Tavares brings over 20 years of food industry experience to this role with a focus on increasing organizational profitability in changing environments through a combination of innovative marketing, lean manufacturing and strong organizational development. Prior to joining SunOpta, Tavares was chief executive officer of Maple Lodge Farms Inc., a Canadian food company with revenues of approximately $550 million and extensive operations in fresh and deli meats, pet foods and feed milling. Tavares has also held a number of senior positions in the Canadian food industry including president of Maple Leaf Poultry, a division of Maple Leaf Foods and President of Tyson Canada.
Steve Bromley, president and CEO of SunOpta Inc., commented, "We are most pleased to have Tony join the SunOpta team. His extensive experience in the food industry will be a valuable addition and will be key as we focus on maximizing our strategic strengths and driving improved profitability and return on equity."
From the April 28, 2008, Prepared Foods e-Flash