Milkadamia, the innovative brand behind macadamia nut oil products, has announced it has added to its executive roster Brett Sardo as the new executive vice president, international & food service, and Alix Simmons as executive vice president, national sales.
Coming to the brand with significant experience in both the CPG and retail buying space, Alix Simmons will lead milkadamia’s North American retail sales efforts where her focus will be on expanding the penetration of the company’s rich and creamy macadamia nut milks, creamers, buttery spread, oils, and sprays on retail shelves across the country.
Simmons has spent more than a decade in sales, leading the team at Picnik Creamer where she doubled sales in 24 months and at Red Jacket Orchards where she secured several major accounts including Wegmans, H-E-B and Hannaford. She also spent eight years as a buyer and category manager at Whole Foods.
A veteran of the food and beverage space for more than two decades, Brett Sardo brings a wealth of experience in both the domestic and international retail and food service markets to the brand as milkadamia ramps up its expansion into Canada, the UK & EU, and beyond.
Sardo has worked for many of the largest CPG companies in the world including PepsiCo, Canada Beef, Saputo and Smithfield Foods. He spent the last 12 years helping to launch plant-based products for brands such as Elmhurst 1925 and Lactalis.
“These two exciting new hires come at an especially important time for us at milkadamia as we prepare to greatly expand our macadamia nut oil product offerings around the world,” chief executive officer Jim Richards states.