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Supervalu reorganizes independent business unit

BY Michael Johnsen

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu on Thursday reorganized its operations in an effort to streamline the independent business organization. As part of the new structure, Supervalu’s independent business will consolidate from three regions to two regions, forming new East and West teams. The new East and West independent business regions will be located in Mechanicsville, Va., and Hopkins, Minn., respectively. 

To lead the new organizations, Supervalu has named Kevin Kemp president of the East region and Bill Chew president of the West region. 

With this new independent business organization, Supervalu will reduce operating costs while continuing to drive sales growth with its current and prospective customers. The changes also take into consideration the company’s ongoing commitment to delivering value, service and customer programs and offerings that meet the rapidly changing needs of its independent grocery store customers nationwide.

The reorganization will result in a net workforce reduction of approximately 80 positions.

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Johnny Appleseed brand announces new hard cider

BY Ryan Chavis

ST. LOUIS — Johnny Appleseed, a new brand from Anheuser-Busch, announced that its Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider will debut on store shelves beginning April 7. More than 750 consumers from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom help to co-design the brand — from taste profile to packaging, the company said.

“Cider is hotter than ever right now, and Johnny Appleseed is an exciting new entry to the category” said Adam Oakley, VP high-end at Anheuser-Busch. “We have something very special here — the perfect balance of sweetness and intensity with a refreshing crisp apple bite. It’s unlike any other hard cider on the market today.”

Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider will be available in 12-oz. glass bottles with a twist-off cap in six-packs and 12-packs. It will also be sold individually in 16-oz. and 25-oz. cans.

 

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Remodeled Hy-Vee store to feature drive-through pharmacy

BY Antoinette Alexander

OMAHA, Neb. — Westwood Financial, a national owner-operator of shopping centers, has announced the expansion and remodel of a Hy-Vee supermarket at its Applewood Centre here.

The current 60,000-sq.-ft. store will be expanded by 10,500 sq. ft. to accommodate a pharmacy drive-thru, in-store restaurant and wine & spirits store.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Hy-Vee to accommodate this expansion,” stated Kenneth Loughran, SVP Westwood Financial. “The upgraded and remodeled store will not only give Hy-Vee a more contemporary look inside and out, but it also will drive additional traffic to the center, which is a benefit for existing tenants and an incentive to business owners interested in starting or expanding businesses at Applewood.”

Hy-Vee operates 236 stores throughout the Midwest.
 

 

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