Conagra appoints Nicole Larmann brand director for popcorn, salty snacks

USA— Nicole Larmann has been promoted to brand director of popcorn and salty snacks at Conagra Brands, Inc.

Ms. Larmann most recently was senior brand manager of popcorn and salty snacks, and earlier was senior brand manager of Birds Eye, senior brand manager of frozen and refrigerated snacks and sweet treats, and brand manager of frozen and refrigerated brands. She also has worked at Pinnacle Foods, Cumberland Packing Corp. and Ciao Bella Gelato Co. Inc.

She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing at Seton Hall University and a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship at the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Conagra Brands, Inc., headquartered in Chicago, is one of North America’s leading branded food companies. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit, Conagra Brands combines a rich heritage of making great food with a sharpened focus on innovation. The company’s portfolio is varied and is evolving to satisfy people’s changing food preferences.

Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit, Conagra Brands combines a rich heritage of making great food with a sharpened focus on innovation

Currently, Conagra’s supply chain encompasses 42 plants and 25 distribution centers with 15,000 employees that produce more than 5,000 products and account for 80% of the company’s volume. External partners make up the rest of the volume.

Conagra is among consumer-packaged goods giants including General Mills, Conagra Brands and Mondelēz International that are grappling with production hiccups as factories have to wait for the arrival of key ingredients as the war in Ukraine continues to pressure supplies of essential ingredients in food products, particularly wheat and cooking oils.

The company recently unveiled plans to renovate and update its supply chain, a move that is set to deliver US$1 billion in cost savings over the next three years. Dubbed “fuel for growth,” the initiative will encompass production, logistics, margin management and new capabilities.

Five components will support the program, including optimization, productivity, agility, people and a focus on sustainability. The initiative is expected to deliver US$300 million in manufacturing savings over the next three years, according to Conagra Brands.

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