Aspire Bakeries to expand US baking plant to meet rising demand for Otis Spunkmeyer cookies

US — Aspire Bakeries, formerly Aryzta North America, is expanding its baking plant in the United States to meet the increasing demand for its Otis Spunkmeyer cookies.  Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough is sold to foodservice, retail, and convenience operators in frozen packs and baked fresh on-site.  The expansion will see a new the addition of a new frozen cookie dough line at the Aspire Bakery in Newark, California.  “Our Newark bakery is expanding following a surge in demand for our delicious Otis Spunkmeyer cookies,” said Laura Shannon, chief operations officer of Aspire Bakeries.  In…

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Aryzta North America changes its name to Aspire Bakeries

US – Aryzta North America, which earlier this year was acquired by private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg for US$850 million, has changed its name to Aspire Bakeries, a decision that reflects the company’s aim to “continue to move upwards.” The company revealed that the name Aspire Bakeries emerged as the winning name from among 150 ideas submitted by some of the company’s 4,500 employees. Alex Gillis, a bakery supervisor at the bakery in Brantford, Ont., recommended the name Aspire, saying, “as we aspire to be the best bakery in North…

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Swiss bakery company Aryzta to sell North American unit for US$850m

US-Swiss food company Aryzta Group has signed an agreement to sell its North American business to an affiliate of US private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg for US$850 million. Aryzta North America (ANA) provides breads, sweet and savory baked goods, and snacks to leading customers in the quick-service restaurant, foodservice, and retail markets across the U.S. and Canada. With over 1,500 unique products, the Company has one of the broadest portfolios in the industry, including both private label and branded offerings under the Otis Spunkmeyer, La Brea Bakery, and Oakrun Farm…

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Organisational evolution in Aryzta North America as company names new CEO & CCO

USA – Aryzta North America has appointed Tyson Yu as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer and John Heffernan as President and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) North America effective 1 February, 2020. Tyson Yu will also serve as a member of the Group Executive Committee, reporting to Kevin Toland, Group CEO, while John Heffernan will be reporting to Tyson Yu. As part of a planned organisational evolution, the company also announced that Dave Johnson will assume the role of Non-Executive Chairman of Aryzta North America. Tyson Yu is currently Chief…

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