more

Author Archive | Warren Thayer

PLMA Cancels November Show; Plans Feb. 1-5 Virtual Event

The Private Label Manufacturers Association has canceled its Nov. 15-17 show and will instead host PLMA Live! Presents Private Label Week a virtual event set for February 1-5, 2021. The change comes because of continuing uncertainties concerning the health and safety of participants at large-scale, in-person gatherings. PLMA said it would return to its annual […]

Continue Reading
Dan Lehtonen

Industry Veteran Dan Lehtonen, 60, Killed in Crash

Dan Lehtonen, a well-known frozen food industry executive, was killed Aug. 17 in a car accident in Tooele County. He was 60 and lived in Draper, Utah. A life-long food industry veteran, he held leadership positions with Good Karma Foods, Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, Rudi’s Organic Bakery, and spent nearly 20 years with Schwan’s Consumer […]

Continue Reading
MegaRegions-Map-980x671

RLS CREATES NATIONAL JOINT VENTURE WITH REGIONAL PRWs

‘For manufacturers that are too small to be a priority at a larger provider, the RLS network provides the ideal combination of responsive service and scalability.’ Mt. Laurel, N.J.-based RLS Logistics (rlslogistics.com) has created a joint venture allowing customers to work with regional family-run cold storage providers nationwide. Small- and mid-sized manufacturers of frozen and […]

Continue Reading

NFRA BESTOWS 25 GOLDEN PENGUIN AWARDS

They’re for the best merchandising and marketing events in the industry during the March Frozen Food Month promotion. Another 37 silver awards will go to regional winners. The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association, Harrisburg, Pa., will present 25 Golden Penguin Awards to the national winners of its 2020 March Frozen Food Month promotion. Presentations […]

Continue Reading

VITAL FARMS IS GOING PUBLIC

Leading producer of pasture-raised eggs and butter has posted 33% CAGR in net revenue between 2015 and 2019.   Austin, Tex.-based Vital Farms, billed as the leading U.S. brand of pasture-raised eggs and butter and the second largest U.S. egg brand by retail dollar sales, filed for an initial public offering with the Securities and […]

Continue Reading

DOCKERY ELECTED TO CHAIR PLMA BOARD

Clay Dockery, vp of corporate brands, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Private Label Manufacturers’ Association during its June 29 annual meeting. John Schaefer, vp, sales, Aspen Products, Inc. was elected first vice chairman, and Doug Bausch, vp sales and marketing, LNK International, Inc., was elected second […]

Continue Reading
NFR-new items

NELLIE’S FREE RANGE DEBUTS 3 NEW PRODUCTS

Butter, sous vide egg bites and eggnog are added to the mix. Nellie’s Free Range Eggs (nelliesfreerange.com), Monroe, N.H., has launched three new products: Free Range Butter; Free Range Sous Vide Egg Bites; and Limited Edition Free Range Traditional Eggnog. Nellie’s Free Range Butter contains 84% butterfat and is made with cream from grass-fed, free […]

Continue Reading
PeggyDaviesPLMA

Peggy Davies Named Acting President of PLMA

The board of directors of the Private Label Manufacturers Association, New York, has named Peggy Davies acting president of the Association. Her appointment follows the death of Brian Sharoff, president, who passed away last month after a brief illness. Since 2016, Davies served as PLMA vp of association relations. Davies joined PLMA as vp in […]

Continue Reading

NFRA CONVENTION WILL BE VIRTUAL

This year’s convention of the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (nfraweb.org) is still set for Oct. 19-20, but it will be a virtual event because of ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made June 1 by Skip Shaw, president and CEO of the Harrisburg, Pa.-based association. “With more flexibility, lower registration […]

Continue Reading