Media Contact: Lori Willis

Director of Communications


Jan. 26, 2007

Schnucks Names New Director of Food Education and Culinary Arts

ST. LOUIS - Schnuck Markets, Inc. today announced that Kathy Gottsacker, 51, has been hired as director of food education and culinary arts reporting to Randy Wedel, senior vice president of marketing and merchandising. This is a new position that supports the St. Louis-based grocer's newest initiatives aimed at enhancing the overall food experience for customers.

Gottsacker, a former television personality in San Antonio, Texas, will be responsible for developing training and education programs that will increase the food and culinary expertise of Schnucks associates and customers. She will develop and promote existing food talent within the grocery company and help to further establish Schnucks as a leader in the area of food preparation and culinary arts.

According to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Scott Schnuck, Gottsacker's role is part of a renewed emphasis on food education for Schnucks. "We are looking forward to the contributions Kathy will have to food initiatives company-wide as we continue learning and sharing information with our customers," he said.

Gottsacker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in home economics from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. in 1978.

After relocating to San Antonio in 1993, she started the Pink Peppercorn School of Cooking. She was soon recruited by San Antonio-based H-E-B grocers to launch and manage a cooking school for Central Market - an upscale fresh-market operation.

Gottsacker was co-chair of the International Association of Culinary Professionals' cooking school division and a member of Les Dames D'escoffier International. In 2000, the Chaines des Rôtisseurs honored her with the prestigious Speaker Award at the organization's International Convention.

Having had experience in coordinating the San Antonio Food and Wine Festival, she is prepared to make her Schnucks public debut at the St. Louis Food and Wine Experience at the Chase Park Plaza on Jan. 27 and 28.

Gottsacker and her husband, Mark, reside in St. Louis.

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 101 stores (including five Logli stores) and 98 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.

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