GREENWICH, CONN. — Brian Demos has been named president and chief executive officer of Carolina Beverage Group, L.L.C., a contract manufacturer that processes malt beverages, distilled spirits, energy drinks, teas, functional drinks and ready-to-drink beverages. The company has manufacturing plants in Mooresville, N.C., and Fort Worth, Texas.
Dr. Demos succeeds J. Andrew Kerner, who is retiring from the company.
Prior to joining Carolina Beverage, Dr. Demos was with TreeHouse Foods, Inc. for nearly nine years, most recently as senior vice-president and general manager of snack nuts. He earlier was senior vice-president of supply chain integration, senior vice-president and general manager of soup, broth and infant feeding, senior vice-president of operations, and senior vice-president of product quality and food safety. Before TreeHouse, he was vice-president of new product development at Little Lady Foods. He also spent 13 years at ConAgra Foods in a variety of positions.
He received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in food science and technology from Purdue University, and a doctorate degree in food science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
“We are delighted to have hired Brian as president and c.e.o. of Carolina Beverage Group,” said Henk Hartong III, chairman and c.e.o. of Brynwood Partners. “The rapid innovation occurring in the beverage category requires a dynamic leader, and Brian brings the perfect combination of scientific knowledge, commercial application and general management experience to Carolina Beverage Group.”
Brynwood Partners acquired Carolina Beverage Group from SunTx Capital Partners earlier this year.