Pre® Brands, a leader in branded beef, is pleased to announce that Kevin Ponticelli, former Chief Operating Officer and President of Mizkan American Inc., has joined as Chief Executive Officer. He brings more than 30 years of diverse consumer packaged goods (CPG) experience across sales, marketing, and strategy.
Most recently, Ponticelli was the Chief Operating Officer and President of Mizkan American Inc., an operating subsidiary of Japan-based Mizkan Group, a leader in condiments and sauce distribution across the United States and Canada. Prior, Ponticelli was the Group Vice President and President of Kraft for their North American Cheese and Dairy Sector.
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Geneva, IL, May 16, 2019 – For the first year, FONA International, family-owned creator and manufacturer of complete flavor solutions, has been named one of Inc’s Best Workplaces of 2019. The list is national, and FONA is one of only four manufacturing companies — and the only flavor company — to make the cut!
“It is an incredible honor to be named an Inc Best Workplace. To be recognized on the national stage is a testament to every member of the FONA Family,” said President Amy McDonald. “We strive to create a workplace where people feel respected and cared for. That’s why recognition like this means so much.”
Inc. is working to acknowledge the importance of a positive corporate culture. Employees from nearly 2,000 companies of all sizes and industries took part in a survey on topics including trust, management effectiveness, perks, and confidence in the future. See the full list here.
Part one of our Founders Series revolved around the subject of finance. The series took place at the beautiful Pre Brands office in the Wicker Park area. As our guests arrived, they were given the chance to sample innovative, Tumeric-infused beverages from Zyn. KitchFix also sampled their grain-free, paleo friendly granola. Our audience was riddled with new faces, which was exciting for us to see! We were joined by CEOs, entrepreneurs and founders in every stage of business development.
Our panelists were diligent in acknowledging the different stage start-ups in the audience. The conversation was referenced by a presentation, which evaluated the leveling stages of a Food & Beverage start-up. The ranges started from "Proof of Concept" to a "Sizeable/Maturing" company. Each panelist weighed in on topics that looked at how to acquire finances, build capital and scale your business.
The panelists ended the discussion by opening the floor for questions from the audience. The questions asked ranged from what investors look for in an emerging business and how a start-up can set themselves apart or create a unique niche for their businesses.
[The Connecting Vets] Employer of the Week series features one company each week that has made a commitment to hiring and supporting veterans. This week’s employer is the Kraft Heinz Company.
Kraft Heinz is the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth largest in the world with a portfolio of more than 200 iconic brands — eight of which are $1 billion-plus brands. With such large-scale products, it might be surprising to hear that Kraft Heinz also focuses on the individual employee — like veterans.
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As a teenager, self-described "fat kid" LaForce Baker decided to lose weight. Already at home in the kitchen, where he grew up cooking beside his grandmother, Baker figured out how to make his favorite foods less caloric. He also got serious about exercise. Living on the Far South Side, Baker didn't feel safe running at night, so he did it in the early morning. Hooked on healthy eating and running, he became a marathoner in college.
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Stereotypes are s h i f t i n g from lazy drug users to engaged, healthy users of a plant that improves well-being, athletic recovery and helps to relieve pain and insomnia without side effects. The recognition of health and wellness as a leading influencer of cannabis consumption is driving of industry sales projections to $80 Billion by 2030.
As cannabis and hemp products enter the mainstream, it’s clear that consumer adoption is aligned to current behavioral and attitudes. Consumers increasingly view the kitchen cabinet as a factor in proactive health management. As consumers re-educate themselves on nutrition, they are making changes to what they eat. We compared results with our recent research study
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How much do you need to offer to land the best candidate? What’s the standard pay increase job changers can expect in the food & beverage industry?
These are great questions – and ones we encounter nearly every day. Obviously, employers want to know the “magic number” they need to present, to ensure their first choice accepts the offer. Likewise, job seekers want reassurance that the offers they receive are fair – so that they know they’re making the right move.
But without accurate salary increase data, the process of determining “how much is enough” can feel about as scientific as reading tea leaves.
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Our members Wells Fargo and The Kellogg Company have been featured in the 2019 Top 50 Diversity Inc Top 50 Companies For Diversity. Congratulations to our members for being recognized for your inclusive efforts. To see the full list of click here.
Seeds of Change Accelerator is a program designed to help early-stage food companies that are shaping the meals of tomorrow fast-track their growth and accelerate their purpose to build a healthier and more sustainable future. 6 U.S. based companies that support the Mars Food purpose, 'Better Food Today. A Better World Tomorrow’, will be selected, specifically driving one or more of the following 5 pillars:
Participants will receive an equity-free grant of up to $50K, undertake a tailored four-month program, and partner with industry leaders including JKR Ventures and MISTA Foods.
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It’s a topic of conversation around the country and in every nook and cranny of the food and beverage world. Depending on who you talk to, cannabis is primed to be a golden goose for food and beverage companies – or is a movement rife with risk and regulatory chaos. So, which is it? If you’ve tuned into the topic of cannabis in food and beverage in the last six months it won’t surprise you to know that it’s well, possibly both. But who is the consumer for these products? Where is the real opportunity, and what’s coming next? Let’s dive in.
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp and its derivatives, including cannabidiol (CBD). But the FDA has not yet released or implemented new rules for CBD, a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in cannabis. As Sen. Ron Wyden points out to Rolling Stone: “The bill legalized hemp and its derivatives, which means CBD,” Wyden says. “The FDA just hasn’t stepped up to affirmatively update its regulations so they comply with federal law.”
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