Barry Callebaut – the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products – today announced the appointment of Michael Regan as West Coast Sales Manager for its Industrial Food Manufacturing division where he will strengthen the company’s Western sales initiatives for food manufacturing accounts. Regan will replace Robert Glaessner, who was appointed Gourmet Sales Director, Western Region for Barry Callebaut's Gourmet Business Unit.
“We are very pleased that Michael has decided to join the Barry Callebaut team. He will be a true asset given his extensive experience within the chocolate industry and diverse functional background,” said Mark Freeman, Vice President of Food Manufacturing Regional Accounts, Barry Callebaut, North American region.
Based out of Oregon, Regan brings more than 20 years of experience in the chocolate industry. He joins Barry Callebaut from chocolate manufacturer Debelis, where he served as the Sales Director for North America. In addition to his sales director role, he managed the Belcolade product line and initiated many of the organic and nutritional products that were successfully brought to market during his six-year tenure at Debelis.
Regan started his career at Nestle, Inc where for nine years, he drove new programs and initiatives within the production and quality teams and gained his true foundation and passion for the industry. His chocolate career continued as Director of R&D and Quality Assurance with Ghirardelli Chocolate and as the Technical Director of Sweetener Products for Danisco/Cultor North America.
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With annual sales of about CHF 4.6 billion (EUR 3.6 billion/USD 5.0 billion) for fiscal year 2010/11, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate – from the cocoa bean to the finished chocolate product. Barry Callebaut is present in 27 countries, operates around 40 production facilities and employs a diverse and dedicated workforce of about 6,000 people. Barry Callebaut serves the entire food industry focusing on industrial food manufacturers, artisans and professional users of chocolate (such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), the latter with its two global brands Callebaut® and Cacao Barry®. Barry Callebaut is the global leader in cocoa and chocolate innovations and provides a comprehensive range of services in the fields of product development, processing, training and marketing. Cost leadership is another important reason why global as well as local food manufacturers work together with Barry Callebaut. Through its broad range of sustainability initiatives and research activities, the company works with farmers, farmer organizations and other partners to help ensure future supplies of cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods.