SOKOL Announces Commercial Team Restructure to Expand Culinary and Innovation Services

COUNTRYSIDE, IL, July 26, 2022—Sokol Custom Food Ingredients, a family-owned company that has been developing custom food formulations for 125 years, announced a restructuring of the commercial team designed to expand support for their culinary and innovation teams. Antonio Marungo has been named Director of Culinary Development and Innovation and Max Pombert has been promoted to Director of Process Development and Commercialization.

“I am pleased to announce the promotions of Antonio and Max into these new roles,” said

Paul Noble, Chief Commercial Officer, Sokol Custom Food Ingredients. “As a company, we listen to the voice of our customers and adapt our services and capabilities to best serve their needs. We have learned over the past several years that our customers not only rely on our experts for technical and scientific support, they also need our team to proactively develop and deliver on-trend, ready-to-use products. This new structure creates two subsegments under the Sokol “R&D Umbrella,” ensuring our current internal and external projects continue forward while allowing our team to accelerate culinary and innovation support for our customers. It will be instrumental in exceeding our company goals and allow us to better serve our customer partners.”

Antonio Marungo was most recently an Account Specialist in Technical Sales at Sokol. He has also worked as a food scientist in R&D at Vanee Foods Company and Aryzta LLC. He earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Culinary Science/Culinology and Food Industry Management from Dominican University. Additionally, he earned an Associate of Arts degree in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Chicago.

Max Pombert has held several positions at Sokol, most recently as Sokol’s Director of R&D. He has also held positions in food science and product development at companies such as Baldwin Richardson Foods and Tone Products Inc. He earned a Master of Food Science degree from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Northern Illinois University.

Sokol Custom Food Ingredients is a one-stop-shop for wet sauces, providing complete turnkey co-packing solutions by assisting with formulation, ingredient and packaging sourcing, production and distribution. They offer a wide variety of flexible packaging options including pouches, jars, cans, bottles, pails and drums. Learn more at


About Sokol Custom Food Ingredients

Sokol Custom Food Ingredients is a family-owned company that has been developing custom food formulations for retail, industrial and foodservice industries worldwide for 125 years. Through a century of evolution and adaptation, Sokol, along with an impressive portfolio of retail and private label products such as Solo Foods retail brand, has evolved into a multifaceted food company focused on long-lasting strategic partnerships. Sokol’s team of formulation experts, quality ingredients, optimized production process, packaging solutions and dedicated customer service team give customers a unique experience and the ability to tap into current market trends and get to market quickly.