Wilkinson Baking Company Hires New CEO to Lead Growth Pivot

April 29, 2022 Wilkinson Baking Company

Wilkinson Baking Company, creator of the world’s first fully-automated commercial bread baking robot, announced Monday the appointment of Paul Rhynard as Chief Executive Officer. Rhynard will lead the company through an explosive phase of growth, set the strategy and execution plan for the company, and work closely with investment partners and clients. Based in Seattle, Rhynard brings significant experience driving strategy and growth for clients while at McKinsey & Co., Joshua Green Corporation, and, most recently, as Chief Strategy Officer at Russell Investments.

Barry Callebaut Plans $104M Investment in New Specialty Chocolate Factory in Ontario, Canada

April 29, 2022 Barry Callebaut Group

Today, the Barry Callebaut Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, announced its plans to expand its North American presence by building a new specialty chocolate factory in Ontario, Canada. The new state-of-the-art factory is planned to have an initial annual production capacity of over 50,000 tonnes. Total investment volume over a period of ten years is projected to amount to USD 104 million (CHF 100 million).

K-12 School Foodservice Partner X-Change Connects Produce Suppliers With School Menu Planners

The International Fresh Produce Association coordinated a School Foodservice Partner X-Change to connect produce grower-shippers with leading K-12 school menu planners from 18 of the largest U.S. school districts and early childcare education providers.

Planting Hope Announces Partnership with Leading Prepared Meal Subscription Service Freshly, Featuring Spanish-Style RightRice Meal

April 29, 2022 Planting Hope Company

The Planting Hope Company Inc., a plant-based food and beverage company focused on producing the world’s most nutritious and planet-friendly products, has partnered with Freshly, the leading subscription service providing prepared nutritionist-approved meals that are delivered fresh to your door and ready-to-eat in three minutes. RightRice® Veggie Rice will be featured in Freshly’s newest chefcooked meal, “Spanish-Style RightRice® with Green Olives, Fennel & Roasted Almonds.”

Local Dairy Farmer, Processor Advocate for Dairy on School Menus at Pittsburgh School Food Service Summit

Latrobe, Pa., dairy farmer Jason Frye of Pleasant Lane Farms and Steve Turner from Turner Dairy, Pittsburgh, Pa., joined American Dairy Association North East and two fan-favorite former Pittsburgh Steelers Franco Harris and Ryan Shazier for the Pittsburgh School Food Service Summit on Friday, April 22, at Heinz Field.