Hormell has announced that Jeff Baker, the current Group Vice President of Foodservice, was appointed to the newly created role of Group Vice President, Deli.
In his new role Jeff Baker will report to Executive Vice President of Refrigerated Foods, Tom Day. Baker will lead all deli offerings including the following: Columbus Craft Meats, the Jennie-O Turkey Store deli division, the Hormel® and DiLusso® deli brands, and Hormel Gatherings® party trays.
"The deli space is an on-trend and growing category for today's retailer. In addition to behind-the-glass and grab-and-go deli offerings, we have seen a shift toward more foodservice offerings with growth in prepared foods and in-store restaurants," said Jim Snee, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hormel Foods in a press release. "Jeff brings extensive deli knowledge and a strong culture of delivering innovative solutions to our customers and operators from the Hormel Foodservice division.
"Jeff will be working closely with Joe Ennen, currently president and chief executive officer, Columbus Craft Meats, and other Hormel Foods business leaders, to unite all of our deli offerings into one dynamic organization that will deliver growth for years to come,” continued Snee.
In addition to Baker’s new position, Mark Ourada, Vice President of Foodservice Sales, will be promoted to Vice President of Foodservice. Ourada brings 30 years of foodservice leadership his new role.
"Our Foodservice team has delivered strong, industry-leading growth as they partner with operators to help differentiate their menus with innovative, great-tasting offerings. Mark and David each bring a wealth of experience to this high-growth business and I look forward to continued success under their leadership," added Snee.
The company also noted that David Webber, Vice President of Foodservice Marketing, will also take on the position of Vice President of Foodservice Sales. Weber has 26 years of leadership in foodservice.
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