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Supervalu Inc. (NYSE: SVU (http://www.nyse.com/about/listed/lcddata.html?ticker=SVU)) is a United States grocery distributor and owner of several grocery chains. The corporation is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and has been in business for over a century. Supervalu supplies over 2,500 grocery stores nationwide. In the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, the Cub Foods grocery chain is the retail side of this business, though a few stores, mostly smaller and older ones, retain the Supervalu name. Other corporate retail chains include Save-A-Lot nationwide, bigg's in the Midwest, and Shop 'n Save on the East Coast. New York Stock Exchange (June 2003) The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is the second largest stock exchange in the world. ... Supermarket produce section A supermarket is a store that sells a wide variety of goods including food and alcohol, medicine, clothes, and other household products that are consumed regularly. ... Distributor cap Rotor Breaker points. ... Eden Prairie is a city located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. ... The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. ... Save-A-Lot is the 13th largest retail chain and 5th largest chain under a single banner with 1000 stores in the US and 4 Billion in sales. ... Midwest States (United States of America, ND to OH) The Midwest is a common name for a region of the United States of America. ... The East Coast (also known as the Eastern Seaboard) is a term referencing the easternmost coastal states in the United States of America. ...

As a supplier to the Independent Grocers of America (IGA), Supervalu necessarily has formed close relationships with these family-owned grocery businesses, some of which have had relationships with the corporation for over 2 or 3 generations. But Walmart's newly-arrived grocery competition to these stores also affects Supervalu, Inc.

Supervalu enjoys economies of scale when dealing with the well-known national food firms like Kraft Foods, General Foods, General Mills, the beer manufacturers, meat suppliers, produce suppliers and dairy suppliers, as well as the health and beauty product suppliers, by purchasing in bulk and then fanning out the goods by Direct Store Delivery from its distribution centers, which are located nationwide. Kraft Foods (NYSE: KFT) (German power) is the third largest international food products corporation (after Unilever and Nestlé). It is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, but is majority owned by the Altria Group, which took control in 1988 (when it was known as Philip Morris). ... General Foods, formerly shorthand for the General Foods Corporation, is now a brand of Kraft Foods. ... General Mills (NYSE: GIS) is a corporation, mainly concerned with food products, that is headquartered in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. ... Larger quantities of beer foam than shown atop this glass caused a stir in 1990s England when people received less than a pint (568 ml) of beer for the price of a pint. ... Meat is animal tissue (mainly muscle) used as food. ... Categories: Substubs | Food and drink stubs ... Dairy farm near Oxford, New York, July 2001 In many northern-hemisphere countries a dairy is a facility for the extraction and processing of animal milk (mostly from cows, sometimes from buffaloes or goats) for human consumption. ... A distribution center for a set of products is a warehouse or other specialized building with refrigeration or air conditioning which are supplied by transport, such as airplane, truck, rail or ship, and then re-distributed to retailers or wholesalers. ...

The ethnic foods market is an emerging sector and remains a challenge for this business, as well as the natural and organic foods sector, as there are no clear market leaders for the corporation to deal with in these sectors. It remains to be seen whether Supervalu's tradition of dealing with small grocery businesses can be extended to these emerging markets. Organic food has both a popular meaning, and in some countries, a legal definition. ...

External links

  • Supervalu (http://www.supervalu.com)

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