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IDDBA Announces New Officers and Board of Directors for 2017-18

IDDBA Announces New Officers and Board of Directors for 2017-18

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association™ (IDDBA) announced its 2017-18 Officers and Board of Directors at the Annual Business Meeting, held recently in Rosemont, IL. The organization announced that Erik Waterkotte, Sr. Director of Sales, Columbus Craft Meats, is assuming the role of Chairman of the Board. Previous Chair Jewel Hunt, Group Vice President Bakery, Albertsons Companies, will continue to serve on the Board of Directors in the capacity of Past Chairman.

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According to a press release, Waterkotte has served on the Board of Directors since 2010 and has been involved in many of the association’s committees.

IDDBA announced the following officers for 2017-18: 

  • Executive Vice Chairman – Rick Findlay, Vice President Purchasing Marketing, Whole Foods
  • Vice Chairman – Gaetano Auricchio, Executive Vice President, BelGioioso Cheese
  • Treasurer – Jim Antrup, Vice President Commercial, Dawn Foods Products


Additionally, the organization announced a list of industry leaders elected to serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors; they include: 

  • Gaetano Auricchio, BelGioioso Cheese
  • Carter Califri, Norseland Inc.
  • Suzanne Fanning, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
  • Jennifer Johnson, Jennie-O Turkey Store
  • Peter Sirgy, Reser’s Fine Foods
  • Erik Waterkotte, Columbus Craft Meats
  • John Wellenzohn, Rich Products Corporation

Other members of the 2017-18 Board of Directors are: Steve Buffington, DecoPac; John Cheesman, Clyde’s Donuts; Curt Coolidge, TreeHouse Foods, Inc.; Dominique Delugeau, Saputo Specialty Cheese; Linda Duwve, Emmi Roth USA; Alan Hamer, Stefano Foods; Bill Klump, Butterball, LLC; Tom LaRochelle, Lactalis American Group; Eric Le Blanc, Tyson Foods; Edward Meyer, Schnuck Markets; Mark Rudy, Hubert Company; Carmela Serebryany-Harris, Upper Crust; Joe Squires, Land O’Lakes; Jerry Suter, Meijer; Dotty VanderMolen, Advantage Fresh; and Voni Woods, Giant Eagle.

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