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Supervalu Inc.

Company and Product Information

Corporate Office:
Supervalu Inc.
7075 Flying Cloud Dr.
Eden Prarie, MN 55344


SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion.

SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,353 stores composed of 1,825 primary stores serviced by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,334 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 903 are operated by licensee owners; and 194 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of February 28, 2015). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 35,000 employees.

The Company offers a range of major and private-label products, inlcluding its "Essential Everyday" brand of motor oils.


The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) is an independent resource for information and insights on the quality of lubricants in the marketplace. Our mission is to serve the consumer of lubricants by randomly sampling and independently testing lubricants taken from the field. Test results are posted along with the brand names on the PQIA website. This webpage provides an analysis on the brand detailed below.

The following are the test results for the sample examined.

Essential Everyday SAE 5W-30

Product: Essential Everyday
Viscosity grade: 5W-30
Labeled: API SN, ILSAC GF-5

Distributed by Supervalu Inc

Purchased at: Chicago, IL

Date of purchase: 1/4/2015


Website(s): www.supervalu.com

Test Results and Assessment:

The results of the tests conducted on this sample meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories.


bottle icon Physical Properties pass
Elemental Analysis pass
Labeling warning

Note: Although laboratory tests alone cannot be used to establish if engine oil meets an API Service Category, they can be used to determine if it doesn't.

PHYSICAL TESTS (click for test details) - a Standard Essential Everyday
TBN, mg KOH/g (ASTM D2896) 7.5
Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 9.3 to <12.5 10.5
Viscosity @40ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 62.6
Viscosity Index (ASTM D2270) 157.0
Viscosity @-30ºC mPa s (cP) (ASTM D5293) 6,600 Max 5590
Volatility, mass % loss, 1 hr, @ 250ºC (ASTM D5800) 15 Max -c 14.6
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS (click for test details) - a, b
Calcium 1981
Magnesium 6
Phosphorus, ppm 600 to 800 683
Zinc, ppm 773
Molybdenum,  ppm 165
Barium, ppm <1
Boron, ppm 101
Silicon, ppm 4
Potassium, ppm <5
Manganese, ppm <1
Titanium, ppm <1
Copper, ppm <1
Sodium, ppm <5
Vanadium, ppm <1
Silver, ppm <1
Aluminum, ppm 1
Chromium, ppm <1
Iron, ppm <1
Nickel, ppm <1
Lead, ppm <1
Antimony, ppm <1
Tin, ppm <1
  1. Standards, shown in yellow are established by API, SAE and others.
  2. Test Method for metal analysis is ASTM D5185.
  3. This specification is expressed to two significant figures, therefore results up to 15.5 are considered on specification.