Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Shearer’s Snacks (“Shearer’s”) respects the privacy of every individual and is committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy (the “Privacy Policy”) provides information on the manner in which your personal information obtained through your use of and related sites (together, the “Website”) is processed and used on the Website. Shearer’s uses your personal information only in ways that are compatible with this Privacy Policy. In addition to reviewing this Privacy Policy, please read our Terms and Conditions of Use. Your use of the Website constitutes your agreement to be bound by the Terms and Conditions of Use and this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to the Terms and Conditions of Use and this Privacy Policy, you should not use this Website.

Information Collected and Used. Shearer’s collects personal information from you (for example, your name, postal address, email address, and other data) when you provide personal data through our Website. The Website generally collects personally identifying information with your specific knowledge and consent. For instance, when you register for any portion of our services, you are asked to provide information such as your email address, name or phone number. Optional information such as your age or gender may also be requested. Shearer’s also may collect and store additional usage information such as where, what and when you are searching.  Shearer’s reserves the right to use information gathered by it for any and all purposes. Shearer’s may sell or share email addresses and all other information with our affiliates and with carefully selected companies who we think can offer you services and products of interest to you.  However, it is important to understand that Shearer’s does not share its member information with any third parties. By obtaining credentials to access the Website, you acknowledge that you will not appropriate nor otherwise use the information regarding Shearer’s members or programs contained on the Website for any personal, political or financial purposes, or appropriate any such information for the political or financial purposes of any third party.  If you do not wish to have your information shared in the manner described above, write to us at If you do not wish to receive future commercial communications from us by email, simply follow the unsubscribe instructions contained within the email.

Third Party Access. We also allow access to our database by third parties that provide us with services, such as technical maintenance or forums and search software, but only for the purpose of and to the extent necessary to provide those services. If you choose to purchase items through features on our Website, we may forward your information to third parties for services such as credit card processing and order fulfillment.

Use of Information. Your information is stored in a secured database and is used for purposes of providing you with information requested by you, improving customer service, personalizing your user experience, improving our Website, and processing payments.  The information also is used as a part of our mailings and solicitations to prospective members, allowing us to contact you for administrative purposes. The information you provide also may be utilized for market research purposes, for project planning or for development of prospect lists for marketing. We also may use this information to contact you occasionally about the services on our site in which you have expressed interest.  We may use information that you provide in order to present you with advertising that we believe, based on your history of use with the Website, you may find interesting.

Disclosure of Personal Information  Except as set forth in this Privacy Policy, Shearer’s does not share, rent or sell personal information about you with other people or companies.  We reserve the right to use in any manner and also to disclose any non-personal information that we collect including, but not limited to, cookie and traffic data.  We may release personal information when we believe that doing so is appropriate to comply with the law (for example, to respond to a lawful subpoena, warrant or court order); to enforce or apply our policies; to initiate, render, bill, and collect for amounts owed to us; to protect our rights or property; to protect our users from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful use of, our site or services; or if we reasonably believe that an emergency involving immediate danger of death or serious physical injury to any person requires disclosure of communications or justifies disclosure of records without delay.

Third party service providers that may assist us with the administration of the site or otherwise perform services on our behalf, including payment transaction processing and sending email may be supplied with or have access to your personal information solely to provide services to us or on our behalf.

Unsolicited Email (SPAM). You should be aware, however, that unscrupulous marketers can sometimes “harvest” your email address directly from your computer or another person’s address book or even obtain your email address through programs that automatically search web pages and email traffic for email addresses. Shearer’s also may disclose or exchange with others information you have provided to us if we believe that the law requires us to do so or if it is necessary to protect the rights or property of Shearer’s, our affiliate companies, our staff, or our users. 

Information Automatically Collected.  In addition, we automatically receive and collect certain types of information whenever you visit our Website.  For example, like many websites, we use “cookies” and web beacons to obtain certain types of information when your web browser accesses and goes through our Website.  We use this information to monitor and understand the usage and performance of our Website, to enhance our members’ experiences and to determine aggregate information about our user base and usage patterns – all of this helps us make improvements to the Website. We also use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer our Website, and to communicate with you after you have sent us emails. If you send us emails, from time to time we may use information about your preferences and interests to send updates to you about Shearer’s, its services, listing, special offers, our advertisers or other selected companies  or information that may be of interest to you.  Some of our advertisers occasionally serve you cookies as well. We do not have control over cookies placed by advertisers. If you do not want any cookies, your web browser likely includes an option that allows you to not accept them. However, if you set your browser to refuse cookies, some portions of the Website may not function properly.

Do Not Track.  Shearer’s does not track its customers over time and across third party websites in order to provide targeted advertising. Shearer’s therefore does not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals. However, some third party sites do keep track of your browsing activities when they serve you content, which enables them to tailor information that is presented to you. If you are visiting third party sites, you should become familiar with the sites tracking policies.  Shearer’s makes no representations and accepts no responsibility for the tracking activities of any third party.

Security.  Shearer’s will use reasonable precautions to keep the information disclosed to us secure and not to disclose such information to any third parties. However, we are not responsible for any breach of security or for any actions of any third parties that may receive the information. Shearer’s takes commercially reasonable and appropriate measures (as determined in its sole and absolute discretion) to limit access to your personal information to people who need it to do their job. For example, if we need to mail something to you, we must share your name and address with a direct mail company. We limit such third parties in their access and use of your personal information. We cannot guarantee the protection of information against interception, misappropriation, misuse, or alteration or that your information may not be disclosed or accessed by accidental circumstances or by the unauthorized acts of others.  We have no control over the security of other sites on the Internet you might visit, interact with, or from which you buy products or services.

Linked Web Sites. Our Website includes links to other websites operated and maintained by separate companies. We have no responsibility for linked websites and provide these links solely for the convenience and information of our visitors.  Those websites may have different privacy policies. If you click through to another website, you should check the privacy policy of that website, which will usually (but not always) be posted on the website. Shearer’s is not responsible for the privacy policies of other sites. 

Children.  This Website is directed to adults and is not directed to children under the age of 18.  Shearer’s complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and does not knowingly permit registration by and will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under 13. Minors between the ages of 13 and 17 must obtain the permission of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before making purchases, including subscriptions, on this Website. If your children disclose information about themselves in publicly accessible areas of the Website, they may receive unsolicited messages from other parties. Accordingly, you should tell them not to do so. This Privacy Policy will be posted on the Website. 

Changes to Information. We need your help in making sure your personal information is correct in our systems. Please notify us of changes to your name, address, title, phone number or email address. You may correct your personal information or select the option not to receive future Shearer’s contacts (for example, mailings, calls, etc.) by emailing us at the address below. In the event you elect not to receive any future contacts by Shearer’s, we will endeavor to remove your name from all of our contact lists; however, we can only promise to endeavor to remove you from any lists we control. We shall have no liability under this Privacy Policy for our failure to accomplish this objective.

Your Consent. By using our Website, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of information in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy. By using our website, you should also be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit can be read, collected, or used by other users of the Website, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit through your use of the Website.  If your personally identifiable information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may correct, update, delete or deactivate it by logging into your account or by emailing our Privacy Policy Coordinator at

We reserve the right to modify or amend this Privacy Policy at any time in our sole and absolute discretion.  If we change our Privacy Policy, we will post any changes on this page and your continued use of the Website constitutes your acceptance and agreement to any revisions to our Privacy Policy.

IP Address. Your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address is usually associated with the place from which you enter the Internet, like your Internet Service Provider, your company or your university. We may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, gather broad demographic information, and administer our Website.

If you have other concerns or questions about any aspect of this Privacy Policy, you may also email our Privacy Policy Coordinator at

Steve Fuechtmann


Shearer’s is excited to welcome Steve Fuechtmann as our new CFO, effective April 2023.

Steve grew up on a family farm in Minnesota, got his degree in accounting, and then started his career in public accounting as a CPA with Arthur Andersen in their audit group. He was then recruited to Best Buy and worked in a variety of FP&A roles, ultimately being named director of finance and CFO for the Best Buy for Business division, where he worked with senior management to turn around the money-losing business to profitability. After a stint at EcoLab as senior director of FP&A responsible for strategic and annual planning, he was hired by Schwan Foods as VP of FP&A and Treasury. He worked with the company's new CFO to implement a financial planning process, recapitalize the business, and was eventually promoted to CFO for the largest segment of the Schwan business, the Consumer Brands division. Here he joined a new CEO to quintuple the business profitability by developing improvements in pricing and supply chain streamlining.

After success with Schwan Foods, Steve became the Chief Financial Officer of Links Snacks, a $1.4 billion family-owned manufacturer of beef jerky and meat snacks. In this role, he was responsible for all finance, treasury, and IT functions. He then joined Kindeva, a $400MM private equity-backed company of drug delivery devices.

We are pleased that we have recruited him to join us, as he recognizes our tremendous business potential, vision, focus, and the results that the Shearer's business offers.

Favorite Snack: Salt & Vinegar Chips

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Greg Sprutte

Chief Information Officer

Greg Sprutte joined Shearer’s in July 2009 and was promoted to Chief Information Officer in March 2021. Over his 13+ years with Shearer’s, Greg has served in a variety of IT Leadership roles, helping Shearer’s with technology enablement that has supported growth and performance improvements. Through Greg’s leadership, Shearer’s Information Technology team continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the business by providing a stable and secure technology platform that delivers cross functional value.

Greg holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems and a MBA from Kent State University. Despite his teenage son and daughter being better golfers, he aspires to improve and enjoys playing golf in his spare time.

Favorite Snack: Mesquite BBQ Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

Zach Ramos

Chief Commercial Officer

Zach Ramos joined Shearer’s in July 2022 as Chief Commercial Officer joining the organization after 15 years with Kellogg Company where he most recently served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Foodservice business unit within Kellogg Company’s Away From Home Channel.

In his 20+ year career Zach has led the creation of numerous winning business strategies and launched innovative consumer programs across borders through Global customer partnerships.

Zach has spent significant time in both sales and marketing organizations progressing into increasingly elevated roles. He began his career with Cintas Corporation, where he also split his time between sales and marketing. Zach is a people-first Commercial leader who balances both the customer-facing selling aspects of the role with a general manager and operations perspective.

Zach holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University where he was a letter winner in Track and Field. He currently resides in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with his wife and three sons and spends his free time coaching his children’s sports teams and trying to improve his golf game.

Favorite Snack: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pablo Cussatti

Chief Supply Chain Officer

Pablo Cussatti joined Shearer’s as Chief Supply Chain Officer in January, 2024.

Pablo is a transformational leader who optimizes teams through people, processes, and technology.

Pablo has a background in Mechanical Engineering and started his career as a Control System and Automation Engineer.  Pablo has been leading teams in Food Manufacturing for over 30  years where he spent 10 years at Pepsi and then increasing responsibilities with companies such as Dean Foods, Pinnacle Foods, and Ventura Foods. In each of his roles, he has proven improvement in Safety, Quality, Customer Service and Cost Productivity.

In his most recent role as COO for food manufacturing company CH Guenther, Pablo led 28 manufacturing plants worldwide.  During his time there, Pablo and his team made significant improvements in cost stabilization, instituted a Management Operating System to connect business plans to the facilities, as well as implementation of a global productivity program to track and increase productivity and KPI’s while driving lower costs through all aspects of operations.

In his free time, Pablo enjoys cycling, running, camping, and hiking with his wife of 26 years. He also has two children.

Favorite Snack: Jalapeño-flavored kettle chips

Kathy Vanderwist

Vice President and General Counsel

Kathy Vanderwist joined Shearer's in October 2022 as Vice President and General Counsel. Kathy's deep experience spans 30+ years and across multiple industries. As a seasoned Legal Executive, Kathy has led several companies in complex contract drafting and negotiation, litigation management, labor and employment law, compliance program development and training, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Kathy holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science, Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and received her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

Kathy resides in Ohio with her husband. She has three grown children, a new granddaughter, and four “grandcats.” In her spare time, she loves to bake, especially Greek pastries and desserts. Kathy also loves playing golf and watching football – Go Browns!

Favorite Snack: Cheese Puffs

Joline Vernon Manning

Chief Human Resources Officer

Joline joined Shearer’s in the fall of 2021 as the CHRO with responsibility for all facets of Human Resources. She and the team are focused on building upon, enhancing and strengthening our programs with a specific commitment to the engagement and development of our employees.

Prior to Shearer’s, Joline most recently served as CHRO for Tarkett North America where she was responsible for the development and leadership of the human resources function. The majority of her career was with Alcoa Engineered Products & Solutions, a manufacturing industry leader serving the aerospace, commercial vehicle and building and construction industries.

Joline held various HR roles with Alcoa, most recently as the vice president of HR for the Engineered Products and Solutions group. In that role, she provided HR oversight and leadership for the five business units within EPS.

Joline earned her BA in Political Science from John Carroll University and her juris doctorate from Capital University. Joline loves spending time with her three kids, her dog Ben, and with coffee – in no particular order.

Favorite Snack: Kettle Chips

Mark McNeil

Chief Executive Officer

Mark McNeil joined Shearer’s in May 2021 as President & Chief Operating Officer as part of an internal succession plan. He was appointed CEO and Board Member of Shearer’s in September 2022.

Mark is a seasoned food industry executive with a strong track record of delivering results as a retailer, manufacturer, and as an accomplished CEO. With more than 20 years of experience, he has helped boost profits and maintain strong performance at several large food manufacturing companies, including Weston Foods, US Foods, and Lassonde Pappas.

Immediately Prior to joining Shearer’s, Mark served as the CEO of Bonduelle Americas, a $1 billion leader in private label vegetables and fruits. During his time there, Mark integrated a significant acquisition and improved the company’s top and bottom line by consistently focusing on his core performance drivers, Employee engagement, Customer relationships, Revenue Management and Operational Productivity.

Mark shuttles between Ohio and Cape Elizabeth, Maine and when not on an airplane he can be found on a golf course or cheering for his hometown Toronto Maple Leaf’s.

Favorite Snack: Double Crunch Salt & Vinegar Chips

Bill Nictakis

Executive Chairman, Shearer's North America

Bill Nictakis, one of our current independent Board members, was named Chairman and CEO of Shearer’s in February 2018. Bill’s work on our Board in helping develop the Value Creation Plan and his extensive experience in our industry make him an ideal CEO to lead our company.

Bill brings more than 33 years of experience to our team and embodies the values of our company with a proven track record of success. Most recently, Bill was CEO at Waterloo Industries Inc., where he led the purchase and subsequent sale of the last remaining US retail tool chest company. Prior to this role, Bill was an executive at Hanesbrands, where he held various positions including Chief Commercial Officer and Co- Chief Operating Officer – Champion brand and global supply chain. Prior to that, he served as the President of the $2 billion U.S. Fresh Bakery division of Sara Lee. Bill spent the first half of his career with Frito-Lay, holding a variety of finance, sales and marketing leadership positions during his 18 years with the company, including leading Frito-Lay’s 20,000-person DSD sales organization.

Bill earned his bachelor's degree in commerce from the University of Virginia and his master's degree in business administration in finance from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. He is a CPA and has served on our Board of Directors since 2012.

Favorite Snack: Vanilla Sugar Wafers


Orangeville, Ontario Canada


745 Southgate Dr.
Guelph, ON Canada.
Shearers Guelph, ON

Number of Employees: 225
Square Footage: 85,000
Products: Enrobed Protein Bars, Nutter Butter, Crème Wafers

Mississauga, Ontario Canada


745 Southgate Dr.
Guelph, ON Canada.
Shearers Guelph, ON

Number of Employees: 225
Square Footage: 85,000
Products: Enrobed Protein Bars, Nutter Butter, Crème Wafers

Calgary, Alberta Canada


745 Southgate Dr.
Guelph, ON Canada.
Shearers Guelph, ON

Number of Employees: 225
Square Footage: 85,000
Products: Enrobed Protein Bars, Nutter Butter, Crème Wafers

Waterford, Pennsylvania


821 PA-97
Waterford, PA 16441
Shearers Waterford, PA

Number of Employees: 220
Square Footage: 242,000
Products: Kettle, Extruded, Baked

Phoenix, Arizona


7330 W. Sherman St.
Phoenix, AZ 85043
Shearers Phoenix, AZ

Number of Employees: 430
Square Footage: 230,000
Products: Extruded, Variety of Popcorn, Potato Chips, Kettle Chips, Tortilla, Multi/Variety Packs

Perham, Minnesota


800 4th St NW
Perham, MN 56573
Shearers Perham, MN

Number of Employees: 400
Square Footage: 510,000
Products: Potato Chips, Kettle, Tortilla, Pellet, Extruded

Newport, Arkansas


3636 Medallion
Newport, AR
Shearers Newport, AR

Number of Employees: 375
Square Footage: 285,000
Products: Sheeted, Extruded

Lubbock, Texas


3203 Avenue B
Lubbock TX 79404
Shearers Lubbock, TX

Number of Employees: 225
Square Footage: 180,000
Products: Hand Kettle Chips, Extruded

Guelph, Ontario Canada


745 Southgate Dr.
Guelph, ON Canada.
Shearers Guelph, ON

Number of Employees: 225
Square Footage: 85,000
Products: Enrobed Protein Bars, Nutter Butter, Crème Wafers

Fort Worth, Texas


3200 Northern Cross Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76137
Shearers Fort Worth, TX

Number of Employees: 225
Square Footage: 135,000
Products: Kettle, Potato Chips, Sheeted

Burlington, Iowa


3000 E. Mt. Pleasant St.
Burlington, IA 52601
Shearers Burlington, IA

Number of Employees: 750
Square Footage: 665,000
Products: Wirecuts Crèmes, Animal Crackers, Gingersnaps, Vanilla Wafers, Wheat Crackers, Saltines, Oyster Crackers

Bristol, Virginia


225 Commonwealth Ave Ext.
Bristol, VA 24201
Shearers Bristol, VA

Number of Employees: 280
Square Footage: 106,000
Products: Potato Chips, Corn Tortilla, Masa

Brewster, Ohio


692 Wabash Ave N.
Brewster, OH 44646
Shearers Brewster, OH

Number of Employees: 325
Square Footage: 190,000
Products: Kettle Chips, Tortilla, Pellet, Extruded

Stark Distribution Center

Massillon, Ohio

2255 Phoenix Ave
Massillon, Ohio 44646
Shearers Stark Distribution Center

Number of Employees: 275
Square Footage: 750,000
Products: Storage and Distribution of finished and raw materials

Millennium Plant Manufacturer

Massillon, Ohio

4100 Millennium Blvd SE
Massillon, Ohio 44646
Shearers Millennium Plant Manufacturer

Number of Employees: 525
Square Footage: 170,000
Products: Hand Kettle Chips, Auto Potato Chips, Tortilla Chips, and Corn Chips

Shearer's Headquarters

Massillon, Ohio

100 Lincoln Way East
Massillon, Ohio 44646
Shearers Corporate Office

Number of Employees: 130