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McIntosh Promoted To President of Mrs. Grissom's Salads
Food Service Veteran Expanding Company Footprint With New Premium Brand
By: Mrs. Grissom's Salads
Funger praised McIntosh for an outstanding job of creating new products and revenue opportunities for the company the past four years and said he sees this promotion as a confirmation that the company is poised for the next expansion under McIntosh’s leadership.
“I knew Keith was going to be a key player in the next phase of our company when I hired him,” said Funger, 42 year Grissom’s veteran and son-in-law of the late Grace and Herb Grissom, the company’s founders. McIntosh, a thirty-six year veteran of the food processing and packaging industry, oversees all internal operations at Grissom’s Nashville facility.
“We feel very fortunate to have someone with Keith’s extensive knowledge of and experience in the food processing and packaging business,” continued Funger. “Keith brought a fresh perspective to our company and has done an outstanding job of improving plant and employee efficiencies. He’s also developed new products to compliment our current offerings of ready-to-eat salads and sandwich spreads. He is a perfect combination of old fashion values and futuristic thinking. We’re very fortunate to have him on our team.”
A Logansport, Indiana native, McIntosh has spent the past twenty-four years in Middle Tennessee, eight-teen of which were with Shoney’s, Inc.
“I love Mrs. Grissom Salads and consider it an honor to be associated one of the South’s oldest and most respected companies,” said McIntosh. “Grace and Herb Grissom started this company in 1955 and built it on a foundation of trust, quality and product affordability. I intend to honor the memory of these two business icons by making sure the Mrs. Grissom’s brand remains one of America’s most recognized and trusted brands for the next fifty years.”
The company launched a new, premium “Select” line of spreads in September 2014. McIntosh said the company is getting very favorable response from both retailers and the customers. “We saw a need for a premium quality line in 2012 and began formulating several flavors that paralleled our current offerings in the Mrs. Grissom’s and Grace’s brands but with an emphasis on limiting the amount of processing. “The consumer is demanding the prepared foods they feed their family be closer to the source versus undergoing substantial processing and we are embracing demand that with our Select Brand.”
McIntosh also said the new Select products are being offered to deli operators in bulk to help provide easy to prepare premium deli spreads using the simple kits provided. “We make it simple for deli operators to add revenue streams without having to re-invent the wheel. It takes just a few minutes to provide premium store mixed spreads.”
The company continues to expand both its employee base and physical space as it gears up to incrementally take the brand to major regional and national distributions levels.
For more information about Mrs. Grissom’s visit the company’s website at www.grissomsselect.com