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Milne Names Thomas Aurand to Key Role in Aronia Berry Development

PROSSER, Wash., March 6, 2015 -- Milne Fruit Products, an innovator in the food ingredients industry for nearly five decades, has named Thomas Aurand as aronia product spokesperson to play a strategic role in the marketing and promotion of aronia and aronia related products. Aurand will use his experience as an innovator and product developer in the food industry to collaborate with and educate food manufacturers on the benefits the aronia berry can bring to various applications as the berry shows growing consumer and industrial sales interest.

“Thomas has a diverse background in the development and commercialization of food products and he will be a tremendous asset in growing our aronia business,” said Steve Nugent, Milne’s Director of IQF and MicroDried® Sales. “We are thrilled to have Tom representing our brand and look forward to working with him.”

Thomas-AurandAurand made his first appearance representing Milne at Natural Products Expo West/Engredea, Booth #286, March 6-8 in Anaheim (Calif.) after assuming his new role on March 4.

“I am very excited to be working with the team at Milne on elevating the market presence and awareness of aronia and its many applications,” said Tom Aurand. “With their dedication to research & development and innovative practices, I’m looking forward to bringing new product concepts to the marketplace through the use of aronia.”

If you would like more information on Milne’s aronia products, visit or to set up a meeting with Thomas Aurand, please contact Steve Nugent, Director of IQF & MicroDried Sales (P) 509-786-2611 Ext. 1228, (C) 509-781-4434, (E)

About Milne Fruit Products
Since 1956, Milne Fruit Products has been an industry leader in creating fruit juices, concentrates and purees from Concord grapes and has expanded its product line to include over 25 different all-natural fruit and vegetable varieties and more than 50 ingredient products. Today, Milne is an independent processor and global supplier for the industrial food ingredient, beverage and health and wellness markets.

About Thomas Aurand
Aurand has 30 years experience in the development and commercialization of new products and technical concepts and management experience in developing strategic business plans. He is “exceptionally skilled at practical application of science to business issues.” He is currently on the Board of Directors/Secretary of Graceland Fruit, an active food industry consultant and has worked for Sensient Flavor, Land O’Lakes, Wells Dairy, Rich Products and Ocean Spray Cranberries. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Food Science from North Carolina State University and Master of Science and Doctoral degrees from Cornell University.


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