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    IGA Appoints New V.P. Procurement and Private Brands

    CHICAGO- IGA has named David S. Bennett vice president, procurement andprivate brands, a new position within the organization, which is based here.

    CHICAGO- IGA has named David S. Bennett vice president, procurement and
    private brands, a new position within the organization, which is based here.

    Bennett, who will begin his appointment on July 9, will report directly to IGA USA's chairman and c.e.o. Mark Batenic. He will assume responsibility for the procurement of all IGA Brand products and private brands that will be developed. Additionally, he will control the marketing, development, advertising and sale of all private brands to licensed distribution centers in the U.S., IGA said.

    Bennett began his career in the food industry with Fleming Companies, Inc., in 1985 as a merchandising manager at the Joplin Division. Over the next 16 years he advanced steadily at Fleming corporation, holding positions ranging from director of grocery, frozen food, and dairy operations, to Garland Division president, and ultimately vice president, procurement support.

    Following his tenure with Fleming, Bennett opened his own Irving, Texas- based food marketing company, Bennett, Kresie and Associates, Inc., which served more than 70 independent retail stores in Oklahoma and Texas. Most recently, Bennett held the position of general manager/senior director of business development with Daymon Worldwide, Inc.

    "It is our belief that Dave Bennett's considerable experience will position the IGA private label brands program for a re-birth," IGA Chairman and CEO Mark Batenic said. "Under his direction, we expect that the program will become an increasing source of revenue and pride for our IGA retailers and Licensed Distribution Centers."

    Bennett's appointment is part of a reorganization within IGA USA's corporate office designed to maximize the effective delivery of services to IGA retailers, the organization said. The administration, communication, and event coordination departments will now report directly to IGA's v.p., U.S. chief growth officer Doug Fritsch.

    IGA is the world's largest voluntary supermarket network with aggregate worldwide retail sales of more than $21 billion per year. The Alliance includes more than 4,000 Hometown Proud Supermarkets worldwide, supported by 36 distribution companies and more than 55 major manufacturers, vendors and suppliers encompassing everything from grocery to equipment items. IGA has operations in 44 of the United States and more than 40 countries, commonwealths, and territories on all six inhabited continents.

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