Foods nominated Mark D. Ketchum for its board of directors. Currently Ketchum
is president and CEO of Newell Rubbermaid and is a 33-year-veteran of Procter
Joan Chow joined ConAgra Foods as executive vice president and chief marketing
Cuisine Solutions hired Ronald Zilkowski as chief financial officer and
promoted Ronnie Lai from controller to vice president and controller.
General Mills announced a new program to encourage submissions for new processes,
packages, ingredients and products from outside inventors and designers. The
program, dubbed General Mills Worldwide Innovation Network, invites inventors
with patents or patents pending to partner with GM to bring new products to
market. However, the company will also consider products from small companies
that are already publicly available. Business categories include baking
products, cereal, frozen vegetable, pastries, pizzas, snacks, refrigerated and
frozen dough and shelf-stable meals. More information is available at
Countryside Foods acquired the operating assets of I&K Distributors, a
regional specialty food distributor with locations in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and West
Solomon was promoted to market leader of Specialty Foods at Multisorb
Technologies. He will be responsible for expanding Multisorb’s business in
diverse food packaging markets, including organics and natural foods.
Ellen Feeney has been named vice president of responsible livelihood for
WhiteWave Foods. Responsible livelihood is a part of the company’s operating
principles and includes a commitment to sustainable business practices and
showing respect to the environment.
Francesco Leboffe joined the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI)
as vice president of marketing. He will oversee the promotion and marketing of
PMMI’s programs and services. PMMI’s Board of Directors elected several people
to serve on the Institute’s Executive Committee for 2007, including Chairman
James Anderson and Immediate Past Chairman Robert Risley.