Galaxy Nutritional Foods, Inc., following the completion of its take-private by Mill Road Capital and Galaxy Partners last month, has formally welcomed its new CEO and President, Rick Antonelli. Antonelli brings more than 25 years of natural and organic industry expertise to the Galaxy team.
“I am very excited that Galaxy’s new CEO is an individual with the caliber of industry and operational experience that Rick has,” commented Tim Krieger, Managing Member of Galaxy Partners. “His track record of success speaks for itself.”
Antonelli has spent virtually his entire career in senior leadership roles at natural and organic companies. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of United Natural Foods, Inc. (NDQ:UNFI). Previously, Antonelli held a variety of leadership roles within UNFI and served on the organization’s Board of Directors, as well as on the boards of several private food companies in the natural and organic space.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help lead Galaxy to new levels of growth,” said Antonelli. “Galaxy has always been known as the leader in the cheese alternative market and we’re looking forward to continuing that tradition and building on it. We will work hard to both strengthen our core products, as well as add new lines in the food and non-food categories, that will offer our customers an even wider selection of the great natural and organic products they have come to expect from Galaxy Nutritional Foods.”
Justin Jacobs, Managing Director at Mill Road Capital, commented, “From the moment we first met Rick, we knew Galaxy would be a perfect fit for his decades of experience of growing companies both organically and through acquisitions. We have already seen some great work behind the scenes that will yield excellent results. I have no doubt that this is only the beginning of the new Galaxy Nutritional Foods.”
About Galaxy Nutritional Foods, Inc
Galaxy Nutritional Foods’ commitment to providing smart food choices for health-conscious consumers spans more than 25 years. Specializing in great tasting, plant-based cheese alternatives and organic food products, Galaxy uses high-quality, natural and organic ingredients. Its pioneering cheese alternative brands fulfill people’s desire for cheese without trans fat, cholesterol or lactose. Galaxy Nutritional Foods’ Veggie® brand is the No. 1 soy-based cheese alternative in grocery stores nationwide and is primarily found in the produce department. Galaxy’s other popular cheese alternative brands, available in natural foods stores nationwide, include soy-free Rice®, soy-based Veggy®, dairy-free Vegan®, and dairy- and soy-free Rice Vegan®. Visit www.GalaxyFoods.com to learn more.