Hershey unveils new global leadership team
HERSHEY, Pa. — Hershey’s president and CEO, J.P. Bilbrey, announced changes to the chocolate giant’s global leadership team.
Bilbrey said that Bert Alfonso has been named EVP, CFO and chief administrative officer; Michele Buck has been named SVP and chief growth officer; and Mike Wege has been named SVP and chief commercial officer. The executives joined Hershey in 2006, 2005 and 2002, respectively.
Prior to his new role, Alfonso was named SVP and CFO in 2007. In his new role, he is responsible for Hershey’s finance, mergers and acquisitions, integrated business planning functions, information services and global shared services.
Buck, who previously served as SVP and global chief marketing officer, now will have responsibility for Hershey’s strategy and vision, innovation, research and development, the Hershey experience, consumer insights and public affairs.
Wege, who previously was SVP chocolate strategic business unit, now will lead the company’s chocolate and sweets and refreshment strategic business units, with responsibility for building and leveraging Hershey’s global brands and disseminating best demonstrated practices around the world in his new role. Wege also will lead Hershey’s global sales and marketing centers of excellence.
The following also will continue to report to Bilbrey as members of the global leadership team:
Ted Jastrzebski, SVP and president, Americas;
Terry O’Day, SVP global operations;
Peter Smit, SVP and president, Asia, Middle East and Africa;
Burt Snyder, SVP general counsel and secretary;
Dan Vucovich, SVP and president, United States; and
Kevin Walling, SVP and chief human resources officer.
“We have a world-class leadership team that will ensure continued focus on North American momentum while at the same time providing the experience and leadership to accelerate global growth and innovation,” Bilbrey said. “The team has a proven record of collaborating and working with a sense of urgency to deliver results.”
Boulder Canyon Natural Foods introduces vegetable crisps line
PHOENIX — Boulder Canyon Natural Foods has unveiled its new line of vegetable snacks.
New Garden Select vegetable crisps offer a blend of 12 vegetables and provide a good source of fiber in each serving, the company said. The crisps, which will be available in hearty cheddar, red ripe tomato and sour cream and chive flavors, will hit store shelves at select grocery chains nationwide later this fall in 5-oz. packages that retail for $2.99 to $3.49.
"The growing snack trend is all about healthier snack options," Boulder Canyon Natural Foods SVP marketing Steve Sklar said. "We took the concept of vegetable snacks and really embraced the ‘veggie’ aspect of these crisps without sacrificing taste. They are every bit as delicious and addictively good as a salty snack should be, but are also better for you."
Chobani’s Shepherd’s Gift Foundation announces $1 million pledge to Somalia famine relief
NORWICH, N.Y. — Chobani announced that its charitable arm is pledging $1 million to support famine relief efforts in Somalia.
Chobani said that the Shepherd’s Gift Foundation will donate the funds to the Global Enrichment Foundation.
Through their Convoy for Hope initiative, the Global Enrichment Foundation delivers food to people in route to Kenyan refugee camps and currently has provided food to more than 39,000 Somalia people to date. With Chobani’s $1 million pledge, these convoys will provide at least another 250,000 people with food. Additionally, Chobani’s $1 million pledge will be supported by a "Share Hope for Somalia" social media campaign, which will encourage Chobani fans to raise awareness for the cause within their social circles, the company said.
"We created the Shepherd’s Gift Foundation to support passionate people who are making a difference," Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya said. "That’s why we’ve chosen to partner with the Global Enrichment Foundation. Their work is inspirational and life changing, and we’re grateful for their founder, Amanda Lindhout, and her team’s dedication to solving this hunger crisis."