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Supermarket chain Kroger has promoted Ron Stewart to president of its Quik Stop Markets convenience stores. Stewart moves up a notch on the corporate ladder following the promotion of former Quik Stop chief Van Tarver, who now heads up all Kroger's convenience stores, Turkey Hill Dairy and Supermarket Petroleum.

Stewart, who will be responsible for 100 Quik Stop c-stores in California and Nevada, joined Kroger in 2003 as senior vice president of Kwik Shop and has over 25 years of experience in convenience store management.

In separate Kroger news, the company is set to open its first Fry's Mercado store, a roughly 25,000-square-foot, Hispanic-centric supermarket in Phoenix. According to Planet Retail, the store will include leased space to independent merchants selling such items as clothing, bridal wear and jewelry. Food offerings include an in-store restaurant for immediate or take-home consumption, a tortilleria and a Hispanic bakery. The store, a former Fry's outlet, could potential serve as a prototype for new stores and remodels.

At the end of the first quarter in fiscal 2006, Kroger owned 783 c-stores directly, through subsidiaries, franchise agreements, or operating agreements.

In supplier news, Thomas R. Greco was promoted to the position of president for PepsiCo sales.

In this position, Greco will be the chief customer officer and reports to CEO Steve Reinmund. He will oversee the company's "Power of One" cross-division sales strategy and be responsible for PepsiCo's beverage, snack and food portfolio across its channels.

"Tom is a perfect fit for this critical role. His demonstrated effectiveness at delivering winning solutions for customers, his deep understanding of our multiple go-to-market systems, and his ability to lead and develop people add up to a powerful combination that will meet the needs of our retail partners and PepsiCo exceptionally well," said Reinmund.

Greco comes to this position from Frito-Lay North America, where he served as senior vice president of sales. Frito-Lay is PepsiCo's $10 billion snack and foods business. He joined PepsiCo in 1986 at its Frito-Lay Canada division, working in sales and marketing and moving to the position of vice president.

Greco replaces Al Carey, who was promoted to the position of president and CEO for Frito-Lay North America. Randy Melville will succeed Greco in the position of senior vice president of sales for Frito-Lay North America.

In other people news, Simsbury-Conn.-based Veeder-Root Co., international supplier of automatic tank gauging and fuel management systems, appointed Scott W. Wine to the position of president.

In this position, Wine will be responsible for global development and execution of business operations and product innovations.

Wine succeeds Brian Burnett as president. Burnett served for three years as president and effectively expanded the company, introduced new products, and integrating operations between Veeder-Root and Gilbarco Veeder-Root.

Wine said "I am pleased to join Veeder-Root, whose history of innovation and customer focused growth is impressive [...] I am confident that Veeder-Root is well positioned to expand its role as a world leader in environmental compliance technologies."

In other supplier news, Tim Napper has joined FuelQuest as the European sales director.

FuelQuest is an on-demand software company for the global downstream energy industry, providing web-based supply chain management and tax technology for the petroleum industry.

Napper will be based in Manchester, England, and will be responsible for the growth of revenue in the European and U.S. markets.

Napper brings 16 years on international sales and business development experience to his position. Prior to joining FuelQuest, Napper held a leadership position with KSS, a provider of pricing solutions. He also spent five years with Aspen Technology where he has global account responsibility.