People and Industry News: January 2016
A JAB Holding Company-led investor group is acquiring Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. for $13.9 billion.
Keystone Foods named Devin Cole president of Keystone US.
Stellar hired Scott Fischer as vice president of sales for its food and beverage division.
Wixon named Greg Gonzales as packaging operations manager.
McCormick & Company, Inc. promoted Lawrence E. Kurzius to president and CEO of the company effective February 1, 2016.
WhiteWave Foods Company promoted Blaine McPeak to COO. Kevin Yost was named US group president, Americas foods and beverages. Greg Christenson will become CFO, while Gregg Engles remains chairman of the board and CEO.
W. M. Sprinkman announced Graham Broadhurst will be serving as its director of brewery operations.
Lamb Weston/Meijer completed a $34 million expansion at its EMEA region headquarters in the Netherlands.
Constellation Brands Inc. agreed to purchase Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits for $1 billion.
Bühler Aeroglide appointed Joe Tordella as area sales manager for North America.
Pinnacle Foods Inc. will acquire Bolder Brands Inc. for $975 million.
John Lawrence joined the Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center as its first research director.
PTC and Bosch Software announced a technology alliance to deliver industrial IoT solutions.
Rovema North America Inc. acquired all Rovema-related assets from Rovema Packaging Machines.
ConAgra Foods Inc. will separate into two independent public companies. One, named ConAgra Brands, Inc., will comprise the company’s existing consumer portfolio of iconic brands. The second company will operate under the name Lamb Weston and include its frozen potato products business.
Oerlikon agreed to sell its vacuum segment to Atlas Copco.
AdvancePierre Foods named Steve Booker president.
BW Container Systems promoted Landen Stoker to the position of vice president, aftermarket.
Yaskawa Motoman announced the following appointments: Scott Jenkins was named vice president of North America sales and marketing; Doug Burnside was promoted to the position of vice president of customer satisfaction; and Doug Schenher was promoted to the role of corporate vice president of Yaskawa America Inc.
Pinnacle Foods Inc.’s board of directors elected Mark Jung as an independent director of the company and member of the board’s audit committee and nominating and corporate governance committee.
The Coca-Cola Company announced Alexander Cummings, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, will retire in March 2016.
Mondelez International appointed Christiana Shi to its board of directors.
Wildeck Inc. promoted Keith Pignolet to chairman of the board and named Greg Larson as president.
Archer Daniels Midland Company and Wilmar International Limited announced Olenex will become a full-function joint venture with its own assets.
BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. named Christopher J. Baldwin as its president and CEO.
The Kroger Co. elected Anne Gates to its board of directors.