Del Monte Foods Names New Chief Customer Officer

March 19, 2020

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Del Monte Foods Names New Chief Customer Officer
As sales of canned foods increase during the COVID-19 crisis, Del Monte Foods named a new Chief Customer Officer. Image courtesy of Flickr user jeepersmedia

As sales of canned goods spike in the US and elsewhere during the COVID-19 crisis, Del Monte Foods is appointing David Stis as Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, the company announced Thursday. In the new role, he will report to president and chief executive officer Greg Longstreet and lead sales across all channels, including retail grocery and foodservice. 

“We’re excited to have David on board to drive top line sales growth and help lead the execution of our key commercial strategies,” Longstreet said in a statement. “David’s initial focus will be to strengthen the sales of our core products and expand sales of our new products within traditional categories, new categories, and emerging sales channels.”

Stis most recently was Vice President Sales for Dean Foods. Prior to that, he worked for 22 years at PepsiCo and Frito Lay, where he held several roles as Vice President of Sales. The executive also served as Senior Vice President Sales for Glanbia Performance Nutrition. 

“I love Del Monte’s growing pipeline of new product innovation and look forward to digging in and collaborating with the team to help grow revenue and profitability,” Stis said in the release.

The company plans to roll out new products in the frozen foods and refrigerated deli categories and said it will also access new channels like convenience and foodservice. 

Canned meat sales in the US increased by 31.8% in the week after February 26, when US President Donald J. Trump held a press conference on the novel coronavirus, according to data gathered by Nielsen. Sales of black beans grew by 20.9% during the same time. Some reports indicate that American consumers are buying less fresh produce because of fears that it may be contaminated with COVID-19. 

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