The Christie Cookie Company, based in Nashville, Tenn., is adding two management positions as well as six full-time bakery staff heading into the company’s busiest season of the year. Ken Wilson will serve as vice president of operations and Rebecca Bridges joins as quality assurance manager. The company, founded in 1983, is renowned for its gourmet cookies and brownies sold nationally via mail order and food-service vendors.
“Christie Cookies has experienced significant growth over recent years. Our continued commitment to making the best cookies in the world has not only allowed us to gain market share, but also attract incredible industry talent,” said Fleming Wilt, president. “We are very proud to have Ken and Becky join our team! Hiring Ken and Becky is an integral component of our future growth plans.”
Wilson comes to Nashville from Mohnton, Pa, where he spent four years as the plant manager for DeMet’s Candy Company. With responsibilities focusing on safety, operational proficiency and employee morale, Wilson was instrumental in Demet’s Candy Company being awarded AIB scores of superior and achieving a production volume increase of 27 percent in only 18 months. Prior to that, he served as plant manager for George Weston Bakeries and was responsible for the start-up of a 97,000-square foot Entenmann’s cake facility with two production lines in Hazelton, Pa.
“Having spent nearly 20 years in the food industry, it was immediately evident to me that Christie Cookie passionately believes in producing a delicious, quality product for every order,” said Wilson. “Christie Cookie is respected in the foodservice and mail order gift industries and I’m excited to be working alongside such a dedicated group of operations, sales, marketing and bakery individuals.”
Prior to joining Christie Cookie, Bridges mostly recently worked with Tyson Foods in Shelbyville, Tenn., where she served since 2007 as quality assurance supervisor and as hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) coordinator for the last year. Focusing on strict food safety and compliance initiatives, Bridges created the policies and procedures for Tyson Foods, Shelbyville BRC audit, resulting in the company receiving an “A” for the past four years consecutively.
About The Christie Cookie Company
Christie Cookie was founded in Nashville, Tenn., in 1983. Driven by the pursuit of the “perfect cookie,” the company’s signature treats are renowned for their hand-measured, quality ingredients, including real butter, Heath® toffee and premium chocolates. Its foodservice clients range from Doubletree Hotels and casual dining restaurants to convenience stores, in-store bakeries and more. Mail order clients include corporations, individuals and others. Additional information is available online at www.christiecookies.com.