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Usual Four Grocers Make Best Employers List

NEW YORK — Four food retailers made Fortune magazine’s latest list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” — something they have made a habit of doing.

The four include Wegmans Food Markets (ranked 5th), Nugget Market (34th), Whole Foods Market (71st), and Publix (77th). Whole Foods dropped from its 32nd spot on the 2012 list, while the other three remained close to (Wegmans was 4th and Publix was 78th) or the same as (Nugget) their position on last year’s list.

Publix, Wegmans and Whole Foods are among 13 companies to have made the list every year since it was first compiled in 1998. This year marks the 8th consecutive year Nugget Market has been on the list.

Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on a survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about the management's credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie. The remaining third is based on a company’s responses to the Culture Audit questionnaire, which asks detailed questions about pay and benefits programs, and open-ended questions about hiring, communication and diversity.

The story about this year’s list will appear in the Feb. 4, 2013, issue of Fortune.

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