Caito Foods Service names CEO - The Packer

Caito Foods Service names CEO

09/06/2012 04:46:00 PM
Mike Hornick

Bob KirchKirchWholesale produce distributor Caito Foods Service Inc. has named Bob Kirch president and chief executive officer, one of two senior management promotions.

Kirch succeeds Fred Caito, who will step down at the end of the company’s fiscal year. He’ll become an executive vice president in an advisory role, according to a news release. Caito, who’s been with the company for 35 years, will work on business development and strategic planning.

Kirch was chief operating officer for Indianapolis-based Caito Foods Service for the past five years and has been with the company since 1995. He oversaw fresh produce and temperature-controlled supply chain operations.

The company also promoted Matthew Caito to executive vice president and chief administrative officer. He previously served as senior vice president and director of business development. He’s worked for the company since 1991 in such areas as brand licensing and marketing, national accounts and operational program development.

Kirch and Matthew Caito will report to corporate chairs Phil Caito and Joe Caito.

Caito Foods has operations in Indianapolis, eastern Ohio, and central Tennessee. It procures, processes, and distributes fresh foods to retail, foodservice, and commercial customers in more than 30 states. Trade names for its fresh-cut fruits and vegetables include FreshLine and Garden Highway.

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Jamie Tully    
Roselawn, Indiana  |  September, 06, 2012 at 05:05 PM

Congrats to Bob Kirch and Matthew Caito! I have met both of these men when I used to order produce from Caito Foods. Both very nice people! Joe and Phil Caito are both a couple of wonderful men as well. I miss doing business with Caito Foods. A really wonderful group of people.

Don Goodwin    
Minnesota  |  September, 07, 2012 at 08:59 AM

Congratulations Bob! It is well deserved.

Mike Stephan    
Minneapolis  |  September, 07, 2012 at 09:19 AM

Fairness and Customer Centric are two traits that exist in a successful company. They are also found in good CEOs. Because of this, Bob Kirsch is a great choice to be promoted to CEO.

Alan Newton    
Florida  |  September, 07, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I have served on PMA committees with Bob in the past and have found him to possess a great amount of industry knowledge and he has the right attitude and temperament to get a job done. Best of luck as Caito Foods CEO.........

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