Last week Ahold forced the closure of an internet site that aired scathing views on its business. A lawyer representing former Ahold CEO Cees van der Hoeven, has accused Dutch corporate watchdog Sobi of making untrue allegations about his client and warned the media to behave with "more respect" towards van der Hoeven.
The Washington Post reported that the US food distribution system has come under increased scrutiny following the revelations of accounting procedures at Ahold’s subsidiary US Foodservice. The inquiry looks at vendor rebates in the food distribution business. The paper said about 49 cents of every dollar spent in the US on food is spent on meals away from home. And by 2010, foodservice is expected to overtake retail.
The Sunday Express reported that Unilever is expected to make a £3bn bid for Wella and spark a three-way war for the cosmetics company which is also being stalked by Procter & Gamble and German rival Henkel.