Spangler hiresbrand managerSpangler Candy Co. appointed Mike Rosenblatt as new brand manager on the marketing team in November 2007. Brands Rosenblatt will oversee include Saf-T-Pops, Circus Peanuts and Dum Dum Pops.
Additionally, he will run all national consumer promotions, retailer promotions and primary market research. Rosenblatt has extensive experience in candy marketing with companies like Huhtamäki Oy in Finland, Liberty Richter and most recently R.A.B. Food Group.
Schneeweiss joins Just BornJust Born, Inc. welcomed Chris Schneeweiss in the company’s brand development and corporate services division as brand manager for Peeps, seasonal brands and jelly beans. Schneeweiss’ new responsibilities will include developing and executing marketing programs and managing day-to-day brand activity. Schneeweiss began his career in sales with Nabisco Brands before moving to brand management with Hershey Foods.
Pecan Deluxe appoints Marcus as chef, advisorMatt Marcus joined Pecan Deluxe Candy Co. as research & development chef and culinary advisor. Marcus, whose background includes working in world-class restaurants in the U.S. and abroad, earned his Bachelors Degree from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. Additionally, Marcus received a specialty baking and pastry degree from The Culinary Institute of America in Greystone, Calif.
Davis takes Chocolate Graphics' U.S. franchising postDave Davis will take over as vice president of U.S. franchising for Chocolate Graphics International Franchising LLC. Davis boasts over 30 years of global experience in sales and marketing for the food, beverage and confectionery industries. His most recent experience stems from running his own business ventures in Australia, including sales and marketing director for ProfitVision, a supermarket scanning and warehouse software used throughout Australian grocery and convenience stores. Davis will work in the U.S. headquarters in Newport Beach, Calif.
Just Born's Downs promoted to operations managerGayl Downs, formerly Just Born’s human resources and operations support manager, has been promoted to operations manager at the company’s Philadelphia facility. Specifically, Downs will be responsible for Peanut Chews production. Downs began working with the Peanut Chews brand in the Philadelphia plant in 1999. At the time, the brand and facility were owned by The Goldenberg Candy Co. until Just Born acquired the company in 2003.
Christensen joins FrutaromFrutarom USA recently named J. Hunter Christensen national accounts manager. Christensen will work with customers in the Northeast, in addition to selection accounts nationwide. He will sell the Frutarom’s full product portfolio, including herbal extracts, gums and botanicals. Christensen’s former roles include in Citroil Enterprises’ flavor division and in flavor and fragrance sales at Givaudan North America.
Gascon promoted to Wixon R&D vice presidentSt. Francis, Wis.-based ingredient manufacturer Wixon, Inc. promoted Mariano Gascon to vice president of R&D. Gascon’s new position will include direct product and food technology developments with the company’s team of food technologists, flavorists and research professionals. Gascon joined Wixon in 1997 as flavor lab director where he led the company’s staff of flavor chemists. He is a certified flavor chemist and serves as the national chairman of the Society of Flavor Chemists.
Schrepfer announces retirement from BühlerAfter nearly 46 years with the Swiss-based Bühler Technology Group, Georg Schrepfer will retire from his corporate communications post in December 2007. Since Schrepfer’s position was divided into a food and non-food side, he will have two successors. Doris Sieber will take over business on the food side, which includes the chocolate & cocoa division. Silvia Wipfli will handle the non-food division. Schrepfer says his first post-retirement priority is to catch up on skiing-one of his fondest pastimes.
Supplier NewsDanisco completes expansion of xylose factory
The completion of an expansion to the largest xylose facility in the world, the Danisco Sweeteners GmbH factory, secures Danisco’s position as the world’s leading manufacturer of xylitol. Located in Lenzing, Austria, the expansion will increase Danisco’s yield of xylose, which is the raw material used for xylitol production. Xylitol, a cardiostatic bulk sweetener, has been internationally recognized for its dental benefits. With a price tag of $34 million, the xylose plant expansion was designed and initiated at the beginning of 2006.