In a statement, the company said Nao Rokukawa, Blommer Chairman, will become interim CEO while a search is conducted for his successor, which will begin in autumn.
As Vice Chairman, Blommer will continue to support strategy development, represent Blommer on the boards of the World Cocoa Foundation and the National Confectioners Association, and provide historical perspective and advice to management and the Board of Directors.
“I want to thank Peter for his dedication and leadership as CEO, and for agreeing to continue to work with us in the role of Vice Chairman to advise us in our efforts moving forward”, said Rokukawa. “I simply do not have enough words to express Peter’s contribution to the overall industry. I am proud and honored to lead this great company after him, even as in an interim role.”
Peter Blommer started working for the family’s chocolate company when he was just 17. During the past 20 years, he has led Blommer to develop its own farmer programmes in Indonesia, Cote d’Ivoire and Ecuador that bring together training on best farming practices and business techniques, and social and community development projects that include schools, maternity wards, health clinics and access to clean water.
Reflecting on his 31 years in the industry, he said, “I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to help build Blommer into the revered global brand it is today. What makes Blommer special is our talented and committed team, who work with passion and integrity to serve our customers. It has been an honour and privilege to work with such a dedicated team as well as with our customer and industry partners over the past 31 years. I look forward to continuing to support the industry and Blommer’s path forward in my new role.”
About Blommer Chocolate Company
Blommer Chocolate Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Oil Holdings, and is the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America. With more than 900 employees and five strategically located manufacturing facilities in North America and China.