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Watlington Foods, LLC

Manufacturers of fine chocolate confections for the conventional grocery and drug channels

  • Stage $3M in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Food and Beverage
  • Location San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2009
  • Employees 25
  • Website

Company Summary

Watlington Foods, LLC produces high quality fine confections for the middle market consumer in both gifting and personal consumption packaging. By using a store-within-a-strore concept, it is able to replicate the traditional freestanding neighborhood chocolate store and bring the satisfaction of a large variety of quality flavors to the mainstream national consumer. Placement in major national chains is in process at this time.


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    Jack E. Doty
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Jack has managed companies ranging from entrepreneurial start ups to major turn-a-rounds. Credited for saving Granny Goose Foods, he took it from a WARN notice & a $4M loss to $5M of profit on $105M sales. He performed as acting CEO of $50M Honolulu Shipyards, taking it from pending foreclosure back to profitability. He has placed coffee & other products into such national chains as Safeway & founded & placed Alexandra's into specialty.

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    John Keith-Berkley
    Senior Vice President, Finance & Information

    John has over thirty years experience of accounting and finance experience at Vice President Finance, CFO and Controller positions in food production and distribution, to such food companies as the Eden Vale/Swiss Milk Products, Economy Foods, Inc.(dba. Facciola Food Service) & J C's Quality Foods.

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    Jack Peluse
    Vice President, Production

    Jack has been involved in major plant production for over twenty five years. He comes to WFL from Gorant Chocolatiers where he served as General Manager and Production Manager for over eleven years. He has run as many as three 40,000 square foot chocolate plants under one operation and has served as plant manager for a 100,000 square foot brewery.

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    Joyce Stavert
    Vice President, Marketing

    Joyce has over twenty years in food and beverage marketing. She launched the Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Center in Orange County and became Mondavi’s Director of Visitor Programs, managing a department of 95 employees, presenting a wide array of direct to consumer programs as well as marketing and education support for trade and media guests, managed the Great Chefs cooking school, and was a member of the Robert Mondavi Brand Marketing team.

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    Brooke Dawson
    Vice President, Administration & Training

    Brooke established a number of administrative operations in manufacturing and customer service, initiating establishment basics, improving internal communications, documenting workflow & writing policy.doubling delivery capacity with existing staffing. Her leadership & management experience were well cocumented when she served as a Lt Commander in the U.S. Navy Bahrain, Persian Gulf, preparing for Desert Shield/Storm.


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    Scott Smith, Esq, Hanson - Brigett
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    Dan Heller, CPA, DZH Phillips

Previous Investors

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    Ronald A. Hill
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    Jack E. Doty