April 20, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: In a reversal
of a trend that has become nearly epidemic in the United
States, consumers in Israel are turning away from the
large supermarket chains and are instead bringing their
food dollar to neighborhood grocery stores, according
to the Food Industries Association, part of the Manufacturers
Association of Israel.
In the last 12 months, Israel's two largest chains,
Super-Sol and Blue Square, lost 3% of their aggregate
market share to 49%, an about face of the trend developed
over the past few years.
While the big chains lost ground, the smaller ones,
especially specialty food chains, gained ground: the
steepest climb in the last year was by Russian food
chains and grocery stores, which sold 6.7% of all local
food products in 2003 compared to 3.5% a year before.