SUPERVALU Receives Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index...

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SUPERVALU Receives Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for Second Consecutive Year

   First grocery retailer to achieve highest rating for GLBT-related
                        policies and practices
MINNEAPOLIS--(Business Wire)--
SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU), the third-largest grocery retailer in
the United States whose nationwide family of stores includes Acme,
Albertsons, bigg's, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher's, Jewel-Osco,
Lucky, Shaw's, Shop 'n Save and Shopper's Food & Pharmacy, received
the top rating of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign
Foundation's seventh annual Corporate Equality Index, which rates U.S.
employers on their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
(GLBT) employees, consumers and investors. It is the second
consecutive year the company has received a perfect rating after
becoming the first U.S. grocery retailer to achieve the Index's
highest score last year. SUPERVALU remains the only grocery retailer
to receive the 100 percent rating on the survey.

   "We are proud to once again share this honor with some of the most
well-respected companies and brands in Minnesota and across the
country. As a leading food retailer, it's critical that our associates
and our company reflect the diversity of our customer base," said Jeff
Noddle, SUPERVALU chairman and CEO. "Embracing diversity and creating
a culture of inclusion is a key component of our business strategy,
and is essential to achieving our goal of being the best place to
work, shop and invest in the grocery retail industry."

   SUPERVALU's second consecutive top rating was achieved in
recognition of a number of companywide initiatives including:

   --  A corporate diversity and inclusion department working to
        ensure the company is proactively addressing issues of
        diversity and inclusion.

   --  A Corporate Diversity Council made up of senior leaders who
        meet on a regular basis to discuss and implement diversity and
        inclusion strategies.

   --  A corporate partnership forged with the National Gay and
        Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), making SUPERVALU the
        first grocery company to partner with the group.

   --  The addition of four new associate-led Business Resource
        Groups, expanding the company's total to 28. These groups,
        which include PROUD and In-sight (GLBT), provide SUPERVALU
        associates with a support system and positive forum for
        professional and personal development.

   --  Continued focus on education, awareness-building and
        communications efforts including a diversity and inclusion
        newsletter and a dedicated diversity and inclusion microsite
        on the companywide Intranet.

   --  A supplier diversity department with a dedicated staff of
        experts to form partnerships with minority firms and make it
        easier for minority and female-owned companies to do business
        with SUPERVALU.

   In addition, SUPERVALU received the 2008 Twin Cities Pride
Corporate Achievement Award, granted to a business or organization
that has made strides in combating discrimination in the workplace in
the past year.

   "At SUPERVALU, we're committed to an ongoing program of diversity
and inclusion that provides our associates with a diverse and
supportive work environment where their ideas, experiences and
contributions are encouraged and respected," said Darnell Allen,
SUPERVALU vice president of diversity and inclusion. "We believe that
a commitment to diversity and inclusion fosters a positive corporate
culture, creates a competitive advantage for our company, and promotes
improved performance from our associates. Achieving the top rating on
the Corporate Equality Index for the second consecutive year is a
testament to our commitment to these activities."

   Released each fall, the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) rates major
U.S. employers on a scale from 0 to 100 percent on their treatment of
gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and
investors. Companies are scored on a variety of criteria including
non-discrimination policies, domestic partner benefits, diversity
training policies, GLBT employee resource group/diversity council
establishment, and whether or not the employer exhibits responsible
behavior toward the GLBT community and does not engage in action that
undermines GLBT equality. The 2009 CEI rated 583 businesses, and 259
companies achieved the 100 percent rating. Of the 255 Fortune 500
companies rated in the CEI, 120 received perfect scores. The average
rating of Fortune 500 companies was 83 percent.

   For more information on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's
2009 Corporate Equality Index, visit


   SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the United
States grocery channel with estimated annual sales of $44 billion.
SUPERVALU holds leading market share positions across the U.S. with
its approximately 2,475 retail grocery locations, including nearly 920
in-store pharmacies. Through SUPERVALU's nationwide supply chain
network, the company provides distribution and related logistics
support services to more than 5,000 grocery endpoints across the
country. SUPERVALU currently has approximately 192,000 employees. For
more information about SUPERVALU visit

Susie Bell, 952-828-4356
Corporate Public Affairs Manager

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