Food Engineering

Industry & People

March 3, 2004


BOC acquired RGF Environmental Group's food safety product portfolio. The assets include a line of food safety equipment and ozone and ultra-violet technologies used in pathogen control programs for the food processing industry. The acquisition is valued at $3 million.

Gregory G. Crnkovich
The Austin Company named Gregory G. Crnkovich director of planning, food and beverage facilities. He formerly worked as a project manager for an Atlanta-based company specializing in developing, integrating, and installing food and beverage packaging lines.

Formerly with Procter & Gamble, Fernando Aguirre joins Chiquita Brands International as president and chief executive officer. He succeeds Cyrus F. Freidheim, Jr., who will continue to serve as chairman of the company.

Dean Foods acquired Horizon Organic Holding Corporation for approximately $216 million in cash and the assumption of $40 million in debt. Horizon markets a line of organic dairy products in the U.S.

Kraft Foods named Betsy Holden president, global marketing & category development. David Johnson additionally assumes the position of president, North America commercial with responsibility for the United States and Canada.

Michael Kahler
As part of the merger with Pinnacle Foods, Aurora Foods' operations will be integrated with Pinnacle's headquarters in Mountain Lakes, NJ and Cherry Hill, NJ.

Alfa Laval named Michael Kahler president of the process technology division. He joins the company after holding various positions with Nalco Chemical Company including president, industrial division and group vice president.

Coca-Cola Enterprises promoted three people to its senior management team: Vicki Palmer is executive vice president, financial services and administration; Joyce King-Lavinder is vice president and treasurer; and Lori Taylor is vice president, risk management.

Karen Schutz is director of new business development for Tasty Baking Company. She previously served as director of emerging marketing and global exports for the Campbell Soup Company.

SPX Process Equipment named Stewart Rissley as national sales manager of Premier Mill.