AFFI Holds Board Elections

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AFFI Holds Board Elections


The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) elected three officers and nine members to its board of directors. The elections took place at the McLean, Va.-based trade organization’s annual meeting and keynote breakfast, held during the 2014 AFFI Frozen Food Convention in San Diego.

Enhanced Value

The new offices are Dave Yanda, president and CEO of Manitowoc, Wis.-based international private label foodmaker Lakeside Foods Inc., as chairman; Paul Bakus, president of corporate affairs for Nestlé USA, as vice chairman; and Jeff Varcoe VP of food safety and quality for The Schwan Food Co., in Marshall, Minn., as immediate past chairman.

The nine board members elected 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.

“Each individual brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will assist AFFI in enhancing the value we provide our diverse and growing membership,” noted Kraig R. Naasz, the institute’s president and CEO.