European group bought by 3663 parent company

Bidvest Group, the parent of 3663, has clinched a deal to buy Deli XL, a leading foodservice distributor in Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg, from Dutch group Ahold for €140m.

Fred Barnes, chief executive of 3663 and Bidvest Europe’s chief executive officer, commented: “The acquisition of this highly regarded business signifies Bidvest’s further international growth within the global foodservice market. 3663 and Deli XL will work alongside each other to provide a complementary offering to caterers throughout the UK and mainland Europe.”

Bidvest operates on three continents, employs 82,000 people worldwide and had sales of €6.7bn in 2004.

The foodservice division is one of the largest foodservice operators outside of the US and trades as Bidvest Foodservice in Australia, Creans Foodservice in New Zealand, Caterplus in Southern Africa as well as 3663 in the UK.

Deli XL is the leading delivered foodservice wholesaler in the Netherlands and Belgium. It employs 2,100 staff, supplying 60,000 products to around 34,000 customers, and reported sales of €819m in 2004.

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