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© 2016 NatureSweet Tomatoes Sweet, by nature. Greenhouse-grown. Vine-ripened. Handpicked. Maybe the reason NatureSweet ® tomatoes always put a smile on your customers' faces is because they were raised to be irresistibly, deliciously sweet. Rising staRs Jane Dale senior Food safety Manager, the Kroger Co./QFC Dale led her division to become the top-performing Kroger divi- sion in food safety, with an over- all score that bested the company average by 102 basis points. She completed a service deli risk assessment analysis, led training for all store service deli and produce associates, helped decrease regulatory inspection violations by 12 percent, and increased coun- try-of-origin labeling compli- ance in the meat, seafood and service deli departments from 75 percent to 99 percent. Dale mentors future women leaders through her involve- ment in QFC's Women's EDGE organization. laRissa englanD senior Manager, Corporate supplier Diversity, the Kroger Co. England created The Kroger Co. Diverse Supplier Business interchange for more than 100 minority- and women-owned companies to meet with sourcing managers for their products, and developed an information management tool for supplier diversity. She has grown supplier diversity spend consistently for the past two years by more than 10 percent. Thanks to her work, the company is a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, a group of 21 corporations that spend more than $1 billion a year with diverse-owned businesses. BRanDy HangeR Digital Merchandising Coordinator, the Kroger Co. Hanger worked collabora- tively with the merchandis- ing departments to execute a digital overlay for a planned merchandising event, leading to two record weeks of digital engagement. She transitioned the second-largest packaged meat category to enterprise retail management. As a result, adjustments to the program items brought about sales growth of 3.5 percent. Hanger secured fund- ing from five key suppliers, enabling the grocer's meat and seafood departments to exe- cute a successful and lucrative Fall Taste of Italy event. Denise HasKaMp Human Resources Manager, the Kroger Co. Haskamp created Kroger's first open house for associ- ates, which resulted in career changes for six store associ- ates who transferred to Kroger Technology. She developed and facilitat- ed the retailer's performance management series, and also developed a partnership with Per Scholas Inc., with the in- tention of increasing diversity in the company. Haskamp created a develop- ment plan for leaders to use with their associates; she manages the grocer's Hot Skills program to retain key associates.