World's Largest Supermarkets Roundup of Biggest Global Grocery Chains

Kroger, Woolworths, and All Food Retailers with Highest Revenue 2016 & 2010

World's Largest Supermarkets Roundup: Biggest Global Grocery Chains
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At least 25% of the 250 World's Largest Retail Chains are supermarkets and the largest retail chains in more than a dozen countries around the world are supermarkets. In a post-recessionary economy where consumers have cut back on discretionary spending and are hyper-focused on value, supermarkets are well positioned to take command of the World's Largest Retail Companies list that is published annually by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine.

The world's largest supermarkets and grocery store chains like Kroger, Woolworths and J Sainsbury responded to the pressure of the consumer demands for grocery shopping value that started during the Great Recession of 2008-2009 by stocking more low-cost private label brands and more semi-prepared and prepackaged foods.  Aldi Nord based in Germany has been expanding rapidly in the U.S. since the Great Recession because of the popularity of the private label brands that stock the shelves of its Aldi and Trader Joe's grocery stores.

 

To compete with the popular Delhaize chains, U.S. based supermarket chains like Safeway and Publix have made great efforts to expand their budget private label brand offerings as well.  Their rise in the World's Largest Supermarkets rankings between 2010 and 2016 reflect their success, especially when compared with their global competitors.
What follows is the complete list of supermarket retail chains ranked on the 2016 Global Powers of Retailing list compared with the revenue rankings of these same supermarket chains in 2010 .

The global ranking numbers assigned to each company was based on its revenue figures, compared to other top retail organizations worldwide.  

Compare the 2016 and 2010 World's Largest Supermarket ranking numbers to see which chains have gotten bigger and better in the past six years, and which retail grocery store chains have been on a downward trajectory over that same time period.  Click the links for more information about these World's Largest Retail Chains.

Retail Supermarket Chains Ranked Among the 250 Largest Retailers In the World, 2016 and 2010 Comparison:
The Kroger Company
2016 - #3
2010 - #6    
U.S.

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 Edeka Zentrale AG & Company KG
2016 - #17
2010 - #19
Germany
Rewe-Zentral AG
2016 - #20
2010 - #11  
Germany
Woolworths Ltd.
2016 - #21
2010 - #26
Australia
Westfarmers Ltd.
2016 - #23
2010 - #28  
Australia
Koninklijke Ahold N.V.
2016 - #24
2010 - #25  
Netherlands
 ITM Developpement International (intermarche)
2016 - #27
2010 - #22
France

J Sainsbury plc
2016 - #28
2010 - #29  
U.K.
Safeway, Inc.
2016 - #30
2010 - #23
U.S.

Publix Super Markets, Inc.
2016 - #32
2010 - #36
U.S.
Delhaize Group
2016 - #32
2010 - #33  
Belgium
WM Morrison Supermarkets plc
2016 - #36
2010 - #32  
U.K.
 AB Acquisition LLC (Albertson's) 
2016 - #36
2010 - #184
U.S.
Systeme U, Centrale Nationale
2016 - #42
2010 - #34  
France
Coop Group
2016 - #43
2010 - #52  
Switzerland
Mercadona, S.A.
2016 - #44
2010 - #38  
Spain Supermarket

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H.E. Butt Grocery Company
2016 - #46
2010 - #54  
U.S.

Empire Company Ltd.
2016 - #49
2010 - #67  
Canada
Cencosud S.A.
2016 - #55
2010 - #80
Chile

John Lewis Partnership plc
2016 - #63
2010 - #79  
U.K.

64    Meijer
2016 - #64
2010 - Not Ranked
U.S. - Home Office Headquarters in Michigan

Conad Consorzio Nazionale, Dettaglianti Soc. Coop. a.r.l.
2016 - #69
2010 - #69  
Italy

Whole Food Market, Inc.
2016 - #70
2010 - #111
U.S.

S Group
2016 - #73
2010 - #68  
Finland

ICA Gruppen (ICA AB)
2016 - #77
2010 - #61
Sweden

Co-operative Group Ltd.
2016 - #82
2010 - #83  
U.K.

SPAR Osterreischische
2016 - #84
2010 - #72  
Austria

Southeastern Grocers, LLC (BI-LO Holding)  
2016 - #88
2010 - Not Ranked
U.S.
Dairy Farm International Holdings Ltd.
2016 - #92
2010 - #128
Hong Kong SAR

Metro Inc.
2016 - #95
2010 - #81  
Canada
Shoprite Holdings Ltd.
2016 - #105
2010 - #130
South Africa

Kesko Corporation
2016 - #108
2010 - Not Ranked
Finland

Giant Eagle, Inc.
2016 - #110
2010 - #114
U.S.
SuperValu, Inc.
2016 - #112
2010 - #27  
U.S.

Hy-Vee, Inc.
2016 - #118
2010 - #135
U.S.

Colruyt Group (Ets Franz Colruyt S.A.)
2016 - #120
2010 - #119
Belgium

Esselunga S.p.A.
2016 - #121
2010 - Not Ranked
Italy
Shanghai Bailian Group (a/k/a shanghai Friendship Group or Brilliance Group)
2016 - #133
2010 - #90  
China

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
2016 - #134
2010 - #178
U.S.
Jumbo Group Holding B.V. (Jumbo Supermarkten B.V.)
2016 - #137
2010 - Not Ranked
Netherlands

Coop Danmark A/S (FDB)
2016 - #142
2010 - #121
Denmark
Grupo Eroski
2016 - #146
2010 - #76  
Spain
Sonae, SGPS, SA
2016 - #155
2010 - Not Ranked
Portugal

Pick n Pay Stores Ltd.
2016 - #161
2010 - #143
South Africa

OJSC Dixy Group
2016 - #162
2010 - Not Ranked
Russia
WinCo Foods LLC
2016 - #163
2010 - #232
U.S.

Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)
2016 - #173
2010 - #142
U.S.

Life Corp.
2016 - #179
2010 - #185
Japan

The SPAR Group Limited
2016 - #180
2010 - #169
South Africa

Coop Sverige AB
2016 - #185
2010 - Not Ranked
Sweden

Coop Norge, the Group
2016 - #186
2010 - #172
Norway
Agrokor d.d.
2016 - #192
2010 - Not Ranked
Croatia

Save Mart Supermarkets
2016 - #205
2010 - #162
U.S.

Arcs Co. Ltd.
2016 - #210
2010 - Not Ranked
Japan

Iceland Foods Group Ltd.
2016 - #210
2010 - #223
U.K.

Nonggongshang Supermarket (Group) Co. Ltd.
2016 - #212
2010 - Not Ranked
China
Demoulas Super Markets, Inc.
2016 - #220
2010 - Not Ranked
Croatia
Overwaitea Food Group
2016 - #221
2010 - Not Ranked
Canada

Valor Company Ltd.
2016 - #222
2010 - #245
Japan

Stater Bros. Holdings Inc.
2016 - #228
2010 - #217
U.S.

Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc.
2016 - #237
2010 - #208
U.S.

249  Ingles Markets
2016 - #249
2010 - #208
U.S.

Supermarket Chains Ranked Worlds Largest in 2010, But Not in 2016:

Migros-Genossenschafts Bund

2016 - Not Ranked
2010 - #40  
Switzerland
Coop Italia
2016 - Not Ranked
2010 - #46  
Italy

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.
2016 - Not Ranked
2010 - #120  
U.S.

KF Gruppen
2016 - Not Ranked
2010 - #154
Sweden
NorgesGruppen ASA
2016 - Not Ranked
2010 - #177
Norway
China Resources Enterprise, Ltd.
2016 - Not Ranked
2010 - #187
Hong Kong SAR
Poslovni Sistern Mercator, d.d.
2016 - Not Ranked
2010 - #198
Slovenia
Migros Turk T.A.S.
2016 - Not Ranked
2010 - #199
Turkey
Gruppo PAM S.p.A.
2016 - Not Ranked
2010 - #205
Italy
Jim Pattison
Group

2016 - Not Ranked
2010 - #206
Canada
Ruddick Corp./Harris Teeter
2016 - Not Ranked
2010 - #213
U.S.
Raley's Inc.
2016 - Not Ranked
2010 - #220
U.S.
MAXIMA GRUPE, UAB
2016 - Not Ranked
2010 - #221
Lithuania
The Maruetsu, Inc.
2016 - Not Ranked
2010 - #238
Japan
The Golub Corp. Price Chopper Supermarkets
2016 - Not Ranked
2010 - #240
U.S.
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