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November 10, 1999

Schnucks' Director of Produce Bruce Knobeloch Named Retailer of the Year

ST. LOUIS - Bruce Knobeloch, director of produce for Schnuck Markets Inc., has been named 1999 Retailer of the Year by Produce Merchandising, a national trade monthly.

Knobeloch was nominated by industry members and selected by editors of Produce Merchandising. According to Produce Merchandising, "he was chosen for his leadership roles in the industry, for his merchandising excellence and for setting high standards."

Knobeloch joined Schnuck Markets in 1974 as a part-time courtesy clerk while in high school. He has held various store positions, including produce clerk and produce manager. He was promoted to produce buyer in 1982 and was named senior buyer/category manager in 1985. He was promoted to director of produce in 1990.

"Bruce has helped us provide our customers with top quality produce and has led the industry in promoting food safety," said Craig D. Schnuck, chairman and chief executive officer. "We are very proud of his achievement."

Knobeloch currently serves as chairman of the retail board for the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), is a member of the board of directors and recently served as chairman of PMA's annual convention held last month in Atlanta.

The Produce Marketing Association, founded in 1949, is a not-for-profit trade association serving over 2,500 members who market fresh fruits, vegetables, and floral products worldwide. Its members are involved in the production, distribution, retail, and food service sectors of the industry.

Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 92 stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.

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