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Martin Foods Senior Leadership Appointments


February 2, 2024

Houston, Texas – Martin Foods, LP, an 80 year-old, fourth generation family-owned business in the protein manufacturing industry, is excited to announce the following changes to its senior leadership and management team.

Effective February 2, 2024, Martin Foods’ current President and Chief Strategy Officer, Marc Essenfeld, has been promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President. “We are so thrilled to announce Marc’s promotion to the role of CEO,” said former CEO Jeffrey Tapick. “We have complete confidence and trust in Marc to lead the company’s growth while maintaining the strong family culture that has distinguished Martin Foods over the past eight decades.”

Marc first joined Martin Foods in 2017 as a director on the company’s Advisory Board. Over the past three years, Marc has become increasingly involved with the operating business of Martin Foods. During the COVID pandemic, Marc worked closely with then-CEO Jeffrey Tapick and then-Chairman Michael Tapick to divest the company’s legacy distribution business and pivot the company to become a world class protein manufacturer. Soon thereafter, Marc officially joined the Martin leadership team, becoming President and Chief Strategy Officer on April 1, 2022.

Marc is an accomplished and visionary leader, who brings a wealth of experience in the food manufacturing space. Previously, Marc served as CEO

of Miller Baking Company (Makers of Pretzilla) and TriBeCa Oven, after beginning his career as a CPA with Ernst and Young.

Notably, Marc is the first person outside the Tapick family to hold the position of CEO in Martin Foods’ 80-year history. “Although he may not technically be related, we consider Marc to be part of the Tapick family,” said Martin Foods Director Betty Tapick. “Marc has been an absolutely essential part of the Martin Foods family during a pivotal time in our company’s history, and we have great confidence in his ability to achieve the ambitious growth goals we have set for the future.”

Concurrently with Marc Essenfeld’s appointment as CEO, former CEO Jeffrey Tapick will become non-executive Chairman of the Board, a role that has been vacant since the passing of Betty’s husband and Jeffrey’s father, Michael Tapick, in February 2022. Jeffrey had served as CEO since 2017; prior to that, Jeffrey served as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer from 2014-2017. Jeffrey first joined the family business in 2011 following a successful legal career in New York City and Washington D.C. In his new capacity as Board Chairman, Jeffrey will focus on long-term strategic planning and investment strategies for Martin Foods and other family entities.

About Martin Foods:

Martin Foods is a world class manufacturer of poultry, beef, and pork products founded in 1944. In 2024, Martin Foods will celebrate its 80-year anniversary in the protein manufacturing industry. For more information, please visit, Martin Foods Instagram, Martin Foods LinkedIn, or Martin Foods Facebook.

For media inquiries or more information, please contact:

Name: Dan Whitfield

Contact Information:, 713-358-3365

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