2014 World's Largest Grocery Chains
Roundup of All Food Retailing Companies Worldwide, Global Rankings by Revenue
Of the 250 World’s Largest Retail chains, 25% of them are classified as strictly being supermarket and grocery store food retailers. That's according to the 2014 Global Powers of Retailing report from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine, which is published annually as a global benchmark comparison of the annual revenues of the biggest retail chains of all times.
When taken as a whole, Europe dominates the world's food retailing, with 26 of the largest 63 supermarket companies based in European countries. Only 16 of the largest U.S. based supermarket and grocery store chains have revenues high enough to be ranked alongside the largest retailers in the world.
It's not necessarily just the population numbers that make European and U.S. supermarket and grocery store chains so dominant, it's also the fact that their food industries and distribution systems support large chains, which then put small, independent food retailing competitors out of business. Food retailing in other countries around the world is often more fragmented, disorganized, and not oriented towards large regional and national corporate mega-chains.
What follows is the complete list of the 2014 World’s Largest Retail Supermarket and Grocery Store Chains.
The number in the left column represents the revenue ranking of the retail chain, compared to the revenue rankings of the 250 largest retail chains of all types included on the 2014 Global Powers of Retailing list. Click the links for more information about individual supermarket chains and for more World’s Largest Retail ranking information.
2014 World's Largest Grocery Stores, Top 100 Global Supermarket Retail Chains:
5 The Kroger Company
17 Woolworths Ltd.
18 Edeka Zentrale AG & Company KG
19 Wesfarmers Ltd.
22 Rewe Group
25 Safeway, Inc.
26 Koninklijke Ahold N.V.
28 J Sainsbury plc
29 ITM Developpement International (Intermarche')
33 Delhaize Group
34 WM Morrison Supermarkets plc
35 Publix Super Markets, Inc.
40 Systeme U, Centrale Nationale
42 Mercadona, S.A.
46 H.E. Butt Grocery Company
49 Coop Group
51 Cencosud S.A.
53 Empire Company Ltd. / Sobey’s
61 Coop Italia
66 ICA Gruppen (ICA AB)
69 John Lewis Partnership plc
71 Conad Consorzio Nazionale, Dettaglianti Soc. Coop. a.r.l.
72 Co-operative Group Ltd.
78 S Group
79 SPAR Osterreichische Warenhandels-AG
83 Metro Inc.
87 Whole Food Market, Inc.
94 Shoprite Holdings Ltd.
The largest supermarket chains in the world are based in Europe, but the Top 200 grocery store retail companies in the world in terms of annual revenue also include supermarket chains based in South Africa, China, Japan, Russia, and Chile. This is according to the most recent Global Powers of Retailing report from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine, which provides a global benchmark comparison of all types of the world's largest retail chains.
Global food retail sales are more than $4 trillion annually, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). While the U.S. supermarket chain Kroger continues to hold the title of the world's largest supermarket chain in terms of annual revenue, the largest U.S. based retail supermarket and grocery store chains are not as dominant as might be expected. One of the reasons for this is because of the number of hypermarkets like Walmart, Costco, Target, and Sam's Club that are expanding their retail food sales every year.
While U.S. hypermarket chains - and other global hypermarket chains - may actually sell more groceries than some of the largest supermarket chains on this list, hypermarkets are not included here because their sale of other goods makes their revenue figures incomparable to retail chains that primarily sell groceries.
This is a continuation of the complete list of the 2014 World’s Largest Retail Supermarket and Grocery Store Chains. The number in the left column represents the revenue ranking of the retail chain, compared to the revenue rankings of the 250 largest retail chains included on the 2014 Global Powers list. Click the links for more information about individual supermarket chains and for more World’s Largest Retail rankings.
2013 World’s Largest Supermarket and Grocery Store Retail Chains Ranked Among the 250 Largest Retailers List (continued):
101 Giant Eagle, Inc.
102 Bi-Lo Holdings
104 Dairy Farm International Holdings Ltd.
Hong Kong SAR
112 Kesko Corporation
114 Jumbo Groep Holding B.V. (Jumbo Supermarkten B.V.)
115 SuperValu, Inc.
121 Colruyt Group (Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V.)
127 Grupo Eroski
131 Hy-Vee, Inc.
133 Shanghai Friendship Group Incorporated Co.
137 Pick n Pay Stores Ltd.
140 Coop Danmark A/S (FDB)
141 Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
147 The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company
156 Life Corporation.
157 Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)
165 Sonae, SGPS, SA
172 The SPAR Group Limited
176 WinCo Foods LLC
177 Arcs Co. Ltd.
178 Coop Norge, the Group
179 KF Gruppen
184 Valor Company Ltd.
192 OJSC Dixy Group
198 Harris Teeter (Ruddick Corp.)
204 Save Mart Supermarkets
212 SMU S.A.
219 Iceland Foods Group Ltd.
231 Demoulas Super Markets, Inc.
240 Albertson's LLC
242 Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc.
244 Agrokor d.d.
245 Stater Bros. Holdings, Inc.
249 The Maruetsu, Inc.
250 The Golub Corporation/Price Chopper Supermarkets