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June 17, 2022
Parsippany-based B&G Foods, Inc. announced the formation of four new business units, as well as a number of senior management appointments to establish clear perspectives and expectations and encourage organic growth and purchasing. These are the four newly created business units:
- Spices & Seasonings – Approximately 18% of B&G Foods’ net sales, Spices & Seasonings will have brands such as Dash, Weber, Spice Islands, Tone’s, Ac’cent, Trappey’s, Durkee and Wright’s.
- Meals – Approximately 22% of B&G Foods’ net sales will include meals from Ortega, Maple Grove Farms, Cream of Wheat, Victoria, Las Palmas, Mama Mary’s, Spring Tree, McCann’s, Carey’s and Vermont Maid.
- Frozen & Vegetables – Approximately 27% of B&G Foods’ net sales will include Frozen & Vegetables Frozen Green Giant, Green Giant Shelves and Le Sueur.
- Specialty – Approximately 33% of B&G Foods’ net sales will include Crisco, Clabber Girl, Back to Nature, Bear Creek, Polaner, Underwood, B&G, Grandma’s, New York Style, B&M, TrueNorth, Don. Brands of Cucumber, Sclafani, Baker’s Joy, Regina, Emeril’s, SugarTwin and Brer Rabbit.
Casey Keller, President and CEO of B&G Foods, said: “We are reorganizing our business into four business units with clear vision and expectations. B&G “These units will define the resources and the categories and brands we will grow, the platforms for future purchases, the brands that will work to achieve efficiency and cash flow, and the businesses that we can exit over time.”
He added that the structure of the business units will also promote accountability and multi-functional accountability to the parts they manage in the parts closest to the B&G Foods portfolio, improving the speed and clarity of decision making for growth and financial performance.
“Following the announcements and leadership appointments that will take effect on August 1, we expect to complete these organizational changes in the coming months and set business unit performance expectations by the end of the year,” Keller added.
Appointments to the President of the Business Unit
Jordan Greenberg, who is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, will become President of Spices and Seasonings and will continue to be the Executive Vice President of B&G Foods. Greenberg joined B&G Foods in 1999, during which time he became increasingly responsible, including as Vice President of Marketing, Vice President and CEO – Green Giant and his current position. Prior to joining B&G Foods, he worked in the marketing departments of Greenberg Land O’Lakes and Alpine Lace.
Ellen Schum, who is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, will become President of the specialty and will continue to be the Executive Vice President of B&G Foods. Schum joined B&G Foods in 2018, during which time he has served in increasingly important roles, including as U.S. Vice President of Retail Sales and his current position. Previously, Schum was Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing and then Chief Operating Officer of Schuman Cheese. Schum began his financial career at Nabisco and spent 24 years in the increasingly important leadership roles of Nabisco and Kraft Foods, first in finance for 5 years and then in sales for 19 years, the latter serving as vice president. – East.
Kristen Thompson, currently the marketing director of Green Giant, has become president of frozen and vegetable, and has been named vice president of B&G Foods. Thompson joined B&G Foods in June 2019 as Ortega’s Marketing Director. Prior to joining B&G Foods, Thompson served as Marketing Director for Birds Eye Vegetables at Conagra Brands and Pinnacle Foods.
B&G Foods has begun an external search for the president of the meal, and hopes to announce that appointment by the end of August.
Other top promotions
Gary Benedict, now vice president of revenue growth management, will be promoted to vice president of commercial operations. Benedict joined B&G Foods in 2019. Prior to joining B&G Foods, Benedict worked as a sales manager for Campbell Soup Company and WhiteWave Foods. Benedict has also worked in sales management for Reddy’s Laboratories and Johnson & Johnson.
Rick Drummond, who is currently Vice President of Quality Assurance and Research and Development, will become the Vice President of Quality Assurance and Research and Development. Drummond, with over 30 years of experience in consumer goods packaging, quality and R&D, joined B&G Foods in March 2016. Prior to joining B&G Foods, Drummond worked as a CEO at Pepperidge Farm, Pinnacle Foods, Mondelēz, Kraft Foods and Nabisco.
Tessie Gallagher, currently vice president of sales, will be promoted to vice president of field sales. Gallagher joined B&G Foods in 2017. Gallagher has more than 25 years of experience in sales management at Primzie Crispbreads, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo-Frito Lay and PepsiCo-Quaker Oats, among others.
Marty Schoch, the current vice president of procurement, will become the vice president of the supply chain. Schoch joined B&G Foods in 2008. Prior to B&G Foods, Schoch worked for The Manischewitz Company in a variety of supply chain roles with increasing responsibility.
Bruce Wacha, chief financial officer and chief financial officer; Eric Hart, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer; and Scott Lerner, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, each of whom will continue to perform their current duties.
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