Rice Appoints Merchandiser
arkets here has named Vern Buford director of grocery merchandising and buying, a new position.
Buford, who reports to Gary Friedlander, company president, was head buyer of the grocery department. Succeeding him in that slot is Joe Mayeux, formerly a grocery buyer and merchandiser at the chain.
Before joining Rice Food Markets in November 1994, Buford held positions at Grocers Supply Co., Randalls Food Markets and Fleming Cos.