BENICIA, CALIF. — Todd Nettleton has been promoted to chief executive officer of Valley Fine Foods, maker of pasta and sauces under the Three Bridges, Artisola and Pasta Prima brands. Mr. Nettleton was most recently chief commercial officer for the company since January 2017.
Before joining Valley Fine Foods, Mr. Nettleton was general manager of the pet specialty division at The J.M. Smucker Co. Previously, he spent nine years at Big Heart Pet Brands in various leadership roles, including vice-president of sales and market development and director of the Sam’s Club team. Earlier in his career, Mr. Nettleton spent six years as the business development manager for the Purina brand at Nestle S.A.
Mr. Nettleton succeeds Ryan Tu, who has been president and c.e.o. of Valley Fine Foods since 2007. Mr. Tu will remain involved in the company as chairman of the board of directors.
“With Todd at the helm, the values that so define the entire Valley Fine family are in excellent hands,” Mr. Tu said. “Todd has proven to be a strong business leader focused on driving innovative solutions to take Valley Fine in creative new directions. We believe that with Todd’s leadership and focus on execution, we will continue to drive our core business and category growth via innovation.”
Valley Fine Foods, founded in 1984, operates two food production facilities in Yuba City, Calif., and Forest City, N.C.