EXECS ON THE MOVE

Agropur, Longueuil, Quebec, said it hired Robert Coallieras CEO. Coallier assumes his post Feb. 27, 2012, and succeedsPierre 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 giantRich Products Corp., Buffalo, N.Y., announced that veteransRay BurkeandJack Kilgorewill co-lead the company's newly formedU.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 ofDaniel A. Hartzog, vice president of sales, consumer products sales; andBruce R. Schweitzer, vice president of operations, Refrigerated Foods. These retirements will be effective April 27, 2012.

Hormel saidKurt F. Mueller, vice president of business planning, consumer products sales, will replace Hartzog; andSteven D. Althauswill 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, andRandy R. Simonson, customer business manager, consumer products sales, will assume Benson’s responsibilities.

Jeffrey A. Nuyttenwill replace Schweitzer, andDonald G. Colewill 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.