Last updated on August 28th, 2012 at 10:20 am
Corning, Calif.-based Bell-Carter Foods has announced that Tim T. Carter, great-grandson to Arthur Bell, co-founder of Bell-Carter Foods, has been named CEO. Carter is succeeding Ken Wienholz, who will continue to help develop the executive team and work with the board of directors as a special advisor.
Today, Bell-Carter produces and sells 63 percent of all California Ripe Olives and is the producer and importer of a complete line of Lindsay Olives and private labels. According to Nielsen data, Lindsay became the No. 1 selling brand of olives in America under Wienholz’s leadership.
“It is my greatest honor to take over the role of CEO,” said Carter. “I have been a Bell-Carter employee since I was 15 years old, working my way through all aspects of the organization. I am so grateful to the entire Bell-Carter family, our loyal customers and dedicated employees and look forward to continuing our relationship as we build on our success.”
Carter represents the fourth generation of the Bell-Carter family, as brothers Arthur and Henry Bell purchased their first olive orchard in Reedly, Calif., in 1912. Over the past 100 years, the company has evolved from an olive grower to an olive processor and importer. Bell-Carter Foods also has expanded regionally from Northern California to more than 50 countries worldwide and broadened the product line from ripe olives in cans to a full line of olives and related products in cans, jars, pouches and bowls. The company’s various departments also have grown over the years to include packaging services for other food companies.
The Bell brothers founded the company to pursue their lifelong dream and were committed to innovation, quality and customer service. Carter and his team will continue the company’s growth and are committed to producing the best tasting olives in the world and developing unique products that add fun and flavor to every day meals and festive occasions.
The company’s California growers cultivate two main olive varieties: Manzanillo and Sevillano. Lindsay Olives produces black and green ripe olives and imports Kalamata olives, Spanish olives, cocktail onions, capers and pimientos from four continents.