Jon Brekken, Vice President of Western Vegetable & Seed Operations & Agriculture for Seneca Foods Corporation based out of LeSueur, MN has been named chairman of Midwest Food Products Association’s (MWFPA) board of directors for 2018.
As chairman, Brekken will assume leadership of MWFPA’s governing body and will preside over quarterly meetings of the Association’s board of directors. This governing body adopts policies and provides strategic guidance and oversight for the Association.
“I am confident Jon will provide strong, objective and thoughtful leadership to the Board based on his deep understanding of the food industry, said MWFPA President Nick George. “Our Association remains a leading voice in the Midwest. Jon’s experience and leadership will provide valuable guidance to MWFPA and our members.”
Brekken has worked for Seneca for more than 30 years; he has served on the Association’s Board since 2010 and its executive committee since 2015. He also serves on MWFPA’s Minnesota Legislative Committee. Brekken also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Food Processors Assn. as well as the American Fruit & Vegetable Processors & Growers Coalition, and is a past member of the USDA Fruit & Vegetable Ag Trade Advisory Committee.
“As our industry’s advocate, MWFPA effectively guides policy concerning the food manufacturing industry,” said Brekken. “Seneca Foods has been a strong supporter of these efforts for many years and I, along with my fellow board members, look forward to building on MWFPA’s success.”
Several changes and additions to the MWFPA Board of Directors were announced recently at its annual convention held in Rochester, MN:
Ryan Downs (GLK Foods) and Mike Forbes (Hormel Food) agreed to serve another 3-year term.
Gregg Ruffalo of Plainfield Trucking stepped down from the Board and Steve Hughes from Lyco Manufacturing will take his place.
MWFPA welcomed its newest Board members – Tom Kwak from Chippewa Valley Bean Company and Chris Jones of McCain Foods.