Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, Mountain Lakes, N.J., said it hiredAntonio F. Fernandezas executive vice president and chief supply chain officer, effective immediately. Fernandez most recently served as Kraft Foods' senior vice president for operations excellence.

Pinnacle is a diversified $2.6 billion consumer brands company with large dry and frozen food portfolios. Its Birds Eye Frozen Division includes Birds Eye, Birds Eye Steamfresh, C&W, McKenzie’s, and Freshlike vegetables; Birds Eye Voila! meals; Aunt Jemima frozen breakfasts; Swanson and Hungry-Man dinners and entrees; Van de Kamp’s and Mrs. Paul’s seafood; Lender’s bagels; and Celeste frozen pizza.

“We are pleased to welcome Tony to our Pinnacle Foods team,” says Pinnacle Foods CEO Bob Gamgort. “His extensive experience, expertise and drive for results across all elements of the supply chain will strengthen our capabilities and drive enhanced productivity and performance.”

Pinnacle said Fernandez will have end-to-end supply chain responsibilities, including the company’s manufacturing plants, procurement, customer service, distribution and logistics networks. Additionally, he will oversee Pinnacle’s food quality and safety programs. Prior to his Kraft post, Fernandez was chief supply chain officer at Cadbury. 

Cheese and dairy ingredients supplierDavisco Foods International, Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn., said it promotedEmily Lauzonto director of international logistics. She will be responsible for international warehousing, distribution and export operations for Davisco's food ingredient division.

Operating five dairy processing plants (cheese, whey and other dairy-based food ingredients) in South Dakota, Minnesota and Idaho, Davisco produces more than 370 million pounds of cheese annually and is one of Kraft Foods' largest suppliers, the company says. The company also has several international sales offices.