Johanna Foods, Flemington, N.J.-Don Sporn, senior v.p., retired effective December 31. Sporn began his career with Johanna Farms (predecessor to Johanna Foods), in October 1967 at the County Fair Farms Milk Distribution Depot in Hawthorne, N.J., and has, over the years, held many key management positions. Throughout his career, Sporn has held leadership positions in many national and local organizations, including past president of the National Juice Products Association, and U.S. representative to the International Fruit Juice Union.
Orion Packaging Systems Inc., Collierville, Tenn.-Mark Collins promoted to the new position of v.p. of sales. Also R. Carson Howard named South Central regional sales mgr. Collins will be responsible for overseeing Orion's North American sales efforts and national accounts. He has been with Orion for 12 years as regional sales mgr. and has 25 years of experience in the stretch packaging industry. Howard will oversee sales operations in Orion's central region. With almost 15 years in sales and management, he brings proven success as a sales manager specializing in packaging design, material and equipment. Orion Packaging Systems manufactures a complete line of stretch wrapping systems designed to efficiently and economically unitize product loads in preparation for shipment or storage.
Takasago International, Rockleigh, N.J.-Several appointments made to the flavors division. Sharon Clark joins as beverage technologist, Mary Nguyen has been named the company's new sensory analyst, Catherine Scarpati is now senior lab technician and Maria Triantafilos joins as marketing associate.