ONTARIO, CALIF. — Michael Solomon has been named president of Five Star Gourmet Foods.
He brings three decades of fresh food and manufacturing category expertise to the value-added foods company. He most recently was president of Dole Fresh Vegetables. Before that he was president of Pom Wonderful and president and chief executive officer of Ready Pac Foods. Mr. Solomon also has run a business consultancy for more than 30 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and managerial economics from Union College and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Business.
In his new role, Mr. Solomon will oversee all day-to-day operations out of the company’s Ontario, Calif., headquarters. He will report to Tal Shoshan, CEO of FiveStar Gourmet Foods, who will continue to oversee the company’s innovation and strategic growth.
“Growth and innovation in the fresh prepared foods landscape has only intensified through the pandemic,” Mr. Shoshan said. “We are expecting continued strong performance and Michael’s specific expertise is a driving factor in our future success as a premium producer of smart and delicious fresh prepared foods. Michael will be working closely with us to streamline operations, identify new strategic partners, and help continue to strengthen our position as the fastest-growing brand within fresh value-added.”
FiveStar Gourmet offers a complete line of retail and foodservice products, including convenience salad bowls and snacks featuring fresh produce and proteins under the Simply Fresh Salads, Simply Fresh 2Go, and MiniMeals2Go brands.