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Tom Page to retire from Supervalu

Tom Page, whose career in the retail food industry spans over 40 years, will be retiring from Supervalu Inc. this coming June.

Page, who is based in Lakeland, FL, is East Coast-import procurement manager for Supervalu, which is headquartered in the Minneapolis suburb of Eden Prairie, MN, and which has around 3,000 stores under a variety of banners throughout the United States, he noted.

Page, 68, was born Aug. 28, 1944, in Evansville, IN. TomPageTom PageHe married Shirley, whom he called "my high school sweetheart," on Aug. 26, 1963, declaring: "I'll be married to the same young lady 50 years this August." They reside in Lakeland.

They have a daughter, Tina, who lives in Bloomington, IN, and a son, Jeff, who works in the produce department at Publix.

Page said that he has spent "his entire working life" at the retail level. And he has enjoyed that career very much. "It's fresh every day," he said. "There's something new to work with every day."

While the retail executive, whose retirement from Supervalu will take effect June 24, is well known throughout the South for his long retail career, he may be equally well known for his important founding role, and continuing involvement, in the Southeast Produce Council.

He was one of a small group of forward-thinking individuals who met back in 1999 to discuss the formation of a produce organization in the southern region of the United States, which would soon be called the Southeast Produce Council. He served on the SPC board of directors for many years, and served as SPC president from fall 2008 to fall 2010. He continues to stay involved with the council's programs, especially its Southeast Training Education Program for Upcoming Produce Professionals, known commonly as STEP-UPP.

"I want to stay involved with the council," said Page. "I enjoy that very much."

He also plans to use his new leisure time to enjoy one of his and his wife's favorite pastimes: traveling. He plans to take a cruise to Alaska this August, and he hopes to visit Europe next year, he said.