U.S. food sales rose 6.4% to $775 billion in 2003, according to the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce and other sources. SN's Top 75 retailers with sales volume of $602.9 billion in 2003 represent 78% of total food sales. Top 75 sales volume in 2002 was $522.8 billion. In 2003, Wal-Mart Supercenters generated $31 billion in grocery sales, or 5.1% of the total Top 75 sales volume.
40% of total corporate sales, which are estimated at $258 billion for 2003.
2) Kroger Co.
Joseph A. Pichler, Chairman
Kroger's sales totals encompass 2,519 supermarkets and multi-department stores, 794 convenience stores, 444 fine jewelry stores and 412 fuel centers.
3) Costco Wholesale Corp.
Jim Sinega, President, CEO
Groceries, encompassing food and sundries, account for approximately 60% of Costco's sales, or $25 billion.
Larry Johnston, Chairman, CEO
Albertsons stores encompass 1,335 supermarkets, 268 dual-branded combination stores, 710 freestanding drug stores and 227 fuel centers.
Steve Burd, chairman, president, CEO
6) Sam's Clubs
Kevin Turner, president, CEO
Groceries, encompassing food and sundries, account for approximately 61% of Sam's total sales, or $20.4 billion. Sam's Clubs account for approximately 13% of Wal-Mart sales, estimated to be $258 billion for 2003. Sam's also operates 80 units in Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Canada and China.
7) Ahold USA Retail
Bill Grize, president, CEO
Ahold USA Retail accounts for approximately 61% of Ahold USA sales, which are estimated to be $44.4 billion for 2003; the balance of U.S. sales -- an estimated $17.5 billion -- comes from Ahold USA Foodservice. Ahold USA accounts for approximately 70% of the parent company's total sales, which are estimated to be $63.2 billion (U.S.) for 2003.
Jeff Noddle, chairman, president, CEO
Sales from 649 corporate stores and sales to 802 licensed Save-A-Lot stores combine to account for approximately 50% of total sales. Corporate-owned stores encompass 265 price-impact and fresh supermarkets and 384 extreme-value food and general merchandise stores.
9) Publix Super Markets
Charles Jenkins Jr. CEO
10) Loblaw Cos
Galen Weston, chairman
16.2 e ($U.S.)
Loblaw operates 631 corporate stores and supplies 400 franchised stores.
11) Delhaize America
Pierre Olivier-Beckers, Chairman
Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group, encompasses 1,199 Food Lion stores, 137 Kash n' Karry units,120 Hannaford Bros. stores and 43 Harveys stores. Delhaize America accounts for approximately 73% of Delhaize Group's sales, which are estimated at $21.2 billion (U.S.) for 2003.
12) Winn-Dixie Stores
A. Dano Davis, Chairman
13) C&S Wholesale Grocers
Rick Cohen, Chairman, CEO
C&S supplies products to a variety of Top 75 retailers, and volume from those companies is reflected in the sales totals for C&S and for each of the individual retailers. C&S volume does not include retail sales from GU Markets, an affiliate of C&S that operates 32 former Grand Union locations.
Jim Keyes, President, CEO
7-Eleven operates 5,305 stores in the U.S. and 494 in Canada. All stores in Canada and 47% of those in the U.S. are corporate owned; 53% of the stores in the U.S. are franchised. U.S. sales account for 90% of the company's total sales. Of the company's total volume, 28% comes from gasoline sales and 72% from merchandise. Of that 72%, groceries and nonfoods account for 90% of sales, or approximately $7.2 billion. Excluding tobacco products, which account for approximately 28% of the total, sales from dairy, fresh foods, candy and snacks, beer and wine, beverages and nonfoods account for approximately $5.2 billion.
15) Meijer Inc.
Grand Rapids, Mich
Doug and Hank Meijer co-Chairman
16) H.E. Butt Grocery Co.
Charles C. Butt, Chairman CEO
H-E-B's sales include volume from 20 stores in Mexico.
Christian Haub, Chairman, president, CEO
A&P operates 638 corporate stores in the U.S. and 177 corporate stores in Canada; it also operates 64 Food Basics franchised stores in Canada. Sales in Canada account for approximately 25% of the company's total.
Stellarton, Nova Scotia
Bill McEwen, President CEO
7.0 e ($U.S.)
Sobeys operates 413 corporate stores, including 220 supermarkets, 128 convenience stores and 65 drug stores, and supplies 913 franchised stores.
19) BJ's Wholesale Club
Michael T. Wedge, President, CEO
Groceries, encompassing food and sundries, account for approximately $4.6 billion, or 70% of BJ's total sales.
20) Wakefern Food Corp.
Thomas Infusino, Chairman
Wakefern supplies products to three other Top 75 companies -- Foodarama, Village Super Markets and Inserra Supermarkets -- and volume from those companies is reflected in the sales totals for Wakefern. Wakefern declined to indicate what percentage of total sales is generated by corporate stores.
21) Super Target
Robert J. Ulrich, corporate chairman, CEO
Super Target's sales represent approximately 12% of Target Corp.'s total sales, which are estimated at $48 billion for 2003.
22) Giant Eagle
David Shapira, chairman, CEO
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Volume total encompasses sales from 131 corporate stores and sales to 84 franchised independent stores.
23) Shaw's Supermarkets
West Bridgewater, Mass.
Paul Gannon, president, CEO
Shaw's is a division of Sainsbury, London, and accounts for 16% of Sainsbury's sales.
24) Hy-Vee Food Stores
Des Moines, Iowa
Ric Jurgens, president, CEO
Hy-Vee operates 192 supermarkets and 26 drug stores.
25) Pathmark Stores
Eileen Scott, CEO
26) Nash Finch Co.
Ron Marshal, CEO
Corporate stores at Nash Finch account for 24% of total sales.
Robert A. Mariano, Chairman, CEO
Corporate stores at Roundy's account for approximately 54% of total sales.
28) Associated Wholesale Grocers
Kansas City, Kan.
Gary A. Phillips, president, CEO
Corporate stores at AWG account for 10% of total sales.
Charles Youngstrom, president
Aldi is the U.S. subsidiary of Aldi Group, Essen, Germany.
Pierre Lessard, president, CEO
5453.5 a ($U.S.)
Metro operates 142 corporate stores and supplies 403 franchised stores that each account for approximately 50% of total sales.
31) Wegmans Food Markets
Danny Wegman, president
32) Raley's Supermarkets
William Coyne, president
33) Whole Foods Market
John Mackey, chairman, president, CEO
34) Unified Western Grocers
Al Plamann, president, CEO
35) Stater Bros. Markets
Jack Brown, chairman, president, CEO
36) Trader Joe Co.
Dan Bane, CEO
Trader Joe is wholly owned by the Albrecht family of Germany.
37) Price Chopper
Neil Golub, president, CEO
38) Super Kmart
Edward Lampert, corporate chairman
Food sales at Super Kmart, encompassing groceries, consumables and restaurant, account for approximately 32% of Super Kmart's total sales, or $990 million. Super Kmart's volume represents approximately 10% of the company's total sales, which are estimated at $25 billion for 2003.
39) Harris Teeter
Fred Morganthall, president
Harris Teeter is a division of Ruddick Corp., Charlotte, N.C.
40) Save Mart Supermarkets
Robert M. Piccinini, chairman, CEO
41) Schnuck Markets
Craig Schnuck, chairman, CEO
42) Spartan Stores
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Craig Sturken, chairman, president, CEO
Corporate stores, encompassing 54 supermarkets and 21 deep-discount drug stores, account for 45% of total sales.
43) Federated Cooperatives
Dennis Banda, president
152.1 e ($U.S.)
Food sales at Federated account for 42% of total sales, or $880 million (U.S.). Corporate stores at Federated account for 4% of food sales.
44) Alex Lee Inc.
Boyd George, chairman, CEO
Sales at Alex Lee Inc. include $1.1 billion from Lowes Food Stores, Winston-Salem, N.C.; $1.4 billion from Merchants Distributors Inc., Hickory, N.C., a wholesaler (approximately 47% of whose sales go to Lowes); and $308 million from Institution Food House, Hickory, N.C., a food-service distributor.
45) WinCo Foods
William D. Long, chairman, CEO
46) Weis Markets
Robert F. Weis, chairman
47) Ingles Markets
Black Mountain, N.C.
Robert P. Ingle, chairman, CEO
48) Overwaitea Food Group
Langley, British Columbia
Steve Vanderleest, president
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49) Demoulas Market Basket
William J. Shea, chairman
50) Smart & Final
Ross Roeder, chairman, CEO
Smart & Final operates 183 warehouse stores and 46 cash-and-carry stores. Volume total includes food-service sales of approximately $190 million for about half of the fiscal year, after which that business was sold.
51) Purity Wholesale Grocers
Boca Raton, Fla.
Sal Ricciardi, president, CEO
52) Brookshire Grocery Co
Bruce Brookshire, chairman
Eddie N. Basha Jr., chairman, CEO
54) Marsh Supermarkets
Donald W. Marsh, chairman, CEO
Marsh's store totals include 113 supermarkets and 167 convenience stores.
55) Penn Traffic Co.
James A. Demme, chairman
Penn Traffic also serves as a wholesaler to 75 licensed franchisees and 42 independent operators. The company is restructuring under Chapter 11 protection, and was opting to sell and close stores prior to the end of the fiscal year that may not be reflected in the numbers in this chart.
56) White Rose Foods
Stephen Bokser and Richard Neff, co-CEOs
White Rose is a division of DiGiorgio Corp.
57) Grocers Supply Co.
Max and Milton Levit
58) Associated Food Stores
Salt Lake City
Richard Parkinson, president, CEO
Corporate stores at Associated account for 30% of sales.
59) Neighborhood Markets
Ed Kolodzieski, senior VP, Wal-Mart operations
60) Big Y Foods
Donald D'Amour, chairman, CEO
Big Y operates 51 conventional supermarkets and two fine wine, liquor and gourmet food stores under the banners Table & Vine and Town & Country.
61) K-VA-T Food Stores
Jack Smith, chairman
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Richard Saker, president, CEO
63) Associated Wholesalers Inc.
J. Chris Michael, president, CEO
Corporate stores at AWI account for 7% of total sales.
64) Fiesta Mart
Louis Katipodis, president, CEO
65) Wild Oats Markets
Perry Odak, president, CEO
66) Inserra Supermarkets
Lawrence R. Inserra, chairman, CEOs
67) Minyard Food Stores
Gretchen Minyard Williams
and Liz Minyard, co-chairs, co-CEO
68) Village Super Market
James Sumas, chairman
69) Associated Grocers
Robert Hermanns, president, CEO
70) United Supermarkets
Gantt Bumstead, president
Michael Bozzuto, chairman
Corporate stores at Bozzuto's account for 3% of total sales.
72) King Kullen Grocery Co.
Bernard Kennedy, chairman, CEO
King Kullen operates 48 supermarkets and two Wild by Nature natural foods stores.
73) Brookshire Bros.
Jack Gabriel, president
74) Haggen Inc.
Dale C. Henley, president, CEO
Haggen operates 29 supermarkets and one freestanding pharmacy.
75) Redner's Markets
Richard Redner, president, CEO
Redner's store totals include 36 supermarkets and 11 convenience stores.
IGA, the Chicago-based voluntary network of independent operators, was unable to supply volume estimates for 2003 because of the financial difficulties and eventual demise of Fleming, which had supplied 40% of IGA's stores in the United States. Company representatives said overall sales for 2003 will approach last year's $24 billion, with sales in Canada ($6 billion in 2002) holding steady and overseas sales ($10 billion last year) remaining strong; however, U.S. sales ($8 billion in 2002) may be down. IGA said year-end sales have been stronger than had been anticipated earlier in the year, but it will not have definitive volume numbers before the end of the first quarter. IGA members are supplied by 14 licensed wholesalers in the United States and two in Canada.
Piggly Wiggly Co. is a Dallas-based umbrella organization for approximately 600 franchised stores in 16 states with a combined 2003 volume of approximately $3 billion. Piggly Wiggly stores, which are supplied by a variety of different wholesalers, became an affiliate of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Brattleboro, Vt., in 2002 when C&S acquired some of Fleming's assets.