SUPERVALU announces plans for its fourth annual National Expo

Fourth annual event for independent grocery retailers builds on last year’s success

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., 2017-Apr-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) today (Apr. 6, 2017) announced plans for its fourth annual National Expo, which will be held July 25-27 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn. The event will feature a full day of educational seminars and workshops tailored to help independent grocery retailers serve their customers better, as well as access to more than 300 vendors across nearly 130,000 square feet of exhibit space.

“In a short period of time, the National Expo has become one of the must-attend events in the grocery industry,” said Mike Stigers, Executive Vice President, Wholesale at SUPERVALU. “The Expo gives independent retailers the opportunity to learn from experts through thought leadership content, industry trend discussions, and networking opportunities all geared toward strengthening relationships and further enhancing their businesses. It also offers retailers the chance to meet personally with hundreds of vendors to hear more about new products and solutions that can help them drive additional sales in their stores.”

Retailers attending the 2017 Expo can expect to find a showcase of innovation, featuring new items, new merchandising solutions and new in-store concepts spanning all aspects of grocery retailing. Retailers also will have access to special products and promotions. One of the Expo’s favorite features is the Monster Buys and Auction items event, where prices on merchandise continue to drop as more quantities are purchased. Last year, more than 200 separate items were featured as part of the Monster Buys and Auction.

Another highlight of the Expo is the Master Marketer Awards ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, July 27. The awards recognize the best merchandising, marketing and community relations initiatives from SUPERVALU’s independent retailers over the past year. Last year, Karns Foods, with eight locations in central Pennsylvania, was named the Grand Master Marketer, the top award presented.

Attendance at the National Expo is by invitation only. SUPERVALU customers will receive information about event registration, travel and hotel directly through their account managers. Vendors should contact their region merchandising team for information on applying for a booth. Other interested industry personnel should email the National Expo event coordinators directly at

SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $13 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 2,067 stores, composed of 1,850 stores operated by wholesale customers serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business, 195 traditional retail grocery stores operated under five retail banners, and 22 stores operated under the Shop ‘N Save name in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia (store counts as of December 3, 2016). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 30,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU, visit

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SUPERVALU selected by America’s Food Basket (AFB) as grocery wholesaler and supplier

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. & LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., 2016-Nov-10 — /EPR Retail News/ —SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU) and America’s Food Basket (AFB) today (Nov. 9, 2016) announced that SUPERVALU has been selected by AFB as a grocery wholesaler and supplier. The parties have entered into a long-term agreement for SUPERVALU to supply the AFB member stores with traditional grocery products across a range of categories including meat, deli, bakery, grocery, fresh produce, frozen foods and dairy. SUPERVALU will distribute AFB’s “Ideal Brands” as well as provide AFB stores with the ability to offer SUPERVALU’s private brand products including Essential Everyday®, Wild Harvest®, and Culinary Circle®.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Lake Success, New York, AFB is a regional cooperative serving 47 neighborhood stores located primarily in New York and parts of New England. AFB stores range in size from 5,000 to almost 20,000 square feet and deliver a diverse set of products to meet the needs of their local communities and customers. AFB stores operate under three primary banners: America’s Food Basket, Ideal Food Basket and Superfi Emporium.

“America’s Food Basket is a terrific regional co-op that delivers a great neighborhood grocery experience for its customers,” said Mike Stigers, Executive Vice President of SUPERVALU’s Wholesale business. “Our plans to continue to grow SUPERVALU’s wholesale business took another step forward today with the addition of America’s Food Basket.”

SUPERVALU and AFB expect that a few of the 47 AFB member stores will have transitioned to SUPERVALU supply before the end of December 2016 with the balance of the remaining stores likely to transition to SUPERVALU supply during the first quarter of calendar 2017.

“America’s Food Basket is moving into our fourth year of growth while at the same time seeking opportunities to build our business by exploring new avenues for operational excellence,” said Dan Cabassa, CEO, America’s Food Basket. “We’re pleased to announce this relationship with SUPERVALU as we believe it will help us deliver a great offering for our shoppers.”

About America’s Food Basket

America’s Food Basket, LLC. is a cooperative which supports and unifies independent retail stores across the Northeast United States operating in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. The Company leverages the size of its purchases and merchandising operations to deliver the best cost and efficiencies for its member stores. The stores operating under three principle banners, America’s Food Basket, Ideal Food Basket, and Superfi Emporium sell groceries and provide payment services at its independent member retail locations. The company also provides a line of grocery, dairy, and fresh products under its private label brand, Ideal Brands, which can be viewed on its webpage


SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,382 stores composed of 1,815 stores operated by wholesale customers serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,370 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 888 are operated by licensee owners; and 197 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of September 10, 2016). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit


Except for the historical and factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, particularly those pertaining to SUPERVALU’s expectations, guidance, or future operating results, and other statements identified by words such as “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” “intends” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including uncertainties as to the timing of the transition of the America’s Food Basket stores and the resulting business impacts of this new supply agreement. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Unless legally required, SUPERVALU undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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David Ochs and Jeff Strack appointed to National Grocers Association (NGA) Board of Directors

Arlington, VA, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) today announced the appointment of David Ochs, Senior Vice President Sales, East of KeHE Distributors, LLC and Jeff Strack, President and CEO of Strack & Van Til, LLC, to fill recent vacancies on its Board of Directors. Additionally, the organization named Mike Stigers, Executive Vice President and President, Wholesale and Supply Chain Services, SUPERVALU to serve on the Board of Directors Executive Committee.

David Ochs is the Senior Vice President Sales, East at KeHE Distributors, one of the oldest and most respected natural, specialty and organic food distributors in North America. He serves as a key member of KeHE’s East leadership team and is responsible for developing and implementing the sales strategy in this region. With a background in both operations and sales, David has more than twenty years’ experience in the food industry in roles with leadership responsibility in operations, finance, human resources, growth and customer service.  Before joining KeHE in his current role, David was the Vice President Sales, Higher Education at Aramark Corporation. He was the senior sales leader responsible for this $3 billion USD division and led the entire sales team in the United States and Canada.

Jeff Strack is the President and CEO of Strack & Van Til, LLC, which operates 37 supermarkets in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland Area. With over 25 years of experience rooted in Strack & Van Til’s history, Jeff started his career part-time during grade school as a bagger and worked in almost every department in the stores.  He has held several key leadership roles including Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Strategy Officer and contributed to the success and growth of the brands from 10 to 37 stores with almost 5,000 Associates.

Mike Stigers serves as president of wholesale and supply chain services for SUPERVALU.  In this role, he oversees the company’s relationship with approximately 1,900 independent retail grocery stores across the United States.  He is also responsible for SUPERVALU’s logistics, procurement, and transportation operations as well as third-party logistics.

Stigers began his grocery career in 1974 as a part-time courtesy clerk at Safeway. During the next 14 years, he took on managerial positions of increasing responsibility before joining Jons Markets, an independent retailer based in Los Angeles.  During the 1990s, he expanded his scope of experience by working for retail technology companies. He joined PW Supermarkets of San Jose, Calif., in 1999 as director of Operations. Stigers served in executive roles in operations and merchandising and was promoted to senior vice president and chief operating officer in 2003. He subsequently became chief executive officer of the independent retailer. He has also worked on the vendor side of the grocery industry for BASS, Inc., a retail automation software company, and for Sterilox Fresh, a food safety company, as regional vice president.

Stigers joined SUPERVALU in 2011, as president of Shaw’s/Star Market grocery stores in New England prior to the company’s sale of those stores in 2013. He then went on to lead SUPERVALU’s Northern region in Hopkins, Minn., before being named president of CUB Foods in March 2014.

“Each these individuals have a great deal of expertise and are recognized as leaders in the food retailing industry,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “We are pleased to welcome them to the Board and I look forward to working with them as we develop future strategies to advance NGA and the independent supermarket industry.”

The Board of Directors assists the organization through developing, governing and supporting the mission, vision, and agenda of NGA.  The new appointments were made during NGA’s Fall Leadership Meetings, held in Chicago from October 4-7, 2016.

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SUPERVALU’s EVP Janel Haugarth to retire on December 26, 2015

SUPERVALU’s Cub Foods President Mike Stigers named new Executive Vice President, Independent Business and Supply Chain to succeed Haugarth

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-11-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) today announced that Janel Haugarth, Executive Vice President and President, Independent Business and Supply Chain Services, has informed the Company of her plans to retire on December 26, 2015. Haugarth has spent nearly 40 years with the Company and served in a variety of leadership positions and roles of increasing responsibility, including having been an executive vice president with the Company since 2006.

Under Haugarth’s leadership and direction, SUPERVALU consolidated and realigned its wholesale operations, introduced a National Sales Expo attracting more than 4,000 attendees the past two years, launched new professional services programs to support the expanding needs of independent retailers, and led the procurement and growth of new business for the Company’s Independent Business segment.

“Janel has been a tremendous advocate for this Company throughout her SUPERVALU career,” said SUPERVALU CEO and President Sam Duncan. “It has been an absolute pleasure to have worked with Janel for the past two and one-half years. Her knowledge of the industry and her passion for helping our independent retailers succeed is second to none. I’m grateful for her many years of leadership to this Company and wish her all the best in her retirement.”

“I feel very fortunate to have spent my career working for SUPERVALU and so grateful to have worked with such amazing employees, suppliers and customers for nearly 40 years,” said Haugarth. “It will be hard to leave this great company and all these great people, but I’m looking forward to the next phase of my life and am confident that SUPERVALU is well-positioned going forward.”

Mike Stigers, current President of Cub Foods, has been appointed Executive Vice President, Independent Business and Supply Chain to succeed Haugarth. Stigers, who started his grocery career in 1974, has more than 40 years of experience in the grocery industry. Stigers joined SUPERVALU in 2011, and has served in roles as President of Shaw’s, one of SUPERVALU’s formerly-owned retail banners, and as President of Northern Region, formerly one of the three sales regions within SUPERVALU’s Independent Business segment. Stigers will assume his new responsibilities on December 27, and will report to Bruce Besanko, SUPERVALU’s Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer.

“Mike is a terrific and well respected leader with deep knowledge of the grocery industry and strong relationships across our entire retail and wholesale business,” said Duncan. “Under Mike’s direction, I am confident our wholesale operations and our Independent Business customers will be in great hands.”

SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion.SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,395 stores composed of 1,854 independent stores serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business; 1,342 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 901 are operated by licensee owners; and 199 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of September 12, 2015). Headquartered in Minnesota,SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit


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Cub Foods brings customized carts for families of children and adults with special needs to all 76 Cub stores in Minnesota

The customized carts make the shopping experience easier for families of children and adults with special needs

STILLWATER, MINN., 2015-4-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cub Foods, the first grocer in the Twin Cities to offer Caroline’s Cart to customers with special needs children, today announced it is bringing the one-of-a-kind customized shopping carts to all 76 Cub stores in Minnesota, as well as one store in Freeport, Ill. The new carts began arriving at stores in late March and are expected to be available at all Cub Foods locations by the end of April.

Designed specifically for older children and adults with disabilities, Caroline’s Cart combines the functionality of a wheelchair with a traditional shopping cart to make the in-store experience simpler, safer and more inclusive by eliminating the difficult task of maneuvering a wheelchair and grocery cart at the same time.

“Since our founding, it has been our goal to provide the best possible shopping experience to all of our customers,” says Mike Stigers, president at Cub Foods. “The positive response of shoppers who use Caroline’s Cart led directly to our decision to expand to all Cub stores. We’re proud to have the opportunity to make it easier for customers to include family members with special needs in their regular shopping trips.”

Developed by Drew Ann Long and named after her daughter, Caroline, who was born with Rett Syndrome, a nervous system disorder, Caroline’s Cart is the first custom shopping cart on the market to make the day-to-day task of grocery shopping — an errand that can often be difficult and time-consuming for caregivers — easier and less stressful.

“When I first designed Caroline’s Cart, we set out on a mission to make it available to the families of millions of children with special needs throughout the United States — families just like ours,” says Long. “It warms my heart to know that by offering Caroline’s Cart at all locations, Cub Foods is providing families of those with special needs a convenient opportunity to enjoy the freedom of shopping together.”

Cub Foods first introduced Caroline’s Cart to the Twin Cities metro area at its Maple Grove store, located at 8150 Wedgewood Lane, as part of a pilot program in 2014. A number of shoppers at the Maple Grove location, such as Lisa Jamieson and her 16-year-old daughter, Carly, who has a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome, say Caroline’s Cart makes a huge difference in their lives.

“The flexibility that this cart gives me to be able to get into the store with her [Carly] is huge. It’s a little thing, but it changes my life,” says Jamieson. “When you walk in the store and see the cart waiting for you, it’s like a little hug. It feels like the store really cares. They understand and they’re making it a lot easier for us.”

As part of Cub’s introduction of the carts to all stores, the grocer will be actively gathering feedback from customers like Jamieson in order to monitor usage patterns, establish best practices in-store, and make the process as convenient as possible for customers.

“We’ve had extremely valuable input from customers during our test of Caroline’s Cart at the Maple Grove Cub. We’re fully committed to continuing that dialogue in order to create a great shopping experience as we bring these carts to all stores,” Stigers added.

Cub customers who want to check the delivery status of Caroline’s Cart to a specific store can find contact information online at They can also contact Luke Friedrich at luke.friedrich@supervalu.comwith questions or for additional details.

For more information on Caroline’s Cart, please visit

About Cub Foods
Cub Foods offers customers the freshest produce, widest selection and food expertise throughout the store to meet their everyday grocery needs. In addition to innovative local, ethnic and organic food sections, Cub stores offer shoppers multiple in-store services, including fresh bakery, full-service deli and meat departments, pharmacy and banking. Cub Foods, based in Stillwater, Minn., was established in 1968 as one of the nation’s first discount grocery stores. Cub was purchased in 1980 by SUPERVALU and currently operates 77 stores in Minnesota and Illinois. For company news and information, follow us on Twitter at @CubFoodsand Facebook at, or visit our website at

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