MILWAUKEE, Oct. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- King Juice Company, Inc. ("King Juice"), the owner of the Calypso brand of lemonades and limeades and a leading co‐manufacturer of non‐carbonated beverages, is pleased to announce that David Klavsons has been named Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Klavsons joins Jeff Outlaw, the President of Calypso Brands, and the rest of the management team at King Juice in driving the growth of the Calypso brand as well as the growth of co‐manufacturing of non‐carbonated beverages.
Mr. Klavsons brings with him 30 years of senior executive experience in the food and beverage sector, having held leadership positions with companies such as Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Hess Corporation (convenience retail), Kraft, Nabisco and Frito Lay. Most Recently, Mr. Klavsons was President of Glanbia Performance Nutrition, North America ("GPN") where he oversaw a portfolio of brands including Isopure, Optimum Nutrition, BSN, thinkThin and other nutrition brands. During his time at GPN, Mr. Klavsons was responsible for all aspects of the business and successfully drove growth through revamped marketing programs, accelerated innovation, and acquisition integration. Prior to GPN, Mr. Klavsons spent time in the convenience retail channel, serving in several leadership roles for Hess Corporation's convenience store business including VP of Operations and Chief Marketing Officer.
Jeff Outlaw, the President of Calypso Brands commented, "David has a significant depth of experience in strategy, sales, and operations within the food and beverage industry combined with strong leadership qualities. We are looking forward to working with David as we expand upon Calypso's leading position within the flavored lemonade category through enhanced sales, marketing and innovation initiatives."
"I am honored and excited for the opportunity to lead King Juice," said Mr. Klavsons. "The combination of the Calypso brand and its leading position in the flavored lemonade category, the Company's unique manufacturing capabilities, and the nationwide independent DSD distribution network provide a strong, differentiated platform for growth and innovation. I am looking forward to joining the rest of the management team to build the Calypso brand and our co‐manufacturing capabilities."
About King Juice
King Juice is a manufacturer and marketer of the Calypso brand of lemonade drinks and a leading co-manufacturer of non‐alcoholic beverages. Calypso, the originator of the Flavored Lemonade category, has evolved from four Lemonade blends into twenty unique Lemonade, Limeade and Teamonade® combinations over the past seventeen years. Each Calypso is made with real fruit, real sugar and real fruit bits and is served in high‐quality custom glass bottles. Unique "Taste of the Islands" flavor combinations and ingredient quality have been Calypso's key to success, and the brand has been able to grow rapidly. Calypso is distributed domestically as well as internationally in 20 countries. The company is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For more information, please visit the Calypso website at www.drinkcalypso.com.
SOURCE King Juice