Andrea TuckerSMITHFIELD FOODS has promoted ANDREA TUCKER to plant manager of the company’s Tar Heel facility in North Carolina. The company’s largest facility, Smithfield’s Tar Heel plant is also the largest pork processing operation in the world and was featured in FE’s “Sustainable Processor of the Year” feature in November 2014. 

Tim MeskillGOOD FOODS has hired TIM MESKILL, who will take on the role of VP of club strategy to support strategic growth plans for the brand’s prospective and current club retail partners, including Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale Club and Costco.


GOLDEN STATE FOODS has appointed HUGUES LABRECQUE as VP of sales, and TRISHA MCROBERTS as group VP, strategic sourcing. Based in Frisco, Texas, Labrecque leads GSF’s North American sales and customer strategy across multiple business groups, including Dairy Products and Liquid Products. Conyers, Ga.-based McRoberts designs and implements strategic sourcing strategies for packaging, food ingredients and indirect spend categories across GSF’s North America food manufacturing divisions.

KATE BARRETTCAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY appointed KATE BARRETT as director, community affairs. Barrett will succeed Kim Fortunato who is retiring. Barrett, who joined Campbell in 2017, will be responsible for setting the strategy and direction of Campbell’s community affairs work including employee volunteerism, philanthropy, sponsorships and the company’s Full Futures program.

VIKRAM LUTHARADM appointed VIKRAM LUTHAR CFO, following a thorough succession planning and candidate review process. Luthar succeeds Ray G. Young, who has served as CFO since 2010 and served as the company’s vice chairman since February.

TRAVIS LEONARDHOSTESS BRANDS announced that TRAVIS LEONARD joined the company as CFO. Leonard succeeds interim CFO Mike Gernigin, who has been acting in this role since November 2021 and will remain with the company as chief accounting officer. Gernigin will report to Mr. Leonard.

Robert LindseyIMA DAIRY & FOOD USA—whose equipment solutions comprise the brands Gasti, Hamba, Hassia, Fillshape, Corazza, Erca and Intecma—has hired materials science engineering specialist ROBERT LINDSEY as its newest project manager.

John EshelmanREADING BAKERY SYSTEMS has announced that after 30 years with the company, JOHN ESHELMAN, director of pretzel and snack equipment sales, has retired. 

Paul KlingSOFT ROBOTICS INC. appointed PAUL KLING as VP of global sales and marketing. In this role, he will lead all Soft Robotics’ sales and marketing strategies globally. Most recently, Kling spent four years at Yaskawa America developing and executing the overall strategy for the packaging and material handling, logistics and warehouse automation markets.

Andy JuddLAIRD SUPERFOOD appointed ANDREW JUDD as chief commercial officer. He will oversee marketing, sales, product development and customer experience to drive business growth.

TORCHY’S TACOS has named company founder MIKE RYPKA as CEO. The company started out of a food truck in Austin, Texas, 15 years ago.

APEX MOTION CONTROL named MICHAEL KIERS as its new GM, overseeing Apex’s operations. Kiers joins Apex with extensive experience both in operations management and in the mechatronics field. 

TRIANGLE PACKAGE MACHINERY announced the retirement of RALPH HERNANDEZ, VP of sales and marketing.

GROTE INDUSTRIES has promoted Chief Engineer CHUCK O’NEAL to executive director, to lead and manage the U.S. engineering organization. O’Neal started his career at Grote Industries in 1987 as a design draftsman working on the newly launched UBS wire harness product line.

JLS AUTOMATION welcomes JESSICA ZASADNI to its team as director of human resources. She replaces Pam Clayborne, who is transitioning to the role of employee and community engagement specialist.

The KEURIG DR PEPPER Board of Directors has appointed OZAN DOKMECIOGLU, currently CFO, as the company’s next CEO, effective July 29, 2022. Dokmecioglu will join the company’s Board of Directors at that time. BOB GAMGORT, currently chairman and CEO, has committed to serve as executive chairman for two years.

STARBUCKS marked the return of founder Howard Schultz as CEO and as a director on the company’s Board. Schultz announced Starbucks will suspend its stock repurchasing program, effectively immediately. “This decision will allow us to invest more into our people and our stores—the only way to create long-term value for all stakeholders,” says Schultz.

TREEHOUSE FOODS announced the appointment of SCOTT OSTFELD, partner of JANA Partners LLC and co-portfolio manager of its engaged investing strategy JANA Strategic Investments, to the TreeHouse Foods Board of Directors.

NUTIVA, maker of organic plant-based culinary products, and sister brand COCONUT SECRET, announced the appointment of CPG industry veteran, MICHAEL LYNCH, as CEO. STEVEN NACCARATO, who previously held the role of CEO, will serve on the Board of Directors.

BLUE APRON has named JOSH FRIEDMAN as chief product officer. Friedman brings multi-decade experience in strategic, digital and product leadership roles to Blue Apron.

DRUPPS appointed LENA WÄPPLING and HENRIK RESMARK to its Board, strengthening its competence in airborne water production. 

THE VERY GOOD FOOD COMPANY has removed MITCHELL SCOTT as CEO. In addition, JAMES DAVISON has resigned as chief research & development officer and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. 

BALLS FOOD STORES has made several management changes: SCOTT BAYNE has been promoted to COO, GREGG FROST to chief teammate officer, MIKE SULLIVAN to VP of Price Chopper operations and BOB PEARSON to VP of Hen House/Sunfresh/Payless operations. In addition, PAT ROGERS has been promoted to Balls Foods delicatessen director.


Klockner West Virginia ExpansionKLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST, a global supplier of recycled content products and high-barrier protective packaging, has chosen its production facility in Beaver, W. Va. for its multi-million-dollar production expansion, adding post-consumer recycled content (PCR) PET capacity in North America. Photo courtesy of Klöckner Pentaplast

Stellar ABC Safety AwardsPhoto caption: Pictured, (L-R): Stephanie Schmidt, 2022 Chair of the ABC National Board of Directors; Zachary Mitchell, Stellar Assistant Corporate Safety Manager; and Neil Ross, Stellar Vice President of Safety. Photo courtesy of Stellar

STELLAR, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction, and mechanical services worldwide, received a 2021 National Safety Excellence Award from ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS (ABC). Neil Ross, Vice President of Safety, accepted the award on behalf of Stellar’s Safety Team at the 32nd annual Excellence in Construction Awards during the ABC Convention 2022 in San Antonio. 

EH hydrogenENDRESS+HAUSER has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, supporting the development of a clean and competitive hydrogen industry in Europe. The goal is to achieve CO2 neutrality in the process industry by the middle of the century through the introduction of hydrogen technologies. Photo courtesy of Endress+Hauser

OATLY GROUP AB has announced that its two North American production facilities, located in Millville, N.J. and Ogden, Utah, sourced 100% renewable electricity for the first time. Oatly obtained certificates issued for renewable electricity generated in part from its oat fiber residue as well as wind and solar. This initiative contributes towards reducing the company’s overall corporate climate footprint.

ELOPAK ASA President & CEO Thomas Körmendi and NIPPON PAPER INDUSTRIES President and CEO Toru Nozawa have agreed that Nippon Paper will produce and sell Elopak’s lineup of Pure-Pak packaging for liquid food and beverage products worldwide and introduce them to the Oceania region, particularly in Australia and New Zealand where population growth and domestic demand are rising.

ADMIX a global manufacturer of industrial mixing equipment, announced the acquisition of DIAF PILVAD APS of Denmark, a manufacturer and supplier of dispersion and agitation equipment.

The BARRY CALLEBAUT GROUP has opened its factory expansion in Campbellfield, on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia. The Campbellfield factory was acquired in 2020, and the new factory lines add significantly to the total production capacity of the plant.

LINEAGE LOGISTICS, LLC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire VERSACOLD LOGISTICS SERVICES, a cold chain solution provider in Canada.

The BUMBLE BEE SEAFOOD COMPANY has made the shift to recyclable paperboard carton packaging on its multipack can products. This removes plastic waste from an estimated 23 million pieces per year by moving 23 SKUs to paperboard.

BENSON HILL and DENOFA, a major protein producer in Scandinavia, announced a plan to form a strategic alliance to introduce sustainable soy protein ingredients into the Northern European aquaculture feed market.

PHW GROUP, one of Europe’s largest poultry producers, and SUPERMEAT, a food-tech company developing cultivated meat products, announced the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will solidify the brands’ joint mission to bring cultivated meat products, including chicken, turkey and duck, to European consumers. 

BERLIN PACKAGING has acquired PANVETRI, a family-owned supplier of glass and metal packaging for the wine and olive oil industries. Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Modugno (Bari) in southern Italy, Panvetri serves a wide range of wine estates, cooperative wineries, oil mills and food manufacturers.

VORTEX GLOBAL, a solids and bulk handling components company, has chosen PEAK EQUIPMENT as its official representative for the state of Wyoming. Peak will continue to be Vortex’s representative in Colorado and New Mexico.

CULT FOOD SCIENCE CORP. has made an investment in PEARLITA FOODS, which claims to be the world’s first cell-based mollusk company. Pearlita has also received funding from Sustainable Food Ventures and Big Idea Ventures New Protein Fund.

PLANET BASED FOODS GLOBAL announced a new distribution partnership with US FOODS, a supplier of foodservice products throughout the United States.

FORTUNE INTERNATIONAL announced the acquisition of D’ARTAGNAN, INC.

Nebraska-based JORD PRODUCERS has been incorporated into ŸNSECT’S production portfolio, signifying the global supplier’s entry into North American mealworm production. The move comes off the back of Ÿnsect’s introduction to the U.S. market in November 2021.

ORIGINCLEAR has agreed in principle to work with ENVIROGEN TECHNOLOGIES, a 30-year international provider of environmental technology and process solutions, to deliver OriginClear’s Water On Demand fully-outsourced industrial and agriculture systems.

CPM WOLVERINE PROCTOR, a global supplier in the food, tobacco, fiber and chemical industries, has acquired PLANET DRYERS LTD., headquartered in Peterborough, U.K. Planet Dryers will join Wolverine Proctor and TSA Griddle Systems as part of the CPM Thermal Group.

NEOSPECTRA BY SI-WARE announced a partnership with NUTRICONTROL ANALYTICAL SOLUTIONS, a Netherlands-based laboratory network that operates in the feed, food and dairy markets.

DOLMAR LABORATORY, based in La Rioja (Spain), has joined the TENTAMUS GROUP.

MEATECH 3D LTD. announced that its Belgian subsidiary, Peace of Meat B.V., will build a 21,530-sq.-ft. pilot plant in Belgium, with construction expected to begin in 2022. The new facility will expand and accelerate MeaTech’s cultured avian technology and R&D capabilities.

Organic snacks maker LESSEREVIL has acquired a majority stake in Portland, Maine-based R.E.D.D. BAR, maker of functional bars. The deal is LesserEvil’s first acquisition.