Tofurky is expanding its executive team with a new leadership appointment. The plant-based maker has welcomed an experienced CPG veteran to its structure, naming Jeff Schulkers as its new Vice President of Operations.
“I am thrilled by the opportunity to work closely with the valuable team members who make it possible for Tofurky and Moocho to create a positive impact on people’s lives and the planet everyday through our delicious products,” said Schulkers. “I was drawn to this role because of Tofurky’s decades-long sustainability-driven mission and the opportunity to strengthen its best-in-class manufacturing operation. I’m energized to leverage cutting-edge practices to reduce waste and loss even further.”
Schulkers has more than a decade of experience serving in operations and manufacturing management roles for brands including Darigold, Kraft, Grupo Lala, and more. In his new role, Schulkers is responsible for leading the company’s plant-based production operation at its Hood River, Oregon, facilities to increase output, improve efficiency, and support in-house innovation. He will oversee plant operations, engineering, and maintenance teams to advance the safety and quality of the production pipeline.
According to a press release, Schulkers is a strategic-minded leader and an efficiency improvement expert with a passion for strengthening manufacturing programs by optimizing the reduction of loss and waste. He is dedicated to creating lasting, positive change and will continue to accelerate Tofurky’s mission by improving efficiency on the production floor, increasing capacity, and making room for Tofurky to bring fresh innovations to the market.
“Jeff brings a refreshing energy and expertise to the Tofurky and Moocho leadership team,” said Andy Kunkler, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. “We feel confident that his industry track record will help catapult Tofurky’s growth and commitment to production excellence for our valued clients and customers in the plant-based food category overall.”
Congratulations to Jeff Schulkers on landing this new role!