Blackstone Group, a private equity investor, is purchasing Pinnacle Foods for
$2.16 billion. Pinnacle is the parent company of Swanson. The sale includes
Swanson frozen entrees, Mama Celeste frozen pizza, Aunt Jemima frozen breakfast
products, Lender’s bagels and the Van de Kamp’s and Mrs. Paul’s frozen seafood
brands. Upon completion of the sale, Roger Deromedi, former Kraft Foods CEO
will serve as Pinnacle’s chairman. Joe Jimenez, formerly of H.J. Heinz, is also
expected to be a director.
National Frozen Foods Corp. promoted Patrick D’Ambrosio to director of bulk and
industrial sales. (right)
Pat Englert of Ashworth Bros. now serves in the newly created position of
Undine sanitation manager and will head the conveyor belt manufacturer’s new
business venture as the US representative for the Undine CIP Belt Cleaning
Pasta USA has been acquired by Conte Luna Foods and Minot Milling as a division
of Philadelphia Macaroni Co., a fifth generation grain-based food processing
company in Philadelphia, PA.
Griffith Laboratories Worldwide, a global manufacturer of food ingredient
blends including seasonings and value-added coating systems, promoted Jennifer
Convery to general manager. Convery is a 14-year veteran of Griffith and
previously worked at Johnson & Johnson and General Mills.
Sakurai has been named global industry executive director at Dow Corning overseeing Molykote lubricants,
Dow Corning industrial maintenance
sealants, and Dow Corning and Silastic
mold making products. (left)
The collective team of World Water Works, Zentox Corp., Install Inc. and FTN
Associates won the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arkansas Water
and Wastewater project of the year award for the Townsends Water Reuse Project
at Townsends Poultry’s Batesville, AR, facility. The water reuse system was
designed to treat up to two million gallons per day. The system treats all the plant effluent and approximately
700,000 gallons of that meets all USDA guidelines for poultry water reuse.