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Ralco appoints Bader as president and CEO

First non-family member to lead the company.

September 8, 2023

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Ralco Nutrition, Inc. has announced that Glenn Bader has been promoted to the role of president and CEO, replacing current President and CEO Brian Knochenmus. Knochenmus will continue as owner and chairman of the board in addition to his duties as chairman of the board of The trū Shrimp Companies, Inc.

Bader steps into this role with more than 20 years of leadership and general management experience, having spent 13 years with Ralco and 17 years prior at The Schwan Food Company.

“It’s a great honor to serve our employees and our customers in this new role,” said Bader. “Ralco has amazing people dedicated to providing livestock and crop producers with a better way to raise food to meet the ever-changing demands of today’s consumer. There is no greater purpose or more noble work, and I’m looking forward to leading the Ralco team as we continue to innovate and bring new solutions to an industry that faces constant challenges.”

“We are fortunate to have someone like Glenn to lead Ralco into its next phase of growth,” said Knochenmus. “Glenn has been a key leader in this company for many years and placing him in this role allows me to spend more time focusing on the launch of the first full-scale commercial shrimp production facility for The trū Shrimp Companies.”

Ralco is a privately held, third-generation family business started in 1971. Bader is the first non-family member to lead the company.

“Our family is not stepping away from the company and has no plans to,” said Knochenmus. “Ralco has been a family business for over 50 years, and deserves a leader who values our employees, our customers, and our culture as much as we do; we believe Glenn is the right person to carry on the business with the same heart and commitment to its people and success.”

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