Seasonings company Sauer Brands has new CFO

Dan Ochwat
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Sauer Brands, a seasonings and condiments manufacturer, has named David Starr its new executive vice president and chief financial officer. Starr comes from Chicago Custom Foods, who Sauer acquired in May.

Richmond, Va.-based Sauer produces private brand products for retailers and foodservice clients, and operates the Spice Hunter and Duke’s Mayonnaise brands. With the pickup of Chicago Custom Foods came its popular popcorn seasoning brand Kernel Season’s.

Starr has more than 17 years of experience as a chief financial officer in the ingredients and medical services industries.

"We are thrilled to have someone of David's experience and expertise join our management team and are confident that, under his leadership, we will build a first class finance organization that can support our ambitious plans for profitable growth," said Martin Kelly, president and CEO of Sauer Brands Inc. "David will play a crucial role in helping us build a safer, stronger, more sustainable company that will forge a more prosperous future for our teammates and their families.”

Starr will relocate to Richmond to join the team at headquarters; the Chicago Custom Foods group remains in Elk Grove Village, Ill. Sauer has additional facilities in Richmond, Mauldin, S.C., New Century, Kan., and San Luis Obispo, Calif.

"I am extremely excited to join Sauer Brands at this point in the company's history. We have great assets and a tremendous opportunity to build a prosperous future for our teammates and shareholders. With the addition of Chicago Custom Foods, we have a very exciting portfolio of condiments, spices and seasonings that can drive profitable growth," said Starr.