About Us

As a global product development partner, we specialize in high-quality food ingredients. We’re committed to helping our customers create better products – and a better, more sustainable world.

Our Purpose

We blend care and creativity to nourish the world.

At Griffith Foods, our purpose defines who we are, what we do, and why we exist, highlighting what makes us distinct and authentic in the marketplace. We help our partners meet the evolving needs and desires of consumers in ways that respect and sustain the planet. Our care and creativity mean we’ll find the right mix of global reach and local impact to serve the earth and nourish all of us who call it home.

Our Story

“If you look at our history, being a vehicle for the greater good has been the ethos of this company.”

– Brian Griffith, Owner and Executive Chairman

Action follows purpose. Collaboration leads to innovation. And more often than not, the future you can envision is the future you can make a reality. This was certainly true in 1919 when Enoch Luther (E.L.) Griffith, a Chicago salesman, and his son Carroll Ladd (C.L.) Griffith, a pharmacologist, took the first bold steps toward improving America’s food industry. The Griffiths’ aim was to introduce food science to the food industry. Why? Because they believed they could improve food safety while creating healthier, better-tasting food.

Fast forward four generations and a century later, and it’s the same purpose-driven approach that continues to guide Griffith Foods today, and for the next 100 years

1919 Our Founding
1920 – 1930 North American Growth
1930 – 1940 Product Development
1950 – 1960 Going Global
1960 – 1970 Increasing Innovation
1980 – 1990 Purposeful Evolution
2000 – 2020 Built for Success
Today A New Era
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Our Founding

At a time when the nation’s food supply couldn’t be trusted, Enoch Luther (E.L.) Griffith and Carroll Ladd (C.L.) Griffith recognized the need to introduce food science to the food industry through personal customer relationships. Thus began the storefront start of the company at 429 W. 79th Street in Chicago.

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North American Growth

On May 14, 1929, Griffith’s first company outside of the United States was established in Toronto under the leadership of E.L. Griffith’s nephews, Maurice and Luther Rector.  Griffith introduces specialty flours, liquid seasonings, and imports German Prague Salt, which dramatically reduced the required curing times for ham, bacon, and sausage.

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Product Development

Working to create safer, healthier and better-tasting food, Griffith utilized innovative technologies and processes to enhance the taste and safety of food products while reducing cost and speeding up production – developing Prague Powder “The Safe Fast Cure”, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, an essential and affordable building block of flavor, antioxidant seasonings and more.

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Going Global

Then, as now, Griffith grew by helping its customers grow – expanding its product line and services with ingredients and technology made to assure dependable flavor, texture, and quality. E.L.’s grandson, Dean L. Griffith joins the company and pioneers a global spirit to adapt and meet the needs of the cultures we serve. 

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Increasing Innovation

Following new operations in South America, Europe, and Asia in the 1960s and 1970s, Dean Griffith restructured the company in 1978 to preserve its global footprint. Further pushes for improvement involved collaboration between culinary teams and food scientists, allowing Griffith to expand within the food industry. 

Unit Paks offer processors and foodservice operations optimized batching and back-of-house efficiencies. Griffith Foods introduces HVP flavor extensions, Flava Glaze for BBQ, authentic liquid blends, and unique coating systems with increased durability and functionality in baked and fried applications.

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Purposeful Evolution

By acquiring new companies, creating a new division, and further developing its core capabilities, the company blended together diverse approaches and points of view to help customers grow. Griffith acquired Custom Culinary® in 1991 to expand its soup, base, sauce, and gravy offerings, then launched its Innova®Flavors division in 1997, which greatly diversified its catalog of customizable  natural flavorings, pastes, and marinades

Two new, state-of-the-art Culinary Centers are opened at the Alsip headquarters and in Europe to provide customers with additional product development resources. Custom Culinary® is acquired and Innova®, a manufacturer of savory flavors, is established. New facilities are built in Brazil, Southern China, and South Korea.

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Built for Success

Griffith’s sustainability platform has been a key driver of change looking toward the future.

By following the four strategic thrusts – shared value, leverage technology, partner ecosystems, and health and nutrition – a positive impact has been made through endeavors like the Griffith Sustainably Sourced (GSS) program and clean-label products. These initiatives are both a validation of Griffith Foods’ past successes and an essential step in our continuing push to blend care and creativity to nourish the world.

Griffith Foods acquires a liquids facility focused on the production of sauces and soups. New manufacturing units are built in Mexico, India, and Northern China. Additional culinary centers are constructed within targeted facilities throughout the world. In 2019, the company launches TEROVA™, a supplier of sustainably sourced and superior spices, herbs, botanicals, and innovative ingredients, in order to scale sustainable sourcing efforts.

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A New Era

Today, the world is Griffith Foods’ market. Its central pursuit builds on its legacy of blending care and creativity to nourish the world. Countless global partners rely on the company for seasonings, spices, coatings, sauces, and more, while its sustainability efforts support local and regional food ecosystems around the world.

Our Values

Born from our purpose, our values are at the heart of everything we do.

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    Make the Future Better

    We are optimistic and courageous while making choices in pursuit of our dreams. Sustainability informs our curiosity, imagination, and innovation. We are passionate about leaving our planet a better place for future generations. We believe the best is yet to come.

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    Work Together Globally

    We recognize our diversity creates a unique strength, and we learn from our colleagues and partners globally. By collaborating, communicating, sharing, and learning, we create better together.

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    Behave like Owners

    We are passionate about creating long-term value. We believe that we are part of something bigger than ourselves and strive to make a difference. We trust each other and treat talent as a valuable resource. We believe in strategic risk-taking and in doing the right thing, especially when it is hard to do.

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    Build Customer Success

    Recognizing that our success depends on our customers’ success, we work to create value and ensure success by understanding, anticipating and prioritizing customer needs. We build a mutual commitment to derive sustainable long-term value.

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    Deliver Results

    We take personal responsibility for meeting our commitments. We are focused on achieving objectives aligned to our triple bottom line of people, planet, and performance. We execute with excellence, measure results, and reward success.

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    Act like Family

    We are a caring family company where everyone has the opportunity to grow, follow their own personal “Purpose” and find fulfillment in their work. We support each other and demonstrate mutual respect. We nourish people’s well-being – physical, mental, and financial.

Our Family of Companies

Griffith Foods is a global product development partner specializing in food ingredients from seasoning and sauces to breadings, coatings, flavors, bakery products, and more.

Custom Culinary® specializes in providing foodservice and food processing professionals with real, authentic branded and proprietary culinary flavor systems.

TEROVA serves modern society with premium, sustainable ingredients, and products grown with a farmer first approach and full traceability.

Nourish Ventures is a strategic partner to new ventures, accelerating their ability to scale and grow, focused on creating the food system of the future – delicious, nutritious, sustainable.

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Join Our Family

When you join Griffith Foods, you are not only joining our family, you are joining a community of change-makers. At Griffith Foods, you are encouraged and empowered to make meaningful contributions and discover innovative solutions. Learn more about our career opportunities and join us on our journey to nourish the world.

Our Leadership

We believe in leading by example. Connected by a shared purpose, our leaders are committed to the well-being of every Griffith Foods employee, while maintaining responsible stewardship of the People, Planet, and Performance.

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    Joergen Lundgaard

    President, Asia Pacific
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    Tony Jiang

    Vice President Finance, Asia Pacific
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    Bob Waller

    VP Commercial & Partnerships, Asia Pacific
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    Mary Liu

    Vice President HR, Asia Pacific
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    Grant Hobbs

    VP R&D, Asia Pacific
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    Jennifer Anarna

    Marketing Director, Asia Pacific
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    Jomi Gaston

    Culinary Director, Asia Pacific
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    John Proulx

    Purchasing Director, Asia Pacific
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    Hans-Peter Enzmann

    Vice President, Supply Chain, Asia Pacific
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    Kalapatti Chandramouli (Chandra)

    IT Director, Asia Pacific
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    Tomomasa Goto

    Managing Director – Japan
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    Sunny Shen

    Finance Director – Greater China
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    Sera Yau

    R&D Director – Greater China
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    Lydia Nie

    Purchasing Director – Greater China
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    Minna Min

    HR Director – Greater China
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    Wattie Lo

    Marketing Director – Greater China
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    Benny Fu

    Sales Director – China
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    Elsie Lung

    Sales Director – HK, Macau, & Taiwan
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    Xin He

    Associate Operations Director – China
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    Sophy Ge

    Associate Quality Director – China
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    Jane Shi

    Senior IT Manager – China
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    Calvin Tsoi

    Culinary Innovation Director – Greater China
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    Dave Jagdeo

    Managing Director – SEA
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    Adrian Flint

    Supply Chain Director – SEA
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    Jeeranan Thanartvorapol

    Marketing Director – SEA
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    Siddharth Raghavan

    Culinary Director – SEA
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    Phichet Maitreejit

    Finance and Administration Director – SEA
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    Nophadon Naprasitchai

    Manufacturing Director – SEA
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    Tatchakorn Suwannasopon

    Human Resources Director – SEA
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    Tidaporn Buppha

    Senior R&D Manager – SEA
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Joergen Lundgaard

President, Asia Pacific

Joergen joined Griffith Foods in January 2020 and brings more than 25 years of experience in Asia-Pacific into the role, having worked with leading companies in leadership roles within the food & beverage industry.

Currently based out of Singapore, Joergen has extensive knowledge of the regional food ingredients landscape through roles in manufacturing, distribution, commercial excellence, project and product management, and from board positions and overall P&L and functional responsibilities.

Joergen thrives in a multi-cultural environment and enjoys being part of high-performing teams in order to bring value and solutions to customers and business partners.

“I am truly excited to have joined Griffith Foods to lead the continued growth of the company in the Asia-Pacific region and to help deliver the execution of our Purpose-Driven Strategy for a better future.”

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Tony Jiang

Vice President Finance, Asia Pacific

Tony is a highly result-oriented finance leader with extensive experience in strategic and financial planning, financial management, controllership, finance team building and business process re-engineering across multiple industries. 

Prior to joining Griffith Foods Asia Pacific, Tony served as Regional Controller – North Asia of Abbott Diagnostic Division.

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Bob Waller

VP Commercial & Partnerships, Asia Pacific

Bob Waller is the VP for Commercial and Partnerships. He has been in the Asia Pacific Region since 1996 in multiple roles around training, commercial development and general management. 

Joined Griffith in Jan 2008 as the Sales and Marketing Director for Griffith S.E.Asia before taking the MD role in late 2011 then adding in the responsibility for our JV in Australia and also the MD role for Griffith Foods Japan.

Flourishes in the fast moving environment throughout Asia Pacific. Enjoys building high performing, resilient teams able to serve and respond to our customer needs through the great people we have in Griffith Foods.   

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Mary Liu

Vice President HR, Asia Pacific

Mary has over 20 years experience in B2B and B2C business , cross different indiustries.  She has been serving executive positions in Motorola, Microsoft, SAP, Pearson and CIMC. During her professional life , Mary has held a number of strategically important roles such as Corp VP, head of Human Resources, VP of Strategy and Organization Development, Head of Merger and Acquisition, Corp Leadership Development and Governance, Head of Global Human Resources and Chief advisor of Enterprise Management etc. She has been supporting and leading various growth plans, Business transformations in different companies.  She has been holding roles in  Greater China, Asia Pacific and global roles in the past years and she has developed quite a few very solid HR org/teams, built sustainable structures in the areas of HR , strategy management and Corp Governance.

Mary Joined Griffith in April 2019 to pursue the shared passion with the company: making the world better.  Mary holds a degree in Education, Linguistics and MBA, she is also a certified executive coach and change facilitator.

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Grant Hobbs

VP R&D, Asia Pacific

Grant Hobbs is the Vice President of Research and Development at Griffith Foods Asia Pacific.  He oversees a team of  70+  R&D & Regulatory associates across Griffith and our Joint Venture Partners in Asia, supporting one of our most diverse regions covering exports to over 60 countries.

Grant joined Griffith in 2006 and is based in Thailand where he has held various technical roles leading the R&D and Regulatory teams before joining the Regional Team.

He has 30 years of experience in the food ingredients and flavors industries, including 22 years of working in various Asian countries. 

Prior to joining Griffith, Grant had track records in various R&D and commercial roles with  Kerry Ingredients, Haarmann & Reimer, and Symrise.

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Jennifer Anarna

Marketing Director, Asia Pacific

Jennifer is the Regional Marketing Director for Asia Pacific. She joined Griffith Foods in 2013, bringing in a wealth of experience in both sales and marketing. She started her career in the hotel industry where she has worked in reservations, event management and International sales. She moved to the food manufacturing industry in 2004 as a key accounts manager, where she has consistently delivered double digit growth with her major accounts. 

She transferred to marketing thereafter, occupying various roles such as product management, channel management, category management and trade marketing in B2B and held positions locally and regionally. The last position held in the previous company prior to joining Griffith Foods was sales training manager. 

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Jomi Gaston

Culinary Director, Asia Pacific

Juan Miguel Gaston is the Asia Pacific Culinary Director for Griffith Foods based in Bangkok, Thailand. He started his culinary career in the US at the age of 15 working in different restaurants and formalized his culinary education at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York graduating in 1993. He returned to the Philippines in 1994 and started working for Caterplan Philippines(the Foodservice division of Bestfoods International) as the Caterplan Executive Chef. By 2000 Bestfoods International was acquired by Unilever and he remained with the Phillippine affiliate until 2002 and was then relocated to New Zealand to assist in the launching of Unilever Foodsolutions in the country. He was relocated to Bangkok Thailand as the Asia Pacific Regional Chef for International Chain Accounts and remained with the company until 2006. After his stint with Unilever, he returned to his hometown in the Philippines and promptly opened two restaurant concepts which he owned and managed, the Italian concept, Tratorria Uma was rated as one of the Best Restaurants by Tatler Philippines in 2014. He returned to the corporate world in 2012 when he accepted the position as Regional Executive Chef for Southeast Asia with Griffith Foods and has been with the company since.  

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John Proulx

Purchasing Director, Asia Pacific

John Proulx is Purchasing Director, Asia Pacific, originally joining the  Griffith Foods team in 2009. Prior to the Regional role, he held the positions of Purchasing Director SEA & Japan. 

Based out of Bangkok with over 20 years of experience in the foods industry in Asia, he worked in a variety of roles such as sales, quality, product development, sourcing and general management.  He graduated with an Honour’s Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa and holds an Agriculture Diploma.    Prior to joining Griffith Foods, John worked for leading Thai canned food exporter and did some work under the Thai Food Processor’s Association participating in delegations to the EU.

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Hans-Peter Enzmann

Vice President, Supply Chain, Asia Pacific

Hans-Peter joined Griffith Foods APAC in September 2020 and is located in Shanghai. Hans-Peter is a Swiss national with more than 20 years of APAC experience and is an accomplished chemicals & food operation executive with extensive engineering, manufacturing, supply chain and P&L experience. Hans-Peter joins Griffith coming from Kemira, where he held the position as Vice President Manufacturing, APAC. Previous employments include Managing Director APAC of Anhui COFCO Biochemical & Galactic Lactic  Acid,  Ciba Specialty Chemicals (now BASF) and Ciba Geigy (now Novartis) in roles of business strategy, finance controlling, manufacturing and project engineering.

Hans-Peter holds a MBA in Economics from the University of Zurich and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Chemical Engineering. 

“I feel honored to join the Griffith global family and contribute to Blend Care and Creativity  to Nourish the World. Is there anything more important than to be nourished, healthy and safe and strive for sustainability?”

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Kalapatti Chandramouli (Chandra)

IT Director, Asia Pacific

Chandra has 25+ years of rich experience in increasingly responsible roles within Information Technology at several leading companies. He has significant experience throughout the Asia Pacific region designing and delivering ERP, Supply Chain, CRM, Digital and IT Transformational Projects. He has worked across many Industries including Pharmaceuticals, Fine Chemicals, Food, Flavours & Fragrance and Agricultural commodities.

Apart from work Chandra takes keen interest in learning, understanding and appreciating cultures and valuing differences. He also loves to engage in CSR activities like empowering people with access to technology and education, and he truly loves to teach both children and adults.

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Tomomasa Goto

Managing Director – Japan

Tomomasa-san joined Griffith Foods in March 2021 after working in the US for seven years, bringing with him plenty of experience and knowledge in International business, Product management, and M&A. He has a primitive attitude of never giving up until landing successfully. He has a team-oriented mind, fascinating passion, and strong numerical/ analytical aptitude.  He is proud of devoting himself to the food industry, the “essential business”. He is currently driving the local leadership team, with a goal of bringing Griffith Foods Japan to the next level.

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Sunny Shen

Finance Director – Greater China

Sunny is the Finance Director in Greater China. She has more than 18 years of Finance Management Experience, working in various types of industries. Prior to joining Griffith Foods, Sunny has worked as Senior FP&A Manager in companies such as Starbucks, Henkel, Amyway and Motorola. Sunny holds a Bachelors Degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois, USA.

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Sera Yau

R&D Director – Greater China

Sera leads the R&D department in Greater China. She holds a degree in Biology from the University of Portsmouth, UK, a higher diploma in Applied Science from the City University of Hong Kong, and an MBA from the University of Surrey, UK. Sera has more than 28 years of working experience in R&D, having worked in Maxims, Lee Kum Kee, KFC and Unilever Foodsolutions, prior to joining Griffith Foods.

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Lydia Nie

Purchasing Director – Greater China

Lydia Nie joined Griffith Foods in 2018 as the Purchasing Director in China. Prior to joining, Lydia has held a Regional Supplier Relationship Manager at Kellogg’s Foods, Green Market Giftmaker and Chaitai Foods. Lydia is a graduate of Sichuan University with a major in Food Sciences and Engineering.

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Minna Min

HR Director – Greater China

Minna holds the position of HR Director in Greater China.  She has a degree in Human Resources Management from the Massey University in New Zealand. Prior to working for Griffith Foods, Minna worked as HR Manager at Emerson and similar positions in Omnicom Group Interbrand and Daktronics. 

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Wattie Lo

Marketing Director – Greater China

Wattie holds master’s degree from University of Hong Kong major in Journalism. He joined Griffith Foods in 2015 as Sales Director, leading the team in HK. He was responsible for market penetration strategies and has led the growth in the HK business prior to transferring to marketing as the Greater China Marketing Director in 2020. He works closely with the leadership team in China in developing the purpose driven strategy in China and leads the marketing team in the execution of key initiatives to drive growth. 

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Benny Fu

Sales Director – China

Benny joined Griffith Foods in August 2020, as the Sales Director for Mainland China. He has more than 26 years of experience in the areas of sales management, key account management, RTM management in FMCG and the foodservice market.  Prior to joining Griffith Foods, Benny held sales leadership positions at McCormick, Friesland Campina and Rich Products.

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Elsie Lung

Sales Director – HK, Macau, & Taiwan

Elsie Lung holds a masters degree major in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University in the United States. She has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience in food industry. Prior to joining Griffith Foods she worked as sales leader at Starbucks Hong Kong, GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) and Lee Kum Kee.

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Xin He

Associate Operations Director – China

Xin He is the Associate Operations Director at Qingdao plant. He has more than 20 years in plant management and quality control. He previously worked for companies like Coca-Cola, Dentsply, Great Lakes Fresh Food & Juice and Mars China taking up quality and production roles. Xin He holds a degree in mechanism from He Bei Industry University.

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Sophy Ge

Associate Quality Director – China

Sophy GE, Associate FSQS Director of Greater China, is based at Zhongshan plant and joined Griffith on September 23, 2019. She has more than 18 years solid working experience of quality management in food industry. Prior to joining Griffith Foods, she was Senior Food Safety Auditor in Silliker China and worked as QA Manager in McKey Foods.

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Jane Shi

Senior IT Manager – China

Jane Shi is the Senior IT Manager in Greater China, based in Shanghai. She has been consistently leading the IT department in China and has been instrumental in the implementation of key initiatives from China Baan Implementation from 2008 – 2010, Values Champion from 2014 – 2016, GWL Ambassador from 2017-2018 and most recently, she successfully led the DAX Project in Japan. Jane has been with Griffith Foods for 14 years and is now also supporting the Japan IT department. 

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Calvin Tsoi

Culinary Innovation Director – Greater China

Calvin Tsoi is Culinary and Innovation Director at Griffith Foods responsible for the Greater China region. Since 1996, he has achieved a number of awards and certifications, most notably including the gold medal at Millennium Creating Cooking Competition by Hong Kong Trade Development Council in 1999, the bronze medal at the 6th World Championship of Chinese Cuisine in 2008, a Certificate of Master Chef Course in Chinese Cuisine at the Chinese Cuisine Training Institute, and a Certification of International Master Chef for Chinese Cuisine by the World Association of Chinese Cuisine. Calvin was also an adjunct professor for the hotel management faculty at the Tourism College of Zhejiang, China in 2005.

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Dave Jagdeo

Managing Director – SEA

Dave Jagdeo is the Managing Director for Southeast Asia based in Bangkok.  He is responsible for the development and execution of the business unit’s long range plan within the framework of people, planet and performance.  Dave has been with Griffith Foods for 15 years in several different roles across regions : as Vice- President Supply Chain for Canada based in Toronto for 8 years and then re-locating to Bangkok in 2013 first as Asia Pacific Regional Vice-President Supply chain and moving into a commercial role as Deputy Managing Director for Southeast Asia in 2018.   Dave has a Bachelors degree  in Chemical Engineering specializing in Food Engineering from the University of Toronto, an MBA from Queen’s University in Canada and has co-authored a published paper on moisture sorption isotherms in the Journal of Food Science.   He was responsible for the start up of a large 28,000 square metres new high tech, highly automated packaging plant with his previous company and is now leading the construction and start-up of a state of the art dry blending facility in Bangkok.  His tag line purpose statement is “removing barriers to allow others to develop to their full potential”.

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Adrian Flint

Supply Chain Director – SEA

Adrian Flint is the Supply Chain Director for S. E. Asia. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the food industry, working in various roles in the supply chains primarily for the frozen ready meals and frozen cooked poultry industries. For the last 18 years, he has lived with his family in Thailand, and is based in Bangkok. His role is to develop and ensure the supply chain is always ready to support the Sales function and the long range strategy of Griffith SEA, whilst ensuring food safety and people safety remain the highest priorities.

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Jeeranan Thanartvorapol

Marketing Director – SEA

Jeeranan (Jay) Thanartvorapol is the Marketing Director for S.E. Asia based in Bangkok. She graduated in International Business Management, minor Marketing.  Prior to joining Griffith Foods, Jay started her career with Procter & Gamble in Human Resource Department and had the international exposure that builds skills and experience in multinational business environment. Jay joined Griffith Foods in Human Resources Department and was granted the opportunity to join Marketing team in 2011. With over 10 years of experience working for Griffith Foods S.E. Asia, Jay have been leading and elevating the marketing team’s capabilities in the execution of the strategic initiatives plan of the organization to accelerate business growth opportunities using consumer and business insights, commercialization of new product innovations as well as brand building and communications management.  

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Siddharth Raghavan

Culinary Director – SEA

Siddharth Raghavan is the Culinary Director for S.E. Asia based in Bangkok. His main role is to strengthen and elevate the culinary capability. His main focus area in Griffith Foods is to provide innovative culinary product solution in QSR & Food Service. 

Sid has 15 years of culinary experience. He spent majority of his career time with Unilever in different Innovation chef roles leading NPD & formulation for Knorr retail and food service business in South Asia, Europe & S.E. Asia.

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Phichet Maitreejit

Finance and Administration Director – SEA

Phichet Maitreejitr is the Finance & Admin. Director for S.E. Asia based in Bangkok. His main role is to manage the S.E Asia business’ financial goals, objectives and budgets. His key focus area in Griffith Foods is managing the financial actions of a company include tracking cashflow planning as well as analyzing the company’s financial strengths and weakness and proposing corrective actions. Phichet has 26 years of finance & accounting experience. He spent 13 years of his career time with Griffith Foods SEA start from Finance manager to Finance & Admin Director. He is leading and developing Financial & Accounting department include support JV partnership (Australia, Indonesia and Philippines).

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Nophadon Naprasitchai

Manufacturing Director – SEA

Nophadon Naprasitchai is currently holding the position of Manufacturing Director. He joined Griffith Foods since May 21,2007 as an HR Manager and moved to manage manufacturing side of the business. Nophadon  has built several years of experience in factory management that include production, warehouse and maintenance. His achievement is driving operations team to increase the production capacity from 1,500 MTs per month to 3,000 MTs per month.

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Tatchakorn Suwannasopon

Human Resources Director – SEA

Tatchakorn Suwannasopon (Khun Ae) is the Human Resources Director S.E. Asia based in Bangkok. In this role, he will lead the S.E.A. HR team to support both the human resources strategic initiative and operational excellence. He is a part of the Asia Pacific HR leadership team and S.E.A. leadership team. With 16 years of Human Resources experience, he brings his solid Compensation& Benefit and project management experience in multiple industries. He joins us from Mondelez International where he was regional HR Solutions Lead S.E.A., partnered with the regional leadership team on various critical projects. He also worked as HR Manager for BMW (Thailand) and HR Compensation & Benefits S.E.A. at Beiersdorf.

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Tidaporn Buppha

Senior R&D Manager – SEA

Tidaporn (Ann) Buppha is a native of Bangkok and graduated in Food Science and Technology. Ann has a strong technical background with 17 years in the industry, having spent 4 years in QA building up testing protocols before moving into product development. As a senior R&F manage, her role is to plan, lead, motivate and manage the R&D resources to deliver innovative and relevant solutions to our customers.

Ann has worked intensively and passionately on providing innovative solutions to our customers in Asia, frequently visiting our customers to support line trials with in depth experience and understanding of processing operations and global QSR’s expectations on quality.

Board of Directors

Our board of directors comes from rich, diverse backgrounds that lend well to Griffith Foods’ Purpose. We are proud to have this dynamic group of leaders usher us into the next century of purpose-driven business.

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Brian Griffith

Executive Chairman

Brian is the fourth-generation family member to lead Griffith Foods. He has worked in the food industry for almost three decades, with more than 20 years of service at Griffith. Throughout his tenure with the company, Brian has held diverse leadership positions within Griffith and Custom Culinary, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, including management roles in Europe, Asia, and North America. From 2005 until 2014, he led our teams in the dynamic Asia Pacific markets, served as Vice Chairman and Group President for Central and South America, Asia Pacific, and India Middle East for Griffith. In 2015, Brian began leading Griffith Foods as Executive Chairman.

Over the past four years, he has spearheaded a team to establish form and structure in Griffith’s sustainability platform of People, Planet and Performance, and apply it across all business units worldwide. In the coming years, he will continue guiding the organization to develop new shared value opportunities and promote a Purpose-driven strategy that supports the community and preserves the planet while fostering continued successful performance.

Brian earned a B.A. in International Political Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

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TC Chatterjee

Chief Executive Officer

TC Chatterjee was named Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Before becoming CEO, TC held positions as Chief Operating Officer, as well as Group President across some of Griffith’s fastest-growing regions, including Central and South America, Asia Pacific, and India – Middle East, as well as Custom Culinary, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Griffith Foods™.

“Griffith’s global footprint and our ability to add value to our customers and their customers through our expertise and experience in food science, culinary arts, sensory and consumer insight help us offer a range of capabilities to enable our customers’ growth and innovation. We are proud of our ability to provide these locally as well as globally.”

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Matt West

Executive Vice President and CFO

Matt West joined Griffith Foods in 2017 as Chief Financial Officer following a 27-year Finance career in global food and consumer products companies. Matt leads the planning and strategy for Griffith’s financial performance as well as the company’s funding and investment strategies.

“At Griffith Foods™, we operate in numerous countries that each have strong opportunities to grow our business. Our cash flow and capital investments are the fuel for our growth,” Matt said. “In Finance, we balance the reinvestment of company profits with funding from our financial partners to support the best business opportunities around the world. My team and I put it all together.”

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Jose-Luis Bretones

Board Member

Jose-Luis Bretones founded LINAR Advisors in 2015, a boutique consulting practice with a focus on global supply chain operations, and currently serves as managing partner after more than 20 years working across several industries around the world.

His experience includes leadership roles in supply chain with McDonald’s, Lucent Technologies, and Castle Metals before founding LINAR Advisors. 

Jose-Luis grew up in Spain, relocated to the United States in 1998, and currently lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters. He holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ETSII) and an MBA degree obtained while on assignment with Lucent Technologies in Oklahoma. He earned numerous professional accreditations from Kellogg School of Management (USA), INSEAD School of Management (France), Goldratt Institute (Spain), and APICS.

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Dean Carter

Board Member

Mr. Dean E. Carter has been Vice President of Human Resources & Shared Services at Patagonia, Inc. since May 2015. Mr. Carter provides strategic leadership and direction of Patagonia’s global human resources, finance, and legal teams and is charged with developing initiatives to support Patagonia’s nearly 2,000 employees worldwide in carrying out its mission. 

Prior to joining Patagonia, he served as the Chief Human Resources Officer and Vice President of Talent & Human Capital Services at Sears Holdings Corporation and has supported more than 220,000 employees in the United States and Asia and partnered directly with more than 30 Business Unit Presidents. In 2013, he was awarded the Top 10 Breakaway HR Leaders by the Global HR Summit. He has a BS in speech/organizational communication from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Workforce Science Fellow of Northwest University School of Law in Chicago.

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Sonia Lo

Board Member

Sonia Lo is the Chief Executive Officer of Crop One Holdings. She is also the Founder and Managing Director of Chalsys LLP, an advisory and direct investment firm that has invested over $120 million in 15 global growth-stage companies. Prior to Chalsys, Ms. Lo was co-founder and CEO of eZoka Group, a UK-based internet startup that was sold in 2002. Ms. Lo is a former Director of Global Content for Google.

She was appointed one of the Global 100 Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum in 2000 and 2001 and named one of Management Today’s leading 35 businesswomen in the UK under the age of 35.

Ms. Lo earned her BA in Political Science from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University. She holds Professional Chef and Pastry Qualifications from London and City College and completed certifications in Green Supply Chain Management and Zero Energy Architecture.

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Joseph Maslick

Board Member

Mr. Maslick joined Griffith Foods in 1970 and was quickly promoted to management positions in the USA and then in Corporate finance. In 1988, he was elected Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In 1990 he was elected Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Griffith Foods until his retirement.

Mr. Maslick holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from the DePaul University of Chicago. He has served as a Board Member of Illinois Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Greater Phoenix Area, and is active with the Mayo Clinic Foundation in Arizona, raising funds for its cancer research activities.

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Joseph Schmieder

Board Member

Joe is a principal consultant of The Family Business Consulting Group assisting family-owned organizations to increase their value through the careful guidance of family succession and the resolution of complex family business issues. He is a strong advocate for incorporating innovation into family businesses, blending family and non-family execs into effective leadership teams, developing next-generation leaders, creating effective governance structures, and facilitating family meetings. 

He is the author of the book Innovation in the Family Business: Succeeding through Generations and numerous family business articles. He presents family business topics around the world, including FBCG’s annual program for board leaders: The Chair Forum.  Joe earned his Masters of International Management degree from Thunderbird Global School of International Management and a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University.

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Mary Wagner

Board Member

Mary K. Wagner is a recognized executive leader and board director with a reputation for creating innovative products, managing risks, handling corporate crises, and managing food quality and safety. She is a strategist, an operational leader, and a team builder who has been an executive in branded global retail and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies. She has created growth through consumer-facing innovation and brand building. 

Mary holds a Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors (ACCD) and is a Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She is a member of Women Corporate Directors, as well as a Belizean Grove member. Mary is a graduate of Harvard’s Program for Management Development (PMD), and a participant in the Kellogg Family Governance program. She has a BS and MS from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

 

Partnerships and Ecosystem

Our partnerships extend our coverage across the globe, enhance our innovation, provide access to a network of global chefs and experts, and further our efforts to nourish the world.
We are a non-profit food and beverage incubator dedicated to helping local entrepreneurs build & grow successful businesses.
Growing a sustainable, healthy and resilient agricultural sector whilst creating strong and secure supply chains. (The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform)
ASTA works to ensure the supply of clean, safe spice, shape public policy on behalf of the global industry, and advance business interests of its members.
TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries.
The Sustainable Spices Initiative (SSI) aims to sustainably transform the mainstream spices sector, thereby securing future sourcing and stimulating economic growth in producing countries.
The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is a product and process certification standard known for compliance to industry best practices

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