Stefan Goethaert
Managing Director, Colruyt Group Fine Food & Retail Services

Stefan Goethaert is Director of Colruyt Group Fine Food, the Belgian retailer's food production company with approximately 1,200 employees. He is also responsible for innovating and increasing the sustainability of the group's private labels and for a range of supporting retail services. The further improvement of the sustainability of the private labels is high on his agenda, as are a healthy nutritional composition, more sustainable packaging and a reduction of the environmental impact. Furthermore, Stefan is in charge of the initiatives that Colruyt Group takes in the agri-food sector, with a particular focus on innovative forms of partnership throughout the chain. The research and development project on vertical farming is another one of his focus areas. Stefan is also a member of the management committee of Collibri Foundation, the fund that supports young people in difficult situations, both in Belgium and in developing countries. Before joining Colruyt Group, Stefan had a 20-year international career in the chemical business, in various positions including that of Chief Operating Officer of the Prayon Group, a Belgian company specialising in the production and worldwide distribution of technical and food phosphates. In that capacity, he was responsible for the production departments of the group, as well as the activities in the United States and Canada.

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