Wholesalers & Distributors

SpartanNash taps Giant Eagle’s Brandon Pasch to oversee center store merchandising

Retail veteran brings key leadership to merchandising transformation under company’s strategic growth plan.


Former Food Lion CEO Tom Smith dies

"During his 29 years of service, he made significant contributions to the company," Food Lion said.

The CPG veteran will oversee accounting operations for Wakefern Financial Services and report to CFO Neil Falcone.

Kessler, who joined the wholesale club in 2017, will leave his post on Friday.

Tom Lofland promoted to take over from Perkins as Mid-Atlantic division president.

Also, the supermarket giant’s COO Susan Morris was tapped to serve on an Idaho public utility’s board.

Former Walmart and supermarket executive Shelley Broader also elected as a director at Canadian retailer.

COO Bryan Palbaum, who has been with the specialty grocer for more than 20 years, will take over as CEO starting July 2.

The natural food industry veteran will oversee that Earth Fare products adhere to the grocer’s rigorous food philosophy that bans the use of harmful additives and artificial ingredients.

Watkins replaces Charles Redfield, who stepped down after 32 years at the retail giant earlier this month.

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