Turkey Hill LLC, the Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based manufacturer and distributor of branded ice cream and refrigerated drinks, has appointed Tim Hopkins CEO. Hopkins succeeds John Cox, who is the new chairman of the board of directors.
“It has been a great source of pride to see Turkey Hill develop into an industry leader over my 34-year career with the company,” Cox said. “I am confident that Turkey Hill will thrive under Tim’s leadership. I look forward to remaining closely involved with the company and working to continue to expand the organization with talented leaders who will support our continued growth.”
Hopkins joins the company with more than 35 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, most recently serving as CEO of ice cream novelties business PLM Operations, the parent company of La Michoacana. Previously, Hopkins spent 17 years within the Friendly’s Ice Cream organization, most recently as the company’s president and GM. His other prior experiences include leadership positions at The Dannon Co., Bestfoods and The Pillsbury Co.
“Turkey Hill has a leading reputation in the industry within both branded ice cream and refrigerated drinks, providing best-in-class products and service to its blue-chip customers and valued consumers. I am thrilled to join the company as CEO and look forward to collaborating with the team to grow Turkey Hill’s presence nationwide. I thank John for his leadership of the organization through the company’s significant growth in recent years and look forward to working closely with him to continue Turkey Hill’s exciting growth in the future,” said Hopkins.
Founded in 1931, the company is a manufacturer and distributor of branded ice cream and refrigerated drinks for the retail, foodservice and alternative channels. The company was acquired by an affiliate of Peak Rock Capital in April 2019, and is not affiliated with The Kroger Co. or Turkey Hill Minit Markets.