After 20 years, Scott Kolinski will retire from his position as president and managing director of Lantmannen Unibake USA effective June 30. The company has named Matt Merkle as his successor. Kolinski, along with the global executive team, will work closely with Merkle during this leadership transition.
Over his tenure at Lantmannen Unibake USA, Kolinski led the United States market on a long and profitable growth journey from being a pure import player in the 1990s to acquiring the St. Petersburg bakery and introducing U.S. production of premium artisan bakery products.
“I am eternally grateful to have been working with the best in the business. I have so much pride in the artisan bread and pastry products we produce and can confidently look forward to the future knowing the business is in good shape with a strong team, both locally and globally, supporting it,” Kolinski said.
Merkle’s most recent experience was with FOH, Inc. leading the global sales teams for Front of the House (FOH) and Room 360 where he led the sales team covering all segments of Food Service and Hospitality leading significant growth within all business units. Prior to FOH Merkle held multiple domestic and global senior leadership/GM roles within Brill/CSM.
About Lantmännen Unibake USA
Lantmännen Unibake USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lantmännen Unibake, with 36 industrial bakeries and a global revenue of over $1 billion. For over twenty-five years, Unibake USA has been importing Schulstad premium frozen pastries for North American restaurants, bakeries, cafés, and upscale stores. Unibake USA also produces Euro-Bake artisan breads and rolls in St. Petersburg, Florida, and has distribution throughout North America to provide customers with consistent, quality products.