It's Good at the Top: Despite Shake Ups, Dynamics Still Favor Giants - Research Report on Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, Kroger's, SUPERVALU and Safeway

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NEW YORK,  March 8, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Investors Alliance announced new research reports highlighting Whole
Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM), The Fresh Market Inc. (NASDAQ: TFM), The
Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE: SVU) and Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY).
Today's readers may access these reports free of charge - including full price
targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. Research Report

America's healthiest grocery store- Whole foods - has been named to the
Ethisphere Institute's "World's Most Ethical Companies" list for the 5th  time. 
Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods couldn't be any prouder, "The business
practices of Whole Foods Market are based on our core values, such as caring
about our communities and our environment," he said. "We're glad that this
ranking reflects our conscious efforts to improve and sustain communities on
both a local and global level. " The Full Research Report on Whole Foods Market,
Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is
available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/16a3_WFM]

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The Fresh Market Inc. Research Report

It was a bountiful 2012 for The Fresh Market as it reports its Q4 and full year
fiscal 2012 earnings.  Craig Carlock, President and Chief Executive Officer,
commented, "Fiscal 2012 was a terrific year for The Fresh Market. We achieved
record annual sales and earnings on comparable store sales growth of 5.7% and
opened a record number of new stores." Despite a sudden slowdown in customer
traffic during the holidays, the company also did well in the fourth quarter. In
the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, net sales increased 15.3% to  $369.9 million 
and comparable store sales increased 1.9%, compared to the corresponding
thirteen week period ended  January 29, 2012. Net income in the fourth quarter
of fiscal 2012 was  $20.6 million, compared to  $18.3 million  in the
corresponding thirteen week period in fiscal 2011. Since 1982, The Fresh Market
has been providing the public "a fresh concept in grocery shopping". The Full
Research Report on The Fresh Market Inc. - including full detailed breakdown,
analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/e087_TFM]

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The Kroger Co. Research Report

Kroger's 136 -store strong Central Division welcomed the promotion of  Jeff Burt
 as its new president. "In his 27-year career with Kroger, Jeff has demonstrated
strong leadership skills and a deep understanding of our business," said  Rodney
McMullen, President and CEO of Kroger. "His enthusiasm, keen sense of the
customer, and experience in merchandising and operations will be tremendous
assets to the Central Division team." Mr. Burt began his career with Kroger in
1986 as a management trainee. He has held a variety of leadership positions with
the company in  Cincinnati,  Florida,  Indianapolis  and  Seattle, including
store manager, produce merchandiser and vice president of merchandising and
operations. In 2004, he was named corporate vice president of deli/bakery
merchandising and procurement, before being promoted to his most recent role in
2010.The Full Research Report on The Kroger Co. - including full detailed
breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of
charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/dd5e_KR]

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SUPERVALU Inc. Research Report

Newly installed SUPERVALU President and CEO,  Sam Duncan, shakes up its
executive and banner retail leadership teams. This move is part of the
preparations to move forward with a focus on serving wholesale grocery
operators, growing its hard discount format and running a smaller, more
efficient retail operation following the close of its transaction with AB
Acquisition LLC. Some of these changes include the appointments of  Mark Van
Buskirk,  Rob Woseth  and  Steve Fox  as executive vice-president, merchandising
and marketing for SUPERVALU, executive vice-president, chief strategy officer
and senior vice-president, food merchandising, respectively. The Full Research
Report on SUPERVALU Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings
and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/899b_SVU]

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Safeway Inc. Research Report

Safeway's just concluded 2013 investor conference marks another progressive year
for one of  North America's  largest food and drug retailers. For 2013, Safeway
initiated guidance for earnings per diluted share of  $2.25 to $2.45, sales
growth, operating profit margin change, capital expenditure of approximately  $1
- 1.1 billion  and free cash flow in a range of  $0.85 - 0.95 billion. "We made
progress in 2012 on a number of initiatives, which we believe helped achieve
market share gains and positive volume in the U.S. As we move forward,  just for
U, fuel partnerships with Chevron and ExxonMobil, innovation in-store and in
private label, as well as growth in Blackhawk and PDC should drive continued
positive momentum," said  Steve Burd, Chairman and CEO. The Full Research Report
on Safeway Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price
targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/a015_SWY]

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