SOURCE: Delhaize Group

February 23, 2010 02:12 ET

Disclosure of Major Shareholding

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - February 23, 2010) - Pursuant to the Belgian Law of May 2, 2007 relating to the publication of major shareholdings in listed companies, Delhaize Group (Euronext Brussels: DELB - NYSE: DEG), the Belgian international food retailer, has received a notification of the threshold of 5% being crossed by BlackRock, Inc. which owns 5.01% of Delhaize Group's voting rights as follows:

+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+
|      Holders of Voting Rights  |Number of Voting Rights|Percentage Held|
+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+
|BlackRock Asset Management Japan|                       |               |
|Co. Ltd                         |        434 157        |     0.43%     |
+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+
|BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited |       1 315 353       |     1.30%     |
+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+
|BlackRock Institutional Trust   |                       |               |
|Company, N.A.                   |       2 288 516       |     2.27%     |
+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+
|BlackRock Fund Advisors         |        544 747        |     0.54%     |
+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+
|BlackRock Asset Management      |                       |               |
|Canada Ltd                      |        52 143         |     0.05%     |
+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+
|BlackRock Advisors, LLC         |        78 200         |     0.08%     |
+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+
|BlackRock Investment Management |                       |               |
|(Australia) Ltd                 |         2 274         |     0.00%     |
+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+
|BlackRock Investment Management |                       |               |
|(Dublin) Ltd                    |         8 498         |     0.01%     |
+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+
|BlackRock Fund Managers Ltd     |        19 197         |     0.02%     |
+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+
|BlackRock International Ltd     |        39 345         |     0.04%     |
+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+
|BlackRock Investment            |                       |               |
|Management UK Ltd               |        21 094         |     0.02%     |
+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+
|BlackRock (Luxembourg) SA       |        20 800         |     0.02%     |
+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+
|BlackRock Investment Management |                       |               |
|LLC                             |        129 693        |     0.13%     |
+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+
|BlackRock Asset Management      |                       |               |
|Australia Limited               |        96 612         |     0.10%     |
+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+
|BlackRock Financial Management, |                       |               |
|Inc.                            |         1 278         |     0.00%     |
+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+
|Total:                          |       5 051 907       |     5.01%     |
+--------------------------------+-----------------------+---------------+

This is an increase of 0.84% compared to the previous notification of ownership of 4 205 474 shares received on December 7, 2009.

According to the notification that Delhaize Group received from BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited on February 18, 2010, BlackRock, Inc. is the ultimate controller of the legal entities listed above. The latter however, are the discretionary investment managers that hold the Delhaize Group shares and exercise the voting rights.

Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group is a Belgian food retailer present in six countries on three continents. At the end of 2009, Delhaize Group's sales network consisted of 2 732 stores. In 2009, Delhaize Group posted EUR 19.9 billion (USD 27.8 billion) in revenues. In 2008, Delhaize Group posted EUR 467 million (USD 687 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2008, Delhaize Group employed approximately 141 000 people. Delhaize Group's stock is listed on Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also find it on the website http://www.delhaizegroup.com. Questions can be sent to investor@delhaizegroup.com.

Contacts
Geert Verellen:    + 32 2 412 83 62
Aurélie Bultynck: + 32 2 412 83 61
Barbera Hoppenbrouwers (media): +32 2 412 86 69

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Press release in pdf format: http://hugin.info/133961/R/1387062/345459.pdf

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