Ventura Foods has appointed former Coca-Cola senior manager Erika Noonburg-Morgan to head up the finance operations of the US-based sauces, spreads and dressings maker.

Noonburg-Morgan became chief financial officer at the firm on 11 March, according to a statement today (2 April) announcing the promotion of Andy Euser to the newly-created role of chief administrative officer.

Ventura is a privately-held joint venture between US-based agri-food co-operative CHS Inc. and Japan’s Mitsui & Co. Located in California, the company is present in the retail and foodservice channels and also supplies food manufacturers, conducting business in the US, Canada and 60 other countries. 

Noonburg-Morgan previously worked at Coca-Cola Beverages Florida as a senior member of the leadership team responsible for starting the business and driving the organisation’s financial, commercial and operations strategy. She also had stints at Coco-Cola in Zurich and Rotterdam.

Ventura president and chief executive Chris Furman said: “Erika’s significant financial and operational expertise, along with her proven track record of rapidly assessing and improving systems and process, will be instrumental to our company. Additionally, her six years of experience working internationally with Coca-Cola …..will prove especially valuable as we continue to expand internationally.”

The company’s retail brands include Marie’s dressings, LouAna oils, Dean’s dips and Gold n’ Soft spreads.