Country Pure Foods Names Muscato CEO

AKRON, Ohio – Country Pure Foods, a manufacturer of juice, plant-based beverages and frozen novelties, has announced the appointment of Tony Muscato as its new CEO. He succeeds Ray Lee, who is retiring but will remain an adviser to the company.

Muscato’s career spans over 30 years in the food industry. He began his career in marketing with the H.J. Heinz Company in 1987, rising to senior leadership positions throughout the United States and Europe. He has served as president and CEO of Harry’s Fresh Foods and president and CEO of Diamond Crystal Brands. Muscato has also served on boards for several food industry companies, including Ferraro Foods, Kettle Cuisine and Buzzard’s Roost Spirits.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tony as the new CEO of Country Pure Foods, where we know he will build on Ray’s legacy of creating one of the most trusted brands in America for private label juice, plant-based milk and innovative frozen novelties,” said Jonathan Pressnell, partner for Blue Point Capital Partners, the majority investor in Country Pure Foods.

“I have big shoes to fill with Ray leaving after 30 years of incredible growth for Country Pure Foods,” Muscato said. “I’m excited to build on that legacy of success with an exceptional line of products, strong customer partnerships, by expanding best-in-class capabilities and an excellent team.”

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