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08/09/2021

Sol Cuisine hires former Loblaw finance leader

Adam Kozak joins the private brand plant-based protein supplier.
Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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Sol Cuisine, a producer of branded and private brand plant-based protein offerings for retail as well as foodservice, has named Adam Kozak, chief financial officer.

Kozak has experience holding roles in finance, investor relations, loyalty and consumer insights at Loblaw Companies, and most recently at TerrAscend, seeing it enter into the U.S. market and becoming a leader in North America.

Sol Cuisine is based in Mississauga, Ontario and has more than 4,000 food service partners across Canada and the United States. The company recently commissioned a study with Hanover Research that found most consumers weigh their foodservice decisions based on whether or not there’s a vegan or plant-based option available.

“Adam comes to the company with a unique combination of broad financial experience at Canada's largest grocer, as well as a track record of astute financial leadership through periods of rapid expansion, which will be invaluable as Sol Cuisine executes on several important growth initiatives over the next 12 months,” said John Flanagan, CEO Sol Cuisine. “I would also like to thank David for his significant contributions through Sol Cuisine's public listing. I wish him all the best as he transitions back to a private company role."

Kozak replaces Sol Cuisine CFO David McLaren and will assume the role on Aug. 9.

“Having been involved in the grocery retail business in Canada for over 10 years, I am intimately familiar with the growth opportunity presented by plant-based protein, and I can't think of another team that is better positioned to capture this opportunity and translate it into returns for its shareholders,” Kozak said. “I look forward to working both with the team internally as we build Sol Cuisine into a solid plant-based protein leader in North America, as well as with our shareholders to continue building the business."