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Turkey Hill, the private-equity-backed, US ice-cream supplier, has chosen experienced industry executive Tim Hopkins as its new CEO.

Hopkins joins Turkey Hill from US ice-cream and dessert maker PLM Operations, where he had been chief executive since May last year. He succeeds John Cox, who will become Turkey Hill’s chairman in what is now his fourth decade with the business.

Before joining the La Michoacana maker, Hopkins had worked for Friendly’s Ice Cream for 17 years, including a stint from June 2016 to May 2018 as president and general manager. Further back, Hopkins’ career includes two years at The Pillsbury Company, followed by nine at Best Foods and then four at Danone.

He said: “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.”

An affiliate of private-equity firm Peak Rock Capital acquired Turkey Hill from US retail giant Kroger earlier this year for an undisclosed sum. Earlier this month, Turkey Hill set out to just-food plans to expand its operations.

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