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• Supervalu said yesterday that it has hired two former Kroger executives - John Jefferson to be its new vice president of produce merchandising and Tom Sargent to be its new vice president of meat merchandising.

• The United Fresh Produce Association announced the hiring of Dr. Lisa Hightower as the organization's new communications manager. Hightower recently completed a PhD at Virginia Tech in agricultural education, and has collaborated on campaigns with national and regional organizations such as Virginia Cooperative Extension, Florida Cooperative Extension, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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