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World's 50 Best Grocers

The world's 50 best grocers

11 Mar 2013

What makes a grocer one of the best in the world? The Grocer set out to find the formula based on six categories…


We present 'The World's 50 Best Grocers'

11 Mar 2013 | By Adam Leyland

We present ‘The World’s 50 Best Grocers’, as chosen by a panel of experts. Do you agree with our choices?


World's 50 best grocers

  • 7-Eleven Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    7-Eleven has “embraced demand for a convenience lifestyle” like no-one else…

  • Albert Heijn/Ahold Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    With “a great range of formats” and as “a leading European retailer on its convenience offer”, Albert Heijn has “recovered strongly…

  • Aldi/Trader Joe’s Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    With its rock bottom prices, clever advertising and increased range, Aldi is growing at 30% in the UK…

  • Alfamart Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    Alfamart is one of two leading convenience players in Indonesia, and is expanding rapidly…

  • Auchan Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    Controlled by the Mulliez family, Auchan opened its first store in 1961…

  • Borough Market Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    Established in 1755, this daily wholesale market supplies many of London’s finest restaurants…

  • Cencosud SA Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    Supermarkets The “leading local retailer in South America”, Chile-based Cencosud grew 20% last year…

  • Coles Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    Australia’s Woolworths had better watch its back. In 2012, supermarket chain Coles again outperformed its bigger rival…

  • Dean & DeLuca Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    Dean & DeLuca started out in New York City in 1977 and is now a global brand synonymous with gourmet food retail.

  • Deli de Luca Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    Design and layout are the watchwords of the founding partners of this Norwegian convenience chain…

  • Dia Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    Spanish hard discounter Dia saw its profits rocket by 55% last year as recession- hit Spanish shoppers sought out a bargain.

  • Eataly Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    A “brilliant concept that exploits the foodie in us all”, the first Eataly opened in Turin in 2007…

  • Edeka/Nah und Gut Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    This German retail giant was singled out for the “revitalisation of its supermarket format” following years of decline…

  • El Corte Inglés Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    This family-run chain – “one of the most prestigious brands in the Spanish market”…

  • Fairway Market Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    Fairway started as a neighbourhood market in the 1930s on New York’s Upper West Side…

  • Falabella/Tottus Supermarkets Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    With annual revenue of $9.4bn, Falabella is Chile’s second-largest retail company…

  • Food Bazaar Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    Supermarkets Food Bazaar, India-based Future Group’s flagship chain, combines the best of Western and Indian values…

  • Fortnum & Mason Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    Famed for its “beautiful façade” and “eye-catching window displays”, Fortnums opened on its current site on Piccadilly in 1707…

  • Fruit & Veg City Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    Borrowing from the Whole Foods Market model, Fruit & Veg City’s Food Lover’s Market was for discerning foodies…

  • Groupe Casino Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    From its “dominant position in [Brazil], one of the world’s most promising retail markets”…

  • Harris Teeter Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    Harris Teeter has come a long way in the past decade…

  • Jerónimo Martins/Biedronka Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    In its domestic market, JMR operates the biggest supermarket in Portugal…

  • La Boqueria, Barcelona Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    This large public market, which has been around in one guise or another since 1207, is one of Barcelona’s favourite tourist haunts…

  • Lidl Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    Founded in Germany in the 1930s as a wholesaler, Lidl is today one of the largest grocery retailers in Europe.

  • Loblaw Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    With sales of CAD$32bn, and more than 1,000 stores trading under 22 different banners, Loblaw is Canada’s “largest…

  • Lotte Shopping Co Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    Operating a number of different formats, including department stores and discount stores…

  • Lulu Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    The retail division of Emke Group is one of the fastest-growing supermarket chains in the Middle East…

  • Magnit Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    Magnit’s aggressive expansion strategy in Russia – focused on c-stores and hypermarkets…

  • Marks & Spencer Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    M&S has been a pioneer in grocery innovation since before the war and invented the chilled ready meals category almost single-handedly…

  • Mercadona Subscription

    13 Mar 2013

    Spain’s largest retailer has “positively thrived” in the country’s austere economy as it developed a hybrid discounter approach…

  • Nakumatt Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    Established in 2005, Nakumatt is “doing remarkable things in East Africa”…

  • Ocado Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    Ocado has struggled to make money, but customers - and our judges - are still fans…

  • Oxxo Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    In little over a decade, Oxxo has “set the benchmark for local convenience grocery in Latin America”…

  • Picard Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    Retailers caught up in the horsemeat scandal take note…

  • Pick n Pay Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    Supermarkets/convenience Pick n Pay is the supermarket of choice for many middle-income African consumers…

  • Publix Super Markets Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    Supermarkets One of southern America’s premier retailers, with more than 1,100 stores in six states…

  • Quinta Fresca Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    There aren’t too many online retailers that are 23 years old, but La Plata, Buenos Aires-based Quinta Fresca…

  • Sainsbury’s Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    With more than 1,000 UK stores, fastgrowing online and convenience store businesses and a reputation for highquality products…

  • Shoprite Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    Operating in 16 markets across the Sub- Sahara, and with a CAGR of 10.6% since 2008…

  • South Melbourne Market Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    Food market Selling bananas and potatoes alongside neck massages, haircuts and eyebrow…

  • Spinneys Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    Founded by a British army officer stationed in Egypt in 1924, Spinneys has grown into one of the Gulf’s leading retailers…

  • Stew Leonard’s Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    Supermarkets “Just a fun place to be,” these “quirky” stores – three in Connecticut, one in New York…

  • Tesco Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    “Increasingly nimble for a monolithic operation”, Tesco is “a class operator”, impressing judges…

  • Unimarc Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    Originally owned by the Catholic Church in Chile, Umimarc has “led the industry” with its loyalty programme called The Club…

  • Waitrose Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    “My favourite grocer in the world,” said one (international) judge of this upmarket retailer…

  • Walmart Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    It “perfected the big box format” and “makes excellent use of supply chain data” to “provide exceptional value”…

  • Wegmans Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    Consumer Reports rated Wegmans the best large US grocery chain in 2012…

  • Whole Foods Market Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    Supermarkets “The most impressive thing about Whole Foods is the scale,” said one judge…

  • Woolworths (South Africa) Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    Woolworths is a retail all-rounder in the mould of Wal-Mart and Tesco, though with a far smaller geographic footprint…

  • Zaffari & Bourbon Subscription

    12 Mar 2013

    From its HQ in Porto Alegre, Z&B is the fifth-largest food retailer in Brazil, with 29 supermarkets…

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