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Beleaguered meat processor Thorn Apple Valley, Inc. (TAV), Southfield, Mich., has completed a reorganization of its sales staff. Among other personnel, TAV appointed two new retail sales vice presidents: Ed Knoblich and Larry Swafford. Industry veteran Knoblich most recently was with Smithfield Packing Co. Swafford was president of the Lykes Meat Group and had been president, retail sales for Wilson Foods. In addition, TAV is changing its logos and packaging, as well as improving products for taste and texture. The meat processor also is in the process of implementing what it believes will be the most comprehensive food safety program in the industry. TAV recently had to recall 30 million pounds of hot dogs due to possible listeria contamination.

ConAgra, Inc., Omaha, Neb., named John Simons as president and chief operating officer of ConAgra Beef Companies. He previously was vice president, red meat business development, for Excel, the beef and pork subsidiary of Cargill. Simons will be responsible for ConAgra's beef and lamb businesses, including Monfort; E.A. Miller and Australia Meat Holdings.

Perkins Family Restaurants, Memphis, Tenn., named Louis Jehl, Jr., vice president, controller, to its board. Jehl, a 12-year veteran of Perkins, has been acting controller since February when the post was vacated.

The American Frozen Food Institute tapped Nicholas Kelly as its director of membership.

Takasago Flavors, Rockeligh, N.J., appointed Geoffrey Bertkau as manager, biotechnology development. Previously, Bertkau was a research scientist at General Foods/Kraft and Miller Brewing Co.

Chalone Wine Estates, Napa, Calif., appointed Robert Seager to the newly created position of northern California regional sales manager. He will cover the territory from the Oregon border south to Monterey.

Mrs. Fields' Original Cookies, Inc., Salt Lake City, tapped Mark Tanner to the position of chief financial officer and senior vice president of finance and administration. Tanner's most recent position was with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 19th Olympic Winter Games. Previously, Tanner was vice president and chief financial officer for Pepsi Cola International's operations in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Starbucks Coffee Co., Seattle, promoted Wendy Collie to regional vice president, Northwest. In her new role, Collie will be responsible for managing the Northwest retail planning calendar, staff support functions and operations. Collie began her career with Starbucks in 1992 as a district manager in the Los Angeles market.

Robert Monday, Oakville, Calif., appointed two: H. Stuart Harrison as general manager, La Famiglia di Robert Monday Winery; and Carlos Hubner-Arteta as sales and marketing director, Opus One Winery.

Corn Products International, Inc., Bedford Park, Ill., elected three new personnel: Jorge Fiamenghi, president, Corn Products Brazil; Cheryl Beebe, corporate treasurer; and Jack Fortnum, corporate controller. Corn Products, one of the world's largest corn refiners, is the top worldwide producer of dextrose and is a leading regional manufacturer of starch.

Food marketing and distribution company Fleming, Oklahoma City, elected John Standley as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Since 1991, Standley has held senior financial positions with Fred Meyer, Inc., Ralphs Grocery Co., Smith's Food & Drug, Smitty's Supervalu, Inc. and Food 4 Less Supermarkets, Inc. He began his career in the retail industry while serving as an audit manager for retail and finance industry groups at Arthur Andersen L.L.P., Los Angeles, for six years.
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