Turkey Hill, which was recently sold by The Kroger Co. to an affiliate of private equity firm Peak Rock Capital in an effort by the retailer to focus on its Restock program, has named Tim Hopkins as its new CEO. Former CEO John Cox was named chairman of the board and will continue to work closely with the company.
“It has been a great source of pride to see Turkey Hill develop into an industry leader over my 34-year career with the company. I am confident that Turkey Hill will thrive under Tim’s leadership. I look forward to remaining closely involved with the company and working to continue to expand the organization with talented leaders who will support our continued growth,” Cox said.
Hopkins has more than 35 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, most recently as CEO of PLM Operations, the parent company of La Michoacana, an ice cream novelties business. He also worked for Friendly’s Ice Cream for 17 years, rising to the rank of president and general manager. Before that, he worked for The Dannon Co., Best Foods and The Pillsbury Co.
“Turkey Hill has a leading reputation in the industry within both branded ice cream and refrigerated drinks, providing best-in-class products and service to its blue-chip customers and valued consumers.” Hopkins said. “I am thrilled to join the company as CEO and look forward to collaborating with the team to grow Turkey Hill's presence nationwide. I thank John for his leadership of the organization through the company’s significant growth in recent years and look forward to working closely with him to continue Turkey Hill’s exciting growth in the future.”
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