ARLINGTON, VA — October 19, 2009 — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announced today the election of Craig Herkert, president and chief executive officer of SUPERVALU INC. to the FMI Board of Directors.

     “Craig’s involvement with FMI will help all our businesses thrive thanks to his facility in leading change and his tremendous energy,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI president and chief executive officer. “He is a wonderful addition to the FMI Board of Directors and we look forward to working with him.”   

     Herkert joined SUPERVALU in 2009 from Wal-Mart, where he served as president and CEO of the Americas. Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Herkert spent 23 years with American Stores and Albertsons. He was executive vice president of marketing for Albertsons and previously served as president of Acme Markets. He began his career in food retail as a teenager employed at Jewel-Osco in Chicago.   
Herkert holds a master’s of business administration from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. Francis College in Joliet, IL.

SUPERVALU is one of the largest companies in the U.S. grocery channel with approximately 2,500 grocery locations, including 900 in-store pharmacies. Through the company’s nationwide supply chain network, SUPERVALU provides distribution and related logistics support services to more than 2,500 independent retailers across the country.
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