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Supervalu announced yesterday that Leon Bergmann, the company’s group vice president of Independent Sales and a former senior vice president at C&S Wholesale Grocers, has been promoted to be the new president of Supervalu’s Independent Business organization.

Bergmann, who is succeeding the retiring Mark Anderson, will report directly to Supervalu CEO Craig Herkert.

“We believe Leon’s strength and innovation in sales, his understanding of and passion for the independent retail business and Supervalu’s wholesale model, as well as his breadth of experience within the very competitive wholesale landscape nationwide make him ideally suited for this position,” Herkert said.
KC's View:
Smart move by Supervalu. One of the things I hear from time to time is that there has been some discontent within the ranks of the company’s retail customer ranks, at least in part because of how much attention the company has been paying to its retail business. Perhaps this move will have both symbolic and tangible benefits.