People and Industry News: January 2015
The American Frozen Food Institute added Gordon Speed as its new director of government affairs.
The board of directors for Pinnacle Foods Inc. elected Muktesh Pant as an independent director of the company and a member of the board’s audit committee and nominating and corporate governance committee.
Pinnacle Foods, Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Canada-based Garden Protein International Inc. from founder Yves Potvin and TSG Consumer Partners LLC for approximately $154.6 million.
Carol O’Neill was named Barry-Weh-miller’s vice president of strategy, technology and key initiatives.
Linde Material Handling North America Corporation will change its corporate name to KION North America Corporation to better align itself with its European parent company, the KION Group.
The International Bottled Water Association named Bryan Shinn as chairman of its board of directors. Other board members elected or reelected include Joe Bell, Breck Speed, Greg Nemec and Brian Grant.
Nigel McSorley was appointed chief operating officer for the Americk Packaging Group.
San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing Company acquired Alpine Beer Company.
DEL Ozone named Mike Hawkins as president.
Primus Executive Vice President Erik Gunderson will serve as chairman of the International Association for Cold Storage Construction.
Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto was acquired by Unilever.
The International Dairy Foods Association named Emily Lyons as director of regulatory affairs and counsel.
Flowers Foods, Inc. announced George Deese retired as chairman of the board at the end of 2014.
American Frozen Food Institute President and CEO Kraig Naasz was reelected to a two-year term as director of the Business Institute for Political Analysis.
Mondelez International added Joseph Neubauer to its board of directors.
Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International added seven new members to its board including: Gordon Benzie, Eric Weisbrod, Tom Muth, Bradley Rowen, Vanessa Stirling, Michel Peters and Martyn Gill.
Maia Jack joined the American Beverage Association as vice president of science and regulatory affairs.
PerkinElmer will acquire Perten Instruments Group AB for $266 million.
McCormick & Company, Inc. appointed Jeffery Schwartz as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.
PMMI hired Tracy Stout as vice president of marketing and communications.
Ramon Laguarta was named CEO of PepsiCo Europe.
JBS Foods, owner of Pilgrim’s Pride, will pay $1.25 billion to buy Primo Smallgoods.
Sealed Air’s Diversey Care division added Rob Mancini as strategic food safety and sanitation account manager for the company’s North American retail, food safety and sanitation team.
Mark Alexander, president of Campbell North America, and Chris Resweber, senior vice president of corporate communications and public affairs for the JM Smucker Company, were appointed to the GS1 US Board of Governors.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association appointed Denzel McGuire as executive vice president of government relations.
Krones has acquired a 51 percent stake in Till GmbH, Hofheim, a German company located in the state of Hesse.