EXECS ON THE MOVE

Agropur, Longueuil, Quebec, said it hired Robert Coallier as CEO. Coallier assumes his post Feb. 27, 2012, and succeeds Pierre Claprood, who retired. Officials said Coallier earned a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University and an MBA from Concordia University, and has nearly 30 years of management experience in a variety of sectors, including consumer products and retail trade. He has also been a member of many boards of directors for a number of organizations, including Agropur for the past two years, where he has been sitting as a guest member of the board and the audit committee.

Founded in 1938, Agropur cooperative has C$3.6 billion in sales and processes more than 3 billion liters of milk annually at 27 plants in Canada, the United States and Argentina.


Having reorganized its company into five regional businesses, diversified frozen foods giant Rich Products Corp., Buffalo, N.Y., announced that veterans Ray Burke and Jack Kilgore will co-lead the company's newly formed U.S./Canada Division. Burke, president of Rich’s Foodservice and In-Store Bakery Divisions, will continue to lead these businesses and assume Rich’s Ingredients Division.  Kilgore, president of the Consumer Brands Division, also will oversee the Canada Division. Kilgore also will manage Rich's Global Quality function.

Rich’s has annual sales of more than $2.9 billion and employs approximately 8,000 people worldwide, through more than 50 locations spanning six continents. Rich’s is a world leader in non-dairy toppings, icings and other emulsions. Other key product categories include cakes and desserts; pizza; bakery products; breads and rolls; shrimp and seafood; appetizers and snacks; Bar-B-Q; meatballs and pasta; gluten-free and all-natural items; cooking creams; and syrups and soaked cakes.


Hormel Foods Corporation, Austin, Minn., announced the upcoming retirements of Daniel A. Hartzog, vice president of sales, consumer products sales; and Bruce R. Schweitzer, vice president of operations, Refrigerated Foods. These retirements will be effective April 27, 2012.

Hormel said Kurt F. Mueller, vice president of business planning, consumer products sales, will replace Hartzog; and Steven D. Althaus will replace Mueller in the position of director, business planning, consumer products sales. Andrew J. Benson, director, Refrigerated Foods, Sam’s – Walmart, consumer products sales, will assume Althaus’ responsibilities as director of the SuperValu business team, consumer products sales, and Randy R. Simonson, customer business manager, consumer products sales, will assume Benson’s responsibilities.

Jeffrey A. Nuytten will replace Schweitzer, and Donald G. Cole will assume Nuytten’s responsibilities as vice president of operations at Jennie-O Turkey Store. Todd J. Kampstra, director of further processing cooked production, Jennie-O Turkey Store, will assume Cole’s responsibilities as plant manager of West Central Turkeys.