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• John Hackett, a 50-year veteran of The Kroger Co., has announced his retirement. Hackett started as a clerk in an Ohio store in 1963, and retires as president of the company's mid-South division.

• Unified Grocers announced yesterday that Bob Garibaldi, general manager- sales for Northern California, has been promoted to the role of vice president- sales for Northern California and International.

• Balance Innovations has named Steve Rempel, the former group vice president of application development for Safeway, Inc., to be its new president/CEO.
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