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The Kroger Co., based in Cincinnati, announced Nov. 2 that it has promoted Joe Miskimins to vice president of produce and floral, a position most recently held by Reggie Griffin, who retired last month.

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Joe Miskimins

Mr. Miskimins, who will lead the company's vision and strategy for the produce and floral departments, including sales and merchandising, began his career with Kroger in 1980 in the Cincinnati/Dayton division. He held a number of leadership positions with the company, including store and district management; produce merchandising, district manager in the Fry's division; area manager and produce merchandiser for Kroger's Central division; and floral director at Kroger's general office in Cincinnati. He was named vice president of merchandising for QFC in 2009.

"Joe is a strong leader who is passionate about delivering the best products and services to our customers, and he has the expertise to deliver," Jeff Burt, group vice president of perishables, said in a Nov. 2 statement announcing the promotion of Mr. Miskimins. "We're excited that Joe will lead our produce and floral team and look forward to his contributions."