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John Cochran Joins Hollandia Produce as CEO

Hollandia Produce, L.P., a portfolio company of Mosaic Capital Partners, LLC, has named John Cochran as its new Chief Executive Officer effective November 14, 2016.

Cochran’s experience as a CEO of high-growth consumer packaged goods businesses will serve as a springboard for Hollandia as it plans to accelerate growth in 2017. He previously served as CEO of Ole Smoky Distillery and Pabst Brewing Company. In addition to his time as vice president of strategy at Roll International (now The Wonderful Companies), Cochran also held the positions of President and COO at FIJI Water.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to work with the Hollandia Produce family,” said Cochran. “They have done an amazing job growing the hydroponic lettuce market to what it is today. Our plans for the future are very exciting, and we look forward to partnering with our customers as the category captain for living greens.”

Cochran will assume his new leadership role in place of Hollandia’s founder and long-time CEO Pete Overgaag, who will continue with the company as Executive Vice President of Innovation and Corporate Strategy. Mosaic Principal and Hollandia Board Member Ian Mohler spoke of the hire saying, “Pete built Hollandia into the leading hydroponic lettuce company, and we are excited about adding an individual with John’s track record to an amazing team as we focus on growing the company.”

This change in leadership comes as the company celebrates one year of being 100 percent employee-owned through an employee stock ownership plan.

Holiday Gift Basket Auction to Benefit Meals on Wheels

The Olive Fruit, creators of Kiklos Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil, are holding the company’s first annual holiday gift basket charity auction, with the creation of a gift basket to be auctioned to the highest bidder through its Facebook page. All of the proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels, America’s oldest and largest national organization supporting more than 5000 community-based programs dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger.

The basket will include a range of epicurean delights supplied by generous partners, such as Sir Kensington Condiments, Terry’s Toffee, Royal Rose Syrups, Tate’s Bake Shop Cookies, Fundamentally Nuts, Sandamiri Crostini and, of course, Kiklos Olive Oil.  The estimated value of the basket is $200, but Kiklos and partners are hoping that the auction will produce double that amount.  Moreover, the Olive Fruit will then match the final bid with its own corporation donation.

Facebook fans participate in the auction by commenting their bids on the Holiday Gift Basket Charity Auction image on The Olive Fruit Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Olive-Fruit-215702495257739/. In order to drive more bids, Kiklos and partners are also offering participants the chance to win a duplicate holiday basket, even if they aren’t the highest bidder.  The Kiklos Holiday Gift Basket Charity Auction runs for 12 days, ending at noon EST on December 21.

Dancing Deer’s Chocolate Chunk Brownie Named Official Brownie of Boston

In honor of National Brownie Day on Thursday, December 8, 2016, the Boston Mayor’s office has named Dancing Deer Baking Co.’s Chocolate Chunk Brownie the Official Brownie of Boston. All scratch-baked in Dancing Deer’s Boston bakery, the Chocolate Chunk Brownies have been delighting Bostonians’ taste buds since 1994.

As part of the proclamation, Dancing Deer was recognized for the company’s outstanding work in the community as seen through its support of One Family Inc., an organization dedicated to ending homelessness in families in Massachusetts.

Since 1994, Dancing Deer Baking Company has been known for its delicious, scratch-baked brownies, cookies, cakes, baking mixes and gourmet gift arrangements. Dancing Deer is renowned for its superb quality, innovative products, socially responsible business practices and world class customer service. Its brownies have twice been recognized as “Best Brownies in America,” and Dancing Deer has won many other national awards and accolades for its distinctive products.

In 2009, the company was one of the first 25 Massachusetts companies to become certified as a sustainable business leader. Dancing Deer places an emphasis on giving back to the community, most notably by helping homeless and at-risk families through its Sweet Home Project initiative. Dancing Deer baked goods can be found in specialty, natural food and grocery stores nationwide.

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