Rich Scalise co-founded Hearthside Food Solutions in 2009 upon the premise that the food contract manufacturing industry was ripe for reinvention. Already an accomplished food industry executive, Scalise envisioned creating a modern, world-class food manufacturer with the quality, depth, and resources of a global food company coupled with the speed and flexibility of a high-performance startup.
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.
Under Rich Scalise’s leadership, Hearthside has grown from a startup to over $1.6 Billion with 25 facilities in the US and Europe and is now the food industry’s leading contract manufacturer. Hearthside is also one of the fastest growing food companies in North America.
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.