Features Food & Beverage

Juan Blanco Dávila – Ferrero

Juan Blanco’s legal career has been filled with teachable moments, often in sweet settings as he helps guide the growth of the Ferrero Group’s South American operations. As Ferrero’s general counsel working in São Paulo, Brazil, Blanco navigates rules and regulations in 10 countries where Ferrero makes and sells Nutella hazelnut spread, Kinder products, Tic […]

Juan Camilo Bernate – Productos Ramo S.A.

Lawyer jokes are a dime-a-dozen. As are the criticisms that lawyers only make things more difficult. On both fronts, Juan Camilo Bernate has heard them all, says the legal manager for Productos Ramo, a popular Colombian snackfood company. “People think the lawyer is the one creating the problem,” he says. “We’re trying to change that […]

Juan Pablo Restrepo – Mondelez International

Pick a brand—any brand—of sweets, snacks or drinks. There’s a good chance it’s made by Mondelez International. From Tang drink mix to Club Social crackers, the company that owns Nabisco and Cadbury Chocolate tempts taste buds globally, and even eases sore throats and coughs with its Hall’s lozenges. But no matter the popularity of the […]

Karina Cerdà – Ferrero Group

Karina Cerdà remembers sitting in her Barcelona office in early 2019 when a call came from a fellow company attorney in Luxembourg. Little did she know that her day job—head of legal for Italian confectioner Ferrero—was about to include a covert project that would compel her to secrecy. Even before Cerdà could listen to the […]

Ken R. Minami – The Family Coppola

His ultimate boss is filmmaker and entrepreneur Francis Ford Coppola, whose creative genius transcends the celluloid. That man also doesn’t surround himself with uninspired folks. “He’s made that clear to all parts of his business: ‘Don’t be a road block to creativity,’” says Ken Minami, who oversees multiple entities of The Family Coppola based in […]

Kristy Waterman – DFA Dairy Brands

Milk. It does a body good. But it can be complicated. It spoils 21 days after leaving a dairy, and there are myriad regulations and the challenges in the industry, which has consolidated in recent years. At DFA Dairy Brands, one of the country’s largest milk processors, it helps to have a veteran of the […]

Lauren Lacey – The Hershey Co.

She jokes it was a no-brainer to resume her legal career at The Hershey Co., where Lauren Lacey began her second go-around with the famous chocolatier in October 2019. After all, she tells Vanguard on the eve of that anniversary, fringe benefits include Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. But it’s been a sweet deal for all […]

Lori Dobbie – HyLife

From its beginnings as a hog production operation on the plains of Manitoba, HyLife has become a vertically integrated global company serving North America and Asia with exports to more than 20 countries. And though HyLife General Counsel Lori Dobbie has not been with the company since it was founded in La Broquerie in 1994 […]

Lucas Gambino – Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED Inc.

It was 3 a.m. Lucas Gambino was sitting in the passenger seat of an 18-wheeler loaded with products. The driver beside him was experienced with—and fully used to—this time and this route. As for Gambino? “I was not,” he says with a laugh. Nevertheless, the general counsel got up and did it—and learned far more […]

Lynn Haaland – PepsiCo

Tired, hungry and soaking wet. Lynn Haaland felt it all, tromping in the mud for days along the Appalachian Trail, often in a driving rain. All she could think about was a hot meal, a shower and some dry clothes. For her it was just another challenging day on vacation. For thousands of homeless women […]

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