Sustainable Seafood Rankings: 4 Supermarket Chains Pass Greenpeace’s Review

16 companies, including Wal-Mart, Costco, and Trader Joe's, get failing grades from Greenpeace. Again.

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The environmental advocacy group Greenpeace ranked the nation's 20 leading supermarket chains in June after assessing how well each adhered to ocean-friendly policies in its marketing of seafood. All 20 failed Greenpeace's review. Now, in a new review that takes into account small but significant changes in some chains' policies, Greenpeace has a little good news to report: Four chains passed the test, indicating that they generally sell ocean-friendly seafood. Those four are:

1. Whole Foods Market


2. Ahold USA (which owns Stop & Shop and Giant)
3. Target
4. Harris Teeter Other supermarket chains again failed Greenpeace's evaluation. They're ranked here from best (barely failed) to worst.

5. Wal-Mart


6. Safeway (Dominick's, Genuardi's, Randall's, Von's)
7. Wegmans
8. Kroger (Baker's, City Market, Dillon's, Owen's, PayLess, Ralph's,
Scott's, Smith's, Quality Food Center)
9. Aldi
10. Costco
11. A&P (Food Emporium, Pathmark, Super Fresh, Waldbaum's)
12. Giant Eagle
13. Publix
14. Winn-Dixie
15. Delhaize (Bloom, Food Lion, Hannaford Bros., Sweetbay)
16. Supervalu (Acme, Albertson's, Bristol Farms, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's)
17. Trader Joe's
18. Meijer
19. H. E. Butt (H.E.B., Central Market)
20. Price Chopper (Caveat: U.S.News & World Report has not independently reviewed Greenpeace's methodology.)