Marshall Reece, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Associated Milk Producers Inc. of New Ulm, MN, has been named the new president of the American Butter Institute, gaining the position during the organization’s annual meeting, held this year virtually. Other new officers include Catherine Fox, Vice President, Brand & Product Marketing/Dairy Foods for Land O’ Lakes, Inc., of Arden Hills, MN, who became First Vice President; and Mark Armon, Portfolio Leader, Dairy Fat for Darigold based in Seattle. Officers serve for two years, with terms expiring in 2022. “We are excited to have Marshall lead the organization for the next two years,” said Tom Balmer, executive director of the Arlington, VA-based institute. “His deep knowledge of the butter business and experience on our leadership team have positioned him well to guide ABI in achieving both near term objectives and longer-term aspirations. Marshall’s enthusiasm for the industry is unmatched, and the entire ABI membership stands to benefit.” In addition, outgoing President Craig Alexander, Vice President, Dairy Ingredients & Regulatory Affairs, O-AT-KA Milk Products of Batavia, NY, was recognized for his service. The American Butter Institute:
Promotes and protects the interests and welfare of the butter industry;
Acts as a clearinghouse for the exchange of ideas beneficial to the butter industry and the consuming public;
Keeps its members informed of legislative and regulatory proposals; and
Acts as the voice for all actions affecting the industry and other relevant research and other industry developments and public relation on other interactions with government agencies.
Reece was elected by the 28-member Board of Directors for the organization as part of the conference, which took place Oct. 2. Attendees discussed market trends in the COVID-19 era and received policy updates from ABI staff.