Issue 08-01-2011

Help for food deserts

WASHINGTON — 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. Walmart, Walgreen Co. and Supervalu Inc. have

Tuffin is chosen to head Smith’s

CINCINNATI — 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. Mark Tuffin has been promoted to president of Kroger Co.’s Smith’s division. He had been vice president

Hook-up of PBMs draws fire

ST. LOUIS — 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. In a blockbuster combination of pharmacy benefits managers, Express Scripts Inc. has agreed to acquire Medco Health Solutions Inc. in a cash and

Supervalu tabs president for independent business

MINNEAPOLIS — 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. Leon Bergmann has been promoted to president of Supervalu Inc.’s independent business organization, replacing Mark Anderson, who

New Bottom Dollar sites in Pa., Ohio

SALISBURY, N.C. — 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. Bottom Dollar Food, a unit of Delhaize America, will open 14 limited-assortment discount grocery stores in the Pittsburgh area

Kroger promotes two veterans

CINCINNATI — 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. 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

Ad guidelines set for consumables

ARLINGTON, Va. — The country’s biggest food companies will adhere to new marketing guidelines curbing advertising of unhealthy products for children. The country’s biggest food companies will adhere to new marketing guidelines curbing advertising of unhealthy products for children. The Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI), whose participants include Coca-Cola Co., Unilever and Hershey

Deuschle has impact at GMDC

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — 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. When Mark Deuschle was named vice president of business development and chief marketing officer of the Global Market Development Center

Give Alice Walton some credit

"We invite all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art and the beauty of landscape." — proposed mission statement for Crystal Bridges It isn’t easy being Walmart — or a Walmart heiress. "We invite all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of

Mass retailers look beyond bottom line

America’s mass market retailers deserve a lot of credit for their efforts to improve access to healthy food in parts of the country where it is lacking. America’s mass market retailers deserve a lot of credit for their efforts to improve access to healthy food in parts of the country where it is lacking. The