A new leader is taking the helm of Bakkavor USA. Industry veteran Peter Laport has been recently tapped as the fresh prepared food manufacturer’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Laport joined the Charlotte, North Carolina-based headquarters in late 2020, drawing on a wealth of leadership experience from previous roles in fresh food operations.
“The next three to five years are about significant growth and innovation at Bakkavor USA,” said Laport. “I’m energized to build upon the momentum set by my U.S. predecessor and collaborate with Agust Gudmundsson in the U.K. to expand our reach, bring new product concepts to retail and foodservice customers, and reinforce Bakkavor as both a best-in-class global employer and provider of convenient farm-to-fork cuisine.”
For over 30 years, Laport has held management, operational, and commercial roles at global food and beverage brands. Most recently, Laport was Chief Supply Chain Officer/EVP for Revlon Inc. where he led the transformation of the global supply chain and manufacturing operations supporting 150 countries.
Prior to Revlon, Laport was the Chief Operating Officer at fresh prepared salad producer Ready Pac Foods/Bonduelle Fresh Americas. While there, Laport developed great insight into working with fresh foods. He also spent time at PepsiCo and Nestle and led the global supply chain for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins ice cream.
“Bakkavor USA is in a good position, but I believe we have the opportunity to get better every single day by empowering and equipping our leaders at all levels of the business to drive us forward by executing at an extremely high standard,” added Laport. “We flawlessly balance premium with healthy convenience, and I’m optimistic about our goals for identifying more geographies around the country for our fresh prepared meals.”
Bakkavor produces an extensive selection of fresh prepared foods, including more than 5,500 varieties of packaged meals, sandwiches, hummus/dips, pizza, and bread. With a focus on fresh, convenient, and healthy foods, noted the press release, Bakkavor has a deep understanding of consumer food choices enabling them to provide innovative products across private label and branded products within key retailers and foodservice operators throughout the U.S.
Laport earned a degree in Engineering from Purdue University and a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from The Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School, where he serves as an Executive in Residence.
Congratulations to Peter Laport on his new position!