PE-backed Nonni’s Foods names new CEO

Nonni’s Foods LLC, a portfolio company of Wind Point Partners, has hired Brian Hansberry as CEO. The appointment is effective immediately. Hansberry replaces Dave Beré, who is retiring as CEO, and will now serve as chairman of Nonni’s board of directors. Previously, Hansberry worked at Wm. J. Wrigley Jr. Co. where he served as chief marketing officer of North America and vice president of U.S. gum, confections. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, Nonni’s is a producer of cookies and baked goods.

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OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nonni’s Foods LLC (Nonni’s), a leading provider of premium, specialty cookies and baked goods, is proud to announce Brian Hansberry as Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Hansberry succeeds Dave Beré, who is retiring from the role of CEO, and will now serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Nonni’s Foods.

Hansberry brings more than 25 years of relevant industry experience to his new appointment, most recently serving in a dual role at Wm. J. Wrigley Jr. Co. as Chief Marketing Officer, North America and Vice President, U.S. Gum, Confections, and Mints Category. Prior to his position at Wrigley, Hansberry held a dual role at H.J. Heinz as Chief Marketing Officer, Heinz Consumer Products & Group Vice President, Ore-Ida and Winter Brands portfolio.

“Brian is a strong leader with an exceptional track record in the food and consumer packaged goods industry,” commented Beré. “Leading Nonni’s Foods and working with the accomplished Nonni’s team throughout my tenure was a great honor, and I am confident Brian will succeed in maintaining the growth and continued success of the Nonni’s business.”

Hansberry commented, “The Nonni’s brand has great heritage and a loyal customer base that helped secure its spot as a market category leader over several decades. I look forward to working with the Nonni’s team to continue its success in new product growth and expanding the national presence of our brands on shelves.”

Nonni’s Foods LLC is a portfolio company of Chicago-based private equity firm Wind Point Partners.

About Nonni’s Foods LLC
Nonni’s Foods LLC is the leading producer, marketer and distributor of branded premium specialty cookies and baked goods in the North America. The company sells products under the Nonni’s, La Dolce Vita and THINaddictives brands. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., Nonni’s operates four facilities in Ferndale, N.Y., Glendale, Ariz., Tulsa, Okla., and Ville St. Laurent in Canada. It produces its traditional biscotti in its state-of-the art continuous flow tunnel ovens, using the original family recipe including real eggs, butter and gourmet bittersweet chocolate that gives the biscotti a light, crunchy texture that is delicately sweet. The devotion to quality ingredients is the foundation for the continued success of the company. Nonni’s Biscotti is the number one selling biscotti in the U.S. and the only national brand sold coast to coast. Additional information is available at Nonnis.com.

About Wind Point Partners
Wind Point Partners is a private equity investment firm that partners with top caliber CEOs to acquire middle market businesses where executives can establish a clear path to value creation. Since their founding in 1984, they have raised over $2.8 billion in commitments. Additional information about Wind Point Partners is available at Windpointpartners.com.