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On June 17, 2022
Based in Parsippany B&G Foods, Inc. announced the formation of four new business units, as well as several appointments of senior executives to establish a clear focus and expectations and to stimulate organic and acquisition growth. The four newly established business units are:
- Spices & Seasonings – representing approximately 18% of B&G Foods’ net sales, Spices & Seasonings will include, but are not limited to, Dash, Weber, Spice Islands, Tone’s, Ac’cent, Trappey’s, Durkee and Wright.
- Meals – representing approximately 22% of B&G Foods’ net sales, Meals will include, among others, Ortega, Maple Grove Farms, Cream of Wheat, Victoria, Las Palmas, Mama Mary’s, Spring Tree, McCann’s, Carey’s and Vermont Maid.
- Frozen & Vegetables – representing approximately 27% of B&G Foods’ net sales, Frozen & Vegetables will include Green Giant Frozen, Green Giant and Le Sueur.
- Specialty – accounting for approximately 33% of B&G Foods’ net sales, Specialty will include, among others, Crisco, Clabber Girl, Back to Nature, Bear Creek, Polaner, Underwood, B&G, Grandma’s, New York Style, B&M, TrueNorth, Don Brands Pepino, Sclafani, Baker’s Joy, Regina, Emeril’s, SugarTwin and Brer Rabbit.
Commenting on the announcement and the transition from a feature-based organizational structure to a business unit structure, Casey Keller, President and CEO of B&G Foods, said: “We are reorganizing our company into four business units – establishing a clear focus and expectations in B&G Foods. These units will determine the categories and brands we will provide and develop, the platforms for future acquisitions, the brands that will work for efficiency and cash flow, and the businesses we can get out of over time.
He added that the structure of the business units will also focus accountability and multifunctional responsibility to more strictly managed parts of the complex portfolio of B&G Foods – improving the speed and clarity of decision-making to achieve growth and financial results.
“Following the announcement and appointment of the management, which will take effect on August 1, we expect to complete these organizational changes in the next few months and set expectations for the efficiency of business units by the end of the year,” Keller added.
Appointments for president of a business unit
Jordan Greenberg, currently executive vice president and chief commercial officer, will move to president of spices and condiments and will remain executive vice president of B&G Foods. Greenberg joined B&G Foods in 1999 and during that time has played a growing role, including as Vice President of Marketing, Vice President and General Manager – Green Giant and his current position. Prior to joining B&G Foods, Greenberg served in the marketing departments of Land O’Lakes and Alpine Lace.
Ellen Noise, currently Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, will become President of the Department and will remain Executive Vice President of B&G Foods. Noise joined B&G Foods in 2018 and during that time has held increasingly responsible roles, including as Vice President of Retail Sales in the United States and her current position. Previously, Schum was executive vice president of sales and marketing, and then chief operating officer of Schuman Cheese. Noise began his career in finance at Nabisco and spent 24 years at Nabisco and Kraft Foods in leadership roles with growing responsibility, first in finance for 5 years, then in sales for 19 years, most recently as vice president of finance. region – East.
Kristen Thompson, currently Green Giant’s Director of Marketing, has been promoted to President of the Frozen and Vegetable Division and has been appointed Senior Vice President of B&G Foods. Thompson joined B&G Foods in June 2019 as Ortega’s Marketing Director. Just before joining B&G Foods, Thompson was marketing director of Birds Eye Vegetables at Conagra Brands and Pinnacle Foods.
B&G Foods has launched an external search for Meals president and expects to announce the appointment by the end of August.
Other promotions of senior leaders
Gary Benedict, who is currently Vice President of Revenue Growth Management, will be promoted to Senior Vice President of Trade. Benedict joined B&G Foods in 2019. Most recently, before joining B&G Foods, Benedict held sales management positions at Campbell Soup Company and WhiteWave Foods. Benedict has also served in sales leadership at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories and Johnson & Johnson.
Rick Drummond, currently Vice President of Quality Assurance and Research and Development, will be promoted to Senior Vice President of Quality Assurance and Research and Development. Drummond, who has more than 30 years of experience in packaged consumer goods focused on quality and research and development, joined B&G Foods in March 2016. Prior to joining B&G Foods, Drummond served in management positions at Pepperidge Farm , Pinnacle Foods, Mondelēz, Kraft Foods and Nabisco.
Tessie Gallagher, currently vice president of sales, will be promoted to senior vice president of on-site sales. Gallagher joined B&G Foods in 2017. Gallagher has more than 25 years of experience managing sales at companies including Primzie Crispbreads, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo-Frito Lay and PepsiCo-Quaker Oats.
Marty Schoch, currently Vice President of Supply, will be promoted to Senior Vice President of Supply Chain. Schoch joined B&G Foods in 2008. Prior to B&G Foods, Schoch worked for The Manischewitz Company in various roles in the growing supply chain.
Bruce Wacha, Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer; Eric Hart, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer; and Scott Lerner, Executive Vice President, Chief Advisor, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, will each continue to serve in their current roles.
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