Eric G. Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Baldwin Richardson Foods Company
Eric G. Johnson is chief executive officer of Baldwin Richardson Foods Company, a leading manufacturer of custom food and beverage ingredients and one of the largest African-American owned businesses in the food industry.
Baldwin Richardson Foods is a major producer of products and ingredients for McDonald’s Corporation, Kellogg, General Mills, and Frito-Lay Quaker Oats. The company also has retail brands and food service products that it distributes nationally. Johnson has served as chief executive officer of the company since 1997, and also served as its president from 1997 to 2020.
In 1989, Johnson, following in his father’s footsteps, became chief executive officer of Johnson Products Company, the nation’s first African-American owned publicly-traded company. Having turned around the company’s performance in 1991, it was the seventh best performing stock on the American Stock Exchange and earned the American Management Association’s “Turn Around” award.
A business entrepreneur, in 1992 he purchased Baldwin Ice Cream Co., a small company established in Chicago in 1921. Johnson expanded the distribution and sales of the company, and in 1997, completed the acquisition from the Quaker Oats Company of Richardson Foods, which at the time produced Nance’s mustard and condiments, Mrs. Richardson’s famous dessert toppings, and liquid products for McDonald’s.
Johnson received his Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees in Finance and Management from Babson College.
Johnson previously served as member of the board of directors of SUPERVALU INC. He is currently a member of the board of directors for the Urban League of Rochester and serves on the board of trustees for Babson College.