ROUGEMONT, QC, Oct. 25, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Lassonde Industries Inc. (TSX: LAS.A) ("Lassonde") Jean Gattuso, Chairman of Clement Pappas and Company, Inc. and President and Chief Operating Officer of Lassonde Industries Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark A. McNeil to the role of Chief Executive Officer of Clement Pappas and Company, Inc. ("CPC"). The appointment is effective on November 11, 2013.
Mark A. McNeil holds a degree in Economics from the University of New Hampshire. He is a seasoned executive and was until recently Senior Vice President Category Management at a large US foodservice distributor. He also held senior positions at Weston Foods Canada and Loblaw Companies Limited.
"We are pleased to welcome Mark to the Clement Pappas and Company team," said Jean Gattuso. "His leadership qualities and outstanding track record in the food industry will enable CPC to continue to grow and prosper."
Current CEO, Clement David Pappas, will remain with the Company and transition to the role of Special Advisor. He will also retain his shares in the Company along with his seat on the Board of Directors of CPC.
"We are pleased to be able to continue to rely on Clement's expertise and deep knowledge of our industry and wish to thank him for the work accomplished as CEO of CPC," added Jean Gattuso.
About Lassonde Industries Inc.
Lassonde Industries Inc. is a North American leader in the development, manufacture and sale of a wide range of fruit and vegetable juices and drinks marketed under brands such as Everfresh, Fairlee, Flavür, Fruité, Graves, Oasis and Rougemont.
Lassonde is also the second largest producer of store brand ready-to-drink fruit juices and drinks in the United States and a major producer of cranberry juices, drinks and sauces.
Lassonde also develops, manufactures and markets specialty food products under brands such as Antico and Canton. The Company imports and markets selected wines from various countries and manufactures apple ciders and wine-based beverages.
The Company produces superior quality products through the efforts of some 2,000 people working in 14 plants across Canada and the United States. To learn more, visit www.lassonde.com.
SEDAR registration number: 00002099
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For further information:
Guy Blanchette, FCPA, CA
Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
Lassonde Industries Inc.
450-469-4926, extension 10782
Lassonde Industries Inc.
450-469-4926, extension 10265