February 26/Concord, N.H./PRWEB -- Blake’s All Natural Foods, a fourth generation family company based in Concord, N.H., welcomed Michael Strange as its new vice president and director of Operations & Product Development. A new position to the Blake’s executive team, the role was created to support the company’s significant growth and continually expanding manufacturing efforts, from new item development to distribution. In this role, Strange will rely on his experience within the food industry, both in consumer packaged goods and restaurant segments, to achieve Blake’s 2014 sales, production and manufacturing goals.

Strange joins the Blake’s team following success as a consultant for the past six years. During his time as consultant, Strange worked with national brands such as Legal Sea Foods, Bertucci’s, Uno Restaurants, Hannaford Bros. and many others. Aside from his culinary background, Strange’s expertise includes strategy development and execution in food and packaging design, quality assurance and production. Strange’s relationship with Blake’s first began in 2009 when Strange consulted on product manufacturing.

Chris Licata, president of Blake’s All Natural Foods, said, “We’re anticipating another strong year at Blake’s and the timing couldn’t be better for Mike to join the Blake’s team. His experience with product development and operations will be essential as we expand our business and prepare for a bright future.”

“Not only is Blake’s a small family business committed to producing a high quality product, but it does so while maintaining core values set in place 40 years ago and seeing continued growth on a national level,” said Strange. “I’ve enjoyed my role in its success as a consultant, and now I’m excited for the challenge of spearheading its product development and manufacturing efforts.”

Strange will work out of Blake’s All Natural Foods’ office based in Concord, N.H.