WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Del Monte Foods announced that it has hired Brian Pitzele as Vice President, Foodservice. Pitzele will report to Chief Executive Officer Greg Longstreet and is responsible for overseeing the brand’s foodservice business.
Pitzele has vast experience in the foodservice industry, including more than 30 years at Hormel Foods Corporation, where he held multiple positions in sales, marketing, and management roles. At Hormel Foods, he helped turn the foodservice business into one of the most profitable revenue generators for the company. Most recently, Brian was the Director of Foodservice at Farmer John Foods, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, Inc.
“Brian’s deep knowledge and experience within the foodservice industry will bring a fresh perspective to Del Monte as we continue to focus on this important part of our business,” said Greg Longstreet, Chief Executive Officer, Del Monte Foods, Inc. “We welcome Brian and know he will be a great asset to our company.”
“I am excited to join a company with a great legacy and a range of strong brands,” said Pitzele. “I believe there’s a great opportunity to leverage our strong heritage through innovation, delivering high quality, healthy food options, expanding our presence in new areas, particularly grab and go, and forging value-added partnerships with both distributors and operators.”
About Del Monte Foods
Del Monte Foods, Inc. is one of the country’s largest producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded food products for the U.S. retail market. Del Monte brands include Del Monte®, Contadina®, College Inn®, S&W® and other brand names.