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Dietz & Watson Ends Relationship with Cheesemaker Over Listeria Recall

Earlier this month, two products produced by Deutsch Kase Haus under the Dietz & Watson label, Colby and Colby Jack cheeses for service deli, were voluntarily recalled because they may have contained Listeria monocytogenes. As a result, Dietz & Watson has announced that it is ending its relationship with this cheese maker and moving to a new one.

“We are known as a preparer and purveyor of premium items, so we will make proper adjustments to our business relationships whenever anything happens that brings that premium and gourmet quality into question,” said Louis Eni, CEO and one of the third generation family members of Dietz & Watson. “They only made these two products for us, and we are working on a partnership with another cheese maker to begin supplying us with improved items.  After an intense search and extensive sampling, we are just about ready to make the choice of a new Colby supplier, and we are really excited to begin working with them.”

Dietz & Watson prepares the vast majority of its branded product at its Philadelphia and Baltimore facilities, but a handful of specialty items like these two Colby products are sourced through third party suppliers including Deutsch Kase Haus. There has never been a recall of any Dietz & Watson-produced product.

“We’re now in the fourth generation of our family company and we really do take pride in being purveyors of the finest deli items you can find and we try hard to meet and surpass that standard day in and day out,” said Eni. “My grandfather started this company in 1939 and instilled this attitude in all of us; the concept that we will always provide our customers with the same quality items we feed our own families.”

From dozens of low-salt, low-fat deli meats called the Dedicated to your Healthier Lifestyle® line to the new No Antibiotics Ever & Organic line called Dietz & Watson Originals, Dietz & Watson has strived to be on the leading edge of quality and consumer demand for more than 75 years.

If any consumers have purchased the two products in question with sell by dates between February 28, 2017 through July 26, 2017 for Colby Mini Horn Cheese #76054; and February 28, 2017 through September 27, 2017 for Colby Jack Mini Horn code #76064, please return the product to the location of purchase for a full refund.

 

The Hershey Company Names New Executive Team

The Hershey Company has announced the new executive leadership team that incoming President and CEO Michele Buck has chosen to lead the organization. The new team balances continuity in key positions through exceptional leaders from within the company and world-class talent from outside of Hershey.

“Hershey is an innovative snacking leader with its number one market share in U.S. confection and increasing breadth across U.S. snacking,” said Buck. “I’m extremely confident in the individuals who will lead our organization as we delight our customers and consumers with innovation and news in the marketplace and strive to deliver leading sales growth and margins across the food industry. This is a great team, with a range of experiences, expertise and backgrounds to accelerate our innovation, execute with excellence, instill a commercial mindset in all we do, and inspire our remarkable employees to achieve our goals.”

The following eight leaders will comprise Hershey’s new executive leadership team, effective March 1, unless otherwise noted:

Todd Tillemans, President, U.S. – Tillemans will join Hershey on April 3 to lead the company’s flagship U.S. business including core confection, its expanding portfolio across snacking, and its sales and go-to-market teams. Tillemans joins the company from Unilever, where he worked for more than 23 years. He has held multiple leadership positions, including leading Unilever’s skin care business in Europe and Russia, its personal care business in the United States, and most recently serving as President, Customer Development U.S.

Steven Schiller, President, International – Schiller, currently President, China & Asia is named President, International.  He will continue to oversee the China and Asia markets and will assume responsibility for the Americas region, India and Europe, Middle-East, and Africa.

Terry O’Day, Senior Vice President, Chief Product Supply and Technology Officer – O’Day, currently Chief Supply Chain Officer, will continue to oversee the company’s supply chain organization and will assume responsibility for Hershey’s productivity, information technology and enterprise connectivity initiatives.

In connection with these announcements, Chief Knowledge and Technology Officer Waheed Zaman will retire from the company effective March 31.

The Hershey Company has undertaken a search for a Chief Growth Officer who will lead Hershey’s insights and analytics, strategy, marketing excellence functions, innovation, research and development, mergers and acquisitions and The Hershey Experience. The company has identified an external candidate who is expected to join the team this spring.

Continuing in their roles are:

  • Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Patricia Little
  • Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary Leslie Turner
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Kevin Walling
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Mike Wege

“These appointments reaffirm our commitment to creating opportunities for remarkable people to grow within the company and to attracting world-class talent from outside of Hershey. On behalf of the board of directors and management, I would like to thank Waheed Zaman for his work over the past four years to advance our technology, data and analytics capabilities,” Buck said.

Three New Spreadable Cheese Flavors from President Cheese

Président® brand cheese launches three new flavors of its award-winning rondelé cheese: Thai Sweet Chili, Pineapple & Ginger, and Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper. Beginning March 2017, the new flavors, which emphasize a distinct balance of two contrasting yet complimentary tastes, will be available at retailers nationwide. To find the store closest to you, just use the store locator on the company’s website.

sea saltA testament to the superior quality and taste of rondelé by Président, the rondelé Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Gourmet Spreadable was awarded first place in the Flavored Cream Cheese category at the 50th Annual World Dairy Expo Championship in 2016, the only contest in North America that includes all dairy products, and the Silver medal at the 2016 World Cheese Awards in San Sebastián, Spain.

rondeleBy combining simple ingredients with high quality milk and cream in the Old World tradition, Président brand produces gourmet spreads that are savory, flavorful and fit for any occasion. The rondelé gourmet spreads not only add a unique element to a number of recipes, they are also the perfect addition to a cheese board; served in a decorative, table-ready cup for easy and convenient presentation. Marketing Director Karine Blake adds, “rondelé by Président is already loved by consumers for its versatility. We are thrilled to offer these new flavors for recipe creators and we’re excited to see what they dream up.”

 

 

 

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