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J.M. Smucker announces new corporate officers and promotions

BY Allison Cerra

ORRVILLE, Ohio J.M. Smucker Co. announced the promotion of corporate officer John Mayer and the election of Jim Brown and Jeannette L. Knudsen as corporate officers of the company.

Mayer, currently a corporate officer and VP customer development, was promoted to the position of VP sales, grocery market, effective June 1. Mayer has been with the company for 29 years and has held a number of roles within the company, including district sales manager, Florida; regional sales manager, Southern region; and director customer development. Mayer succeeds Don Hurrle who is retiring June 30, 2009, after more than 33 years with the company.

Brown, currently VP U.S. grocery sales, was promoted to a corporate officer and will report to Mayer. Brown has been a Smucker employee for more than 20 years, serving in a number of roles including Ohio Direct Sales Force; district sales manager positions in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Ohio Direct; regional sales manager, Central; national sales manager; and VP national sales, grocery with direct responsibility for managing our relationship with J.M. Smucker’s national sales agent, Advantage Sales & Marketing, Inc.

Knudsen joined the company in 2002 and has been the company’s acquisition and securities counsel and assistant secretary since 2007. Knudsen succeeds M. Ann Harlan as corporate secretary, a position Harlan has held since 2003. Harlan will continue to serve as VP and general counsel.

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FMI elects four new members to board of directors

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. The Food Marketing Institute on Tuesday announced the election of four new members to FMI’s board as well as the election of the board chairman and four board vice chairmen.

Elected to the FMI board of directors are Mark Batenic, chairman, president and CEO, IGA;  Rudy Dory, owner, Rudy’s Markets; Jerry Garland, president and CEO, Associated Wholesale Grocers; and Dean Peterson, president and CEO, Harmon City.

Richard “Jurgens, chairman, CEO and president of Hy-Vee, was elected chairman of the FMI Board; and Steven Smith, president and CEO of K-VA-T Food Stores, is the immediate past chairman of the FMI board.

Elected as FMI vice chairmen to the board are Gregory Calhoun, presiden and CEO of Calhoun Food Markets, who will serve as chairman of the public affairs committee; William Coyne, president and CEO of Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, who will serve as chairman of the finance committee; Ed Crenshaw, chief executive officer of Publix Super Markets, who will serve as chairman of industry relations committee; and Dave Skogen, owner and chairman of the board of Festival Foods, who will serve as chairman of the member services committee.

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Schnucks to receive award for food safety, quality

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS An international food-safety organization will award a Midwestern supermarket chain to recognize its focus on food safety and quality.

The International Association for Food Protection, which comprises more than 3,400 food safety officials from 50 countries, will give St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets its 2009 Black Pearl award for “corporate excellence” in food safety and quality at its annual conference in Dallas in July.

“The Black Pearl is a tremendous for our company and for our food safety team and one we are pleased to share with associates, suppliers, vendors and health department partners across seven states,” Schnucks chairmand and CEO Scott Schnuck stated. “Their combined talents and willingness to acquire and share knowledge has helped us grow tremendously in efforts to protect the health and welfare of our customers.”

In other news, Schnucks announced that director of food safety Dianna Pasley would serve as chairwoman for the Food Marketing Institute’s Food Protection Committee, which addresses food-safety issues and legislation at the national level. The company did not mention how long Pasley’s term would last.

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