Michael Mendes

Michael Mendes


Board of Directors

NRC

Food&Beverages

About Me

Possessing over 25 years of experience in the food business, Michael J. Mendes is the chief executive officer of Just Desserts. Michael Mendes has turned the company around since he joined in 2013.

Under the leadership of Michael Mendes, the once-struggling company significantly reduced its debt and streamlined operational efficiency, resulting in double-digit top-line growth in 2014. Just Desserts, which was recently certified by the group California Certified Organic Farmers, uses whole-grain ingredients in its line of products. Established in San Francisco in 1974, the bakery recently launched a rebranded organic food line nationwide.

Previously, Michael J. Mendes held various positions with major food companies such as Dole Food Company, and Diamond Foods, and served on the board of Hormel, Grocery Outlet, and the Wine Group. Widely recognized in his field, he received the Grocery Manufacturers Association Award for Innovation and Creativity in 2010 and earned recognition as the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEO in 2011.

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