News Archives

This archive contains all news stories posted to best-met.com. Complete print editions of Food World and Food Trade News are also available.


Schertle Given ‘Manos’ Award; Eight Enter MRA Hall Of Fame

Kurt Schertle, COO of Sunbury, PA based Weis Markets, has been named the “Pete Manos Retail Executive of the Year,” the publishers of Food World and Food Trade News announced.

Perkins Faces Big Challenges As He Assumes Safeway Helm

New Safeway Eastern division president Jim Perkins is stepping into a job that he has some familiarity with, having overseen parent company Albertsons’ eastern division (Safeway, Acme and Shaw’s) from 2015 to 2016.

Ahold USA Sets New Operations, Merchandising Teams By Banner

Ahold USA earlier this month completed the largest (in terms of personnel) segment of its decentralized integration plan when it announced its category management and operations teams at its three divisions (brands) – Giant Food, Giant/Martin’s and Stop & Shop. Those changes become effective January 1, 2018.

Acme Markets President Perkins To Expand Duties; Will Now Oversee Safeway Eastern Div.

Albertsons Cos. has named Jim Perkins to head the approximately 120-store decentralized division, replacing Dan Valenzuela who has left the company.

Aranda Replaces Marasch As Top European Exec Overseeing Lidl US

Lidl has named a new German-based executive to oversee its operations in the U.S. Michael Aranda, former CEO of Lidl Spain, has replaced Daniel Marasch as the new German head, according to a published report in German trade publication Lebensmittel Zeitung.

Ahold USA Competes Largest ‘Wave’ Of Integration Process

Ahold USA earlier this month completed the largest (in terms of personnel) segment of its decentralized integration plan when it announced its category management and operations teams at its three divisions (brands) – Giant Food, Giant/Martin’s and Stop & Shop.

Mark Batenic To Step Down As IGA’s Chief Executive Officer

Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) announced this month that John Ross, current president of Inmar Promotion Network, has been named president and CEO of IGA Inc., succeeding current IGA chairman, president and CEO Mark Batenic.

Walgreens Gains Approval To Acquire 1,932 Rite Aid Stores

The Walgreens Boots Alliance (Walgreens) acquisition of many of Rite Aid Corp’s stores finally gained regulatory approval on September 20.

Jennifer Carr-Smith Resigns Post As Head Of AUSA’s Peapod Unit

Walt Lentz will replace Jennifer Carr-Smith on an interim basis as head of Peapod.

With Whole Foods Deal Done, Amazon Begins Era Of Change

On August 28, Amazon completed its $13.7 billion acquisition of natural/organic retailer Whole Foods.