505 Southwestern, a green chile-based products company, has hired Ted Gardner as president.
Gardner has held leadership positions with U.S.- and Mexican-owned food marketing and distribution companies. He served as president of Authentic Specialty Foods, the owner of the La Victoria and Embasa salsa and pepper brands, and led the U.S. operation of Herdez.
“As our business has grown, sales have expanded from London to Los Angeles. We needed a leader with deep experience in the salsa and sauce categories. Ted fits this bill perfectly,” said Rob Holland, executive chairman of 505 Southwestern.
505 Southwestern is The brand’s core lineup of shelf-stable Hatch Valley salsa, along with sauces and flame-roasted green chile, currently is sold in markets from London to Los Angeles. With corporate headquarters outside of Denver, Colorado, 505 operates two manufacturing and distribution facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and employs more than 200 team members.
“I’ve watched 505 grow from a small regional brand to a true national player. No brand in the category is better suited to capitalize on current consumer trends and demand for premium, green chile-based Southwestern products,” said Gardner. “I’m thrilled to be joining this dynamic company.”
Gardner has overseen more than a dozen manufacturing and distribution facilities during his 30-plus years in the food industry and has been charged with further building on 505’s long-standing reputation for quality, consistency and innovation.
In conjunction with Gardner’s new position, 505’s board of directors has approved a multi-million dollar investment in the company’s manufacturing and distribution facilities in New Mexico.
505 Southwestern is the official partner of a number of professional and collegiate sports teams, including the Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and Denver University.