Northwest Food Processors Education & Research Institute and the Hitachi Foundation are jointly offering the 2012 Food Processing Workforce Pioneer Awards for food companies with facilities in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. This award will recognize employers whose successful businesses are built on developing opportunities for economic advancement for their lower-income employees in production, packaging, sanitation and other non-managerial positions.


McCormick & Company, Inc. has created the new position of chief science officer on its leadership team. Dr. Hamed Faridi, a food scientist, researcher and 14-year veteran of McCormick, assumes this role.

PepsiCo announced that Eric J. Foss, chief executive officer of the Pepsi Beverages Company (PBC), will retire in December 2011. PepsiCo also named Albert P. Carey as its new CEO of PepsiCo Americas Beverages. Carey previously served as president and CEO of Frito-Lay North America.


James P. Young was named logistics manager for Wixon, a manufacturer of seasonings, flavors, ingredients and consumer products.

Joe Stout, former global director of product protection, sanitation & hygienic design at Kraft, will serve as a food safety consultant to the Food Safety Task Force of the Food Processing Suppliers Association.

Kasey Moctezuma of Quality Assurance International, an organic certification organization, was appointed to serve on USDA’s Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Processed Foods.

Baltimore Aircoil Company promoted Michael Swiderski to the position of president. He succeeds Steve Duerwachter, who announced his retirement.


Siemens appointed Helmuth Ludwig as chief executive officer of the company’s industry sector in North America.

Eldon Roth, Beef Products Inc. inventor and innovator, will be inducted into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame.


SABMiller will purchase Australian brewer Foster’s for approximately $10.2 billion.

Powerit Solutions announced that Kevin Klustner joined the company as CEO.

Sealed Air Corporation completed the acquisition of Diversey Holdings, Inc., a solutions provider to the global cleaning and sanitation market.

The board of governors of Material Handling Industry appointed George W. Prest to the position of chief executive officer of Material Handling Industry of America. Prest succeeds John Nofsinger who is retiring at year’s end. Nofsinger has more than 45 years of experience in the material handling and logistics industry.

ONEsource Facility Solutions named Ed Wright as its president and CEO.

Pilgrim Software, Inc. appointed Thierry Durand as its chief executive officer and a director of the executive board.

Heat and Control, Inc. purchased Spray Dynamics, Ltd., a provider of equipment for the controlled application of liquid and dry ingredients.

3M Food Safety introduced a new test called the Aerobic Procedure for Lactic Acid Bacteria. This procedure enumerates lactic acid bacteria in food and environmental samples, and is the result of a long-term relationship with Kraft Foods.