2014 World's Largest Grocery Chains

Roundup of All Food Retailing Companies Worldwide, Global Rankings by Revenue

2014 World's Largest Grocery Store and Supermarket Chains
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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

U.S.

17    Woolworths Ltd.
Australia

18    Edeka Zentrale AG & Company KG
Germany

19    Wesfarmers Ltd.
Australia

22    Rewe Group
Germany

25    Safeway, Inc.
U.S.

26    Koninklijke Ahold N.V.
Netherlands

28    J Sainsbury plc
U.K.

29    ITM Developpement International (Intermarche')
France

33    Delhaize Group
Belgium

34    WM Morrison Supermarkets plc
U.K.

35    Publix Super Markets, Inc.
U.S.

40    Systeme U, Centrale Nationale
France

42    Mercadona, S.A.
Spain

46    H.E. Butt Grocery Company
U.S.

49    Coop Group
Switzerland

51    Cencosud S.A.
Chile

53    Empire Company Ltd. / Sobey’s
Canada

61    Coop Italia
Italy

66    ICA Gruppen (ICA AB)
Sweden

69    John Lewis Partnership plc
UK

71    Conad Consorzio Nazionale, Dettaglianti Soc. Coop. a.r.l.
Italy

72    Co-operative Group Ltd.
UK

78    S Group
Finland

79    SPAR Osterreichische Warenhandels-AG
Austria

83    Metro Inc.
Canada

87    Whole Food Market, Inc.
U.S.

94  Shoprite Holdings Ltd.
South Africa

 ​See also: 2015 World's Largest Supermarket Chains in the U.S. >>

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 WalmartCostcoTarget, 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.
U.S.

102   Bi-Lo Holdings
U.S.

104   Dairy Farm International Holdings Ltd.
Hong Kong SAR

112   Kesko Corporation
Finland

114   Jumbo Groep Holding B.V. (Jumbo Supermarkten B.V.)
Netherlands

115   SuperValu, Inc.
U.S.

121  Colruyt Group (Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V.)
Belgium

127  Grupo Eroski
Spain

131  Hy-Vee, Inc.
U.S.

133 Shanghai Friendship Group Incorporated Co.
China

137  Pick n Pay Stores Ltd.
South Africa

140  Coop Danmark A/S (FDB)
Denmark

141  Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
U.S.

147   The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company
U.S.

156  Life Corporation.
Japan

157  Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)
U.S.

165 Sonae, SGPS, SA
Portugal

172  The SPAR Group Limited
South Africa

176  WinCo Foods LLC
U.S.

177  Arcs Co. Ltd.
Japan

178  Coop Norge, the Group
Norway

179  KF Gruppen
Sweden

184  Valor Company Ltd.
Japan

192  OJSC Dixy Group
Russia

198  Harris Teeter (Ruddick Corp.)
U.S.

204  Save Mart Supermarkets
U.S.

212  SMU S.A.
Chile

219  Iceland Foods Group Ltd.
UK

231  Demoulas Super Markets, Inc.
Croatia

240  Albertson's LLC
U.S.

242  Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc.
U.S.

244  Agrokor d.d.
Croatia

245  Stater Bros. Holdings, Inc.
U.S.

249  The Maruetsu, Inc.
Japan

250  The Golub Corporation/Price Chopper Supermarkets
U.S.

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