Applegate Farms LLC named Stefan Oellinger its senior director of raw supply.
Prior to assuming his new role, Oellinger led meat and poultry procurement for Fresh Direct, a leading online grocer serving New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
At the Bridgewater-based stand-alone subsidiary of Hormel Foods Corp., Oellinger will report to Applegate President John Ghingo.
“Stefan has a vision for what a truly sustainable meat supply chain should look like and the know-how to build it,” said Ghingo in a prepared statement. “His expertise in livestock production and online grocery is a unique combination that will be instrumental to the Applegate mission: Changing The Meat We Eat.”
Oellinger built Fresh Direct’s meat program for more than eight years; and before that, he managed a no-antibiotics, no-added hormone beef company that brought certified organic grass-fed beef to market in 2002 and served major retailers and foodservice distributors.