Dr. Maria Velissariou to take on new role as global corporate R&D vice president and chief science officer
September 10, 2020
Mars, Incorporated announced the hiring of Dr. Maria Velissariou as the new global corporate research & development (R&D) vice president and chief science officer. Dr. Velissariou joins Mars on Sept. 13 and will lead Mars' enterprise-wide approach to quality and food safety, scientific & regulatory affairs and deliver Mars' R&D strategy in partnership with its business segments.
The company’s nine new operating units and five global category teams will be supported by the newly created Platform Services organization
September 9, 2020
The company’s nine operating units will replace current groups and business units, effective Jan. 1, 2021, subject to consultation where required under local laws. These changes will help eliminate duplication of resources and enhance the company’s ability to scale new products more quickly.
Florian Middelhuis and Alec Heersink to join the sales team
September 9, 2020
Idaho Milk Products welcomes Florian Middelhuis to the position of vice president of sales and marketing on July 1, 2020. Middelhuis’s expertise in the dairy industry, his knowledge of international markets and his aptitude in customer relations will take their sales & marketing team to a higher level of customer service, providing customers with the knowledge and ingredients they require to develop high-quality products.
Jonathan Thompson to take on role as chief executive officer
September 8, 2020
Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, the premier brand and provider of fine vanilla extracts and natural food flavors, announced that Jonathan Thompson has joined Nielsen-Massey Vanillas as chief executive officer, in an announcement released today by the company’s board of directors.
Nicole Rakobitsch will build a new centralized sustainability team and improve the cooperative's sustainability leadership in organic food and agriculture
September 3, 2020
Organic Valley promoted Nicole Rakobitsch to director of sustainability, launching a new centralized department for the nation's largest farmer-owned dairy cooperative. While dairy faces questions around climate change and the impact of animal agriculture, Rakobitsch leads projects to improve the sustainability of organic family farms.
Califia Farms, a plant-based food and beverage company, announced that Dave Ritterbush has been named chief executive officer. Greg Steltenpohl, plant-based pioneer and the company’s founder will retire as CEO and remain on the board as an executive director.
Company CEO pens open letter in The New York Times
September 2, 2020
In June 2020, Planterra Foods, a Colorado-based start-up, debuted its first line of plant-based protein products with its new consumer brand, OZO™. The new line is making a name for itself with its exceptional taste, simple ingredients and a nutritional advantage aiming to grow flexitarian consumption by offering a positive protein solution.