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SUPERVALU Announces Increase in Quarterly Dividend Rate and Authorizes Share Repurchase Program

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 28, 2009-- SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU) today announced that its board of directors approved a 1.45 percent increase in the annual indicated dividend to $0.70 per share from last year’s level of $0.69 per share. With this announcement, SUPERVALU continues its strong dividend history, having paid dividends for over 70 years. The new quarterly dividend rate of $0.175 per share will be effective with the September dividend payment. The previously announced quarterly dividend, which is payable on June 15, 2009 to shareholders of record as of June 1, 2009 will be paid at last year’s quarterly amount of $0.1725 per share.

Share Repurchase Authorization

SUPERVALU's board of directors today adopted a new annual share repurchase program authorizing the company to purchase up to $70 million of the company's common stock. Stock purchases will be made from time to time in open market purchases primarily from the cash generated from the settlement of stock options. The annual authorization program announced today replaces the existing $70 million share repurchase program authorized in May 2008 under which 641,500 shares were repurchased at a cost of $16.6 million.

About SUPERVALU INC.

SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the U.S. grocery channel with estimated annual sales of $43 billion. SUPERVALU holds leading market share positions across the United States with its approximately 2,500 retail grocery locations, including nearly 900 in-store pharmacies. Through the company’s nationwide supply chain network, SUPERVALU provides distribution and related logistics support services to more than 2,500 independent retailers across the country. SUPERVALU has approximately 180,000 employees.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS RELEVANT TO FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF “SAFE HARBOR” PROVISIONS OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995

Except for the historical and factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including the impact of economic and industry conditions, competition, food and drug safety issues, the integration of Albertsons operations, store expansion and remodeling, liquidity, labor relations issues, escalating costs of providing employee benefits, regulatory matters, self insurance, legal and administrative proceedings, information technology, security, severe weather, natural disasters and adverse climate changes and accounting matters and other risk factors relating to our business or industry as detailed from time to time in SUPERVALU’s reports filed with the SEC.

You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Unless legally required, SUPERVALU undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

SUPERVALU INC.
David Oliver, 952-828-4540
VP, Investor Relations
david.m.oliver@supervalu.com
or
Steve Bloomquist, 952-828-4144
Director, Investor Relations
steve.bloomquist@supervalu.com