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Food safety company bolsters operations

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RF Biocidics, a leading food safety company that provides an environmentally friendly and chemical-free alternative for disinfection and disinfestation, has appointed Erik Smitt as its VP of operations.

Smitt has more than 30 years of management and operations experience in the food industry, having overseen manufacturing for leading food brands including Weetabix North America, ConAgra and Crider. Smitt earned his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a certified instructor in several courses on managing teams and processes.

“Erik brings a collaborative, team-centered approach that motivates everyone to strive for the highest quality outcome,” said CEO Craig Powell. “He understands that to be a success in our industry requires a commitment to being a true partner to our customers, and providing them with exceptional service.”

“Food safety is becoming a more prevalent issue in our society, globally,” said Smitt. “RF Biocidics offers an innovative approach that improves the safety of our food supply while maintaining the quality of taste and texture.”

Based in Vacaville, California, RF Biocidics is a subsidiary of private investment company Allied Minds.

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LLamasoft adds supply chain exec to leadership team

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LLamasoft, a leading global supply chain design software provider, has added Jeff Metersky to the company’s leadership team as VP of solutions strategy.

Metersky will have global responsibility for designing comprehensive supply chain design solutions made up of technology, services, support, education and training for future and existing LLamasoft customers. He will also help shape and guide LLamasoft product strategy.

Prior to joining LLamasoft, Metersky was a co-founder of CHAINalytics and leader of its supply chain strategy and sales, inventory and operations planning practices. Throughout his career he has consulted in more than 100 supply chain design and inventory optimization engagements across a variety of industries and geographies, and was part of the team that brought i2’s Supply Chain Strategist to market. He has held positions in industry (GM and IBM), consulting (BENDER Management and CHAINalytics) and with software organizations (ITLS and i2 Technologies). Metersky holds a BS degree in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA in materials and logistics management from Michigan State University.

“Jeff Metersky is a well-known supply chain industry expert with a unique comprehension of software design, business consulting and supply chain operations,” said Don Hicks, CEO of LLamasoft. “We are extremely excited that Jeff is now part of the LLamasoft management team, and his contributions will help guide LLamasoft’s software development and solution offerings to new levels of performance and value.”

“I have watched LLamasoft mature and become the market leader in supply chain design throughout the last 10 years by continuously innovating and expanding the solution portfolio and understanding the needs of its customers,” said Metersky. “LLamasoft has a mission to help firms elevate supply chain design from a point-in-time exercise to an ongoing sustainable business process. I am looking forward to helping LLamasoft customers achieve value from our solutions and supporting the continued growth of the company.”

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Field Agent acquires CORE4 Research

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Leading data collection and mobile research provider Field Agent added new insights capabilities to its solutions offering with the acquisition of CORE4 Research.

Fayetteville, Ark.-based Field Agent said CORE4 would be integrated under Field Agent’s research vertical with the new team members focused on delivering incremental capabilities and methodologies with a specific focus on insights. The acquisition positions Field Agent as a leading strategic mobile research methodology provider for consumer packaged goods companies, retailers and research agencies, according to the company.

“Combining Field Agent’s mobile capabilities with CORE4’s research expertise in understanding shoppers’ needs, motivations and behaviors will uniquely position Field Agent to serve the research industry as a leader and innovator in the fast growing mobile research space,” said Field Agent CEO and co-founder Rick West.

Field Agent was founded in 2010 and recently received a capital investment from Five Elms Capital. CORE4 is also located in Fayetteville.

“We are eager topartner with and strategically strengthen Field Agent’s research capability. As Field Agent continues to expand its reach into developing new methodologies, we are excited to join the company,” said Dr. Todd Shields, PhD., with CORE4.

Field Agent created the space now known as mobile research by releasing the first mobile smartphone app to focus on research data collection. It was the first research app in iTunes to pay cash to its panel members for responses. Today, the business delivers a wide range of location specific research and audit services to over 1,500 Clients in seven countries.

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