‘Supermarkets discuss purchasing deal’

Dutch supermarkets Schuitema and Super de Boer may set up a joint venture to buy goods, Reuters reports on Tuesday, quoting an unnamed source.

The move could be ‘imminent’ and would boost the two group’s ability to get better discounts from food producers, Reuters said.
Schuitema is the second largest Dutch supermarket chain and Super de Boer is number four.
Their main competitors are Ahold (including the Albert Heijn stores), which has a 31% market share, and Super Unie, an association of 16 independent retailers which has 34% of the market, Reuters said.

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