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Wholesalers & Distributors

Obituary: Michael Wright, Former Supervalu CEO

After careers in football and law, Wright was CEO for Supervalu from 1981-2000, overseeing a period of expansive growth for the wholesaler.

Retailers

Jimmie Gipson to Retire From Houchens

The longtime CEO and chairman of the board for the Kentucky operator will step down after 55 years with the company.

He replaces Kathleen Mahoney, who will continue in her roles as EVP and chief legal officer.

The Midwestern chain, which debuted its Dollar Fresh format in 2018, purchased six former Shopko locations for the new stores.

Six product suppliers were named to the board, along with a new chairman, Randy Edeker of Hy-Vee.

Charles "Chuck" Fry, co-founder of the Phoenix-based chain, was a "visionary" retailer, officials said.

What's On Tap: A roundup of news from the beer aisle, including Bud Light Seltzer's debut and a 3-on-3 college basketball event with Dos Equis.

The retailer said the 38-year company veteran will assist CEO Randy Edeker in negotiating industry challenges. Darren Baty will succeed Brett Bremser as chief merchant.

One of the five retailers selected will be named USA International Retailer of the Year in March.

Industry veterans joining the sales and marketing agency as new directors include Grant LaMontagne, Mark Gross, Darian Pickett, Joe Hartsig and Joe Crafton.

The initiative combines the food and agriculture sectors to address how to feed people in the future that is beneficial to people, animals and the planet.

A unique twist on the campaign includes #RanchtotheRescue delivery and free Instacart order delivery through Feb. 8 with $15 product purchase.

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