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People-first, people-forward

Above all, we value the relationships with both our customers and the people who make up our company.

If we give you our word, you can count on us to follow through. We’ve baked a strong foundation of trust into our company culture, and put it at the core of all our partnerships.

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Our priorities

Keeping our people safe

When we prioritize safety as a company, we put our people first.

Prioritizing partnerships

We’re stronger together. When we work as a team, we can make a bigger impact.

Elevating customer performance

We’re here to do the behind-the-scenes work that lets our customers and their brands shine.

Contributing to local communities

Our giving back initiatives are our small way of saying "thank you" to our wonderful communities.

Nourishing America's families

At the end of the day, we’re proud to have a part in providing families with dependable, delightful food products.

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Senior leadership team

  • Chuck Metzger

    Chief Executive Officer

    Chuck joined Hearthside as our Chief Commercial Officer in 2018 as part of our Greencore US acquisition. He came to us with big talent, over 30 years of executive leadership experience in global food companies, and the people-first attitude that is really a must for our business. Prior to Hearthside, Chuck held Chief Operating Officer positions at both Greencore and Peacock Foods, as well as senior management positions with Kraft Foods and Coca-Cola. His expertise and savvy have been a huge addition to the company since his promotion in October 2019.

  • Amy Rodgers

    Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

    With over 25 years of HR and business leadership experience, Amy has been a force for our people since joining our team in 2020. She joins us with 20+ years of experience supporting aggressive growth strategies on a global level, with proven success building strong teams, supportive HR systems, and effective operational partnerships that drive business performance. She has served most recently as the Managing Director of RHR Consulting Group, with prior VP-level positions at Elite Comfort Solutions of Arsenal Capital Partners, as well as Citadel Plastics of Charlesbank and HGGC.

  • Fred Jasser

    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Fred has been at the helm of our finances since 2016, backed by over 20 years of experience in financial leadership, including leadership roles at BDT Capital Partners in Chicago, Sears Holding Corporation, and the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs & Co. Fred also spent time at Wasserstein Perella Group, Inc. and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Mr. Jasser earned a BA from Northwestern University.

  • Steve Katzenberger

    Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

    Before joining Hearthside in 2020, Steve served as Chief Operating Officer of KDC/ONE, Senior Vice President of Operations of Greencore USA, Vice President of Operations of Peacock Foods, as well as numerous supply chain leadership roles at Kraft Foods.

  • Cade Culver

    Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

    Cade joined Hearthside in 2019, with a strong history of rapid, progressive leadership and proven results in propelling top-line and bottom-line growth. A keen strategic thinker, Cade has been instrumental in supporting our fast-paced growth, while refining processes, boosting capabilities, and adopting emerging technologies. Cade led Dole Food Company’s North American diversified fruit division as Vice President and General Manager before coming to Hearthside, and has also held senior level operational and sales roles at Next Generation Films and Taylor Fresh Foods.

  • Rich Scalise

    Chairman and Founder

    Rich Scalise founded Hearthside Food Solutions in 2009 upon the premise that the food contract manufacturing industry was ripe for reinvention. Rich Scalise brings decades of food industry executive experience, in bakery, protein, dairy, and contract manufacturing to this role. During his career, Rich has served as President of Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products and as President and COO of ConAgra Refrigerated Foods Division, where he grew revenue to $3 Billion during his tenure, among other executive assignments. Rich Scalise is also a previous Chairman of the American Bakers Association; he sits on numerous boards and is active in multiple industry initiatives and associations.

I don't know of any other company that has the focus on people that we do.
Chris Terry, VP of Continuous Improvement

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