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DISTRIBUCION Y SERVICIO (DYS)
Distribucion y Servicio S.A. and its subsidiaries operate supermarkets and hypermarkets in Chile. Its supermarkets offer grocery products, including consumer packaged goods, such as cereals, jellies, sauces, canned food items, paper towels and assorted paper products, and hygiene and beauty aids; and perishable food products, such as meats, fish, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, frozen foods, bakery goods, and prepared foods, as well as various private label goods. The company's supermarkets also offer nonfood items, such as apparel, house wares, electronics, sporting goods, toys, auto parts, pet supplies, and office supplies. In addition, it engages in other businesses, such as real estate development, credit card operations, pharmacies, and restaurants. As of December 31, 2004, the company operated 78 supermarkets, 6 shopping malls, and 57 pharmacies. Distribucion y Servicio S.A. was founded in 1893 and is headquartered in Quilicura, Chile.
VILLAGE SUPER MARKET INC (VLGEA)
Village Super Market, Inc. operates a chain of ShopRite supermarkets in the United States. It operates specialty departments, such as home meal replacement; an on-site bakery; and delicatessen, including prepared foods, a natural and organic food section, ethnic and international foods, and a seafood section. The company's superstores also offer nonfood items, such as cut flowers, health and beauty aids, greeting cards, small appliances, film processing, and pharmacy. As of October 29, 2005, the company operated 23 supermarkets in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. Village Super Market was founded in 1933 and is based in Springfield, New Jersey.
SUSSER HOLDINGS CORPORATION (SUSS)
Susser Holdings Corporation engages in the operation of retail convenience stores and wholesale distribution of motor fuel in Texas and Oklahoma. It operates in two segments, Retail and Wholesale. The Retail segment operates stores that offer food, beverages, snacks, grocery, and motor fuel, as well as candies, packaged foods, magazines and newspapers, health and beauty aids, and various non-food items. This segment also operates ATMs, pay telephones, check cashing and short-term lending products, and proprietary money order systems in its stores, as well as provides lottery, prepaid telephone cards and wireless services, and car washes. As of December 31, 2006, the company operated 325 stores, including 306 were in Texas and 19 were in Oklahoma. The Wholesale segment distributes branded and unbranded motor fuel to its own retail convenience stores, contracted independent operators of convenience stores, commercial users, and unbranded convenience stores. In addition, the company sells and installs motor fuel pumps and tanks, as well as provides various environmental consulting services, such as hydrocarbon remediation and Phase I and II site assessments. Susser Holdings is headquartered in Corpus Christi, Texas.
RUDDICK CORPORATION (RDK)
Ruddick Corporation, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, operates a chain of supermarkets in the United States. Its supermarkets offer groceries, produce, meat and seafood, delicatessen items, bakery items, and wines, as well as nonfood items, such as health and beauty care, floral, and pharmacies. As of October 2, 2005, the company operated 145 supermarkets located in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida. It also manufactures and distributes industrial sewing thread, embroidery thread, and specialty engineered yarn to manufacturers of apparel, automotive materials, home furnishings, medical supplies, and footwear primarily in the United States, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, England, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, and Turkey. Ruddick sells its industrial sewing thread products through its sales representatives, commissioned agents, and distributors. It also distributes sewing supplies and yarn manufactured by other companies. In addition, the company manages venture capital holdings in various entities and holds investments in independently managed venture capital investment funds. Ruddick was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Kroger Co. and its subsidiaries operate in the retail business through supermarkets in the United States. The company operates three formats of supermarkets: combination food and drug stores (combo stores), multi department stores, and price impact warehouse stores. The combo stores primarily operate as food stores and provide pharmacies, general merchandise, pet centers, and perishables, such as seafood and organic produce. Multi department stores offer general merchandise items, such as apparel, home fashion and furnishings, electronics, automotive, toys, and fine jewelry along with the product categories offered at combo stores. The combo and multi department stores also have fuel centers. Price impact warehouse stores feature beauty care, health, and grocery items, such as meat, dairy, baked goods, and fresh produce. The company manufactures and processes food items under its corporate brand names, for sale in its supermarkets. In addition, it operates fine jewelry stores and convenience stores, which offer an assortment of staple food items and general merchandise. As of January 29, 2005, Kroger Co operated 2,532 supermarkets, 536 of which had fuel centers. In addition to supermarkets, it also operated 795 convenience stores and 436 fine jewelry stores. Kroger Co. was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Arden Group, Inc., through its indirect subsidiary, Gelson's Markets, operates supermarkets. The company's merchandise offerings include traditional grocery categories, such as dry groceries, produce, meat, seafood, bakery, dairy, wine and liquor, floral, sushi, vitamins, health and natural food products, health and beauty aids, and a selection of organic products. Its stores include additional services departments, such as meat, fresh pizza, and coffee bars; and carving carts, which offer cooked turkey and other meats. As of April 11, 2005, the company operated 18 full-service supermarkets in southern California. Arden Group is headquartered in Compton, California.
CASEYS GENERAL STORES INC (CASY)
Casey's General Stores, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries operate convenience stores primarily in Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. These stores offer a selection of food items, including prepared foods, such as pizza, donuts, and sandwiches; beverages; tobacco products; health and beauty aids; automotive products; and other nonfood items, such as school supplies, tobacco products, health and beauty aids, housewares, pet supplies, photo supplies, and automotive products. The company's snack centers sell sandwiches, fountain drinks, and other items. Casey's General Stores also sells cookies, brownies, Danish rolls, cinnamon rolls, and muffins. In addition, its stores offer gasoline or gasohol for sale on a self-service basis. As of July 31, 2005, there were a total of 1,360 Casey's General Stores in operation, of which 1,341 were owned by the company and 19 stores were operated by franchisees. The company was founded by Don Lamberti in 1959 and is headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa.
ETABLISSEMENTS DELHAIZE FRERES ET CIE "LE LION" S.A (DEG)
Delhaize Group operates food supermarkets in North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. It also operates proximity stores and specialty stores. As of September 30, 2005, the company's sales network consisted of 2,629 stores. Delhaize Group offers food products; and nonfood products, such as pet products, and health and beauty products. The company was founded by Jules and Auguste Delhaize in 1867 and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
GREAT ATLANTIC & PACIFIC TEA COMPANY INC (GAP)
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (GAPTC) engages in the retail food business. It operates conventional supermarkets, combination food and drug stores, and discount food stores in the United States and Canada. As of June 18, 2005, the company's retail grocery operations included 637 stores. GAPTC sells groceries, meats, fresh produce, and other items in its supermarkets. In addition, it has bakery, delicatessen, pharmacy, floral, fresh fish, and cheese departments, as well as onsite banking services in certain stores. The company was founded in 1859 by George Huntington Hartford and George Gilman. GAPTC is headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey.
Safeway, Inc. operates as a food and drug retailer in North America. Its stores offer food and general merchandise, and various specialty departments, such as bakery, delicatessen, floral, and pharmacy. The company's stores also offer Starbucks coffee shops and adjacent fuel centers. Its line of products includes carbonated soft drinks, salsas, bagged salads, whole bean coffees, the Indulgence line of cookies and other sweets, the Verdi line of frozen pizzas, fresh and frozen pastas, pasta sauces, and olive oils, as well as Milena's take and bake pizzas; the Primo Taglio line of meats, cheeses, and sandwiches; Signature soups, sandwiches, and salads; Artisan fresh-baked breads; NutraBalance pet food; and Ultra laundry detergents and dish soaps. Safeway also offers ice creams, frozen yogurts, and sorbets; low-fat ice creams, cereals, and low-fat cereal bars; and frozen entrees and hors d'oeuvres. As of October 18, 2005, the company operated 1,800 stores in the western, southwestern, rocky mountain, and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States and in western Canada. In addition, it operates an online food store offering premium quality USDA-inspected Angus beef and specialty foods. Safeway has a strategic alliance with GroceryWorks Holdings, Inc. Safeway, Inc. was founded in 1915. The company was incorporated in 1986 as SSI Holdings Corporation and changed its name to Safeway Stores, Incorporated. It further changed its name to Safeway, Inc. in 1990. Safeway is based in Pleasanton, California.
COMPANHIA BRASILEIRA DE DISTRIBUICAO (CBD)
Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao, through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of food products, apparel, electric, and electronic devices and other items that comprise its lines sold at hypermarkets, supermarkets, and department stores. Its stores operate in Brazil primarily under the tradenames Pao de Acucar, Extra, CompreBem Barateiro, and Extra-Eletro. The Pao de Acucar stores feature specialty areas, such as perishables, baked goods, meat, cheese, and seafood departments. The Extra stores offer household appliances, consumer electronic products, compact discs, toys, information technology products, and sports and entertainment items. The CompreBem Barateiro stores offer various branded and private label products. Extra-Eletro stores feature home appliances and consumer electronic products. As of June 30, 2004, the company operated 554 stores, of which 379 stores were operated by the company and 175 stores through its subsidiaries. The company was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
WHOLE FOODS MARKET INC (WFMI)
Whole Foods Market, Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in the ownership and operation of natural and organic foods supermarkets. It offers produce, seafood, grocery, meat and poultry, bakery, prepared foods and catering, specialty (beer, wine, and cheese), whole body (nutritional supplements, vitamins, body care, and educational products), floral, pet products, and household products. As of September 25, 2005, the company operated 165 stores in the United States and the District of Columbia; 3 stores in Canada; and 7 stores in the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market was founded in 1978 and is based in Austin, Texas.
Weis Markets, Inc. principally engages in the retail sale of food and pet supplies. The company's retail food stores sell groceries, dairy products, frozen foods, meats, seafood, fresh produce, floral, prescriptions, deli/bakery products, prepared foods, fuel, and general merchandise items, such as health and beauty care, and household products. It also offers services, such as company-operated photo labs, third parties providing in-store banks, laundry services, and take-out restaurants. As of September 24, 2005, the company owned and operated 157 retail food stores, and a chain of 32 pet supply stores. It operates supermarkets in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and West Virginia; and pet stores in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Weis Markets was founded by Harry and Sigmund Weis in 1912. The company is based in Sunbury, Pennsylvania.
BLUE SQUARE - ISRAEL LTD (BSI)
Blue Square-Israel, Ltd. and its subsidiaries operate as a food retailer in the State of Israel. The company, through its super markets, offers a range of food and beverages products; and nonfood items, such as housewares, toys, electrical appliances, computers and computer accessories, entertainment, and leisure products. It also provides health and beauty aids, infants' products, cosmetics and hygiene products, and prescription drugs. As of June 30, 2005, the company owned and operated 165 supermarkets under the brand names Mega, Super Center, and Shefa Shuk. Its supermarkets also offer specialty departments, such as full service bakeries, delicatessens, fresh meat, and prepared food departments. Blue Square was incorporated in 1988 and is based in Rosh Ha'ayin, Israel.
Diedrich Coffee, Inc. specializes in sourcing, roasting, and selling coffees under Diedrich Coffee, Gloria Jean's, and Coffee People brands. It sells brewed, espresso-based, and various blended beverages primarily made from its roasted coffee beans, as well as light food items, whole bean coffee, and accessories, through retail outlets, franchises, and wholesale distribution. As of November 10, 2005, the company owned and operated 206 retail outlets located in 33 states, as well as 460 wholesale accounts, including office coffee service distributors, restaurants, specialty retailers, mail order, and the Internet. Diedrich was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Irvine, California.
SUPERVALU, INC. operates as a grocery company in the United States. It offers various food and nonfood products, including groceries, meats, dairy products, frozen foods, deli, bakery, fresh fruits and vegetables, health and beauty aids, general merchandise, seasonal items, and tobacco products. The company conducts its retail operations under three retail food store formats: extreme value stores, price superstores, and supermarkets. As of January 11, 2006, SUPERVALU had 1,546 retail grocery locations. In addition, it provides food distribution and related logistics services, including warehouse management, transportation, procurement, contract manufacturing, and logistics engineering and management services for the retail grocery channel. The company's customers include single and multiple grocery store independent operators, regional and national chains, mass merchants, and the military. SUPERVALU was founded in 1871 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
INGLES MARKETS INCORPORATED (IMKTA)
Ingles Markets, Incorporated operates a supermarket chain in the southeast United States. It provides food products, including grocery, meat and dairy products, produce, frozen foods, and other perishables, as well as nonfood products, including health and beauty care products, general merchandise, and private label items. The company also offers various products through the development of book sections, media centers, floral departments, coffee kiosks, certified organic products, bakery departments, and prepared foods, as well as operates full-service pharmacies and gas stations. In addition, it operates fluid dairy processing and shopping center rentals businesses. As of December 27, 2005, it operated 197 supermarkets in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Alabama; and 74 neighborhood shopping centers. Ingles Markets was founded by Robert P. Ingle in 1965 and is headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina.
WINN-DIXIE STORES INC (WINN)
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. operates as a food retailer under the Winn-Dixie, and Winn-Dixie Marketplace' banners in the southeastern United States. Its stores offer grocery, meat, seafood, produce, deli, bakery, floral, health and beauty, and other general merchandise items. These stores also provide pharmacy products, liquor, and fuel products. Winn-Dixie Stores offer national brands, as well as its own private label products. As of June 27, 2007, it operated 520 stores in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, and Mississippi. As of the above date, the company had 401 pharmacies, 59 liquor stores and 5 fuel centers at its stores. Winn-Dixie Stores was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Pantry, Inc. operates a convenience store chain in the southeastern United States. The company's stores offer a selection of merchandise, gasoline, and ancillary products and services. Its merchandise products include tobacco products, beer and wine, packaged beverages, general merchandise, health and beauty care products, self-service fast foods and beverages, salty snacks, fast food service, candy, dairy products, bread and cakes, grocery and other merchandise, and newspapers and magazines. As of September 29, 2005, the company owned and operated approximately 1,400 convenience stores in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, and Louisiana. As of the above date, it operated approximately 195 quick-service restaurants. The company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Sanford, North Carolina.