Blount Fine Foods
Oct28

RELEASE: Blount Announces Sales & Marketing Promotions

Members of Culinary Team Also Adding Sales & Marketing Responsibilities

John Canale, director of business development, Western USFall River, Mass (October 28, 2014) – Blount Fine Foods, a leading manufacturer of hand-crafted artisan soups, sauces and side dishes for retail and foodservice, today announced three promotions as part of a realignment of its sales & marketing division.  Promoted were John Canale, Steve Blount, Jr., and Matt Yusen.  The company also announced that two members of the culinary team would begin to work more formally with the sales team.

“For more than a decade now, our annual sales have outpaced even our own expectations, which is a tribute to the high quality of the products our production and operations teams give us to sell,” said Bob Sewall, Blount’s executive vice president of sales & marketing.  “We wouldn’t have the opportunity to manufacture any products if dedicated professionals like John Canale, Steve Blount, Jr. and Matt Yusen were not out there every day creating demand by helping customers realize the impact a premium soup and side dish program can have on their business.”

Steve Blount, Jr., director of national accounts

As part of the realignment, John Canale takes on the title of Director of Business Development in the Western United States.  Responsible for both the retail & food service channels, Canale will now play an integral role in all aspects of sales, marketing, and account management in Blount’s fastest growing territory.

Steve Blount, Jr. has been elevated to Director of National Accounts, concentrating on accounts headquartered in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast.  In this new role, Blount, Jr. will work with senior management to develop and execute marketing strategies and programs designed to drive further business among national restaurant chains.

After successful stints in marketing and retail merchandising, Matt Yusen has assumed the position of Food Service Salesperson responsible for the Northeast. Yusen will be responsible for broker management, key account management & operator calls in New England and several New York State markets.

Matt Yusen, foodservice salespersonTo ensure a chef's perspective is always in the sales conversation, R&D Chefs chefs Ben Murray and Thomas Gervasi will be adding to their responsibilities and taking a more active role in the sales, product development and menu analysis for existing and new accounts.

“Our chefs have been doing some customer-facing work, but now their new roles puts them in the middle of the sales process, which we believe is vital,” added Sewall.

About Blount Fine Foods

Blount Fine Foods is a family owned company that has been processing food since 1946. Blount produces more than 700 gourmet products for restaurants, institutions, retailers and club stores in all 50 states.  Blount manufactures more than 500 proprietary soup recipes, is the largest manufacturer of lobster bisque in America, was the first brand to launch restaurant-quality, single-serve grab-n-go fresh soups at retail, and has recently launched full lines of organic and gluten-free soups and sides.

Blount product lines include fresh and frozen (but never canned!) gourmet soups for foodservice and retail as well as premium side dishes. Blount’s gourmet soups and specialty foods are made with the finest and freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, and handcrafted in small batches by a dedicated team through unparalleled customer collaboration.

Blount operates production facilities at its Fall River, Massachusetts headquarters and in Warren, Rhode Island.  Its award-winning production facilities showcase the company’s commitment to energy conservation and sustainable business practices. 

Customers include national restaurant chains that have their custom soups made for them in accordance with their secret recipes. Similarly, the deli departments of many large and small supermarket chains offer Blount-created hot-to-go soup selections as well as fresh store-brand pre-packed soup cups.

Blount also carries a full line of fresh and frozen soups sold to Club Stores and Retailers nationwide under the Blount, Legal Sea Foods and Panera Bread brands.

Blount generates over 140 million servings of hand-crafted gourmet soups each year.

For more information, visit www.BlountFineFoods.com.

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