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US pesto-to-pasta maker Armanino Foods of Distinction has announced that CEO and president Edmond Pera is to retire and has named Timothy Anderson as his replacement.

The Hayward, California-based business said Pera will step down in the middle of this month but will stay on as an executive adviser for a transitional period until September and will remain on the board of directors for the foreseeable future.

Pera has served as president and CEO since 2009 after having served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer since 2003 and a director since 2000. 

His successor brings more than 25 years of experience in growing brands within major food companies including Pepperidge Farm/Campbell Soup Co., Del Monte Foods and Challenge Dairy Products. Most recently Anderson served as senior vice president at Challenge Dairy.

Doug Nichols, chairman of the Armanino board, said: “Ed leaves the company in great shape and positioned to continue his legacy of delivering strong financial results, a menu of high quality products that are respected by competitors and a base of very loyal customers.

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“Tim’s expertise is in building strong teams, brands and financial results across all channels of business.”

“We are excited for the energy and experience that he brings to our company.” 

Armanino Foods of Distinction manufactures and markets frozen Italian speciality food items such as pesto, Bolognese, Alfredo sauce, meatballs and filled pastas to the foodservice, retail, and industrial markets.