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The Ledger: Publix not interested in Harris Teeter acquisition

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — While Publix has been tied to rumors it may put in a bid for Harris Teeter, local daily The Ledger on Monday reported that Publix isn’t at all interested

Publix is in the midst of its first expansion into North Carolina, with plans to open two stores in the Charlotte area in 2014.

Officials with Harris Teeter recently confirmed that the 208-store chain will consider offers from potential buyers.

A February report from Reuters said large grocery chains, such as Publix and Kroger, would likely consider purchasing Harris Teeter, but Publix spokesman Maria Brous brushed off that idea, the Ledger reported.

"We are not in negotiation or conversations with Harris Teeter," Publix spokeswoman Maria Brous told the Ledger on Feb. 14, when rumors first circulated. "Most of our growth happens organically," she said, and not through store acquisitions.

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McCormick announces leadership changes

BY Jason Owen

SPARKS, Md. — McCormick today announced Chuck Langmead has been promoted to president of global industrial. In his new role, Langmead will help McCormick drive sales growth by aligning its customer intimacy efforts and driving its strategy consistently across McCormick’s industrial businesses worldwide.

Langmead has been with McCormick for more than 37 years and has held numerous leadership positions, including president of the U.S. industrial group and VP and general manager of food service and restaurant divisions. Chuck Langmead, most recently president of industrial foods Americas, will have responsibility for McCormick’s industrial businesses globally and will chair the company’s Global Industrial Strategy Council. He is an Emeritus member of McCormick’s Multiple Management Board.

Randy Carper has been promoted into the role of president of the U.S. Industrial Group reporting to Chuck Langmead. Carper joined McCormick in 1983 as account manager for McCormick’s U.S. industrial business. He has held leadership positions with increasing responsibility in the global industrial businesses over the last 29 years. He was VP of industrial for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to this position, Carper led the U.S. Consumer Food Manufacturers segment of the industrial business. His most recent role was VP global industrial customers, where he worked closely with our strategic global industrial customers. Carper also is an Emeritus member of the Multiple Management Board.

"These new assignments will help align McCormick to strengthen global customer intimacy," said Alan Wilson, McCormick chairman, president and CEO. "Chuck and Randy’s efforts will help drive our long-term objectives to grow our business globally and continue our success in developing great flavors with our global strategic customers."

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L&R Distributors closes deal on Select Brand from Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — L&R Distributors on Tuesday closed on the deal to acquire the assets of SAJ Distributors, along with the private-label line Select Brand from Walgreens. 

This transaction was announced originally in November 2012. 

L&R will operate the existing SAJ Distribution Center and offices located in Pine Bluff, Ark., under the SAJ name and retaining the necessary SAJ staff members in customer service, accounting, purchasing and operations, the company announced. L&R will maintain the existing SAJ sales staff, delivery methods and inventory mix. 

The L&R acquisition of SAJ will provide an additional 1,000 points of independent grocery distribution into L&R’s existing client base, the wholesaler reported.

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