Tuesday, December 22, 1998

Mac nut firm
hires new president

The California executive
will concentrate on

Star-Bulletin staff


Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp. has named Scott C. Wallace to the newly created position of president and chief operating officer. He is based at Irvine, Calif.

Wallace took the new job Dec. 1 in a move to strengthen the company's marketing. James Andrasick, who had been president, remains the chief executive and president of the parent company, C. Brewer & Co. "He's going to be looking for new opportunities, and marketing will get much more emphasis," Andrasick said. "But this (change) will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary."

Andrasick said having the president work out of California rather than Ha-waii is "not a significant change" and will have no effect on company employment.

Wallace came to Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp. in 1994. His work as vice president for mainland marketing and sales and later as president of the North American division has resulted in increased product offerings and a higher market share, Andrasick said.

Wallace established a co-branding relationship with Ghiradelli Chocolate Co. Before 1994, Mauna Loa's mainland retail business had been handled under contract by Planters Nut Co.

Wallace, a native of Covina, Calif., previously worked in sales management positions with Proctor & Gamble Co. and Eastman Kodak Co.

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp. has a product line of nuts, candy, and cooking oil supplied to retail and wholesale markets internationally. Mauna Loa and C. Brewer have corporate offices in Papaikou, Hawaii.

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