Kroger Names Group VP, Manufacturing Prez

The Kroger Co. said it promoted Calvin Kaufman to a corporate group v.p., and president of Kroger Manufacturing, responsible for overseeing the company's 42 food processing plants in the U.S. that produce breads, dairy products, meat, beverages and thousands of grocery items.

Kaufman succeeds William T. Boehm, s.v.p. and president of Kroger Manufacturing, who is retiring after 27 years, the company said.

Before this promotion, Kaufman was senior director of logistics for the Cincinnati-based grocery giant, leading the engineering and network strategy department. He also had operational responsibility for the grocer’s West Area including international logistics, a position he has held since 2006.

Kaufman joined the Fred Meyer logistics group in 1994, and was both group v.p. of logistics and v.p. of distribution engineering. Before Fred Meyer Prior, which Kroger now owns, he worked for United Parcel Service first as operations manager and then as engineering department manager.

Kroger operates 2,486 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banners including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, Fry's, King Soopers, Smith's, Dillons, QFC, and City Market.
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