Conagra Brands names Ian Roberts new head of food service unit

USA — Conagra Brands has appointed Ian Roberts as the new vice president and general manager of the foodservice business segment effective Sept. 1. 

In his new role, Mr. Roberts will manage all aspects of sales and category management with primary responsibility for leading the foodservice team and operating segment, which includes strategic planning and P&L management. 

Roberts will also be responsible for developing and expanding relationships with distributors, customers and strategic partners. 

Prior to his recent appointment, Roberts previously served Conagra as the vice president and general manager for Canada. 

Other roles he has held at Conagra include vice president of sales, vice president of market development, senior director of market development, group director of marketing, group director of sales for grocery supermarkets, director of sales – Loblaw Companies and senior BDM Loblaw Companies. 

Prior to joining Conagra Roberts worked as a senior key account manager as well as category manager – Loblaws.  

He began his career as a market analyst at The Nielsen Co after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics from McMaster University. 

GSF appoints new president for liquid products 

Meanwhile, Justin Vannoy has been named the new corporate vice president and president, Liquid Products North America at Golden State Foods (GSF). 

In his new role, Mr. Vannoy will lead the planning and execution of a strategic business plan to satisfy GSF’s financial and operational objectives, including customer growth, product quality, and  food safety. 

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 He also will focus on broadening the capabilities, technologies and markets in which GSF supplies dressings, sauces, syrups, and toppings. 

Prior to joining GSF, Mr. Vannoy was with TreeHouse Foods for five years, with his most recent role being vice president of operations with the North America Meal Preparations Division based in Oakbrook, Ill.  

He previously was vice president of operations for the North America Baked Goods Division and director of operations for the North America Retail Bakery Category.  

Vannoy also worked with Conagra Brands, Inc. for five years, spending time as a plant manager, operations manager and production manager. 

Earlier in his career, he held several management roles with Nestle HealthCare Nutrition in Saint Louis Park, Minn., and Quaker Oats Co. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

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