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• Kroger has announced the retirement of Ralphs division President Donna Giordano after 44 years with the company, and the promotion of Valerie Jabbar, currently vice president of merchandising for Ralphs, to succeed her.

Giordano joined the company's King Soopers banner as a courtesy clerk in 1972, while still in college. And Jabbar began her career with the company in 1987 as a clerk in the Fry's division.

• United Fresh Produce Association named Jennifer McEntire, Ph.D., as its new Vice President, Food Safety & Technology. McEntire, most recently Vice President for Science Operations at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, succeeds Dr. David Gombas, who retired from the association June 1 after 11 years leading its food safety program.
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