Piccinini, who stepped down as chief executive officer in September, oversaw the transformation of Save Mart from a Central Valley chain into a $4.5 billion regional competitor.
Safeway says it has agreed to be acquired by an investment group led by Cerberus Capital Management, the owner of Albertsons and several other supermarket chains.
Retail security experts have found theft — intentional or not — can be as much as five times higher with self-checkout than with human cashiers.
Pink slime is the meat filler made from slaughterhouse scraps that is treated with ammonia. The filler, treated with ammonium hydroxide gas, is used to destroy bacteria in raw meat.