Stefan Wypyszyk, who has been vice president of sales for MB North America, Torrance, Calif., has joined Stiebs Pomegranate Products as senior business development manager for the Madera, Calif.-based company’s nutraceutical division.

Stefan Wypyszyk joins California’s Stiebs Pomegranate Products

Wypyszyk

“Stefan’s experience in plant-based ingredients and extracts along with his personal commitment to excellence makes him a perfect match for the Stiebs team,” Brad Miller, a partner in Stiebs said in a news release.

Stiebs, which now distributes fresh and frozen pomegranate arils in North America, was formed to develop industrial pomegranate products. That line has been expanded to include blueberry, mangosteen, acai, goji and kiwi products, Miller said in the release.

“Stiebs is a very special company driven by a commitment to quality and science, but what makes it really stand out are the people here and their commitment to be the best,” Wypyszyk said in the release.

As demand for functional food and beverage products grows and consumers continue to look for high-quality dietary supplements to support overall health, Stiebs has focused its attention on producing pure oils, extracts and powders from an ever-growing list of natural products, the news release said.

MB North America and its international sister companies are the world’s largest suppliers of plant-based raw ingredients, finished herbal powders, teas, and extracts, according to the company’s Web site.