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PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- B&G Foods, Inc. here, a manufacturer and distributor of shelf-stable specialty foods, yesterday said it was promoting Vanessa Maskal to the position of e.v.p. of sales. Maskal will take over from David Burke, who is retiring after a 41-year career in the food and consumer products industries, 16 of them spent with B&G.
Noted c.e.o. David L. Wenner: "It is particularly gratifying to fill this position with such a qualified candidate from within our organization. As director of direct store delivery sales, Vanessa has demonstrated strong management skills, creative problem solving, and a dedication for driving profitability. I am confident she is an excellent fit for her new position."
Maskal came to B&G in 1999 as senior brand manager and after a brief hiatus returned to the company in 2003 as director of direct store delivery sales. Before joining B&G, she served in senior positions at IBC Inc.; Drake Bakeries; and Whatman, Inc.
As e.v.p. of sales, Maskal will report directly to Wenner. Burke, who will stay on at the company through January 2007 to ensure a smooth transition, has begun transferring responsibilities to Maskal. She is expected to be officially appointed to her new position at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the B&G's board of directors this month.
B&G' products include jams, jellies and fruit spreads, canned meats and beans, spices, seasonings, marinades, hot sauces, wine vinegar, maple syrup, molasses, salad dressings, Mexican-style sauces, taco shells and kits, salsas, pickles and peppers, and other specialty foods. These products are marketed under many well-known brands, including Ac'cent, B&G, B&M, Brer Rabbit, Emeril's, Grandma's Molasses, Joan of Arc, Las Palmas, Maple Grove Farms of Vermont, Ortega, Polaner, Red Devil, Regina, San Del, Ac'cent Sa-Son, Trappey's, Underwood, Vermont Maid, and Wright's.