Target Appoints Veteran Grocery Leader as SVP-Merchandising

by Katie Lee

MinneapolisTarget Corporation has appointed Anne Dament to the role of senior vice president, merchandising. In this role, she will be responsible for leading the strategic repositioning of Target’s food business.

Dament brings more than 19 years of grocery and consumer packaged goods experience to the role. She started her career in food, as a buyer at SUPERVALU and then at Safeway where she held various category and sales management positions. Later she led Safeway’s homecare and general merchandising business operations, where she worked closely with a variety of consumer packaged goods partners and focused on the company’s global buying strategy. In her final role at Safeway, she served as group vice president, perishable strategy, where she introduced newness in assortments and merchandising, including meal solutions and grab-and-go options.

She joins Target from PetSmart, where she most recently served as vice president–services.

“My very first job was in a local grocery store and I’ve had a passion for food ever since. Joining the team at Target gives me an opportunity to bring my professional experience and love of food to the organization as their transformation is just getting underway,” says Dament.

Target’s food reinvention will emphasize six key categories that resonate most with its guests: better-for-you snacks, coffee and tea, premium sauces and oils, specialty candy, wine and craft beer, and yogurt and granola. It will also expand the availability of natural, organic, locally grown and gluten-free choices to fit guests’ wellness-focused lifestyles. Work on the reinvention is underway, with the most significant changes slated to arrive in stores in 2016.

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation has 1,795 stores. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Target Corporation

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