Beanitos, Inc., the leader in super-food bean-based snacking, announced that Giannella Alvarez has joined the Company as Chief Executive Officer effective January 22, 2018.
Giannella Alvarez has had a career in U.S. and international consumer products goods with premier brands and companies for more than 25 years. Previously, Alvarez served as CEO of Harmless Harvest, where she led the company for almost two and a half years to new heights of growth and success. She currently serves as a Director on the Board at Domtar Corporation and on the board of Ruth’s Hospitality Group Inc.
Giannella is succeeding Dan Costello, who accepted a President role at X2 Energy Beverages.
“Giannella will bring to Beanitos a wealth of knowledge and experience in food and beverages,” says Mr. Costello. The entire Beanitos team is thrilled to welcome Giannella as the new CEO. “I am confident that Giannella’s caliber of experience and leadership will accelerate Beanitos’ rapid growth in the snacking category,” says Beanitos Founder, Doug Foreman.
Beanitos continues its mission to offer better-for-you snacks that deliver on both flavor and nutrition powered by beans. “I am very excited to join the passionate Beanitos team. With so many snacking options out there, Beanitos offers a snack platform that is rich in plant-based protein and fiber in a wide variety of delicious flavors. Together, we will continue to innovate the snack industry and help educate consumers on the superfood power of beans,” says Giannella Alvarez.
Currently chief executive of GreenV – an international group of companies active in the horticultural sector – van Karnebeek spent a large portion of his career at Heineken, working in commercial, marketing and general management positions. He served as chief commercial officer at the Dutch brewer from 2015 until 2021.
The facility combines the existing Kerry office in Barcelona with a new customer suite and application labs. It will enable the company to work more closely with its customers in Southern Europe to develop food and beverage solutions.
The sweet and culinary flavor creation labs are the latest addition to the company’s expansive campus that has been in operation since 1964, spanning more than 312,150 square feet in Brabrand, Denmark. The innovation hub is home to more than 400 employees engaged in research, application development, ingredient and flavor creation.