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Ex-supermarket boss Albert Heijn dies in Herefordshire

Albert Heijn
Image caption Albert Heijn spent his retirement in Herefordshire

Albert Heijn, the former head of a Dutch supermarket giant, has died at his Herefordshire home, aged 83.

Albert Heijn had helped make Ahold, which was founded by his grandfather, into one of Europe's biggest supermarket retailers.

Mr Heijn died peacefully at his home at Puddleston Court, on Thursday, a spokesman for Ahold said.

Mr Heijn and his wife Monique invested millions of pounds in Herefordshire after moving to the county.

The businessman moved there after his retirement from the firm.

Mr and Mrs Heijn transformed a former run-down area of Hereford into the leisure complex, the Left Bank Village.

John Rishton, Ahold chief executive officer, said: "Albert Heijn was a remarkable man. He was a spirited entrepreneur whose vision has helped shape the global food industry.

"He was a warm and charismatic leader who was passionate about people - both those who worked for the company and all who shopped at our stores."

The firm added that one his most significant contributions was to establish a uniform barcode that remained the global standard.

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