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Help for food deserts

Walmart, Walgreen Co. and Supervalu Inc. have promised to open or expand a combined more than 1,500 stores in underserved communities over the next five years, in a bid to reduce the number of “food deserts” where people have trouble finding healthy food that is affordable.

Tuffin is chosen to head Smith’s

Mark Tuffin has been promoted to president of Kroger Co.’s Smith’s division. He had been vice president of transition for Kroger since 2009. He succeeds Jim Hallsey, who retired after 47 years with Smith’s and Kroger.

Hook-up of PBMs draws fire

In a blockbuster combination of pharmacy benefits managers, Express Scripts Inc. has agreed to acquire Medco Health Solutions Inc. in a cash and stock transaction valued at $29.1 billion.

Supervalu tabs president for independent business

Leon Bergmann has been promoted to president of Supervalu Inc.’s independent business organization, replacing Mark Anderson, who is retiring at the end of this month. Bergmann reports to Supervalu’s president and chief executive officer, Craig Herkert.

New Bottom Dollar sites in Pa., Ohio

Bottom Dollar Food, a unit of Delhaize America, will open 14 limited-assortment discount grocery stores in the Pittsburgh area and Youngstown, Ohio. Most of the locations will make their debut in early 2012.

Kroger promotes two veterans

Kroger Co. has made two executive appointments recently.

Michael Donnelly has been named senior vice president of merchandising, while Reuben Shaffer has been appointed chief diversity officer.

Ad guidelines set for consumables

The country’s biggest food companies will adhere to new marketing guidelines curbing advertising of unhealthy products for children.

Deuschle has impact at GMDC

When Mark Deuschle was named vice president of business development and chief marketing officer of the Global Market Development Center (GMDC) in February, it was a natural step for the executive.