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American Frozen Food Institute elects new board leadership
Time:25 Mar 2014
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San Diego, CA ¨C The American frozen food Institute (AFFI) today announced the

election of three officers and nine members to the AFFI Board of Directors. The

elections took place at the AFFI Annual Meeting and Keynote Breakfast held in

conjunction with the 2014 AFFI Frozen Food Convention in San Diego, Calif.

The newly-elected AFFI officers are: Dave Yanda of Lakeside Foods, Inc. as

chairman; Paul Bakus of Nestl¨| USA as vice chairman; and Jeff Varcoe of The

Schwan Food Company as immediate past chairman.

Yanda is president and CEO of Lakeside Foods, a privately-held international

private-label food maker headquartered in Manitowoc, Wis., with 15 production

facilities and eight distribution centers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio.

Bakus is president of corporate affairs for Nestl¨|, named one of ?°The World?ˉs Most

Admired Food Companies?± in Fortune magazine for 16 consecutive years, providing

quality brands and products that bring flavor to life every day.

Varcoe is vice president of food safety and quality for The Schwan Food Company, a

privately-held company based in Marshall, Minn., that makes and sells branded

frozen food products through home delivery, retail and foodservice channels

throughout North America.

The nine board members elected today to three-year terms are: Bob Ashmun of

National Frozen Foods; Denny Belcastro of Hillshire Brands; Paul DiGenova of

Bonduelle North America; Stan Firestone of Firestone Pacific Foods; Andrew Loucks

of The Kellogg Co.; Tom Madden of Rite Stuff Foods; David Moore of Superior

Foods; Paul Palmby of Seneca Foods; and Mark Schiller of Pinnacle Foods.

?°On behalf of the American Frozen Food Institute, the only national association

dedicated solely to the interests of companies engaged throughout the frozen food

sector, we applaud the service and commitment of these frozen food leaders,?± said

AFFI President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz. ?°Each individual brings a wealth of

knowledge and experience, which will assist AFFI in enhancing the value we provide

our diverse, and growing, membership.?±

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