Contact: Lori Willis
Director of Communications
Feb. 8, 2005
Scott Schnuck, president and CEO of Schnuck Markets Inc., today announced a realignment of the company's meat and seafood departments, which will result in the promotion and gradual transition of several key company leaders.
Edward (Ed) R. Meyer, 51, has been named vice president of meat and seafood reporting to Randy Wedel, senior vice president of marketing and merchandising. Formerly, vice president of deli/seafood/carryout foods, Meyer will move to the position previously held by Cyril (Cy) A. Jansen. Jansen, 69, who joined Schnucks after the Bettendorf-Rapp acquisition in 1970, announced his retirement plans earlier this year. Since then, the company has been working on merging meat and seafood operations.
Schnuck explains, "Combining meat and seafood into one operation will enable us to take a more united approach to merchandising these main course items and provide for even more efficient service to customers as they plan their meals." He added, "It's always difficult to bear the retirement of someone like Cy who has been an integral part of our company's growth and success. However, Cy and Ed have always worked closely together and the synergy they developed over the years will certainly help us going forward."
Meyer started with Schnucks as a meat cutter and worked through college. He earned a bachelors degree from Maryville University in St. Louis in 1976 and earned an MBA from Lindenwood University in 1980. He gained experience in industrial engineering at Schnucks before returning to the meat department as a buyer. In 1982, he was promoted to deli buyer and then director before rising to vice president. His new position brings him full circle in his service to Schnucks and its perishable departments.
Meyer is a former president of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association and has been a member of the organization since 1980 and currently serves on its board. In September 2004, Meyer and Jansen shared the cover of Meat and Deli Retailer, which recognized their contributions to Schnucks' industry reputation for top-quality perishables.
Meyer will continue Jansen's efforts to differentiate Schnucks in all markets with its restaurant-quality Certified Angus Beef brand®. Customers in 102 stores in seven states have helped to make Schnucks the world's largest retailer of CAB.
Meyer, his wife, Maureen, and their three children reside in St. Peters, Mo. (63376). Jansen and his family reside in O'Fallon, Mo. (63366)
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Melissa Bunch, 39, has accepted the position of interim director of deli and prepared foods, a department customers have made one of the fastest growing aspects of the Schnucks convenience prepared foods business.
Bunch joined Schnucks in 1985 as a deli clerk at the Arsenal store. Her most recent position was as category manager in the deli/seafood department. She will now have responsibility for deli and food bars at all store locations and will oversee the operation of the company's central kitchen in O'Fallon, Missouri and Chef's Express departments. Bunch will report to Randy Wedel.
Bunch is a graduate of the University of Missouri - St. Louis. She resides in Imperial, Mo. (63052).
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 102 stores (including five Logli stores) and 99 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Mississippi and Iowa.
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