Store Brands

NOV 2016

Store Brands delivers unprecedented strategic and tactical information needed by retail executives to develop and support compelling, differentiated store brand programs to build customer loyalty.

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GROWING www.storebrands.info / November 2016 / Store Brands 5 1 revamped facility on Nov. 9. As Jim Seiple, Albertsons' group vice president, product development, own brands, explained then, the project brings together the company's product development and quality assurance teams under the same roof for the first time in approximately 15 years. December 2015 Last December brought with it significant personnel changes for a number of retailers. BJ's Wholesale Club Inc., Westborough, Mass., said it named Christopher Baldwin, BJ's president and chief operating officer, president and CEO. He succeeded Laura Sen, who assumed the role of non-executive chairman. The appointment was effective Feb. 1, 2016. Parsippany, N.J.-based Kings Food Markets also announced top management changes. Judy Spires, CEO of Kings, was named chairman. Rich Durante, COO at Kings, was promoted to the additional role of president. Spires was president at Kings prior to being named chairman. Supervalu, meanwhile, named Eric Claus CEO of St. Louis-based Save- A-Lot, the company's hard-discount grocery segment. Claus joined the company after spending two years as the chairman, president and CEO of Red Apple Stores Inc., a chain of value retail stores, in Canada, Supervalu noted. Whole Foods Market, meanwhile, named Tien Ho to the newly created role of global vice president of culinary and hospitality. In his new role, Ho leads Whole Foods Market's prepared foods and bakery team, ensuring it consistently delivers the highest quality and excellence through existing and new concepts that deliver great customer experiences, the Austin, Texas-based retailer noted. In retail format news, Kroger said it planned to open a new banner called Main & Vine in the Seattle-area town of Gig Harbor, Wash., according to a Dec. 22, 2015, article on bizjournals. com. The Main & Vine website indicated that the new banner would offer customers "fresh, affordable" local produce and meat and local craft beer and wine. Also in December, Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Health Corp. and Target Corp., Minneapolis, announced that CVS Health completed the acquisition of Target's pharmacy and clinic businesses for approximately $1.9 billion. CVS Health acquired Target's 1,672 pharmacies across 47 states and said it would operate them through a store-within-a-store format, branded as CVS/pharmacy. Seventy-nine Target clinic locations would be rebranded as MinuteClinic, CVS added, noting it would also open up to 20 new clinics in Target stores within three years of the close of the transaction. Within the private brand arena, Carlisle, Pa.-based Ahold USA launched a new baby care brand called Always My Baby, which covers diapers, training pants and wipes. Stop & Albertsons' Culinary Kitchens & Technical Center "The collaboration is seamless, the insights stand-out, the results set us apart" GROWING SALES SALES Tien Ho

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