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• Kroger announced that Dave Hirz, the president of Food 4 Less, has resigned from the company to “pursue other career opportunities.” Sources tell MNB that Hirz reportedly is going to work for Smart & Final, though we were unable to get these reports confirmed.

Kroger said that until a permanent replacement is named, Bryan Kaltenbach, Senior Vice President – Sales & Marketing, will oversee the Food 4 Less operation.

• Jones Soda announced that it has its fourth new CEO in four years - William Meissner, the former president of TalkingRain Beverage, as well as a former executive with Fuze Beverages,SoBe Beverages, and Tetra Pak.

He replaces Joth Ricci, who resigned after less than a year in the job. Ricci had replaced Stephen Jones, who had replaced founder Peter van Stolk in late 2007.

Jones Soda has been trying to find a buyer for the company; it had agreed to be acquired by Reed’s, but has backed away from that deal.
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