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Red Robin Names Brian Sullivan as VP of Culinary & Beverage Innovation

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews is excited to announce the hiring of Brian Sullivan as its new Vice President of Culinary & Beverage Innovation. Sullivan will be leading the brand's efforts to elevate the guest dining experience, which include investing more in food quality and refreshing the menu, as part of the recently-unveiled "North Star" five-point turnaround plan to drive stronger results for the business.

Sullivan is well-positioned to lead this initiative as a visionary leader with over 40 years of industry-leading expertise in...

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Feb 2 11:24 AM, General News

Meat Industry Veteran Bill Rupp Joins Bion's Board of Directors

Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC QB: BNET), a developer of advanced livestock waste treatment technology and premium sustainable beef, announced today that Bill Rupp will join Bion's Board of Directors, effective February 15, 2023.

In September of 2022, Mr. Rupp was named to Bion's Advisory Group. Bill brings 37 years of experience, including 18 years in senior leadership roles with Cargill and JBS, two of the world's largest meat packers. His operating expertise and industry relationships will be invaluable in his role, where he will work directly with Bill O'Neill...

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Feb 1 8:34 AM, General News

Gelson's Promotes John Bagan to President & CEO Following Retirement of Leader Rob McDougall

Gelson's has promoted John Bagan to President & CEO following the departure of Rob McDougall, who has retired from Gelson's after 15 years with the Southern California-based brand. The new leadership position marks Bagan's third promotion in two years, most recently moving from COO into the role of president in July 2022.

As President & CEO, Bagan will assume greater responsibility for the company's overall vision, business and growth strategy, as well as managing relationships with the Board of Directors and parent company Pan Pacific International Holdings (PPIH)...

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Jan 31 11:20 AM, General News

Steve Tippmann Retires After 36 Years with Tippmann Group; John Tippmann III to Fill Role

Steve Tippmann, Executive Vice President at Tippmann Group / Interstate Warehousing has retired after nearly 36 years in the refrigerated warehousing and construction industries.

Tippmann’s career started in refrigeration engineering, but his more recent role had him focused on customer relationships and overseeing the sales and marketing goals of Tippmann Construction and Interstate Warehousing.

Throughout his career, Tippmann has also spent time as a leader on multiple boards for industry associations including the Global Cold Chain Alliance, American Meat Institute, and Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association...

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Jan 31 9:40 AM, General News

Publix Charlotte Division Vice President to Retire; New Vice President Announced

After more than 47 years of dedicated service, Publix Super Markets Charlotte Division Vice President Chuck Roskovich has announced his decision to retire March 31.

Roskovich, 61, began his Publix career in 1975 as a part-time front service clerk in Lauderhill, Florida. He transferred to the meat department in 1977 and was promoted to meat manager in 1984. In 1992, as meat manager, he had the privilege of being part of the management team that opened the company’s first store in the Atlanta Division...

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Jan 31 7:21 AM, General News

Tyson Foods Names Wes Morris Group President of Poultry

Wes Morris has been named president of Tyson Foods’ (NYSE: TSN) poultry business, effective January 27, the company announced today.

Morris has over 35 years of experience working in poultry and consumer sales. Morris first joined Tyson Foods in 1999 and held several leadership positions, including group vice president of consumer products, last serving as President, Prepared Foods Operations, for four years before retiring in 2017.

“Wes is a recognized leader who will help position us for continued success and the future growth of our chicken segment,” said Donnie King...

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Jan 27 9:20 AM, General News

Campbell Appoints Carrie Anderson Chief Financial Officer

Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) today announced the appointment of Carrie L. Anderson as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective Feb. 6.

Anderson will lead Campbell’s finance function, including controllership, corporate financial planning and analysis, corporate strategy and development, tax, treasury, internal audit, investor relations, transactional services and financial systems. She will report to Campbell’s President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Clouse and become a member of the company’s Operating Committee and a Corporate Officer. Anderson succeeds Mick Beekhuizen, who was appointed President of Campbell’s Meals & Beverages division in November 2022...

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Jan 27 7:50 AM, General News

Morrison Named New U.S. Poultry & Egg Association Chairman

Jarod Morrison, Farbest Foods, Huntingburg, Indiana, was elected chairman of the board of directors of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). The board meeting was held during the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2023 International Production & Processing Expo. Morrison previously served as vice chairman.

Morrison received his BS in Finance from the University of Southern Indiana and his MBA from Purdue University. Before joining Farbest Foods, he was senior director of finance and accounting with Masterbrand Cabinets and finance manager with GE Plastics...


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Jan 25 9:08 AM, General News

Church’s Texas Chicken Hires Procurement Industry Leader Will Cash for VP, Purchasing Role

Church’s Texas Chicken®, one of the largest quick-service chicken restaurant chains in the world, has hired Will Cash for the brand’s Vice President, Purchasing role. Cash will implement his extensive procurement and supply chain expertise starting this week as he takes on this new role with the brand.

“I’m thrilled for this opportunity to join a talented team, particularly as this iconic brand is positioned for its next phase of growth,” said Cash...

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Jan 25 7:59 AM, General News

Chili's Grill & Bar Names New Vice President of Marketing

Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) today announced that Jesse Johnson has joined the company as Vice President of Marketing. In this newly created role, Johnson will develop and execute marketing strategies for Chili's® Grill & Bar and bring the brand to life across multiple touchpoints, including advertising, media, PR and the Guest experience.

An accomplished brand director with over 16 years of experience, Johnson spent much of his career at Wieden+Kennedy (W+K) leading award-winning marketing initiatives and campaigns for top brands such...

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Jan 18 7:20 AM, General News

Tyson Foods Appoints Adam Deckinger General Counsel and Secretary

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) announced today that Adam Deckinger has been named General Counsel and Secretary, effective immediately. Deckinger has been with the company since 2018, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Head of Law and Compliance. Deckinger will report directly to Donnie King, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tyson Foods.

Deckinger will succeed Amy Tu, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary, who was named President, International & Chief Administrative Officer September 22, 2022.

Deckinger has more than 15 years of legal...

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Jan 13 9:26 AM, General News

Zaxby's Welcomes Carl Mount as New Chief Supply Chain Officer

Saucy chicken chain Zaxby's welcomes Carl Mount as chief supply chain officer effective January 17. With 25 years of experience, Mount comes to Zaxby's most recently from Starbucks, where he served as senior vice president for supply chain operations. Prior to his Starbucks tenure, Mount was head of supply chain for KFC Global. At Zaxby's, Mount will manage partnerships across the supply chain industry to maximize the investments of franchisees.

"Having served in roles both in supply chain and procurement for global brands, Carl will help us optimize solutions that...

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Jan 12 7:48 AM, General News

Pat O'Toole Appointed Chief Marketing Officer of Burger King U.S. & Canada

Today, Burger King® announced Patrick (Pat) O’Toole will join the brand as Chief Marketing Officer, beginning Feb. 6. O’Toole will be accountable for leading marketing efforts to help grow traffic, accelerate sales growth and amplify the fundamental advancements the brand is making to the Guest experience — in support of the brand’s existing Reclaim the Flame plan shared in 2022 — and supported by more than 96% of Burger King Franchisees nationwide.

“We are excited to welcome Pat to the Burger King leadership team and broader BK family...

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Jan 11 8:21 AM, General News

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. Appoints Gina Tobin President

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. (Nasdaq: TXRH), announced today that its Chief Learning and Culture Officer, Gina Tobin, has been promoted to President, a post which has been held by CEO Jerry Morgan since 2021.

Ms. Tobin, a 27-year veteran of Texas Roadhouse, has served in a variety of roles throughout her career at Texas Roadhouse, including as a Managing Partner, Market Partner, Vice President of Training, and most recently as Chief Learning and Culture Officer.

In addition to her current duties overseeing Food, Service, Training, Research & Development, and Diversity & Inclusion, Tobin...

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Jan 11 7:23 AM, General News

Denny's Welcomes Celebrated Industry Leader Sherri Landry as Chief Marketing Officer

Denny's Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN) today announced the appointment of Sherri Landry as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Landry will lead the marketing team and report to President of Denny's Inc., John Dillon.

Landry brings more than 25 years of deep expertise in the restaurant industry and a proven track record of delivering innovation and sales growth across restaurant brands. She joins Denny's from CEC Entertainment where she served as Chief Marketing Officer overseeing multiple brands, including Chuck E...

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Jan 11 7:20 AM, General News

Cargill Announces CFO Transition

Cargill today announced that Jamie Miller will step down as Chief Financial Officer to accept an opportunity outside the company. Joanne Knight will serve as Cargill’s acting CFO.

“We are grateful for Jamie’s service to Cargill,” said Brian Sikes, Cargill President and CEO. “Over the last few years, we have further strengthened our business model, expanded our business portfolio, and are well-positioned for long-term success.” Miller will leave Cargill on Jan. 13, 2023.

Sikes added: “Joanne is highly regarded by the Board and Executive Team for her strong track record...

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Jan 10 6:51 AM, General News

Dine Brands Global Announces Executive Leadership Changes

Dine Brands Global, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar®, IHOP®, and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® restaurants, today announces key leadership moves, each effective on January 6, 2023. John Cywinski, Applebee’s President, is leaving the company for a CEO position at another restaurant company. Tony Moralejo, who is currently President, Dine Brands International and Global Development, has been appointed President, Applebee’s U.S. Scott Gladstone, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, will step into the role of President, International and Corporate Development...

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Jan 5 2:10 PM, General News

Blaze Pizza Names Beto Guajardo Chief Executive Officer

Blaze Pizza, the nation's leading fast-casual franchise pizza brand, announced today the appointment of Beto Guajardo as its new president and chief executive officer. Guajardo formerly served as president of Focus Brands International.

Guajardo joins Blaze Pizza after overseeing the international business at Focus Brands, which included more than $400 million of chain sales in over 50 markets with 1,900 restaurants, 100 franchisees and eight brands (Cinnabon, Auntie Anne's, Jamba, Seattle's Best Coffee, Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli, and Schlotzsky's). Before being promoted to this role, Guajardo was responsible...

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Jan 4 10:24 AM, General News

Hy-Vee Promotes Top Leaders to Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff

At Hy-Vee Inc.’s recent annual stockholders meeting, two key executive company leaders were announced to take on additional responsibilities as Hy-Vee continues to evolve.

Longtime Hy-Vee executive Kevin Sherlock will serve as chief operating officer, spearheading Hy-Vee’s retail grocery operations. Sherlock’s Hy-Vee career began in 1986 as a part-time courtesy clerk at the North Dodge Street Hy-Vee in Iowa City. After working in several markets, he was named Assistant Director at the...

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Dec 28 7:46 AM, General News

United Natural Foods Names Ron Selders Its New President of Fresh

United Natural Foods, Inc. (NYSE: UNFI) (the “Company” or “UNFI”) announced that Ron Selders has been named President of Fresh where he will lead the Company’s growth strategy for its deli, bakery, produce, and meat departments. These critically important store perimeter categories drive traffic and provide independent grocery retailers with choice, value and unique products that help differentiate them within their marketplace. Selders’ appointment is effective December 26, and he will report to Steve Dietz, UNFI’s Chief Customer Officer...

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Dec 22 8:22 AM, General News

Smithfield Foods Announces Senior Management Team Changes

Smithfield Foods today announced senior management team changes following Chief Operating Officer Brady Stewart’s decision to depart the company. Stewart resigned from Smithfield today to accept a position with an industry competitor. 

While the company evaluates longer-term organizational changes, members of Smithfield’s operations team – including those leading hog production, manufacturing, fresh pork, business management and sales – report to President and CEO Shane Smith, effective immediately. 

“We have a talented management team and regret the loss of a valued leader like Brady,” said Smith. “Fortunately, we have a deep bench of senior executives...

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Dec 22 7:21 AM, General News

Tyson Foods Names Brady Stewart Group President of Fresh Meats

Tyson Foods today announced Brady Stewart as Group President, Fresh Meats, who will begin his new role at the start of the new year. Stewart will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Donnie King and will be responsible for strengthening the competitiveness of the company’s beef and pork businesses through innovation, technology, data and analytics. Stewart’s focus will also include optimizing business processes and building efficiencies in the operational and commercial activities of the business.

“Brady is a well-respected, proven industry leader who will help position...

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Dec 21 7:39 AM, General News

IHOP® Welcomes New Head Chef Arthur Carl II

Today, IHOP® announced the newest member to lead the brand’s culinary team, naming Arthur Carl II to the position of Vice President, Culinary. In this role, Carl will be responsible for driving the evolution of the iconic IHOP menu and continuing to bring a smile to guests’ faces with craveable additions across all dayparts. Carl will report directly to Kieran Donahue, Chief Marketing Officer, IHOP.

“Art’s decades of crafting dishes to satisfy guests’ appetites has demonstrated that he is an innovator in his field, and we...

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Dec 12 9:12 AM, General News

Lynn McKee, Aramark Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Announces Her Retirement

After 42 years of stellar service to Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), Lynn McKee, Executive Vice President for Human Resources, has announced her intention to retire at the end of this calendar year. Abigail Charpentier, currently serving as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Diversity for the U.S. Food & Facilities business, has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, effective January 1, 2023. Charpentier will report to CEO John Zillmer.

“Few people have careers they can look back on with as much pride as..."

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Dec 5 9:20 AM, General News

Publix Lakeland Division Vice President to Retire; New Vice President Announced

After 45 years of dedicated service, Publix Super Markets Lakeland Division Vice President Sam Pero has announced his decision to retire at the end of this year.

Pero, 60, began his Publix career in 1977 as a part-time front service clerk in Pembroke Pines, Florida. After working in various retail positions, he was promoted to store manager in 1987 and Lakeland Division district manager in 1994. He was promoted to Jacksonville Division regional director in 2005 and to his current position in 2016. Pero received the 1999 President’s...

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Dec 1 9:20 AM, General News

CFO Glenn Nunziata to Leave Smithfield Foods at Year's End

Smithfield Foods today announced that Chief Financial Officer Glenn Nunziata will leave the company at the end of the year. The company named Mark Hall, currently Smithfield's executive vice president, finance, as its new CFO, effective January 1, 2023.

"We are grateful to Glenn for his invaluable contributions to Smithfield as CFO over the last seven years," said Shane Smith, Smithfield's president and CEO. "During Glenn's tenure, we have become a better company, achieving new levels of operational excellence and a strengthened balance sheet while growing organically..."

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Nov 30 9:15 AM, General News

US Foods Announces Dave Flitman as Chief Executive Officer

US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD), one of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States, today announced that Dave Flitman will become Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective Jan. 5, 2023. Flitman will also be a member of the US Foods Board of Directors (the “Board”).

Flitman brings to the company a wealth of global business leadership, executive management skills and extensive commercial distribution experience, along with significant expertise in operational excellence, supply chain, and general management with more than 35 years of experience in manufacturing and distribution across multiple industries...

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Nov 28 8:39 AM, General News

Janelle Orozco Joins Kraft Heinz as North America Zone Chief Procurement Officer

The Kraft Heinz Company (Nasdaq: KHC) (“Kraft Heinz”) announced today the appointment of Janelle Orozco to the role of Chief Procurement Officer, North America. In this role, Orozco will shape the overall vision of North America Procurement and direct its continued transformation to become a best-in-class Procurement organization.

Orozco joins Kraft Heinz from Diageo, where she most recently held the Chief Procurement Officer title for the company. Orozco began her tenure at Diageo in 2002 as an ingredients buyer and worked...

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Nov 23 9:19 AM, General News

Cargill Appoints Brian Sikes President & Chief Executive Officer; Dave MacLennan as Executive Chair

  • Sikes, who will assume the CEO role on Jan. 1, 2023, is a 31-year Cargill veteran with deep global experience and relentless focus on people and culture, delivering for customers and defining growth strategies.
  • MacLennan, who has served as CEO since 2013, led the successful transformation of Cargill into a focused, stronger portfolio with an expanded global footprint in roughly 70 countries. With this transition, MacLennan has been named Executive Chair of the Board.

Cargill today announced Brian Sikes has been elected President and Chief Executive...

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Nov 21 9:03 AM, General News

Restaurant Brands International Inc. Appoints Patrick Doyle as Executive Chairman

RBI Board of Directors believes Patrick Doyle's appointment will unlock exceptional growth potential alongside current leadership

Mr. Doyle is one of the world's most successful global QSR leaders; having doubled system-wide sales, delivered 29 consecutive quarters of same store sales growth, created ~$11B of shareholder value and increased home market franchisee profitability more than 2x while CEO of Domino's Pizza from 2010-2018

Restaurant Brands International Inc. has appointed Patrick Doyle, one of the world's most successful QSR leaders, to become the company's Executive Chairman, effective immediately...

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Nov 17 8:00 AM, General News

Ahold Delhaize announces retirement of Kevin Holt, CEO Ahold Delhaize USA

Ahold Delhaize today announces that Kevin Holt, CEO of Ahold Delhaize USA, plans to retire and step down from the Ahold Delhaize Management Board when his term expires at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of shareholders on April 12, 2023. Ahold Delhaize will nominate JJ Fleeman as member of the Ahold Delhaize Management Board and CEO of Ahold Delhaize USA at the AGM. JJ’s appointment to the Management Board of Ahold Delhaize is subject to shareholder approval at the AGM. After the AGM, Kevin will remain with...

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Nov 16 8:49 AM, General News

CHS Names Megan Rock Chief Sustainability Officer

CHS Inc., the nation's leading agribusiness cooperative, today announced the appointment of Megan Rock as vice president, sustainability and innovation and chief sustainability officer (CSO). She is responsible for developing and executing sustainability and innovation strategies across the $48 billion enterprise.

Before CHS, Rock served as VP of corporate responsibility, sustainability and sustainable solutions at Bunge, Inc. She also held sustainability and environmental management positions in the government and banking sectors.

"I'm thrilled to join CHS and guide the formalization of our sustainability and innovation business function. As the company's first CSO, I am proud to bring my experiences to the organization and my deep expertise to the job," said Rock.

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Nov 15 9:59 AM, General News

Grocery Outlet Holding Corp. Announces CEO Transition

Grocery Outlet Holding Corp. today announced that effective January 1, 2023, Eric Lindberg will transition from the role of Chief Executive Officer to Chairman of the Board, and RJ Sheedy, currently the Company's President, will become President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Sheedy also will be appointed to the Board, and Erik D. Ragatz, currently Chairman of the Board, will assume the role of Lead Independent Director.

"There is no one better to lead Grocery Outlet into the next chapter of growth than RJ Sheedy. He is a strong business leader who takes..."

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Nov 10 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

Kraft Heinz Appoints Diane Gherson as New Independent Board Member

The Kraft Heinz Company announced today that the Board of Directors (the “Board”) has appointed Diane Gherson as a director, effective November 3, 2022.

“The Board is delighted to appoint Diane Gherson, former Chief Human Resources Officer at IBM, to join the Kraft Heinz Board,” said Miguel Patricio, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors of The Kraft Heinz Company. “With her 18 years in senior leadership positions at IBM, she brings expertise in redesigning management systems to help shape a culture of continuous learning, innovation and...

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Nov 8 9:02 AM, General News

Restaurant Growth Services Announces Kara Jacobs as Chief Financial Officer

Restaurant Growth Services, LLC is pleased to announce Kara Jacobs as its new Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”). Jacobs will also serve as CFO for the O’Charley’s and Ninety Nine restaurant brands. As CFO, Jacobs will be responsible for all financial and technology-related support services for the restaurant brands that are majority owned by Cannae Holdings, Inc.

“Kara’s professional experience and capabilities align completely with our commitment to the highest standards for financial reporting, internal controls and effective support of our restaurant operations,” said W. Craig Barber, CEO of Restaurant...

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Nov 4 10:14 AM, General News

NFI Finds Replacement For President and CEO John Connelly in National Turkey Federation SVP

The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) has found their new President and CEO. The industry association announced Tuesday afternoon that they have named Lisa Wallenda Picard as their new President and CEO. Picard previously served as the Senior Vice President for Policy, Trade and Regulatory Affairs at the National Turkey Federation (NTF).

As SeafoodNews previously reported, current NFI President and CEO John Connolly announced in January that he planned to retire in early 2023. Now, thanks to a President Search Committee chaired by Kim Gorton, President and...


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Nov 2 3:13 AM, SeafoodNews

Campbell Appoints Senior Divisional Leaders to Drive Continued Growth

Campbell Soup Company today announced key management changes to support the company’s continued growth and accelerate progress against its multi-year strategic plan. Mick Beekhuizen has been appointed President – Meals & Beverages. He will continue to serve as Chief Financial Officer until a successor to this role is named. Chris Foley, currently President – Meals & Beverages, will become President – Snacks. These changes are effective immediately. Both will continue to report to Campbell President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Clouse.

“Both Mick and Chris have played significant roles in Campbell’s transformation over the last..."

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Nov 1 9:59 AM, General News

NPPC Taps Kelly Cushman for New Role as Vice President of Domestic Policy

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has appointed Kelly Cushman as its new vice president of domestic policy. In this newly created position, Cushman will oversee U.S. government engagement, advocacy and lobbying efforts on behalf of the U.S. pork industry.

“Kelly comes to NPPC with a proven track record as an effective leader and political strategist, developing and executing government affairs outreach programs,” said Bryan Humphreys, chief executive officer, NPPC. “We are pleased to have her step into this new role at a consequential time..."

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Oct 28 9:37 AM, General News

NCC Elects New Officers; Mountaire’s Kevin Garland Installed as Chairman

The National Chicken Council (NCC) has installed the four officers that will guide the organization through 2023. The installation took place at NCC’s 67th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Kevin Garland, CEO of Mountaire Farms, will serve as 2022-2023 Chairman.

Mountaire has been in the Cameron family for over 100 years. Kevin succeeded his father-in-law, Ronnie Cameron, as CEO of Mountaire. Kevin has spent the entirety of his career building and leading industrial businesses. Prior to Mountaire, Kevin spent over 25 years in private equity as a...

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Oct 27 8:00 AM, General News

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Announces Chef Josh Diekman as Director of Culinary and Executive Chef

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop announces Chef Josh Diekman as Director of Culinary and Executive Chef of the growing taco shop brand. The Texas-based restaurant group is recognized for their Baja-style fare with nearly 150 franchise- and corporate-owned locations in 18 states.

Chef Diekman has been the creative force behind Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s successful and innovative limited time offerings since 2018 before joining the brand full-time earlier this year. Prior to joining Fuzzy’s, Diekman served as the Corporate Executive Chef at Land O‘Lakes where...

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Oct 21 2:55 PM, General News

United Natural Foods Appoints Erin Horvath as new Chief Supply Chain Transformation Officer

United Natural Foods, Inc. today announced that Erin Horvath has been appointed to the position of Chief Supply Chain Transformation Officer (CSCTO), a new role which will collaborate across functions to help build UNFI’s transformation agenda and future capabilities, drive value creation for shareholders, and create an improving experience for customers and suppliers. She begins her role on October 17, 2022, and will report to Sandy Douglas, UNFI’s Chief Executive Officer.

“As we work to be the most valuable partner to our grocery retailer customers, we must..."

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Oct 13 8:58 AM, General News

Hormel Foods Appoints Scott Aakre as Senior Vice President of Brand Fuel

Hormel Foods Establishing New Brand Fuel Center of Excellence to Support Iconic and Emerging Portfolio of Brands

Aakre Continues to Lead Global Innovation and Insights

Hormel Foods Corporation, a Fortune 500 global branded food company, today announced the appointment of Scott Aakre as senior vice president of Brand Fuel, the company’s newest center of excellence focused on consumer insights and innovation for its portfolio of more than 30 leading brands.

Aakre’s appointment follows the company’s recent announcement of an operating model evolution that includes a new...

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Oct 13 8:21 AM, General News

Hormel Foods Appoints Katie Larson as Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Hormel Foods Corporation, a Fortune 500 global branded food company, today announced the appointment of Katie Larson as senior vice president of human resources.

Larson assumes responsibility for leading the global human resources function at the company, bringing more than 20 years of experience in human resources leadership at Hormel Foods. Larson will continue the world-class employer philosophy at Hormel Foods, leading business-focused people strategies. Hormel Foods employs more than 20,000 team members around the globe and has been recognized as a World’s Best Employer by...

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Oct 12 9:18 AM, General News

Target Names Prat Vemana Chief Digital and Product Officer

Target Corporation today announced the hire of Prat Vemana as executive vice president, chief digital and product officer. Vemana will join Target Oct. 31 as a member of Target's leadership team, reporting to Chief Guest Experience Officer Cara Sylvester. In this role, he will oversee Target's digital business, including site merchandising, user experience, digital operations and product, and Target+, the retailer's growing online third-party marketplace. Additionally, Vemana will provide key support for Target's industry-leading product teams across the company by bringing a holistic view to the retailer's overall...

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Oct 10 8:00 AM, General News

Lineage Logistics Strengthens Leadership Team, Appoints New Board Member and New Chief Legal Officer

Lineage Logistics, LLC, the world’s largest and most innovative temperature-controlled industrial REIT and logistics solutions provider, today announced the appointment of Lynn Wentworth, a seasoned public board member, to its Board of Directors. Additionally, Lineage also announced the appointment of Natalie Matsler as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. In this role, she will oversee Lineage’s global Legal, Safety & Compliance, Food Optimization and Corporate Compliance functions.

Wentworth joins Lineage’s Board of Directors at a pivotal time in the Company’s growth. She brings deep expertise in...

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Oct 5 8:39 AM, General News

Kareem Daniel Elected to McDonald's Board of Directors

McDonald's Corporation today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Kareem Daniel as an independent Director of the Board, effective October 1, 2022.

Mr. Daniel currently serves as Chairman, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution at The Walt Disney Company, where he leads the organization that delivers Disney's storytelling to fans and families around the world. In this role, he is responsible for driving the overall growth and profitability of Disney's global media businesses, including its streaming services – Disney+, ESPN+, Hulu, and Star+ – which combined have more than 220...

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Oct 3 9:19 AM, General News

Tyson Foods Announces Changes to the Enterprise Leadership Team

Tyson Foods today announced three key changes to the company’s enterprise leadership team as part of its continuing effort to focus on the future while delivering operational excellence for its customers and consumers across the world.

Stewart Glendinning will transition from his current role as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Tyson to take on the position of Group President, Prepared Foods. Glendinning joined Tyson Foods in 2017 from Molson Coors Brewing Company where he served as President & CEO, International.

John R. Tyson has been named Chief Financial Officer...

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Sep 30 8:00 AM, General News

SpartanNash Welcomes Nicole Zube as SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Food solutions company SpartanNash today announced Nicole Zube as its new Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, effective immediately. Zube joins SpartanNash from Kellogg Company, where she most recently served as Head of HR – U.S. Commercial.

“Nicole is an accomplished people leader with invaluable experience managing a large-scale, global workforce within the food industry,” said SpartanNash CEO Tony Sarsam. “Throughout her career, Nicole has demonstrated passion and commitment to creating an outstanding associate experience, and we are thrilled to have her join SpartanNash as we continue our work..."

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Sep 27 9:57 AM, General News

Dollar Tree, Inc. Names Michael Creedon as Chief Operating Officer

Dollar Tree, Inc. today announced a key executive leadership addition, as Michael Creedon, Jr. will be joining the organization as Chief Operating Officer.

“I am extremely pleased to announce that Mike Creedon will be joining the Dollar Tree team as our new Chief Operating Officer. Mike’s impressive career in retail is rooted in a deep knowledge and understanding of his customers,” stated Mike Witynski, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Mike will be instrumental in driving the execution of our strategy, and a key leader supporting our culture transformation in Dollar..."

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Sep 26 1:26 PM, General News

Marco's Pizza® Hires 20-Year QSR Franchise Veteran Gerardo Flores as Chief Development Officer

Marco's Pizza, the nation's fastest-growing pizza brand*, appoints Gerardo Flores as Chief Development Officer. This news comes on the heels of the brand's recent development and sales milestones, opening of its 1100th store and surpassing $1B in annual systemwide sales. As Marco's looks to its next era of growth, Flores will be responsible for developing U.S. and international growth strategies, streamlining the development process and driving expansion.

As a highly experienced real estate professional, Flores has held top-level leadership roles in the...

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Sep 20 2:22 PM, General News

NPPC Hires Mikayla Dolch as New Manager of Marketing and Digital Communications

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is pleased to announce that Mikayla Dolch has joined the organization as its new manager of marketing and digital communications. Dolch will support the expansion and enhancement of NPPC’s digital programming activities.

“As the pork industry evolves, it is important for NPPC to share the stories of how America’s farmers and processors are working to deliver safe and nutritious pork products to consumers across the globe,” said Annemarie Pender, assistant vice president of marketing and communications, NPPC...

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Sep 20 9:14 AM, General News

Two Publix Vice Presidents to Retire; New Vice President Announced

Today, Publix Super Markets CEO Todd Jones announced the retirement of two officers and promotion of a new officer.

After 30 years of dedicated service, Vice President of Finance Gino DiGrazia has announced his decision to retire at the end of this year.

DiGrazia, 60, began his Publix career in 1992 as manager of business analysis and reporting in Lakeland, Florida. In 1997, he was promoted to director and to vice president & controller in 2002. In 2012, he was named vice president of finance.

“Gino’s dedication to helping our retail..."

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Sep 20 8:29 AM, General News

Wingstop Names Craig Sherwood as SVP of US Development

Wingstop today announced the appointment of Craig Sherwood as its SVP of U.S. Development. Craig will lead domestic development and focus on executing Wingstop's domestic development playbook through new and existing franchisees as the brand scales its U.S. footprint.

"I'm excited for Craig to join the brand at such a pivotal time as we look to scale our 1,600+ restaurants base to 4,000 plus across the country," said Michael Skipworth, Wingstop President and CEO. "With an average unit volume of $1.6 million and our industry leading unit economics, our..." 

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Sep 16 8:32 AM, General News

Vangala Joins IRI and NPD as Chief Strategy Officer

Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) and The NPD Group (NPD), which recently merged to create a leading global technology, analytics and data provider, today announced that Malli Vangala has joined the company as chief strategy officer. Vangala joins the newly combined company from Microsoft, where he led strategic initiatives for the Microsoft 365 business, and succeeds Wei Lin Wong, who transitions to focus on his role as the president of Retail.

“We are very pleased to welcome Malli as we work to bring the full power of our combined organization to bear..."

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Sep 15 2:24 PM, General News

Virginia (Ginni) M. Rometty Elected to Cargill’s Board of Directors

Virginia (Ginni) M. Rometty, former Chairman, President and CEO of IBM, has been elected to the Cargill Board of Directors.

“Ginni led the reinvention of IBM for the era of cloud and data, by realigning their portfolio through organic and acquired growth. She also is a steadfast advocate for advancing diversity in the workplace, pioneering efforts that brought IBM into a more inclusive future. Through these efforts, Ginni has become a leading voice on technology ethics, business transformation and the workplace of the future. We are thrilled to bring her..."

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Sep 15 9:19 AM, General News

NRF Foundation Board Names Two New Members

The NRF Foundation Board of Directors today named two new members during its latest meeting. The NRF Foundation Board is comprised of professionals who support the organization’s mission to connect people to life-changing opportunities in retail in communities nationwide through career resources, training and scholarships.

The new board members are:

- University of Maryland Smith School of Business Director of Undergraduate Career Programming Ashlee Chicoine
- Columbia College Chicago Undergraduate and 2022 NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholar Robert Davison Long...

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Sep 15 8:44 AM, General News

Church’s Texas Chicken® Taps Tim Waddell for Executive VP of International Business Role

Church’s Texas Chicken® has hired QSR industry leader Tim Waddell to take on the role of EVP of International Business effective September 6. Waddell brings extensive experience in the areas of global development, sales, marketing, operations, and P&L management that will support the brand in its continued growth.

“Tim’s expertise globally and within his category will help us propel our growth internationally. Tim is an accomplished, high impact business leader with over 20 years of proven..."

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Sep 6 9:58 AM, General News

Giant Food Welcomes Diane Hicks as Senior Vice President of Operations

Giant Food, the leading greater Washington, D.C. retail grocery chain, today announces that Diane Hicks will join the company as Senior Vice President of Operations effective September 12, 2022. In her role, Hicks will be responsible for providing strategic leadership in the development and execution of Giant's critical growth drivers, delivering exceptional store conditions, driving a true selling culture, and delivering an extraordinary associate and customer experience across the brand's omnichannel operations.

With thirty years of experience working in retail across the Ahold Delhaize family of brands, Hicks brings...

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Sep 1 8:00 AM, General News

Freddy's Announces New COO and VP of Finance

Fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers announced today it has named Brian Wise as Chief Operating Officer and Jerry Kunz as Vice President of Finance. Brian Wise brings valuable franchisee perspective to his new role as Freddy's COO, having previously spent 15 years with a Freddy's franchise group before joining the corporate team. Over the past year, Wise has led the restaurant innovation team in delivering technology & operational improvements. As COO, he will oversee the Freddy's training team and both franchise and corporate operations.

"Freddy's success comes from our delicious..."

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Aug 29 1:00 PM, General News

Focus Brands Appoints Industry Veterans to Key Leadership Roles in Restaurant Category

Focus Brands®, parent company of iconic brands including Auntie Anne's®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Jamba®, McAlister's Deli®, Moe's Southwest Grill® and Schlotzsky's®, announced today the promotion of Shelley Harris to Restaurant Category President and the hiring of William Armstrong for the position of Schlotzsky's Chief Brand Officer. Both leaders have an impressive background in restaurant operations, which is critical for the success of the company's three restaurant category brands.

"Having the opportunity to promote a strong leader like Shelley Harris..."

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Aug 26 10:03 AM, General News

NPPC Hires Dr. Ashley Johnson as Director of Food Policy

Dr. Ashley Johnson has joined the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) as director of food policy. In her role, she will focus on developing and implementing post-harvest food safety and human nutrition programs and addressing animal care issues in market channels.

“We are excited to have someone like Dr. Johnson join the NPPC team,” said NPPC CEO Bryan Humphreys. “Her wealth of knowledge is a tremendous asset as we help set the direction of the country’s food policies and weigh in on issues that could affect producers’ ability to..."

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Aug 26 8:12 AM, General News

McDonald's Appoints Jon Banner as Executive Vice President and Global Chief Impact Officer

Today, McDonald's CEO, Chris Kempczinski sent the following message to the McDonald's global System, announcing the company's new Chief Impact Officer, Jon Banner.

The Digital CV and headshot for Mr. Banner are embedded within this release.

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I am thrilled to share that Jon Banner will be joining McDonald's as Executive Vice President and Global Chief Impact Officer, reporting directly to me and serving on our Global Senior Leadership Team.

Jon is the perfect leader to oversee our Sustainability & ESG, Government Relations and Public Policy...

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Aug 25 8:00 AM, Urner Barry

McDonald's Announces Key Changes to Board of Directors

McDonald's Corporation today announced the retirement of Sheila A. Penrose from the McDonald's Board of Directors. The Company also announced the election of Tony Capuano, Marriott International; Jennifer Taubert, Johnson & Johnson; and Amy Weaver, Salesforce, to the Board. Sheila's retirement will be effective September 30 and the election of Tony, Jennifer and Amy takes effect October 1.

"For over 15 years, Sheila has been a deeply committed and highly valued member of our Board. We have all benefited from her thoughtful counsel, strong expertise and unwavering dedication to McDonald's. Through her leadership..."

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Aug 22 9:02 AM, General News

Crave Hot Dogs & BBQ Enters Arkansas

Crave Hot Dogs and BBQ recently named best BBQ and Hot Dog Franchise by FranchiseWire in the United States. With 65 units across the United States and food trucks on the road they are poised for massive growth. Crave features Hot Dogs, sausages, and brats' with 20+ toppings to choose from. Pulled chicken, pulled pork, and smoked brisket are also available for sandwiches, sliders, and plates. You'll also find your classic BBQ sides, desserts and appetizers, Crave has it all. The self-pour beer wall is something the brand is also known for...

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Aug 11 8:00 AM, General News

Jack In The Box Inc. Promotes Del Taco’s Chief Operating Officer Chad Gretzema To Brand President

Jack in the Box Inc. announced today the promotion of Del Taco’s Chief Operating Officer Chad Gretzema to Del Taco Brand President. He replaces John Cappasola who has stepped down from his role as Del Taco President & Chief Executive Officer.

"Chad has been an instrumental part of the executive team at Del Taco that has compiled an impressive eight consecutive years of positive franchise same-store sales,” said Jack in the Box CEO Darin Harris. “He has been a champion..."

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Aug 5 1:35 PM, General News

Conagra Brands Announces Appointment of Denise Paulonis to its Board of Directors

Conagra Brands, Inc., one of North America's leading branded food companies, today announced the appointment of Denise A. Paulonis to its board of directors, effective August 1, 2022. With this addition, the Conagra Brands board will increase to 13 members.

"We are pleased to welcome Denise to the Conagra Brands board," said Richard H. Lenny, chair, Conagra Brands. "Conagra and our shareholders will benefit from Denise's extensive leadership experience driving growth, supply chain innovation, e-commerce capabilities, and product innovation within the consumer products market..."

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Jul 26 9:14 AM, General News

Kiolbassa Smoked Meats Announces New Senior Leadership

National brand Kiolbassa Smoked Meats, a San Antonio, Texas-based smoked meats company, kicked off their new fiscal year by announcing Bill Wagner as new president of the company - the first-ever non-family member president in the company's 73-year history.
"This is a big step for our company because we have been a family-led organization from day one," said Michael Kiolbassa, CEO and Chairman of the Board. "Bill has played a pivotal role in major milestones during his time here, and his extensive expertise is vital to the future growth..."


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Jul 25 10:04 AM, General News

Paulo Peereboom Joins Sysco as Executive Vice President & President, Foodservice Operations

Sysco Corporation announced today that Paulo Peereboom will join the company as the executive vice president & president, foodservice operations – international, effective August 8, 2022.

Peereboom will lead Sysco’s international operations in Canada, Europe, The Bahamas and Latin America, as well as the company’s export business, International Food Group. He will oversee the development and execution of key strategies for growth in these important geographies and will be based in London. Peereboom will report to Kevin Hourican, president and chief executive officer...

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Jul 20 9:14 AM, General News

McDonald's Appoints Jill McDonald as Executive VP and President, International Operated Markets

Today, McDonald's CEO, Chris Kempczinski sent the following message to the McDonald's global System, sharing its international markets leadership structure.

Digital CV's and headshots for these leaders are embedded within this release.

As our global business and our two international segments continue to grow, each can further benefit from strong leadership teams focused closely on their needs —supporting the strong bench of talent in their segments and representing the perspectives of their markets on the Global Senior Leadership Team. 

Following our leadership announcements last month...

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Jul 13 8:53 AM, General News

McDonald’s Promotes Kevin Ozan to Senior Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, and More

Today, McDonald’s CEO, Chris Kempczinski sent the following message to the McDonald’s Global System, which also outlines additional leadership team updates.

Digital CV’s for these leaders can be found in the links below:

- Kevin Ozan, Digital CV

- Ian Borden, Digital CV

- Marion Gross, Digital CV

As I said at Worldwide Convention in April, there’s never been a better time to be part of Brand McDonald’s.

McDonald’s is now seen as leading in our industry on almost every dimension. Together, we’ve transformed the McDonald’s System and...

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Jun 27 8:42 AM, General News

World Food Program USA Appoints Cargill and Kastner Executives to its Board of Directors

World Food Program USA (WFP USA) today named Pilar Cruz, Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Cargill, and Brandon Rochon, Chief Executive Officer of Kastner and Chief Creative Officer of Fluent Group, to its distinguished Board of Directors. World Food Program USA has grown dynamically in recent years to meet the urgent needs of the United Nations World Food Programme. As part of that growth, it has strategically sought to expand its Board of Directors. As industry leaders in their respective fields of...

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Jun 24 9:22 AM, General News

Hormel Foods Announces Retirement of Gary Jamison, Vice President and Treasurer, After 34 Years 

Hormel Foods Corporation, a Fortune 500 global branded food company, today announced that Gary Jamison, vice president and treasurer, will be retiring after a 34-year career with the company. The company also announced it has appointed Florence Makope to succeed Jamison as vice president and treasurer. Makope, who joins Hormel Foods with more than 20 years of finance and treasury experience, will report to Jacinth Smiley, Hormel Foods executive vice president and chief financial officer.

"Gary has provided exceptional leadership to our financial organization, including..."

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Jun 22 9:02 AM, General News

NPPC Promotes Maria C. Zieba to Vice President of International Affairs

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is pleased to announce the promotion of Maria C. Zieba to vice president of international affairs. She will oversee international trade advocacy efforts on behalf of America’s 60,000 pork producers.

“NPPC recently announced the culmination of a strategic planning and repositioning effort that will drive momentum in shaping the future for the next generation of pork producers and their businesses,” said Bryan Humphreys, NPPC’s chief executive officer. “It’s never been more important to plan for our future, and we are pleased to have..."

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Jun 17 8:12 AM, General News

Zaxby's Names New Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer

Zaxby's, the premium quick-service restaurant brand founded in Athens, announced today that Patrick Schwing has been named chief marketing & strategy officer. He joins Zaxby's from Inspire Brands, where he has served as Arby's chief marketing officer and president of the Franchise Association for more than two years. In his new role, Schwing will oversee marketing communications, loyalty, e-commerce, R&D, and media including digital and social to help the organization architect its future growth plans...

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Jun 14 7:20 AM, General News

Cultivated Protein Company Hires Supply Chain and Manufacturing VP

UPSIDE Foods, a company looking to commercialize cultivated meat, poultry and seafood, announced the appointment of Sheetal Shah as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Manufacturing on June 8.

The company is moving closer to commercialization and scaling production, after the company wrapped up a $400 million Series C funding round, the largest in the history of the cultivated meat industry in April 2022.

Shah will be tasked with leading the company’s supply chain and strategic sourcing for cell feed and other inputs that will help lower costs and...

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Jun 10 11:24 AM, SeafoodNews

JBS USA Appoints Karla Thieman as Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs

JBS USA today named Karla Thieman to its executive leadership team as senior vice president, public policy and government affairs. In this newly created role, she will have oversight of U.S. public policy and government relations strategies for JBS USA and Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC).

Thieman will be based in Washington, D.C., where she will lead the establishment of a new office and government relations team to support the company’s continued growth and evolution as a leading global food company...

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Jun 9 8:00 AM, General News

NCBA Congratulates Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young on Confirmation as USDA Under Secretary

Today, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Vice President for Government Affairs Ethan Lane released a statement on the confirmation of Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young as Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“NCBA congratulates Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young on her confirmation as Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics. The Research, Education and Economics arm..."

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Jun 9 8:00 AM, General News

UPSIDE Foods Appoints Sheetal Shah as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain & Manufacturing

Shah will be focused on building out the supply chain infrastructure for cell feed components and scaling manufacturing to commercial scale

Shah brings 25 years of experience, including previous roles as Senior Vice President of Product & Operations at Impossible Foods and Chief Operations Officer at Verifone

UPSIDE Foods, the leading company in the cultivated meat, poultry and seafood industry, has announced the appointment of Sheetal Shah as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Manufacturing. This news comes on the heels of UPSIDE announcing its record-breaking...

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Jun 8 1:00 PM, General News

NPB Elects New 2022-2023 Officers

The new NPB officers will lead the 15 producer directors that represent the 60,000 U.S. pig farmers who pay into the Pork Checkoff.

Indiana pork producer Heather Hill was elected to serve as president of the National Pork Board (NPB) for the 2022-2023 term. NPB’s 15 producer directors represent the 60,000 U.S. pig farmers who pay into the Pork Checkoff – a program funding research, promotion and education efforts for the benefit of the whole industry.

“Real Pork is about real farmers, leading efforts to ensure the public understands our product is real nutritious..." 

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Jun 8 8:32 AM, General News

Former VP of Franchise Sales & Development for Marco's Pizza, Joins PizzaForno

PizzaForno, one of North America's only automated pizzerias, appoints Travis Edmonson, former Vice President of Franchise Development at Mr. Gatti's Pizza and former Vice President of Franchise Sales & Development at Marco's Pizza, as Chief Development Officer.

Edmonson joins as the second former Marco's Pizza business leader this year to get behind this 24/7 digital pizzeria designed to combat labor shortages, food costs and rent rising. A strategic executive, Edmonson brings over 19 years of experience with an enthusiastic, resourceful, and creative approach to drive growth.

Passionate for the...

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Jun 1 9:29 AM, General News

Nick Calderon Joins GrubMarket as Director of Software Services, Strategic Accounts

GrubMarket, Inc. announced today that Nick Calderon, former Implementation Manager and Senior Consultant at Famous Software, will join its software team as Director of Software Services, Strategic Accounts for its flagship product, WholesaleWare. Nick will report to GrubMarket's Chief Software Officer, Genevieve Wang, and be responsible for implementations and training of WholesaleWare. WholesaleWare is the produce and protein industry's newest and most innovative ERP software and inventory management system. Nick, leveraging his wealth of experience, will help this leading technology through its next phase of continued exponential growth...


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Jun 1 9:23 AM, General News

Marco's Pizza® Appoints MikeWorldWide Agency of Record for Consumer Public Relations

MikeWorldWide (MWW), one of the world's leading independent public relations agencies, is proud to announce a new client relationship with Marco's Pizza.

The communications assignment includes earned media relations and creative integrated consumer marketing campaign development to increase awareness and relevance across the United States.

"Aside from our team's shared love of pizza and creative storytelling, there was immediate strategic chemistry with the Marco's communications and marketing team," said Tara Naughton, MikeWorldWide Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer. "The pizza category often uses creativity and risk-taking to..."

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May 31 1:14 PM, General News

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