Two produce executives out at Food Lion, Delhaize

01/30/2013 11:22:00 AM
Andy Nelson

Two produce executives at retail giant Food Lion and its parent company have been let go in a management purge.

Jim Corby, vice president of produce merchandising for Salisbury, N.C.-based Delhaize America, and Kyle Price, Salisbury-based Food Lion’s vice president of produce merchandising, are no longer with the company, said Teri Miller, produce category manager for Delhaize America.

Corby and Price were two of 15 Delhaize and Food Lion vice presidents let go in an effort to turn around Delhaize America’s fortunes, Miller said.

Delhaize America, a division of The Delhaize Group, Brussels, also owns retail chains Bottom Dollar Food, Harveys, Hannaford Supermarkets, Reid’s and Sweetbay.

“Delhaize needs to turn around its performance, and this is part of a new direction,” Miller said. “I don’t think it was about performance. We are heartbroken about Jim being gone.”

In addition to his Delhaize duties, Corby was active in industry affairs. He served as a vice chairman of the board of the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association in 2011-12, and in 2010 he was elected to the 35-member leadership council of the Produce Traceability Initiative.

The upper management changes at Delhaize and Food Lion come a month after Cathy Green Burns was let go as Food Lion’s president. She was succeeded by Beth Newlands Campbell.

Also in 2012, Roland Smith became the new chief executive officer of Delhaize America, which saw its stock price fall by more than 30% in 2012.

Earlier in January, Sweetbay announced plans to close 33 stores. And a year earlier, in January 2012, Delhaize America announced plans to close the 126 stores under its Bloom banner.



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mark isenberg    
palm harbor  |  January, 31, 2013 at 04:43 PM

As one who observed Food Lion for two years in Charlotte and now sees the cutback at Sweetbay stores in metro Tampa-Clearwater,I can agree that managers did need to be replaced as the produce area was not making gains against Walmart or even Bi- Lo in Charlotte. Food Lion has few standout profit leaders in Charlotte where Harris Teeter is being tested by Walmart and new entrant Publix. Sweetbay has better produce areas but the underperforming stores had to close or be sold and the one store in St.Petersburg in a poor neighborhood,never had enough sales support from that community on top of City funds used to lure Sweetbay in 2005. If Delhaize wants to gain market share,it has to be not just promote specials of the week but give Florida folks more reasons to check out remaining Sweetbays and in Charlotte,renovate some of the older stores quickly or shut them down,too. Top management at Salisbury,NC must live in a different world than most of us.

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