ISRAEL – Israel’s multi-national dairy company Remilk has appointed former Nestlé, Danone and PepsiCo executives to the company’s Board of Directors effective June 22, 2023, to help grow the brand on a global scale.

The three leaders; Alicia Enciso, Floris Wesseling and Pedro Padierna, held roles at Nestlé USA, Danone Europe and PepsiCo Mexico respectively and their expertise and guidance are hoped to ‘lend profound accesses to the Israeli start-up.

“We are thankful for the incredible commitment Alicia, Floris and Pedro are making to Remilk and gratified that decorated global leaders from across the food and beverage category are aligned with our mission,” Aviv Wolff, co-founder and CEO of Remilk, said.

“With guidance from this outstanding Board of Directors, Remilk’s transformative vision can become a global on-shelf reality at the scale and speed required to address a pressing need. It is a true privilege to work alongside the leaders who helped build some of the largest food and beverage companies in the world.”

According to Alicia Enciso’s LinkedIn profile, the former Nestle exec recently served as a chief marketing officer at Nestlé USA with a track record of creating high-growth strategies, promoting shifts toward sustainability practices and leading digital and e-commerce transformations.

Wesseling spent 22 years at Danone, most recently as president, of Europe and a member of the executive committee.

He has also worked in Asia in prior roles at Danone. Announcing his departure from the CPG giant in March 2023 as he wrote on his LinkedIn profile.

Padierna has been an independent board member at Remilk since February 2023, however, he spent more than three decades at PepsiCo, from being a regional president in Mexico during the 1990s to becoming CEO for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean and then CEO of PepsiCo Mexico.

Remilk highlighted that it hopes Padierna’s experience with government decision-makers would be ‘instrumental’ as the Israeli company looks to secure regulatory approvals around the world.

Earlier this year, the dairy company received “first-of-its-kind” approval from the Israeli Ministry of Health (MOH), making it the first animal-free dairy protein company permitted to sell and market its product across Israel.

According to the CEO, the open sale of Remilk’s alternative milk, produced via precision fermentation, would open the door for the introduction of high-quality and nutritious animal-free dairy products.

Last year, Remilk announced a large-scale commercial agreement with the Central Bottling Company, which is the exclusive Israeli franchisee of Coca-Cola and one of the largest food companies in Israel, to launch a line of dairy drinks, cheeses and yoghurt products made with Remilk’s protein, specifically for the Israeli market. 

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