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Jeff Gentine

Manufacturing | Food & Beverage
President and CEO
Masters Gallery Foods | Plymouth

Jeff Gentine is carrying on his family’s cheese legacy as president and chief executive officer of Plymouth-based cheese supplier Masters Gallery Foods. Gentine is the grandson of Sargento Foods founder Leonard Gentine Sr., and son of Masters Gallery Foods founder Butch Gentine Jr.

Jeff Gentine began his career as a private label buyer for grocery wholesaler Richfood Inc. in Richmond, Virginia. He joined Masters Gallery Foods in 1996 as a regional sales manager and went on to hold other positions in procurement and manufacturing operations. He worked for more than 10 years as executive vice president before being named president and CEO in 2017.

He serves on the board of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and the International Dairy Foods Association’s Cheese board.

Masters Gallery has one of the largest privately held cheese inventories in the U.S. Its divisions include private-label retail, food service and industrial sales. The company has more than 900 employees.

The company is currently investing $60 million to expand its cheese packaging and distribution facility in Oostburg. The expansion, which will bring the total facility to more than 285,000 square feet, is expected to create 105 new jobs.

Education: Bachelor’s, Bryant University

Favorite cheese: Spanish Manchego or extra-aged Wisconsin cheddar

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