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    Natural Markets Names Timothy Milano Chief Merchandising & Marketing Officer

    He earlier worked at FreshDirect, Office Depot

    Natural Markets Food Group (NMFG), the Irvington, N.Y.-based parent company of Mrs. Green's Natural Market, Planet Organic Market and Richtree Natural Market restaurants, has appointed Tim Milano chief merchandising & marketing officer. Milano brings 20 years of experience in consumer goods, product development and merchandising to his new position.

    In his most recent role as head of merchandising for Long Island City, N.Y.-based FreshDirect, Milano oversaw a staff of more than 50 and helped grow the e-grocer's sales. Previously, he helped lead brand and global sourcing for Office Depot for nearly a decade.

    "Natural Markets is committed to customers who care deeply about the foods they eat -- and Tim Milano embodies that value," noted NMFG CEO Pat Brown. "He is a merchandising powerhouse who will challenge us to find new ways to meet our customers' needs -- from all-natural, organic food to healthy living and local products."

    Expressing excitement at working with Natural Markets' "entire network of local farmers and suppliers," Milano added: "I started my career on floors of grocery stores because I cared about helping customers identify new, interesting and delicious food. Together with Natural Markets, I have the opportunity to present our customers with healthy choices and inspire them to live happy, healthy lives."

    NMFG, which began in the New York metropolitan area, now has stores across the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as in Chicago and Canada.

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