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Growth and Change for Bell-Carter Foods, Inc.

November 6, 2013

Bell-Carter Foods, Inc. (Bell-Carter), a leader in the specialty condiment business and the nation’s largest table olive producer, today announced new hires and growth of its executive team. 

The organization welcomes Matthew L. Amigh as chief financial officer; Doug Reifsteck as executive vice president of Operations; and Tom Rickard as VP of Retail Sales.

Chief executive officer, Tim T. Carter, and vice president of Strategy, marketing and organizational development, James F. Thomas, round out the rest of the Bell-Carter executive team. The diverse backgrounds of the new executive team not only bring innovation and top-tier leadership to the rest of the company, but also drive the brand forward to reach new heights in its industry.

Matthew L. Amigh joined Bell-Carter as CFO in August 2013. Matt will now oversee the operations of company’s finance department. Matt has held many key finance and operation roles including accounting, treasury, financial planning and analysis, and information technology teams. Prior to joining Bell-Carter, Matt held key finance and operations roles with leading consumer food-and-beverage organizations, including Mars, Inc., Del Monte Foods and HJ Heinz. Matt’s impressive background stems from an education from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as earning a MBA from Robert Morris University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and an Army Reserve National Guard veteran.

Doug Reifsteck is another new-comer to the Bell-Carter as he joined as EVP of Operations in August 2013. He is responsible for grower relations, receiving and storage, production, and logistics groups.  Doug’s food and beverage industry career covers a variety of manufacturing and supply-chain roles. Before joining Bell-Carter, Doug’s employers were some of the industry’s biggest names, including Frito-Lay, Kraft, Ocean Spray, and E. J. Gallo Winery. Doug was drawn to the company by its reputation as a family-owned industry leader with a passionate crew of employees. 

Tom Rickard is the VP of Retail Sales; he joined the organization in 2012. Tom’s retail food experience began at the age of 6 as he helped his father dust shelves and build store displays. As a young man, Tom’s ambition and strong work ethic enabled him to quickly progress up the ranks at Safeway grocery stores, moving from courtesy clerk to cashier and assistant store manager. Tom has held sales and planning roles at Pillsbury, as well as senior management positions at Mezzetta and Sutter Home. His competitive drive and first-hand experience with all aspects of sales makes Tom an important addition to the Bee-Carter team.

“The entire Bell-Carter family is happy to welcome Matt, Doug and Tom to the team,” said Carter. “All three bring expertise and years of experience that we know will help the Bell-Carter and Lindsay brands excel to new levels. We look forward to working together to continue to provide our consumers with the same excellent products they love.”

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