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Mondelez Foundation unveils new, expanded wellness initiatives

BY David Salazar

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The Mondelēz International Foundation announced Thursday a new push for wellness in three countries as part of its $50 million commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles.

The foundation has launched or expanded nutrition education, active play and fresh food programs in the U.S., South Africa and Mexico — three countries with high rates of obesity. The expansions increase the reach of the foundation’s efforts to 14 countries and more than 1 million people as part of Mondelēz International’s Call For Well-being.

“The three new well-being programs build on our ongoing commitment to community well-being and the fight against obesity, particularly among children. They are perfectly aligned with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in the areas of addressing malnutrition and promoting good health and well-being,” Mondelēz International Foundation president Nicole Robinson said. “As many schools begin a new term, we’ll be working alongside our community partners, teachers and parents to establish the foundation for a healthy school year by promoting nutrition basics, encouraging active lifestyles and expanding access to nutritious foods.”

In the U.S. the foundation has expanded its After-School All Stars middle school program to include cooking classes and nutrition education, as well as urban gardening and BMI tracking as part of its program evaluation. The U.S. program will reach 150 schools in 12 locations. Mexico’s Save the Children effort promotes nutrition education and physical activity among children ages 2-13. In South Africa, the foundation is looking to reach up to 75,000 people in 100 schools with its INMED Partnerships for Children program, which saw success in Brazil with school-based gardens.

“We’re proud to partner with the Mondelēz International Foundation to prioritize well-being in South African communities and schools,” INMED Partnerships for Children president and CEO Linda Pfeiffer said. “Through our work with the Foundation in Brazil, we’ve seen 65 percent of the children improve their BMI and approximately one-third of these children achieve a normal BMI. In South Africa, we’re hoping to achieve similar results through collaborative partnerships among school administrators, local governments, non-governmental organizations and communities.”

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Kroger names president of its Delta division

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI – Kroger on Thursday promoted Scot Hendricks to president of Kroger's Delta division, effective Oct. 1. Kroger's Delta division is based in Memphis and operates stores in Western Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri.
 
Hendricks, 57, replaces Tim Brown, who was recently named president of Kroger's Cincinnati/Dayton division. 
 
"Scot is a strong leader with extensive experience in both merchandising and operations," said Fred Morganthall, Kroger's EVP retail operations. "Scot lives our values and brings out the best in our associates. We look forward to his leadership of our Delta division."
 
Hendricks began his career with Kroger in 1981, in the Nashville division management training program. He was named grocery buyer in 1983, and served in several leadership roles in the Atlanta division from 1986 – 2000. In 2000, Hendricks was promoted to Kroger's general office, where he served in several roles of increasing responsibility, including VP grocery merchandising and procurement. In 2011, he was promoted to VP merchandising in the company's Cincinnati/Dayton division, where he served until he was appointed to his current role as VP operations in 2014. 
 
Hendricks and his wife, Jill, will relocate to the Memphis area. 
 
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Target doubles down on improving customer experience with latest hire

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS – Target made a significant investment in improving its customer experience Thursday with the appointment of Anu Gupta to the role of SVP operational excellence. In this role, which is new to Target, Gupta will lead a dedicated team in simplifying and optimizing processes across the business to help the retailer become more agile in anticipating and meeting guests’ needs. 
 
“Anu has a proven track record of increasing effectiveness across every aspect of organizations in a variety of complex businesses, including retail," stated John Mulligan, Target COO. "She brings the right expertise to help simplify our operating processes to be more nimble and sustainable, an important early step as we focus on shoring up our core operations and giving guests an on-demand experience.” 
 
“My focus upon arriving at Target will be working closely with leaders to help make strides in the efforts to strengthen the fundamentals," Gupta said. "I have long admired Target and am looking forward to joining such a talented team and dynamic brand.” 
 
Gupta’s appointment comes as Target’s leadership renews its focus on improving operational fundamentals, particularly technology systems and platforms, supply chain and out-of-stocks and the guest experience. The retailer is investing a previously announced $1 billion in supply chain and technology infrastructure this year, and is putting the right teams and leaders in place to spearhead the effort.
 
Gupta will report to Mulligan beginning Oct. 12. Mulligan was recently elevated to the position of Target’s first COO.
 
Gupta previously served as VP process and profit improvement at Michaels Stores, where she led the improvement of a variety of core business processes including inventory productivity, product delivery lead times and store operations. Prior to Michaels, Gupta held an operational leadership role at Safeway and was responsible for creating strategic retail services initiatives. 
 
She joins Target from private equity investment firm Hellman & Friedman, where she was senior operating executive with oversight for improving business processes and productivity across its portfolio companies.
 
 
 
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