BONITA SPRINGS, Fla., May 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Innovative Food Holdings, Inc. (IVFH), a national seller of gourmet specialty foods to professional and home chefs, today announced that the Board elected James C. Pappas as Chairman of the Board replacing Sam Klepfish who remains a director of the Company. In addition, IVFH announced that Brady Smallwood, the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed as a director.
Over the last few months, IVFH has added three highly experienced directors to its Board including Denver Smith, Bill Bennett, and Brady Smallwood. At the Company’s recent annual meeting, two directors Joel Gold and David Polinsky, chose not to run for election, which brought the total number of current board members to eight. As a result, the Board approved an amendment to reduce the maximum size of the Board from ten members to eight members.
“On behalf of my fellow Board members, I want to welcome James to the role of Chairman. He brings an extensive background in the restaurant, food, and retail sectors as both an investor and director. I look forward to his counsel and leadership as Chairman,” states Bill Bennett, CEO of Innovative Food Holdings.
Mr. Bennett continued, “I also want to welcome Brady to IVFH’s Board. As the newest member of our management team and Board, Brady brings a wealth of operational experience implementing profitable retail strategies at large, industry-leading companies as well as smaller, emerging-growth companies. I look forward to working with James and Brady as we focus on creating value for IVFH’s customers, employees, and shareholders.”
James C. Pappas, Chairman of Innovative Food Holdings stated, “As the largest shareholder of IVFH, I am encouraged by the progress we are making enhancing our management team and refreshing our Board with highly experienced and industry-leading talent. I believe there are significant opportunities for IVFH to profitably scale its business by capitalizing on current and future trends within the rapidly growing specialty food industry and I am encouraged by the direction the Company is headed.”
About Innovative Food Holdings, Inc.
At IVFH, we help make meals special. We provide access to foods that are hard to find, have a compelling story, or are on the forefront of food trends. Our gourmet foods marketplace connects the world’s best artisan food makers with top professional chefs and passionate home chefs nationwide. We curate the assortment, experience, and tech enabled tools that help our professional and home chefs create unforgettable experiences for their guests and families. IVFH’s owned online retail brands include www.igourmet.com, www.plantbelly.com and www.mouth.com.
Additional information is available at www.ivfh.com.
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