SOURCE: Monterey Gourmet Foods

June 13, 2008 07:00 ET

Monterey Gourmet Foods Hires VP of Innovation

Erika Cottrell to Lead Product Development and Marketing Teams

SALINAS, CA--(Marketwire - June 13, 2008) - Monterey Gourmet Foods (NASDAQ: PSTA), a manufacturer and marketer of fresh gourmet refrigerated food products, announced the hiring of Erika Cottrell as Vice President of Innovation.

"During the past year and a half, we integrated all of our operating teams, and now we are focused on continuing brand innovation, expanding distribution, and consolidating operations," said Eric Eddings, president and CEO of Monterey. "Erika's background in leading several consumer product / food and beverage companies through growth and change is the ideal experience for this new role in which she will drive our product development and marketing innovation to help maximize growth. Erika is a senior executive, skilled at rapidly assessing areas of opportunity, devising improvement strategies, and guiding teams from inspiration to execution. Her reputation for earning respect and loyalty by means of demonstrated professionalism, passion for excellence and unwavering integrity combined with her accomplishments in operations, distribution, logistics, retail, sales, marketing, production and corporate governance make Erika a great addition to the team."

Cottrell stated, "Monterey Gourmet Foods has created a stellar line up of brands which gives our customers a wide range of gourmet food product choices. Each employee has a passion for creating an excellent experience for the consumer and it translates into the products we develop. I believe the opportunities Monterey Gourmet Foods has are enormous. I am proud to be part of the team to develop new offerings to satisfy the market's desire for fresh gourmet alternatives. I have had the satisfaction of building effective teams, and I look forward to contributing my experiences to strengthen Monterey's position."

Most recently, Cottrell was Head of Operations & Finance and President of Front Porch Classics / Sababa Group, Inc., where she also held several other roles. Prior to joining FPC in 2002, she was Vice President of Marketing & Human Resources at Tully's Coffee Corporation. From 1992-2001, she held sales and finance roles at Specialty Frozen Products, LP. Cottrell received a bachelor of arts in business administration / marketing from the University of Washington in Seattle.

About Monterey Gourmet Foods (NASDAQ: PSTA)

Monterey Gourmet Foods manufactures USDA inspected, fresh gourmet refrigerated food products at its integrated 133,000 square foot corporate headquarters, distribution, and manufacturing facilities in Salinas (Monterey County), CA; Seattle, WA; and Eugene, OR. Monterey Gourmet Foods has national distribution of its products, which are sold under the brands Monterey Pasta, CIBO Naturals, Emerald Valley Kitchen, Sonoma Cheese and Casual Gourmet in more than 10,000 retail and club stores throughout the United States and selected regions of Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. For more information about Monterey Gourmet Foods, visit www.MontereyGourmetFoods.com.

Contact Information

  • Company Contacts:
    Monterey Gourmet Foods
    Eric Eddings
    Chief Executive Officer
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    Scott Wheeler
    Chief Financial Officer
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    (206) 622-1016

    Investor Relations Contacts:
    Lippert / Heilshorn & Associates
    Kirsten Chapman
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    Christiane Pelz
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    (415) 433-3777