C.H. Guenther & Son (“CHG”), a leading producer of branded and private-label food products, today announced that John D. Buckles has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 29, 2021. Mr. Buckles, a seasoned commercial and operations executive with a track record of growing food and beverage companies, succeeds Dale W. Tremblay, CHG’s CEO since 2001. Mr. Tremblay will continue an active role as Chairman of CHG’s Board of Directors and will work closely with Mr. Buckles during a transition period. 

“I am thrilled to join Dale and the entire CHG team to honor the 170-year family legacy of this great company,” said Mr. Buckles. “I have long admired CHG’s culture, product quality, customer partnerships and manufacturing expertise. I look forward to continuing CHG’s commitment to building lasting relationships and its passion for innovating remarkable food solutions.” 

Mr. Buckles joins CHG from Ventura Foods, where he most recently served as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Ventura Foods, he held numerous commercial and operations-focused leadership roles at PepsiCo, The Kellogg Company and The Coca-Cola Company. Mr. Buckles received a BSBA in Marketing and Management Information Systems from Central Michigan University. 

About C.H. Guenther & Son 

San Antonio-headquartered C.H. Guenther & Son is a leading food manufacturer that has delivered high-quality products and “just baked from scratch” flavor for nearly 170 years. Founded in Texas in 1851, the global company employs more than 3,500 people in 24 manufacturing locations in the U.S., Canada and Western Europe. CHG is a leading supplier of value-added grain-based and frozen food products for foodservice clients and select consumer markets. CHG’s well-loved retail brands such as Pioneer, White Wings, Sun-Bird and Cuisine Adventures have been included at family meals for generations. CHG is owned by Pritzker Private Capital (PPC) along with management and other co-investors.