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Affiliates / Alliances


Pentallect has aligned with a number of well-known food industry leaders as affiliates of the firm. These affiliates provide issue-specific thought leadership and strategic counsel to the Pentallect management team and are available to assist with client engagements as needed.

Pentallect Affiliates include:

Meredith Adler is a leading analyst specializing in food, drug and dollar-store retailers as well as foodservice distribution and the healthy living market. She was rated the No. 1 Food and Drug Analyst in Institutional Investor’s annual poll for 14 straight years. Currently, Meredith serves on the board of directors of foodservice distributor Performance Food Group and provides consulting services to several other companies.

George Latella is an expert in consumer packaged goods sales and marketing. He engages in sales consulting for CPG manufacturers through Latella & Associates and also consults for Beacon Marketing Group, providing strategic solutions for companies through planning, marketing communications, direct marketing, e-commerce and quantitative research. George has written articles on shopper engagement, brand strategy, food marketing strategy and market segmentation and has developed and delivered presentations on food marketing topics for the USDA and numerous other organizations.

Bob Planck is has been dedicated to building profitable organizations and brands in hospitality, supply chain management, brand marketing and sales training and development. As President and CEO of Interconnect Enterprises Inc. since 1995, he provides consulting services to foodservice operators, distributors, brokers, manufacturers and associations.

Mike Roach is an industry expert in foodservice distribution and the transformation of the foodservice supply chain. He is the former President of Ben E Keith Foods, the nation’s eighth largest foodservice distributor, and served as Executive Vice President of its parent, Ben E Keith Company.

Bob Sala provides expertise on foodservice distribution including business strategy, supply chain management, strategic alliance development and strategic sales and marketing. Bob is the founder, former CEO and a member of the board of Distribution Market Advantage, Inc. (DMA), a foodservice distributor-owned marketing and services company that provides restaurant chains with national distribution and supply chain solutions. He led the development and deployment of DMA’s e-Advantage cloud-based order management, data analytics and inventory management system.


Pentallect is engaged with leading food industry associations to share insights and perspectives, jointly assess evolving industry dynamics and trends, and to serve as a resource to the associations’ leadership and members to support industry growth. Pentallect has also developed unique products and services specifically tailored to members of associations.