Welch's Continues Momentum as Gillette Veteran is Appointed to Chief Marketing Officer Role

CONCORD, Mass., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Welch's, the world's leading marketer of Concord and Niagara grape-based products, today announced the appointment of Matthew Wohl as Chief Marketing Officer. Wohl joined Welch's on September 1 following a sixteen-year career at Gillette (Proctor & Gamble). During his time at P&G, he rose to General Manager of Blade and Razor Systems Innovation. At Welch's, Wohl will draw on this wealth of sales and brand building experience to help fuel the long-term development and continued success of this iconic brand.

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"The Concord and Niagara grapes that are used to make Welch's products are all grown with pride by family farmer-owners right here in the US and in Ontario, Canada.  We have a compelling story to tell consumers who increasingly want to know where their food comes from and who is growing it," commented Wohl.  "I am delighted to join Welch's at this pivotal time for the company, to help build new connections with our consumers and further develop Welch's as a trusted partner in health and nutrition."

"We are enjoying very positive business momentum at Welch's and we are delighted to welcome Matthew to the team," commented Brad Irwin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Welch Food Inc. "We are excited by the depth of his experience and his proven ability to build world-class brands while balancing with a practical focus on sales."

In his position at Gillette, Wohl lead product development, innovation, new product launches and marketing communications for a number of brands including MACH3®, Fusion®, and most recently the 2010 launch of Fusion ProGlide™ razors.  Wohl holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, and a Masters of Business Administration from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

About Welch's

Headquartered in Concord, Massachusetts, Welch's is the processing and marketing subsidiary of the National Grape Cooperative.  Welch's is owned by 1,150 family-farmers across America and in Ontario, Canada, who make up this cooperative, and who are responsible for growing the Concord and Niagara grapes which are pressed to produce Welch's juices and other grape-based products.  At the heart of Welch's is the delicious and inherently healthy Concord grape, and the family-farmer owners who grow it.  As a family-farmer owned company, sustainable agriculture and the importance of healthy eating are central to Welch's mission. Welch's is committed to research and development which will meet the growing demand for products that address consumers' health and nutrition needs.  Welch's products are sold throughout the United States and in approximately 50 countries around the globe.

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