MANTENO, Ill. — Urban Farmer, a manufacturer of plant-based specialty dough products, announced that Steve Jungmann has been appointed president and CEO and will also serve on the board of directors. Jungmann succeeds John Keigher, who is assuming the role of COO after serving as the company's CEO.
"Helping build Urban Farmer into a leader in the better-for-you frozen food space has been a highlight of my career, and I am extremely proud of all that we have accomplished," said Keigher. "Transitioning to COO allows me to focus on what I enjoy the most at Urban Farmer — overseeing operations, quality and community affairs while remaining engaged with customers. I am confident in Steve's industry experience and leadership and excited to support him as we accelerate the company's move into its next phase of growth."
"It is an honor to take on this leadership role at Urban Farmer, a company with high-quality, gluten-free products that set it apart," said Jungmann. "I appreciate the work John and the team have done in shaping the company, helping take it from a small business to a leading US manufacturer of plant-based specialty products. Building on this strong foundation, we have significant opportunities to drive growth through innovation in our key channels, including co-manufacturing, private label and foodservice, as well as in the Urban Farmer brand. It is a privilege to be working with a highly supportive ownership group in Paine Schwartz Partners and to have the guidance and insight of such an accomplished board of directors. I look forward to working with John, as well as the entire talented and hard-working Urban Farmer team, to capture the opportunities ahead."