Litehouse, Inc., a 100% employee-owned company and the number-one Refrigerated Salad Dressing (RSD) brand in Canada and the US., has promoted Dorrie Francis to vice president of technical services. She will oversee food safety, product quality, regulatory compliance, and research and development teams at Litehouse. Acknowledging the importance of this role within the company, Francis, who has been with Litehouse since 2013, will join the company’s executive leadership team and report directly to President and CEO Jim Frank.
A graduate of Kansas State University with a master’s degree in Food Science, Francis has more than 17 years of progressive food industry experience with responsibilities encompassing areas of R&D, regulatory, and food safety management. Under her leadership, Litehouse earned the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3 certification for its Simply Artisan Reserve’s manufacturing plant, the industry’s highest and most rigorous safety achievement.
Francis has earned many industry certifications, including an American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. She is active in the food industry and currently serves on the Association of Dressings and Sauces (ADS) Executive Technical Board.
“As a leader in our industry, we are committed to continuously investing in resources that elevate our quality standards and exceed our customers’ expectations,” said Jim Frank, Litehouse President and CEO. “The standards and quality of our products are our top priority and we recognize the need to have these services represented at the top level of our company. In addition, we are fortunate to have Dorrie’s expertise and leadership to guide our fast-growing brand as we continue to provide best in class innovation and lead the industry by producing products that meet the needs of ever-changing consumer trends.”
“Litehouse’s growth is a direct reflection on the company’s dedication to product innovation, powered by our investment in state-of-the-art facilities,” added Francis. “I am proud to lead a team dedicated to quality excellence and partner with a company that values the importance of technical and product innovation.”
Francis is a proud and active member of the Sandpoint community where she lives with her husband and three children.