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H-E-B looks to keep customers healthy through new initiative

BY CSA STAFF

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — H-E-B is committed to improve the health of its customers by providing them with fresh, healthy and affordable food, and by supporting their healthy eating and weight-loss goals.

The retailer said its "Healthy at H-E-B" program will encompass several prongs, including an investment of about $20 million in lower prices on fresh produce, as well as a series of events that will encourage healthy eating and weight loss. For example, "Healthy at H-E-B" will include Healthy Savings Meal solutions, which are modeled after USDA My Plate guidelines and feature a bundle of at least four healthy ingredients that can be used to prepare a meal for a family of four for under $10 with a $4 dollar coupon. What’s more, H-E-B also will host free screenings on the second Saturday of each month at all stores with a pharmacy for customers to learn their "numbers," including cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and waist circumference.

“We are facing a health crisis in Texas,” H-E-B president and COO Craig Boyan said. “Last June, Texas was listed as the 13th most obese state in the nation. An estimated 64% of the total population and one in five Texas kids are now considered overweight or obese. Given our position as the leading food retailer in the state, we have a unique opportunity to help those who want to make a change for themselves and their families.”

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Long-time Safeway exec retires

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PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway announced Friday that Tom Keller, president of the company’s Vons Division, will retire after more than 40 years of distinguished service in the food industry. He will leave his post on Feb. 1. Gary Rocheleau, currently VP retail merchandising execution, will lead the Vons Division on an interim basis.

Keller has been president of Vons since 1999. He started his career at Safeway as a food clerk in the company’s Phoenix Division. He rose through the retail ranks taking on a range of progressively more senior assignments in a number of geographies including Seattle, Portland and Northern California. Keller left Safeway in 1991 to join Purity Supermarkets in Massachusetts, as president and COO prior to the merger with Stop and Shop. He rejoined Safeway in 1998 as VP retail operations manager in Safeway’s Northern California division.

"Tom leaves an important imprint on the organization as an energetic and innovative leader," said Steve Burd, Safeway chairman, president and CEO. "We gratefully acknowledge his considerable and varied contributions to the success of our company and wish him the best in the years ahead."

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Old Navy president resigns

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SAN FRANCISCO — Gap Inc. has announced that Tom Wyatt, president of its Old Navy brand, has resigned in order to take a position at another company outside of the apparel retail business, effective Feb. 3. The company has named two senior executives at Old Navy to lead the division, reporting to Gap Inc. chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy, while a formal search for a new brand president is under way.

“Tom Wyatt has been a passionate advocate for Old Navy over the past four years, and strengthened the brand by focusing on its core customers and unique value proposition,” said Glenn Murphy, chairman and CEO of Gap Inc. “We wish him the very best as he embarks upon this new phase of his career.”

Wyatt joined Gap Inc. in 2006, and served in roles leading the Gap Body and Outlet businesses. He was appointed president of the Old Navy brand in August 2008. During his tenure, Wyatt evolved the brand’s family-friendly shopping environment in remodeled Old Navy stores, oversaw the creation of the successful Supermodelquins marketing campaign, and laid the groundwork for the brand’s upcoming global expansion, the company said. He also served on the board of trustees of Gap Foundation, and was a staunch advocate for the company’s long-standing commitment to community involvement.

Nancy Green, EVP and chief creative officer for Old Navy, will continue to guide product development for the brand. Green has more than 19 years of experience within Gap Inc., having started as a merchandise trainee in 1986 and rising to senior merchandising roles for Old Navy and Gap. Tom Sands, EVP stores and operations for Old Navy, will take on additional operational functions within the brand. Sands previously held senior operations roles within Gap Inc., after having established his retail career over 19 years with Target.

“Nancy and Tom have complementary skills, and each has been heavily involved in developing the plans to get Old Navy back on track,” Murphy added. “Working together, we’re committed to the short-term and long-term success and growth of our brand that’s synonymous with family, fashion, value and fun.”

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