Supervalu Adds Food Safety Post to Executive Suite

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Supervalu Adds Food Safety Post to Executive Suite

MINNEAPOLIS - Supervalu Inc. here said it has created a new position of vice president, food safety, and filled it with a microbiologist with deep food manufacturing experience: John Hanlin, most recently General Mills' director of microbiology and thermal process/quality and regulatory operations.

At Supervalu, Hanlin will direct the leading retailerwholesaler's food safety and quality assurance programs, in support of its quality image. He will also ensure regulatory compliance, and be responsible for product recalls.

Hanlin will be responsible for food safety and quality assurance across merchandising, distribution, and retail operations to promote an end-to-end view of supply chain food safety and quality assurance activities, the company said.

"The integrity of our food supply chain has always been of the utmost importance to Supervalu, and the creation of this position will help Supervalu put a fine point on it," said Jeff Noddle, chairman and c.e.o. "Food safety is an increasingly complex and visible issue, and John's background in this area will be a tremendous asset."

Hanlin, 51, has more than 20 years of food safety experience, and most recently at General Mills in various food safety and quality assurance roles. Some of his key accomplishments there included the integration of microbiology programs, the development of global food microbiology standards, and the development of learning tools for food safety control programs.

Hanlin has also worked at McCormick & Company, the Pillsbury Company, and Campbell Soup Company.