Snowville Creamery, Pomeroy, Ohio, received approval by the Ohio Department of Agriculture to label its products as coming from pastured cows fed only non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) feeds and forage.

Sargento Foods Inc., Plymouth, Wis., hired Kevin Garcia as customer business manager; Emily Kapszukiewicz as national category insights manager; Alexander Bartolai as sustainability program manager. Stuart Manningwas promoted to marketing manager of snacks, and Steven Strubbe joined the division as senior marketing manager of shredded cheese. 

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Associated Milk Producers Inc., New Ulm, Minn., said it is taking “a team approach to fill the company’s top management spot” by appointing Donn DeVelder and Sheryl Meshke as co-presidents and CEOs.

Dave Bush, the senior vice president and chief operations officer of California Dairies Inc. passed away on Jan. 5. President and CEO Andrei Mikhalevsky said Mr. Bush “made many significant contributions to the operations of CDI over the 15 years he spent here, including providing operational guidance during the merger that led to the creation of CDI and advocating for changes to allow CDI to become a major exporter to international markets. He was also an integral contributor to the development and execution of CDI’s strategy.”

Dean Foods Co., Dallas, hired Marc L. Kesselman as executive vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary & government affairs. He came from PepsiCo, Inc., where he was senior vice president and general counsel of Frito-Lay North America and PepsiCo’s food businesses in North and South America.

Darifair Foods Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., named Midd McManus as president. He was executive vice president of beverage maker Sun Orchard.

Piet Hilarides assumed the role of chief operating officer for FrieslandCampina’s Consumer Products Asia business group in Singapore. Most recently, he was COO of the Cheese, Butter & Milkpowder business group in the Netherlands. FrieslandCampina is one of the world’s five largest dairy companies.

 Geoff Goodman was named president of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, a self-serve, choose-your-own-toppings frozen dessert franchise. Reese Travis will remain CEO. Goodman had been the Vice President of Brand Excellence CiCi’s Pizza, Dallas.