SuperValu DistributionSuperValu Dominates the grocery chain market

SuperValu has a 130 year history starting from the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – USA. As of 2010, SUPERVALU handles 15 percent of the nation’s food distribution business, and is the third-largest grocery retailing company in the U.S.

Super Value Grocery Chain started as the combination of B.S. Bull and Winston and Newell Company, the direct parents of SUPERVALU®. Originally started in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Minnesota region, SuperValu rose to the top by being innovative and progressive with their food handling methods.

They were one of the first companies to have elevators and chutes between floors of their warehouses, and one of the first to offer delivery service via motorized trucks. As early as 1928, Winston and Newell Company was one of the first distributors to affiliate with the Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA). This affiliation, introduced concepts such as self-serve and cash-and-carry.

By 1942, Winston and Newell dissolve their IGA affiliation in favor of forming a “virtual chain.” The company offers affiliated retailers a program of services that stresses nationally advertised brands, advice on store fixtures and layout and supported advertising. In return, retailers operate under the SuperValu and U-Save names.

It was 1954 when Winston and Newell change the company name to SuperValu, more closely aligning the company with its successful retailers. Two years later in 1955, they acquire 12 regional food wholesalers, primarily in the Midwest, Southeast and Northwest United States. This distribution business expansion strategy lasts until the late 1980s.

Mike Wright is named company president and CEO in 1981, and stays there for more than two decades.

Between 1988 and 1994, SuperValu’s affiliated retailers’ begin to combine sales making them the second largest food retailing group in the United States. The company is serving more than 3,100 stores in 32 states. These include:

  • Acme – 117 stores – Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania
  • Jewl Osco – 182 stores – Chicago
  • Shaw’s / Star Market – 169 stores – Boston, New England
  • Albertsons – 453 stores – Nevada, Northwestern United States, and Southern California
  • Hornbacher’s – 6 stores – Fargo and West Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota
  • Cub – 46 stores – Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • SHOP ‘N SAVE  – 42 stores – St. Louis
  • SAVE-A-LOT – 1280 stores –  Midwest, east of the Mississippi, Maine to Florida, and Texas.
  • Farm Fresh – 43 stores – Hampton Roads and Richmond, Virginia; Elizabeth City, North Carolina
  • Lucky – 4 stores –  Southern California
  • Shoppers – 56 stores – Baltimore, northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Other SuperValu affiliates and properties:

  • Hyper Shoppes, Inc.,
  • Bigg’s Hyper Markets
  • Richfood Holdings
  • Scott’s Foods
  • Deal$: Nothing Over a Dollar
  • Total Logistic Control (TLC), a third-party logistics company
  • W. NEWELL®, a specialty produce distribution company
  • Retail properties of ALBERTSONS

In 2001, Jeff Noddle is named chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of SUPERVALU, following more than two decades of leadership by Mike Wright. Under his direction, SUPERVALU also launches SVHarbor, an Internet-enabled business-to-business portal for affiliate retailers, manufacturer partners and distribution operations.

In 2006 SuperValu acquired the Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons, Inc. adding 1,124 stores. With the acquisition of Albertsons SuperValu becomes the third-largest grocery retailing company in the U.S.

In 2009, Craig Herkert is named president and chief executive officer of SUPERVALU, following a decade of leadership by Jeff Noddle.

Headquarters: Eden Prairie, Minnesota
No. of Stores: estimated to be 2,505 (2010)
No. of Employees: 192,000
Revenue: $40.6 billion
Geography: 2,500 stores, in 28 States, including Washington, D.C.
Special Services: SuperValu operates 2,505 food and food/drug combination stores, 878 in-store pharmacies, 117 fuel centers and serves as primary distributor to an additional 2,200 stores.

ACME, Albertsons, Biggs, Bristol Farms, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Save-A-Lot, Shaw’s, Shop ‘n Save, Shoppers
Affiliate Stores: Dierbergs, Festival, County Market, Foodland, Scotts, IGA, Shop ‘n Save, Great Valu Foods Stores.

Arctic Shores™, Baby Basics®, Carlita™, Culinary Circle™, Equaline®, Farm Fresh®, Farm Stand®, Flavorite®, Happy Tails, homelife®, Java Delight®, Max™ Velocity, NutriPlan®, Richfood®, Shoppers Value®, Stockman & Dakota™, Stone Ridge Creamery®, SuperChill®, SuperCrunch, wild harvest™

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  1. NJ Supermarket Directory June 17, 2015 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    The description should be updated — Supervalu sold Albertsons and all of its subsidiaries a few years ago. Supervalu now only owns Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Shop N’ Save, Shoppers, and Save-A-Lot.

  2. graham oliver January 19, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Just wanted to share with you my disappointment on my package of Dakota Growers Lasagna 1 LB package that I purchased at Ekness Supervalue Foods in Crosby, North Dakota on 10/22/14. My husband had asked that I make 2 pans of Lasagna for the guys on his work crew. When I opened the package to boil the Lasagna noodles only 7 of the pasta noodles were not broken up. Therefore, I could only make up one pan the night before, and had to wait till the morning to purchase another box. I am new to the area and decided to purchase this product to support the Dakota’s. Not sure of the packaging/handling process, but wanted to share my disappointment.

  3. jolene twombly January 7, 2015 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    do you give donations to a school of 550 students in Shoreview MN. Cub is 1 mile from school. thank you. if you do, I have letter head stationery with tax free number. Thanks, Jolene Twombly

  4. Roberta Gomez October 31, 2014 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    I just want to tell you that the Stone Ridge Creamery ice cream is an excellent product. It is creamier and better tasting than the more expensive brands that are out there. Thank you for making a delicious ice cream.

    Roberta Gomez

  5. Dennis Redman February 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    I have worked for Supervalu for over 15 years in the St louis division warehouse and also have experience in trade shows as well.If you would need and extra hand at your trade show I would love to help out in any area that you would feel fit for me. Please feel free to contact me or my general manager John Settlemeyer at any time. Hope to hear from you, thanks Dennis J Redman

    • molly silvinskas February 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      I shop at Publix in Aiken SC – their customer rep could not locate Culinary Circle Supervalue. Is it possible to contact them to get Culinary Circle’s pizza into their stores. Ask for Denise who orders product. I believe that your pizza could be a big seller here. Response and thanks.

  6. Roger Rich November 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    I’m trying to locate a brand name company other then Associated Foods. To stock a new start up store in my area.

    I want to open a store in my area to offer other quality food, and non food items to the community, my local competitors are corner markets, walmart 21 miles away, and 5 small local markets all supplied by associated foods, all 5 stores are within a 45 mile radius one per town.

    My key location is within this area. I’m able to use my own trucks available to me to pick up products for my store.

    I’m seeking a major food market supplier.
    I’m in hopes for your help with supplying me with the needed food and non food items.
    Or direct me in the right direction other then associated foods.

    Thank You
    Roger Rich

  7. Evelyn Grueninger June 19, 2013 at 11:20 am - Reply

    I was very surprised when attempting to pour my County Market tomato juice in a Tupperware container when something would not come out…Thick juice????? I made the hole bigger and this time out plopped a half ripe tomato..It was a whole half ripe
    tomato…Imagine my surprise…to get a bonus with my tomato juice…noooooo forget
    the bonus..I can afford to buy my tomatoes fresh..
    Now the question is….Do I want to try this brand again???
    My store is The Market Place in Columbia Illinois..
    The next question I….Will I hear from You?
    Yes I did call the store…they said to call the 800 number on the can..But there is NO
    800 number on the can…

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