People News October 2021

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INFRA has announced Danelle Rydel as its new VP, Member Success. Rydel will be responsible for growth in membership, growth at member stores, and growth in new opportunities for the association. She has been with INFRA since 2016 and has assumed a variety of roles, most recently as Director of Member Relations.

Expanding its UK and EU footprint, Sabinsa has added Aida Arnaiz as Business Development Manager—Iberia & North Africa, and Luke Miles as Business Development
Manager—UK & Ireland. Arnaiz and Miles will both be working with manufacturers and brands to create new concepts. Sabinsa has also announced the appointment of Dr. Umar Jan to President of European Operations.

Fresh Thyme Market announced Jane Wilcox as the Store Director of the new concept store opening in the historic City Foundry area in St. Louis, Missouri this November.

OmniActive has named Adam Adelmann as its Chief Commercial Officer, bringing with him nearly two decades of industry experience at companies including Lonza and Pfizer.

Kalera has appointed Aric Nissen as Chief Marketing Officer. Nissen will oversee the development and execution of Kalera’s marketing initiatives. He joins Kalera from Restaurant Technologies.

Ari Raz, who built and launched the plant-based kids nutrition brand Once Upon a Farm, has joined Coconut Cult as CEO.

New to Lotus Foods: Linda Gerwig, now Vice President of Sales. Gerwig will help accelerate brand growth in conventional grocery stores, building on the brand’s success in that channel driven by introductions of innovative Asian rice noodles. Gerwig’s sales experience spans natural grocery stores such as Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, and Natural Grocers, as well as independent stores that support organic, non-GMO and regenerative agriculture.

DRY Soda Co has promoted Betsy Frost to President. Frost will lead internal operations and strategy to continue accelerating growth across all aspects of the organization. Founder and CEO, Sharelle Klaus, will remain in her current role.

Bob and Barbara Sanderson, founders of Jonathan Sprouts, have announced that longtime employees—and niece and nephew of the Sandersons—Liz Reilley and Rich Wolfe will take the reins as President & CEO and COO/CFO, respectively. Reilley will oversee marketing, sales, production, and line extensions. Wolfe will oversee financial aspects of the company, human resources, administration, and operations.

Flavorman announced Scott Weddle and Peter Eberle as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. Weddle will help advance Flavorman’s operations and contribute a customer-first approach to product innovation, consistency, and quality. Eberle will direct Flavorman’s strategic planning initiatives, as well as overseeing key projects in production, logistics, construction, safety, and financing.

Strengthening its commercial team, Clasado Biosciences has appointed Shelley Brathwaite as its new Digital Marketing Manager. Brathwaite will be responsible for shaping and guiding the online presence of prebiotic line Bimuno.