The company, set up in 1988, is still owned by the founding Berliner family. Unkovic will report into husband-and-wife owners Andy and Rachel Berliner.
Announcing the appointment of Unkovic, Andy, the CEO of Amy’s Kitchen, said: “As a company, Amy’s believes in taking the time to do things the right way, and investing in a long-term vision. We put these values in place at the beginning, and I am looking forward to working with Xavier to build upon this foundation for the next generation. His leadership will help drive our innovation and support our customers’ goals to satisfy the growing market for high quality organic food.”
Unkovic joined Mars when the company acquired France-based pet-food business Royal Canin in 2001. He had started working for Royal Canin in 1992 and stayed with the business under Mars’ ownership until 2009, moving to a US-based role within the food giant’s drinks division. Unkovic’s most recent position at Mars was as global president for the drinks arm, a job he held from July 2013 to April 2017.
The Amy’s Kitchen range of products includes frozen entrees, pizzas, and burritos, as well as canned food, pasta sauces and confectionery. The California-based company, which has three plants, is setting up a fourth in Goshen in New York State.