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Devansoy Names Deb Wycoff Chief Executive Officer

Pagosa Springs, Colo. (November 6, 2014) – Devansoy, a leading soy protein ingredient manufacturer and noted soy food industry pioneer, today promoted its Chief Operating Officer Deb Wycoff to CEO. Wycoff succeeds Devansoy’s founder & CEO, Elmer Schettler, who assumes the role of chairman of the company’s board of directors.

Deb Wycoff, entering her 25th year with Devansoy, has spent her career streamlining all aspects of the company’s operations including soy procurement, soy food production, technical application, health care, and logistics, as well as office and personnel management.

“Today is an exciting day for Devansoy’s employees, board of directors and stakeholders as we unilaterally congratulate Deb on this well deserved appointment. Her 25 years of dedication to Devansoy and its mission to produce the finest soy protein products and unequaled customer service has truly helped us grow our Company in both product offerings and sales,” said Elmer Schettler founder of Devansoy and chairman of its Board of Directors. “I am very proud of her and excited to watch Deb take the reins of this organization and drive its brand identity to new levels within our exciting marketplace.”

As CEO, Wycoff will provide executive leadership, growth strategies, financial management, and strategic planning across all channels of the company.

“Developing soy based products that ensures consumers have access to the finest soy proteins with non-gmo, organic and hexane free ingredients is what drives me and every employee within Devansoy daily,” said Wycoff. “ I want to sincerely thank Elmer Schettler for his years of guidance, mentoring and leadership as his example motivates my intention to carry his vision for Devansoy as one of the leading soy ingredient producers in the United States.”

Wycoff, an established industry thought leader, was a member of SANA for several years where she held the SANA Board position of Treasurer. Deb is married to Howard Koster and has three children, Jennifer, Michael and Kenzie. Deb, who lives in Carroll, Iowa, is passionate about the outdoors where she enjoys biking and running. She is a loyal fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

About Devansoy:

Founded in 1992, Devansoy is a soy protein ingredient company that has processed non-GMO, organic and hexane-Free ingredients for decades. Devansoy’s production of Soymilk takes place in a plant Near Rock City, IL where the majority of the 30 + employee’s work. The company offers liquid soy base, soymilk powders and soy flour, all of which are non-GMO and available in organic, conventional, full and low-fat. The company doesn’t sell direct to the consumer but its soy protein ingredients are used in a vast number of food and beverage categories. Engage Devansoy through its website at www.devansoy.com.

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Devansoy sales jump more than 62% over last 5 years.

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As defined by Webster, one of his interpretations classifies progress as “to move forward: proceed.” During the past five years, Devansoy, Inc.’s sales have increased more than 62 percent, with an average growth rate of 12.5 percent.

At Devansoy, a Carroll-based company since 1991, progress continues to grow and evolve as several different threads are woven together to produce this tapestry known throughout the industry as one of the top soy protein ingredient companies.

“With Devansoy, that progress involves: people, customers, technology and sales,” said CEO Elmer Schettler. “The commonality with these four segments of Devansoy’s progress has been, is and will be ‘to move forward and proceed.’” The philosophy behind Devansoy’s progress is to seek people who have a strong work ethic, and are accountable for their respective duties and committed to the principle of providing superior products and service. This philosophy starts with Devansoy’s senior management team: CEO — Schettler; chief operating officer — DebWycoff; chief financial officer — John Ranson; and vice president of sales and marketing — Scott Desing.

Although the principal office recently moved to Pagosa Springs, Colo., where Schettler, a former longtime Carroll County resident now resides, Devansoy continues to maintain a presence in Carroll, via the home base of the chief operations officer.

Devansoy’s liquid soy production is based in Rock City, Ill., and the sales-and-marketing efforts are centralized in metro Atlanta.

As a result of Devansoy’s progress the past five years, the personnel needs have paralleled that respective growth. Subsequently, the employment rate has expanded by over 38 percent since 2008, most recently with the addition of a highly experienced quality assurance manager.

“People do business with people, not businesses,” Schettler said. “Devansoy’s partnerships with their customers is with people whom are essential to continue each other’s progress. While Devansoy’s core customers remain steadfast, other and new clients’ needs are forever chang­ing, plus new applications for soy ingredients are developing in areas that you’d least expect for soy protein.”

The most recent “move forward” is with a California-based company specializing in organic plant fertilizers for home use. Soy consumption, specifically soymilk and soy beverages, in the private-label category continue to increase year after year. The need for more non-dairy and lactosefree offerings, is and has been supported by rising consumer demand through all point-ofpurchase segments: mass market (retail/grocery), health food venues, club and box stores, foodservice, the military, etc.

In today’s world, you’d be hardpressed to mention progress without noting technology in the same sentence. The semi-virtual nature of Devansoy’s structure has been optimized by the use of adapting to the ever-changing world of technology. And, as the technology needs of customers have evolved, Devansoy has kept pace with their respective needs.

Recent technology updates at Devansoy ‘s Rock City production facility, include: hardware and software improvements, which have resulted in processing efficiencies. Utilization of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), a standard for exchanging information between computer systems, is an example of technology that not only acts as an inter-face between the customer and the supplier, but also assists the interdepartment functionality within a respective company.

The use of the Cloud via a remote server, and various business “apps” has proven to be quite beneficial with respect to: accounting software, the use and speed of electronic banking functions, streamlining financial operations, the elimination of repetitive tasks, etc.

“All this progress, as noted above would not have proceeded without sales and Devansoy has experienced consistent sales growth,” Schettler said. “While other companies have been forced to focus their energies on ‘contraction’ during a slower economy, Devansoy has weathered these recent years with growth and expansion. Conversely, those record-setting sales and profit results would not have been feasible without the progress of our people, customers and technology.”

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Developing a soy palate can lead to a longer life

By Jane Lawson
The Daily Times Herald

Monday, May 16, 2011

These days most are looking for ways to improve their overall health, whether it’s exercising more, eating less, or looking for healthier or more natural food choices.

In Iowa, we are surrounded by fields and fields of soybeans, yet some of us have not tried very many soyfoods such as soymilk, tofu, or other foods containing soy ingredients.

Scott Desing, vice president of sales and marketing of Devansoy, a supplier of soy ingredients, headquartered in Carroll, explains people may turn to soyfoods for various reasons. The reasons can be a “want” or a “need.” A “want” would be someone practicing veganism or looking to improve personal health. An example of a “need” would be lactose intolerance or an allergy to milk.

Read the full article here

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The Ultimate Soy Beverage Available: Indulgent Soy

Carroll, IA (September 12, 2008) — There are a lot of soy beverages on the market, but Indulgent Soy is the culmination of the craft. The result of an unprecedented collaboration between the top experts in the field, Indulgent Soy will help marketing companies leverage the growing popularity of soy with a beverage they can tailor to their own needs or sell as is under their own label.

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Devansoy Facility Purchase
Investment in Future Benesoy Growth

Rock City, Il (January 22, 2009) — Devansoy is proud to announce that as of January 19, 2009, It is the sole owner and operator of the Devansoy production plant in Rock City, IL. The soymilk facility had been jointly operated by Berner Foods and Devansoy. By assuming complete ownership and management of this plant, Devansoy strengthens its ability to meet the growing demand for the company’s organic and non-GMO liquid soy base, soymilk powders, and other Benesoy ingredients. More >

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What’s New in Soy?

Come visit Devansoy at the National IFT Expo in Anaheim, California and find out. We’re full of great new ideas and innovative products to help you capitalize on the growing soy foods category. More >

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Devansoy Appoints VP of
Sales & Marketing

Rock City, IL (May 4, 2009) Devansoy announced today that Scott Desing will be joining Devansoy’s management team as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. More >

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