Ed Wilson, v.p. of sales & marketing for Newark, N.J.-based AAK USA, has retired. Wilson joined the AAK family (originally know as Aarhus Inc.) in September 1992 as a technical service representative, becoming one of the leading experts in the specialty fats and oils industry. He came to AAK after working in the chocolate industry for fifteen years and helped establish AAK as a leading supplier to the confectionery industry. Wilson also assisted in the development of AAK as a leader in the food ingredient industry and was the recipient of the American Association of Candy Technologists’ Stroud Jordan award in 2007.
With Ed’s retirement, AAK has promoted Dennis Tagarelli to the role of vice president of sales. Tagarelli has a long and established career in oil processing for the food ingredient and confectionery industries with organizations such as Durkee Foods, Capital City Products, ACH Foods and Clasen Quality Coatings. He joined AAK in 2008 as director of sales, reporting to Ed Wilson, and has worked tirelessly to transform AAK to a valued added ingredient and service provider for the food industry.