CINCINNATI – Jeffrey Burt, 48, has been promoted to Group Vice President of Perishables Merchandising and Procurement for The Kroger Co. He previously served as vice president of deli/bakery merchandising and procurement for the company, a position he has held since 2004.

Prior to that, Burt held leadership roles at QFC, the Kroger division based in Seattle, Wash. He began his career with Kroger in 1986 as a management trainee. He has held a variety of significant management positions with the company in Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Seattle, including store manager and produce merchandiser.

"Jeff is an excellent merchandiser with a deep understanding of our customers' preferences in the perishable departments," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger president and COO. "His experience and leadership will help guide the growth of our important produce, meat, seafood, deli and bakery offerings."

Kroger, the nation's largest traditional grocery retailer, employs more than 334,000 associates who serve customers in 2,468 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two-dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's.