US-based dairy producer Clover Sonoma has appointed former Peet’s Coffee and Quiznos executive John Coletta as its new CEO.

Coletta, who will take the helm next month, succeeds Ken Gott, who is set to retire after nearly a decade with the company.

In a statement, Clover Sonoma said Coletta “will focus on expanding Clover’s presence, ensuring every Californian has access to its unrivalled taste, premium quality, and nutritional excellence”.

Marcus Benedetti, the company’s chairman of the board, added: “John is a transformative leader with a passion for people, community, and innovation. His strategic vision and focus on progress make him the ideal person to lead us to new heights. I am confident our employees, network of local family farm partners, and beloved Clover brand will thrive under his leadership.”

Coletta has 35 years of experience in the food, beverage and foodservice sectors.

His career includes four years at Peet’s Coffee, he his roles included chief finance and strategy officer, and a year at restaurant group Quiznos, where he was CFO and president.

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Coletta said: “Clover Sonoma is more than just a dairy brand – it’s an industry leader with deep roots in the community.”

Clover Sonoma is headquartered in Petaluma in California. The company operates from more than 20,000 acres in the north of the state. Its markets milk, butter, cream cheese and eggs under the Clover brand name.

Two years ago, Alpina, one of Latin America’s largest dairy groups, acquired a stake in Clover Sonoma. Alpina reportedly paid around US$136m for what was said to be a 70% stake in the business.