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WHTM reports that Ahold USA, parent company to Stop & Shop and Giant, is expected to eliminate 145 support jobs in its Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Quincy, Massachusetts, offices. The story says that "about 7% of current support positions including, marketing, human resources and legal jobs may be cut."

• In the UK, the Daily Mail reports that "Tesco is close to ditching the last of the private jets used by its top executives after an accounting scandal that sparked the biggest crisis in its 95-year history. Britain’s biggest grocer operated a multimillion-pound fleet of five aircraft for its bosses, but after a disastrous year new chief executive Dave Lewis admitted the planes gave the wrong image and put them up for sale."

• Indiana-based Martin's Super Markets announced that it plans to open its 22nd store - a new, small store "Martin's Express" format - On May 7, in Goshen, Indiana.

The company says the 26,200 square foot unit "will be the first execution of a new format to be operated by the company. It will feature everything fresh that shoppers have come to expect from Martin’s plus the rest of what is needed to complete meals, all in an easy-to-shop store layout."

• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has named two winners of this year's Donald H. MacManus Award for "their tireless public affairs, community and industry commitment." The winners are
Ron Fong, president/CEO of the California Grocers Association (CGA), and Keri Askew Bailey, CGA's senior vice president of government relations and public policy.

• The National Grocers Association (NGA) announced that Stan Sorkin, executive director for the Connecticut Food Association, has been presented with NGA's Association Leadership Award "for his dedication and longstanding service to the independent supermarket industry."
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