CINCINNATI, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced that Jeffrey D. Burt has been promoted to Group Vice President of Perishables Merchandising and Procurement.
Mr. Burt, 48, previously served as Vice President of Deli/Bakery Merchandising and Procurement for the Company, a position he has held since 2004. Prior to that, Mr. Burt held leadership roles at QFC, the Kroger division based in Seattle, WA. Mr. Burt began his career with Kroger in 1986 as a management trainee. He has held a variety of significant management positions with the Company in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Seattle, including store manager and produce merchandiser.
"Jeff is an excellent merchandiser with a deep understanding of our customers' preferences in the perishable departments," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger President and Chief Operating Officer. "His experience and leadership will help guide the growth of our important produce, meat, seafood, deli and bakery offerings."
Kroger, the nation's largest traditional grocery retailer, employs more than 334,000 associates who serve customers in 2,468 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The Company also operates 784 convenience stores, 372 fine jewelry stores, 932 supermarket fuel centers and 40 food processing plants in the U.S. Kroger, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, focuses its charitable efforts on supporting hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives, and local organizations in the communities it serves. For more information about Kroger, please visit www.kroger.com.
SOURCE The Kroger Co.