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Jones to helm Publix starting 2008

BY Drew Buono

DELAND, Fla. Todd Jones will become president of Publix Super Markets beginning next March, according to news-journalonline.com

Jones has been with the company in a variety of positions since 1980. He has gone from front-service clerk to vice president of the Jacksonville district in 2003, to his current position of senior vice president-product business development, which he got two years ago.

Jones credited his rise to the top to the company and his coworkers through the years. “My successes are certainly based on the opportunities my company has provided for me and the great team of friends and colleagues I’ve worked with along the way,” he wrote. “All associates willing to remain focused and reach for their full potential will obtain a rich and fulfilling career… . Our company’s successes are built on our most precious asset, our associates.”

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Kroger’s California chains donate $350,000 to wildfire efforts

BY Adam Kraemer

CINCINNATI Kroger chains Ralphs and Food 4 Less have donated $350,000 in products and donations to help victims of the California wildfires.

Among the deliveries include truckloads of food, infant formula, milk, fruit, diapers, and toothbrushes and toothpaste to Qualcomm Stadium evacuation center in San Diego, as well as water, cereal, health care products and paper goods for evacuees at Del Mar Fairgrounds. Water and paper goods were also delivered to to fire victims at Orange Show Fairgrounds, in San Bernardino, and produce, milk, water and sandwiches to other evacuation centers.

“Thousands of our customers, associates and their families have been affected by the wildfires,” said Mike Donnelly, president of Ralphs Supermarkets, in a press release. “Ralphs and Food 4 Less are committed to supporting the communities we serve and we are proud to be able to assist in the wildfire relief efforts.”

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Safeway’s Vons to donate $750,000 for wildfire relief

BY Allison Cerra

PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway and its Southern California-based Vons division announced it will donate $750,000 in support of relief efforts for communities struck by the California fires.

The Safeway Foundation announced a $500,000 cash donation to support local emergency organizations and a sum of $250,000 for food, water and other medical supplies. Additionally, the company announced that all 300 Vons and Pavilions stores will serve as collection points for customers who want to make a donation in support of local relief efforts.

As of Friday, customers could support the local relief and emergency efforts by making a donation at any of the 300 California-based Vons or Pavilions stores. The Safeway and Vons Foundations said they will donate 100 percent of all customer donations to local organizations coordinating emergency relief efforts and providing support for families and communities impacted by the fires.

During the past two years, Safeway and Vons have provided more than $8 million to support emergency relief and rebuilding efforts for disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the south Asia tsunami, and the Lake Tahoe basin fires.

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