Richardson Brands has appointed Arnold D’Angelo as its new ceo, and James Keane as its new cfo.

D’Angelo, 58, is replacing Don Butte, 69, who is retiring after leading Richardson since 2006.

He has experience marketing a broad range of branded and private label food products including Bigelow Tea, where he was the “father” of the ubiquitous tea-chest offered in restaurant, hospitality and foodservice locations.

Most recently, D’Angelo was ceo, founder and principal owner of IMS, a marketer and distributor of branded food products including coffee creamers, chocolate drinks, imported Belgian chocolates, co-branded Arizona Iced Tea and Land O’ Lakes products.

“Richardson Brands is perfectly placed to benefit from the marketing and sales expertise provided by the team led by Arnie D’Angelo,” says John Teeger, chairman of the board of Richardson. “Our company has considerable un-utilized production capacity, which is available to meet future demand for line extensions, new packaging and new products.”

Meanwhile, Keane, 57, is a certified public accountant with extensive experience in finance and operating management.

Richardson Brands manufactures and markets branded confectionery and gravy products under brand names including Gravy Master, Dryden and Palmer Rock Candy, Bogdon Candy Sticks and Richardson products.

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