Healthiest Supermarket Chains in the US
Surprise, Safeway is No 2, Trader Joe's No. 4 in a survey by Health Magazine.
Actually, there are a LOT more than 10 national supermarket chains.
While I've not been to many of these supermarkets, I've certainly heard of national chains such as Vons, Aldi's, Albertsons, Dillons, Fred Meyer, Piggly Wiggly, Fresh Market, Ukrops, etc. that aren't in my area.
And I agree with jlawrence - their focus seems to be on organic food items.
>>Actually, there are a LOT more than 10 national supermarket chains.
Wikipedia says that there are 11 national chains (although the Big 3 chains - Kroger, Safeway, and SuperValu each have 5-10 brands.)
There are 50 regional chains - Ukrops being one of the better regional chains.
What is scary is that I have been to most of them ... but then, I always check out groceries when I am traveling.
You can find healthy foods (and very unhealthy foods) in every supermarket in the US. Furthermore, the various chains vary in quality from market to market.
The Safeway stores in Chicagoland (Dominicks) is probably the worst chain in the market.
Having read the article, they seem to be more interested in the number of organic products than in first quality food.
I agree with you that "organic" is something of a red herring, in these days of organic Cheese Nips. Articles like this help to clear the air, because many of the same foodies who always tout "organic" choices are the ones that like to diss Safeway as too large and "corporate."
re: Xiao Yang
When I am in any grocery, I prefer fresh, reasonably priced and where practical, locally sourced.
Here in Chicago, I get upset when I head into a Supervalu (Jewel)/Safeway (Dominicks) /Costco/Trader Joes, etc. and see no local cheeses (like Wisconsin has many master cheese makers) or when all the apples are sourced from Washington when there are hundreds of Great Lake orchards. My local independent market (and Walmart) can find these local guys.
Safeway has a bad reputation in the grocery business as they do NOT listen to their customers. They purchase local chains like Randall's or Dominick's and gut the stores of all local content. And in this market, customers are walking away. For a while, things were so bad, that 50% of the meat and 30% of the dairy were markdowns. Safeway paid $1-1.2 billion for Dominicks and they are trying to sell it for $300M (Crains Chicago Business).