WESTPORT, Conn. — After most recently serving in an executive role with Blue Buffalo Co., Walt Zola has been named vice president of sales at Newman’s Own, Inc. He will oversee all sales in the US and Canada, including of its pet treat portfolio.

Walt Zola, new vice president of sales at Newman's Own.
Zola brings more than 30 years of experience to his new role. He previously served as vice president of grocery, drug, mass, club and natural sales at Blue Buffalo. Before that, he was senior vice president of sales at Aloha, a plant-based protein powder and nutrition bar brand. He held several executive positions at Cadbury, including director of national retail operations and director of national food and club. Following Cadbury’s acquisition by Kraft Foods, he led Mondelez International’s US drug channel as vice-president of sales.

“Walt Zola comes to Newman’s Own with excellent credentials in sales and management,” said David Best, president of Newman’s Own. “He is a high-impact, accomplished sales leader with a proven track record of delivering business results and strategic initiatives in challenging environments. He is ideally suited to manage sales for our premium food, beverage, and pet products in the US and Canada markets.”

Newman’s Own sells more than 300 products, including pet treats, salad dressings, pasta sauces, frozen pizzas, salsas, refrigerated drinks, cookies, barbecue sauces, and snacks internationally. The company donates 100% of the profits and royalties from sales of its products to charity.

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