Despite the Clubmarket crisis, Israel's big food chains retain their primary position and even gained strength compared with last year.

According to a survey by the food division at the Manufacturers Association of Israel, 53% of all food products is purchased at the big chains, compared with 50.8% a year ago.

The survey shows that the more significant rise is that of the big discount stores, holding 25.2% share of purchased foods. Grocery and mini-markets stores have a 17.9% share, compared with 15.1% a year ago. The survey also details purchasing habits regarding the number and types of outlets patronised by consumers, noting that low income groups do their shopping in open markets.