2009 Apex Winner
Patty Stroup is the Group Manager for Dairy for Nestle Business Services, heading up dairy procurement for Nestle USA, Nestle Canada, Nestle Nutrition and Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream. Patty’s team directs purchases of more than 300 dairy products and ingredients for approximately 25 plants throughout the U.S. and Canada. She supports such famous brands as Nesquik, Carnation, Dreyer’s/Edy’s, Coffeemate, Nestle Toll House, Stouffer’s, Lean Cuisine, Hot Pockets, Nestle Crunch, and Butterfinger.
Patty serves on the boards of the Milk Industry Foundation of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the Dairy Institute of California. She is also an active committee member in Dairy Institute’s Producer Relations Committee and the IDFA Legislative and Economics Committee.
Before joining Nestle in 2006, Patty was the Director of Dairy Procurement and Policy at Hilmar Cheese Company in California and, earlier, the Director of Communication, Education and Legislation at Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers in Virginia.
Patty grew up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania. She holds a bachelors in Communications with a cognate in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech and an MBA in Food and Agribusiness from Purdue University. She currently lives in California’s Central Valley.