Reily Foods has appointed William B. Reily IV president and CEO. The 117-year-old company was founded by Reily’s great-grandfather in 1902, and today manufactures and markets consumer packaged food products including heritage brands and private label products for wholesalers and retailers. The company’s brands include Luzianne tea, New England coffee, French Market coffee, Blue Plate mayonnaise, and Swans Down cake flour.
After earning a degree in history from Tulane University, Reily worked in Switzerland for Nestlé, and then returned to the United States and joined his family’s business, starting in route sales and working in marketing management, systems implementation, internal audit, and brand acquisitions.
“I have been ‘steeped’ in all aspects of this business since I was a child,” said Reily. “I can remember every lesson, pearl of wisdom, and act of kindness expressed by my father and grandfather. I am very excited about the next 100 years of our company, and what it means for my sons and hopefully their children.”
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