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.?±