SSOE GroupselectedBob Howellas president and CEO.

The American Frozen Food Institute named Joe Clayton as executive vice president of public affairs.

Unique Beverages completed the acquisition of Activate Drinks.

Unilever sold its Slim-Fast brand to Kainos Capital. Unilever will retain a minority stake in the business.

Finnish food casing manufacturer ViskoTeepack acquired Vista International Packaging, LLC, a supplier of food packaging to US meat and poultry industries.

Danfoss, a manufacturer of heating and air equipment, hired David Boezi as senior director, strategy and global platform.

Colin O’Sullivan was appointed president of AGC Heat Transfer.

KeHe Distributors, LLC acquired California-based health and natural food product distributor Nature’s Best to enhance and broaden its natural and organic product distribution.

La Tortilla Factory hired Jeff Ahlers as its president and CEO.

Vita Coco has entered an agreement to sell a 25 percent stake in the company to the owner of Red Bull China.

The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition’s board of directors elected Jim Wetzel, technical director of General Mills, as chair.

Separators, Inc. appointed Joe Fitzgerald to the position of Eastern regional sales manager and Nate Nash as the company’s new Western regional sales manager.

Flavorseal named Corey Raub as the company’s new vice president of operations.

Mondelez International appointed Mark Clouse to the newly created position of chief growth officer.

Kito Americas Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase Peerless Industrial Group from Westview Capital Partners II, L.P.

Karen Carter, global strategic marketing director for Dow’s packaging and specialty plastics business, was named to the 2014 Forty Women to Watch Over 40 list.

Dave Favret joined Harpak-ULMA as product manager for the ULMA TFS Thermoform line.

Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, owners of Chock full o’Nuts, said it will make an initial public offering this year.

Gainco, Inc. appointed Mike Kleinosky to the position of aftermarket sales manager.

Natural American Foods named Frank Pyszkowski as senior vice president of sales and marketing and Ed Minson as director of commercial business development.

Applied Robotics, Inc. appointed John Serfilippi as president and interim CEO.

JLS Automation appointed John Kertesz as Eastern region sales manager.

The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) board of directors appointed Julia Kadison as CEO.

ARC Group named Chris Perrella as director of marketing.

Private equity firm American Securities LLC has acquired Emerald Performance Materials, LLC.

Dorner Manufacturing Corporation appointed Chris Elley  as regional sales manager for the mid-Central US.

Michelman named Jeff Rodgers as the company’s new CFO.