Dennis Roberts is the brand new president and CEO at Crystal Creamery in Modesto, the place he has labored on and off since 2002. He succeeds Marty Devine, who had led the corporate since 2018. Devine will keep on as a guide throughout the transition. Crystal employs 431 folks at its Kansas Avenue plant, which produces fluid milk, bitter cream, butter, ice cream and a number of other different merchandise. About 150 others work across the Central Valley and on the natural Humboldt Creamery close to Eureka. Roberts, 54, has labored for dairy processors across the West and South for about 30 years. He was the Modesto firm’s vp of gross sales and advertising from 2002 to 2009, when it was referred to as Foster Farms Dairy. He held the identical put up with Crystal from 2014 to 2018. A foray into seafood – as an govt vp for Regal Springs Tilapia in Florida – preceded Roberts’ return to Crystal as CEO. “Our mission will not change,” he mentioned in a information launch. “Crystal Creamery will continue to nourish families with simple, delicious ingredients and the freshest dairy from family and local farms.” Crystal final made information with the revamping of all 29 ice cream flavors away from synthetic substances earlier this 12 months. Roberts mentioned this has been a success with shoppers. Dairy teams give each milk and cash Two statewide dairy business teams have teamed as much as assist meals banks meet the COVID-19 demand. They’re donating about 1.2 million servings of milk, and one of many teams additionally will give cash by way of an Instagram marketing campaign. One is the California Milk Processor Board, which promotes fluid merchandise by way of the Obtained Milk? tagline. The opposite is the California Milk Advisory Board, a farmer-funded outfit concerned with cheese, yogurt, ice cream and different items. The donations will go to 17 meals banks within the Feeding America community, together with Second Harvest Meals Bank of San Joaquin & Stanislaus Counties. Its service space additionally takes in Merced and close by Sierra Nevada counties. The processor group additionally will give $1 towards meals bank meals every time a supporter mentions @gotmilk on its Instagram web page via Sept. 30. The whole donation will vary between $25,000 and $100,000. “It pains farmers to see so many children and families struggling with hunger, and they are grateful to do something to help,” mentioned John Talbot, CEO of the Milk Advisory Board, in a information launch. And at last … Modesto crime author Mike Monson has printed “Ride Sharing,” impressed by his two years as an Uber and Lyft driver. It incorporates 37 tales, sketches and vignettes, a few of them wholly or partly fictional. They happen largely within the San Joaquin Valley. “After reading only a couple of pages, you’ll know I’m not writing about being an Uber driver in L.A. or San Francisco,” Monson mentioned in a information launch. “These stories would not have happened anywhere else.” “Ride Sharing” will be bought on Amazon. Monson additionally wrote the noir crime novellas “The Scent of New Death,” “What Happens in Reno” and “A Killer’s Love,” in addition to the crime novel “Tussinland.” Names of Notice acknowledges folks and organizations for his or her contribution to their communities. Submit gadgets to [email protected]
John Holland covers breaking information and has been with The Modesto Bee since 2000. He has coated agriculture for the Bee and at newspapers in Sonora and Visalia. He was born and raised in San Francisco and has a journalism diploma from UC Berkeley.