Classic Foods Continues Growth By Adding New R&D Facility

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Manuel Verdugo Promoted to Director of Research & Development

Classic Foods, Inc., North American manufacturer of high-quality snack foods, including well-known national brand Kettle Classics® Potato Chips, moves Manuel Verdugo to their So. California operations. Verdugo will be the director of the new state-of-the-art R&D Facility.

"We are excited to have Manuel step into this new position. He has a passion for the business and literally a world of experience. We can't wait to have him get started," says Florencio Cuetara, President and CEO of Classic Foods.

Verdugo has more than 31 years of experience in the snack food industry. His career began at the age of 17 when he worked as a line operator with a sister Cuétara company in Madrid, Spain. Over the years, Verdugo has been in the forefront of snack facilities all over the country. He has planned or redesigned five new snack food production facilities in Spain, Bolivia, Mexico and the United States.

"I am looking forward to heading Cfi's new Southern California's facility. I have a lifetime of experience that has prepared me for the opportunity that they have presented to me. Finally, I will be able to apply my creativity and imagination, while respecting our outstanding tradition of high quality products and service," says Verdugo.

Classic Foods, Inc. is a family owned manufacturer of top quality branded snack foods, who is passionate about a healthy world for generations to come. Distributed throughout the United States and Canada, brands include Kettle Classics® Potato Chips, Stoned Classics® Tortilla Chips, Baked Classics® Potato Crisps, California Classics™ School Snacks and Vegas Chips® snacks. Classic Foods products are available in traditional food-service outlets, institutional locations, and national food chains.

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