American Frozen Food Institute Elects New Board Leadership

Elections take place during the 2014 AFFI Frozen Food Convention.

The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) has 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 Nestlé USA as vice chairman; and Jeff Varcoe of The Schwan Food Co. 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 Nestlé, named one of “The World’s 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 Co., 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 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.”

The American Frozen Food Institute is the national trade association promoting and representing the interests of all segments of the frozen food industry.  AFFI works to foster industry development and growth, and advocates before legislative and regulatory entities on the industry’s behalf.


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