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People & Industry News: April 2011

April 1, 2011
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Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper, Cooper Farms, (Oakwood, OH), was elected chairman of the board of directors of US Poultry& Egg Association at its meeting during the 2011 International Poultry Expo. He previously served as vice chairman. Mark Waller (Ingram Farms, Cullman, AL) was elected vice chairman; James Adams (Wenger’s Feed Mill, Rheems, PA), treasurer; and Elton Maddox (Wayne Farms, Oakwood, GA), secretary.

Candy maker Just Born named David Yale as its president and COO.

Marlen International, Inc. named Nikola Vajda as its president and CEO.

The Coca-Cola Company exercised its option to acquire the remaining portion of Honest Tea.

Cargill concluded the acquisition of Unilever’s tomato product business in Brazil. In addition, Cargill officially assumed sales and marketing for Louisiana Sugar Refining, LLC, of which Cargill is one-third owner.

Russ Marchiando was promoted to the position of packaging plant manager for Wixon, a manufacturer of seasonings, flavors, ingredients and consumer products.

Ocean Spray’s four manufacturing sites (Markham, WA; Tomah, WI; Wisconsin Rapids, WI; and Middleboro, MA) were awarded  the SQF 2000 Code Level III certification by NSF International in recognition of their “comprehensive food safety and quality management systems.”

Lindt appointed Daniel Studer as its new vice president of sales for Lindt USA.

A M King, a Charlotte, NC architectural and engineering firm, was selected to design and construct the Harvest Time Bread facility expansion in Mt. Airy, NC.

Joseph E. Scalzo, president and chief operating officer, left Dean Foods Company; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gregg Engles is assuming Scalzo’s operating responsibilities. The company does not intend to name a replacement for Scalzo.

NSF International opened its new NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory in Shanghai, China.

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