Edeka ranks first in Federal Cartel Office lists of top supermarkets in Germany

According to a study by the Federal Cartel Office, Germany, a few companies control about 85 percent of the food trade market. These are the most powerful supermarkets according to the study.

Place 1: Edeka Group

Although Edeka’s sales are predominantly achieved by independent retailers and the group also includes net store discount stores, the cartel office considers the group as a whole. Especially brand manufacturers depend on Edeka but also Rewe and the Schwarz Group. These three are designated by the cartel office as a “bottleneck for the nation-wide distribution” of branded products and have particularly great power.

Sales: Edeka 30-35 billion euros
Percentage of sales in the total market: 25-30 per cent
Sales area: 9-10 million square meters
Locations: 11,000-12,000

2nd place: Schwarzgruppe (Lidl and Kaufland)

The Schwarz Group consists of the two foundations Kaufland and Lidl, whose capital is held by the umbrella company Schwarzbeteiligung GmbH. Together; the two chains has considerable market shares.

Sales: 25-30 billion euros
Percentage of sales in the total market: 20-25 per cent
Sales area: 5-6 million square meters
Locations: 3,500-4,650

3rd place: Rewe / Rewe Dortmund

Apart from the Rewe markets, the group also includes the discounter Penny. Rewe has a strong position in the manufacturing brands in particular.

Sales: 20-25 billion euros
Sales of the total market: 15-20 percent
Sales area: 4-5 million square meters
Locations: 6,000-7,000

4th place: Aldi

With more than 4,000 locations, the Aldi Group is the leading discounter in Germany. The company occupies a prominent position in trademarks. Manufacturers of these products depend on the company.

Sales: 15-20 billion euros
Sales of the total market: 15-20 percent
Sales area: 3-4 million square meters
Locations: 4,000-5,000

5th place: Metro

The Metro Group, which is home to the Real markets, follows the four big cities. Even if the group loses its connection to the top group according to the cartel office, it is far ahead of the regional chains such as Kaisers Tengelmann or Tegut, Coop or Globus, which each have less than three percent of the market.

Sales: less than 10 billion euros
Sales of the total market: 5-10 percent
Sales area: 2-3 million square meters
Locations: 300-40

The Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) is Germany’s national competition regulator. It was first established in 1958 and comes under the authority of the Federal Ministry of Economy and Technology. Its headquarters are in the former West German capital, Bonn and its President is Andreas Mundt, who has a staff of 300 people.