Long before most U.S. supermarket companies had unveiled SKU rationalization efforts, sweeping price-reduction programs and expanded private-label efforts, Ahold was well on its way to implementing its Value Improvement Program at its Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover banners. One of the architects of that initiative — which has helped Ahold’s U.S. banners thrive during the economic downturn — was John Rishton, currently the chief executive officer of Ahold, which ...

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