Rank: 47 (Previous rank: 51)
CEO: Craig R. Herkert
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Last year was hardly super for the country's fourth largest grocer. While rivals were luring consumers with price cuts, Supervalu and its Bristol Farms and Jewel-Osco brands, didn't adapt to the intensified competition. Nor did it benefit from synergies touted in its 2006 acquisition of Albertson's: Its supply chain business was 50% of revenue prior to the union.Subscribe to Fortune Magazine
Tackling these challenges is new CEO Craig Herkert's job. Hired away from Wal-Mart, though he spent 23 years at Albertson's, Herkert plans to focus on the company's economical Save-A-Lot stores and push profitable private-label brands everywhere else. --J.S.
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Industry: Food and Drug Stores
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