ALBANY, ORE. — Oregon Freeze Dry (OFD) announced the appointment of Jim Cohen to president and chief executive officer on Aug. 1. Cohen most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Red Collar Pet Foods.
OFD and Red Collar Pet Foods are both owned by private equity Arbor Investments. Founded in 1963, OFD serves as one of North America’s largest and most technologically advanced freeze-dryers of foods, probiotics, enzymes, proteins, specialty ingredients and more, according to Arbor Investments.
“As a pioneer and leader in the freeze-dried sector, it is humbling and exciting to lead OFD's innovative business and deeply experienced team members,” Cohen said. “I look forward to building upon OFD’s history and leadership position to reach our full potential in providing significant value to our customers across retail, pharmaceutical and industrial industries.”
Cohen has more than 30 years of experience in the consumer goods sector. During his time with pet food and treat company Red Collar, he oversaw the sale of its dry kibble manufacturing business to Colgate-Palmolive’s Hill’s Pet Nutrition division in August 2022, along with the sale of its pet treat facility to Nestlé Purina PetCare in February 2023. Cohen has held various leadership roles throughout his career, including roles at Mars, Inc.
In his new position at OFD, Cohen will lead the company and its flagship brand serving the adventure and outdoor meal market, Mountain House®.
“Jim is a strategic leader known for his demonstrated ability to build strong partnerships, deliver outstanding results and drive significant value for stakeholders,” said Carl Allegretti, president of Arbor and chairman of OFD’s board. “His deep understanding of CPG and specialized manufacturing will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in driving growth at OFD.”
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