B&G Foods manages some of the country’s biggest brands with a focus on supply chain excellence. By Chris Petersen

In the famous old television commercials, the Jolly Green Giant cast a huge shadow over the valley where he grew vegetables. It’s appropriate, then, that the owner of the Green Giant brand, B&G Foods, casts a pretty big shadow of its own over the food industry.
    The company, producer of shelf-stable food brands including Green Giant, Ortega, Cream of Wheat and Mrs. Dash, manufactures, sells and distributes products throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Managing the supply chain for such a highly diversified portfolio of brands and products is a major challenge, but it’s one that Senior Director of Procurement Marty Schoch explains B&G Foods is more than capable of handling.


Sprouts Farmers Market is growing across 13 states from coast to coast at a rate of more than 30 new locations annually. By Russ Gager

As vice president of construction, procurement and facilities, Steve Hagen is keeping busy with Sprouts Farmers Market’s 36 store openings scheduled this year. Last year, he kept busy with 32 store openings. This pace has helped the company maintain the 14 percent annual growth rate that its board of directors set as a goal when the company went public in August 2013.
    “Generally, that’s the expectation – 14 percent organic growth,” Hagen says. “This year, we’re a little bit above 14 percent because we had the opportunity to take over a few of the Haggen stores that closed and convert them into Sprouts stores. So that was a few more stores than we planned this year.”

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