There's one thing for certain about this year's SN Power 50 list: It's quite different than the 2003 version, which was the inaugural ranking.
e seen on the table below. SN received an overwhelming response to its call for this year's Power 50 nominations. Editors made the final choices based on industry input. The tables on the facing page show all of the key year-to-year changes in executives' rankings within their categories, including conventional supermarkets, food wholesalers and manufacturers. It's no coincidence, for example, that Safeway's Steve Burd rose to the top of the conventional supermarket category from third place last year. You can find out why in the profile of Burd on Page 26.
The heart of this week's presentation are the profiles of the 50 power players that fill the majority of the publication. Taken together, the tables and profiles spotlight how rapid industry change alters the standing of leaders. The Power 50 is all about the impact of labor battles, merchandising shifts, new competition, technology solutions, political wrangling and other major developments defining today's food retailing business and the people who run it.
New players in SN's Power 50
4. The late Dr. Robert Atkins
17. Ron Pearson, chairman, Hy-Vee
18. Eileen Scott, CEO, Pathmark Stores
20. Thomas Infusino, chairman and CEO, Wakefern
21. Robert A. Mariano, president and CEO, Roundy's
22. Gary Phillips, president and CEO, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Kansas City
24. Theo Albrecht Jr., CEO, Aldi (also Trader Joe's ownership)
26. David A. Perdue, chairman and CEO, Dollar General
27. John Rice, president and CEO, Unilever United States and N.A.
28. Roger Deromedi, CEO, Kraft Foods
31. E. Neville Isdell, chairman and CEO, Coca-Cola
32. August A. Busch 4th, president, Anheuser-Busch
34. James Kilts, president and CEO Gillette
37. The Shareholder: corporate governance
39. Miguel-Angel Lopera, CEO, Uniform Code Council and EAN International
48. Joe Hansen, president, United Food and Commercial Workers
50. Alan Greenspan, chairman, Federal Reserve
RANKINGS BY CATEGORY
Category Ranking: Power Player: Category Rank: 2003; Power 50 Rank: 2004
1. Steve Burd, chairman and CEO, Safeway: 3; 3
2. David Dillon, CEO, Kroger: 1; 5
3. Larry Johnston, chairman and CEO, Albertsons: 2; 6
4. Charles Jenkins Jr., CEO, Publix Super Markets: 5; 11