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Kroger to serve as exclusive supermarket sponsor of Fiesta Atlanta ’09

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA Kroger will serve as the exclusive supermarket sponsor of Fiesta Atlanta ’09, an outdoor Cinco de Mayo festival celebrating Latino culture, music and food.

Fiesta Atlanta ’09 takes place on Sunday, May 3 at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. For Kroger, the partnership represents the company’s commitment to the Hispanic community.

“We are very excited and looking forward to Fiesta Atlanta,” said Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and public relations for Kroger’s Atlanta Division. “Kroger has always made exceptional efforts to serve the Hispanic community and joining this celebration is another commitment to our Hispanic customers.”

Atlanta’s largest Hispanic outdoor family festival, Fiesta Atlanta attracted over 40,000 attendees last year. This year’s event will once again feature authentic food from many Latin-American countries, arts and crafts, sponsor displays with many free product samples and continuous live musical performances by national and local recording artists.

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D’Agostino Supermarkets Inc. mourns the death of Neil Buckley

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK D’Agostino Supermarkets announced the passing of its director of grocery.

Cornelius (Neil) Buckley, the company’s director of grocery, health and beauty aids, and general manager died Tuesday morning. Buckley joined the ranks of D’Agostino management five years years ago.

“Neil was passionate about his work, a key contributor to D’Agostino and an extraordinary team player, beloved by D’Agostino associates at every level; he will be missed professionally and personally,” said Nicholas D’Agostino III, president and COO of D’Agostino Supermarkets.

Prior to D’Agostino Supermarkets, Buckley worked at US Merchandise for 10 years. A New York native, Buckley graduated from St. John’s University.

Buckley is survived by his wife, Kathryn and five children.  A private funeral will be held in Long Island, where he resided.

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Tigris names new chairman of the board

BY Alaric DeArment

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. A privately held drug maker that develops cancer treatments has appointed a new chairman of its board of directors.

Tigris Pharmaceuticals announced Thursday that it appointed Pedro Granadillo to the position. Granadillo has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 30 years, including a term as SVP of Eli Lilly & Co., serving as on the Indianapolis-based drug maker’s executive committee and as head of human resources, manufacturing and quality.

“Pedro’s appointment as chairman of the board of directors will further expand his leadership role within our company and will play a key role in our partnering efforts and corporate strategy,” Tigris CEO Edmundo Muniz said in a statement. “We are pleased to have such a widely respected and experienced senior pharmaceutical executive chair our board of directors.”

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