RTL Nieuws reported that the two companies are at odds over price negotiations, with Jumbo accusing Mars of setting prices too high, while the supplier said that its agreements with supermarkets go beyond just purchasing products.
'High Price Increases'
"We are confronted with very high price increases from certain suppliers," the news portal quoted a Jumbo spokesperson as saying. "Some price increases cannot be explained to us."
This is not the first time that Dutch supermarkets have had empty shelves due to disputes with suppliers. Last year, for example, Jumbo removed Kellogg's products on its shelves, while Albert Heijn had a falling out with Nestlé, that saw Maggi and KitKat temporarily suspended.
Most FMCG manufacturers have increased prices over the past year to combat cost price inflation, with the continuation of the inflationary situation into 2023 resulting in prices remaining high. Many retailers have responded by upping their investment in private label.
Edeka Says No
The retailer is replacing approximately 450 Mars SKUs with other brands and/or private label, it said.
In January, Jumbo reported that its turnover topped the €10 billion mark for the first time last year, with sales up 3.7% on the previous year.
In a statement at the time, Jumbo's management, said that the 'stormy economic and market developments of the past year have largely determined Jumbo's day-to-day operations.'