Berner Food and Beverage LLC, a leading private label and contract manufacturing supplier of quality food and beverage products, announced Tim Lethcoe has joined the company as chief operations officer (COO) and Yvette Fossum has joined as vice president of sales.

Kurt Seagrist, chief executive officer, Berner said, “Tim Lethcoe and Yvette Fossum are talented industry veterans who bring a wealth of food manufacturing experience to Berner’s leadership team. We are thrilled to have them join us as Berner continues to expand as a leading supplier of food and beverages, providing flexible, tailored solutions to our valued customer partners. Tim's extensive operations knowledge further supports this growth platform, and Yvette’s tenure in the industry will aid Berner’s ongoing business development efforts.”

As COO, Tim Lethcoe is now managing all functional areas of operations, supply chain, and mechanical engineering for Berner. He most recently led operations and supply chain for Treehouse Foods. His experience also includes ConAgra Foods, Ralcorp, American Italian Pasta Company, and Frito Lay/Pepsi. Lethcoe holds a BS in Industrial Management from Tennessee Technical University.

As vice president of sales, Yvette Fossum is tasked with managing Berner’s private label sales team. She joins Berner from CSM Bakery Solutions, where she headed their sales efforts. She has more than 18 years experience in food manufacturing sales and has held various leadership roles in sales with companies such as Mars Food, Reckitt Benchkiser, and Gerber Products. Fossum holds an MBA from University of Phoenix and a BS in Business Administration from College of St. Elizabeth.