Wrigley exec to lead McCain’s in Canada

The president of the Canadian arm of confection maker Wrigley is moving into the head office at McCain Foods’ Canadian business.

Shai Altman will take the post of McCain Foods’ president, Canada, effective Oct. 20, replacing Darryl Rowe, who’d held the post since 2010 and announced late last year he’d be leaving the company.

Altman, president of Wrigley Canada since 2009, will assume “full responsibility” for McCain’s Canadian business, the company said in a release.

Altman had worked for Wrigley since 1997, starting in sales. He later led the company’s consumer marketing team and was its general manager for Israel and India from 2002 on.

“Shai’s passion, expertise in and dedication to strategic growth will be of great value to McCain,” McCain CEO Dirk Van de Put said in the company’s release.

New Brunswick-based McCain, best known globally in the frozen french fry business among other processed foods for the retail and foodservice sectors, most recently shed its North American frozen pizza business, apart from its Pizza Pocket brand in Canada.

The company’s plants in Canada include sites at Grand Falls and Florenceville, N.B., Carberry and Portage la Prairie, Man., Coaldale, Alta. and Montreal. –– AGCanada.com Network

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