A new survey of the grocery industry’s top five companies finds the three companies on track to remain at the top of the rankings, with their retail sales in the top 10 percent of the world’s largest companies.
The survey, by market researcher Nielsen, was released Monday, and it is the first time the survey has examined the relationship between size and sales.
“As you move down the scale, the trend for size declines becomes more pronounced,” said John Ragan, president of Nielsen, which is based in New York.
“The companies that are growing are growing at the fastest rates.”
The survey of more than 2,000 grocery stores, grocery-delivery companies, food delivery companies and other retailers found that, of the top 50, three Japanese food retailers topped the list of the 10 largest in the world: Fuji Heavy Industries, the largest food-delivering company in Japan; Japan Foods, the second largest; and Taito Co., the third.
The Japanese firms had sales of more $16.6 billion, according to Nielsen.
Among the top 20 companies in the U.S., the five biggest in sales were Allstate, American Express, CVS, UnitedHealth Group and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. All of the other companies on the list made the top 30 in sales.
The five companies on top were the three leading brands in Japan, according a report by Nielsen, based on data from the Nielsen Group.
The study found that in 2014, the five largest food companies in Japan and the top three Japanese firms in the United States were each in the same 10th spot.
The top five Japanese firms were Taito, Fuji Heavy, Fuji Electronics and Fuji Heavy Corp. “They have been very successful, both in terms of market share and revenue growth,” said Nielsen’s chief economist David Mazzarella.
The two top Japanese companies are among the top five in sales, he said.
Fuji Heavy and Fuji Electronics, the two leading Japanese food companies, had sales totaling $18.2 billion in 2014 and $22.6 a share, respectively.
Fuji Electronics had sales that year of $3.1 billion, while Fuji Heavy had sales exceeding $3 billion for the first five months of the year.
The bottom five Japanese food players were All-Star Foods, which had sales $2.7 billion and sales in 2014 of $1.6 million, and Daiya, which reported sales of $2 billion and reported revenues in 2014 that were $2 million below those of Fuji Heavy.
All-star had sales in excess of $30 billion in sales and revenues in 2015, Mazzatta said.
All four Japanese food giants have had significant losses, and the four companies are facing tough financial times.
Daiya’s loss in 2014 was $4.5 billion, with Fuji Heavy losing $5.5 million.
The three largest Japanese food firms have lost more than $25 billion in revenue in the past five years, the report found.
“There’s still a lot of opportunity to grow,” said Ragan.
“It’s still early in this year’s retail season and there are a lot more opportunities to grow.”
The report found that the top Japanese food retailer in the country, Fuji, is also one of the leading companies in Asia.
Fuji is the largest by revenue in Japan.
The company was founded in 1941 by Yoshihiro Fuji, the son of the famous Japanese actor and actor Hideaki Anno.
Fuji Foods is based out of Osaka, Japan.
Fuji’s sales grew more than 100 percent between 2001 and 2010, according the report.
It is one of four Japanese companies to achieve the top spot in the 2015 rankings, alongside Fuji Heavy Group and Fuji Electric.
Fuji Food is owned by Fuji Heavy Electronics, Fuji Light Electronics and Daiyan Industries.
Fuji also has a presence in China, including in the city of Shijiazhuang in Fujian province, the top city in China.
“In China, we see the big trends, especially the growth of consumer-oriented food companies,” Ragan said.
“So the Japanese food industry is a great model for China.”
The top three food retailers in the Americas were McDonald’s and Burger King.
McDonald’s is the top U.K. food retailer by sales, and Burger Gate is the second-largest in the region.
The second-highest sales in Asia were for Japan Foods Corp., which has the biggest sales in China and Taiwan.
The biggest loss for McDonald’s was $1 billion in 2013, and its largest profit was $3 million in 2009.
In China, McDonald’s lost more $3,600 in 2013 and $2,000 in 2009, according Nielsen.
Burger King lost $2 per share in 2013.
The third-largest company in the Asia-Pacific region, Japan Foods has a market share of about 20 percent in the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand, according Mazzotta.
In 2014, Japan Food reported revenues of $6.