Food Firm Buitoni Names New President and CEO

Peter Wilson was tapped to serve as the chief executive officer of the Italian-inspired food products brand.

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Italian-inspired food products manufacturer Buitoni Food Company named Peter B. Wilson Jr. as its president and chief executive officer, the Stamford, CT-based firm announced in a recent release. Wilson previously served as managing director of the private equity fund Brynwood Partners.

“We are excited to announce the addition of Peter Wilson to the Buitoni Foods team. Peter has been an amazing leader at Brynwood Partners and our portfolio companies,” said Henk Hartong, the chairman and CEO of Brynwood Partners, in a release. “His extensive background in managing companies with complex manufacturing operations in the food and snack sectors will immediately benefit the Buitoni business.”

A portfolio company of Brynwood, Brynwood Partners VIII L.P., recently purchased the North American Buitoni business from Nestle USA Inc., including rights to the brand in the US, Canada, and the Carribbean territories. The new business, formed in July 2020, currently operates a 240,000-sq-ft plant in Danville, VA that produces a range of products, including refrigerated pasta, sauses, and cheese products.

During his tenure at Brynwood, Wilson served as president and CEO for several of its portfolio companies, including Balance Bar Company and DeMet’s Candy Company. The executive also previously managed Joseph Frozen Foods, which Brynwood sold last year.

“We have a group of experienced executives who have previously reignited similar brands with great heritage. With Brynwood’s support, I am honored to lead this management team as we innovate and build on the famous Buitoni foundation of great tasting, high quality foods while leveraging the capabilities of our Danville facility,” Wilson said in a statement.

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