Abbottstown snack company adds two industry veterans
An Abbottstown co-manufacturer of salty snacks has added two veterans of the snack-food industry to its roster.
The company, G&S Foods LLC, has hired Chuck Sinon as vice president of sales and Travis Grim as vice president of research and development.
G&S was purchased by the former owners of Hanover-area Snyder’s-Lance earlier this year and is led by Tricia Warehime, the widow of late Snyder's-Lance Chairman Michael Warehime. The company makes a variety of products, including snack mixes, popcorn, and flavored pretzels and has a range of packaging capabilities, including form and fill bags, pouch-style bags and bulk boxes.
Since the purchase, G&S has brought on snack food professionals like Sinon and Grim.
Sinon started his snack career under the sales management of Bud Shull at Bon Ton/York Snacks. After 13 years with G&S, Shull is retiring and transitioning his responsibilities to Sinon. Sinon also owned Mesa Foods and was among the pioneers of the organic snack movement with Guiltless Gourmet tortilla chips.
"The Warehime family and G&S Foods have both played a role in the success I’ve experienced during my career, and I am excited to return the favor by working to expand the company’s reach through innovation, strategy and partnerships," Sinon said in a statement.
Grim, meanwhile, will be responsible for product innovation, development and quality control. Prior to G&S, Grim was vice president of research and development at Snyder’s-Lance.
"The entrepreneurial spirit at G&S paired with decades of industry experience is quite unique. With that backdrop, I am confident we can continue to expand our capabilities and offerings," Grim said in a statement.
Snyder’s-Lance earlier this year was bought by New Jersey-based Campbell Soup.
Tricia Warehime said purchasing G&S would allow her family to put its snack-food knowledge back to work locally. Warehime said she’s learned a lot over the past three decades. On many occasions, snack-food industry professionals sat down and discussed business at her family dinner table.
"I think I can honor the principles that I learned over the past 36 years from all of the people who helped build a very successful company. And I think with we have a chance to do that again with G&S," she said. "Chuck has an impressive track record as an owner/operator responsible for tremendous sales growth within multiple snack categories, and Travis has been at the heart of many of Snyder’s most innovative snack product launches."