Ballreich rejoins leading trade industry association

Ballreich Snack Food Co., recently acquired by a Northwest Ohio-based investor group, has rejoined SNAC International — the leading international trade Industry association of the snack food industry, according to a company news release.

Founded in 1937, SNAC International is the leading international trade association of the global snack industry, representing snack producers and suppliers, with more than 400 member companies worldwide. The release said “SNAC” stands for snacking, nutrition and convenience – three key elements research shows reflect the habits of today’s consumer.

Also, Don Mount, former vice president of contract manufacturing at Marion-based Wyandot Snacks, has join the Ballreich’s board of directors as its first independent director.

The release said Mount has worked in or managed in nearly every key function at Wyandot including quality assurance, product development, tech services, production, plant management and operations. He currently serves as senior adviser to Wyandot’s President & CEO Rob Sarlls, the release said, and has contributed to the company’s rise as a leading contract manufacturer in the “better-for-you” segment of the snacks food industry.

Ballreich CEO & President Steve Dandurand praised Mount’s leadership and hands-on experience in the release.

“Don is a widely respected industry expert. His knowledgeable and independent voice will help strengthen our understanding of changing industry dynamics as well as contribute to enhanced manufacturing and financial performance,” he said.

Dandurand reaffirmed the company’s intent to maintain its status as northwest Ohio’s leading potato chip brand.

“In addition to upgrading manufacturing capabilities and expertise, the company intends to pursue additional business opportunities in the private label snack food space,” he said in the release. “Don Mount’s guidance, a reenergized workforce team and access to SNAC International’s global resources will help drive the brand’s resurgence and future success.”

The release said the Ballreich company expects to make additional board and leadership announcements in the weeks ahead.