John O. Stewart, chief financial officer of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc., will retire at the end of March 2010.

James E. Hurley, president and CEO of Vegetable Juices Inc., was named a Fellow of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Provisur Technologies Inc., a provider of food processing equipment, appointed Kevin M. Howard to vice president North American sales, marketing & service.

Invensys Operations Management announced the winners of its 2009 Wonderware Open competition, which recognizes innovation in using Wonderware software to generate business results. Of five awards given, two food and beverage winners included Pepsi Bottling Ventures for “Best Industry Solution,” and Campbell Soup for “Best Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence Application.”

Ralcorp Holdings Inc. acquired Harvest Manor Farms, a manufacturer of private label and branded snack nuts.

Siemens Industry Inc. named Walt Staehle head of vertical marketing management for the North American Food & Beverage market.  Prior to joining Siemens in 2005, Staehle spent more than 24 years as an executive with Kraft Foods as director of MES and shop floor systems.

The PMMI membership elected four new members to its board of directors for four-year terms beginning January 1, 2010. They include Ben Garvey, general manager, Garvey Corporation; Sharron Gilbert, president & CEO, Septimatech Group Inc; Timothy McCarthy, vice president, Kinsley Inc.; and Michael A. Senske, president - CEO, Pearson Packaging Systems. The board of directors also elected its executive committee for 2010, which includes Glenn R. Siegele (Omega Design Corporation), chairman of the board; Nick Wilson (Morrison Container Handling Solutions), vice chairman; James E. Anderson (Marlen), past chairman; and Charles D. Yuska (PMMI), president and CEO.

Eldon Roth, founder of Beef Products Inc., was honored in the House of Representatives for his innovative work in the continuous quick-freezing of ground meats and other similar consistency products and sharing his discoveries in food safety techniques with other meat processors. Roth, who cut the freezing process from two days to a few minutes, also designed new process equipment to increase the value of beef and pork products.