belgian markets. Read more about the 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.
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 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.
The following chart shows which Group operating companies target the various segments of the food market. Central where possible, local where necessary.
€276 million. The average number of employees on a full-time basis was 4,056. Sligro Food Group shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam. The Group’s head office is in Veghel, the Netherlands.