MEMPHIS, TENN. – Erik Heggen has been named the new chief executive officer of Stratas Foods LLC, effective immediately.  

“Erik's proven track record, especially his prior position of president of ADM's (Archer Daniels Midland) Refined Oil Business, are an outstanding fit for Stratas,” said Steve Zaruba, chairman of the board for Stratas Foods. “His recent roles within ADM's Nutrition Business build upon his edible oil experience, and provide Stratas with diverse, deep industry insights that will be helpful as Stratas grows and expands its business.” 

Heggen holds a B.S. in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University and an M.B.A. from Illinois State University. He has been either indirectly or directly associated with Stratas Foods since the beginning of the company.  

The company’s former CEO, Tedd Kruse, is now the president of ADM Milling, Decatur, Ill. Under Kruse, Stratas acquired two organizations, expanded its geographic footprint, increased focus on safety, quality and services, and saw record level sales. Stratas Foods was founded in 2008 as a joint venture between ADM and ACH Food Companies.