Albertsons LLC named Jerry Callahan vice president of produce merchandising.

Callahan has been with Albertsons his entire career, according to a news release from the Boise, Idaho-based retailer, starting as an assistant produce clerk in Seattle in 1982. He’s had various positions in the company, including division produce sales manager and produce category manager.

“Over the last 6 years, Jerry’s contributions to our in-store programs have helped Albertsons LLC to set the bar for what best-in-fresh quality means, both for the industry and for our customers,” said Bob Butler, executive vice president of operations, in a news release. “His years of experience combined with his expertise in identifying new consumer trends and quickly implementing in-store programs will be an invaluable asset as we continue developing our produce programs.”

The company said the appointment is subject to the close of the store transaction with Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Supervalu Inc. announced Jan. 10.