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Hillshire Names Belcastro VP

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Meat manufacturer Hillshire Brands Company announced it has hired Dennis Belcastro as vice president of government and industry affairs, effective July 30.

In his new role, Belcastro will develop and implement Hillshire’s engagement strategy with federal, state and local elected officials, regulatory agency and policy makers and manage industry events.

"Denny's ability to facilitate relationships with all levels of government and across the industry will help Hillshire Brands navigate and respond to the regulatory environment that surrounds modern food production," said Sean Connolly, chief executive officer, Hillshire Brands, in a press release. "We are pleased to have him bring his knowledge of the industry and food business acumen to Hillshire Brands."

Belcastro was formerly the executive vice president of industry affairs and collaboration at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, leading the Industry Affairs Council. Belcastro has also worked at Kraft Foods North America, Nabisco Inc and Standards Brands.

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