President, Gourmet Food Group,
Carle Place, NY
With more than 20 years of experience, David Taiclet is a strategic leader in the confectionery industry with a passion for reenergizing iconic food brands and providing consumers with quality products.
In his current role as president, Gourmet Food Group for 1-800-Flowers.com, Inc., a leading destination for all celebratory occasions, Taiclet has full profit and loss responsibility for the company’s food businesses, which will exceed $650 million in 2015.
The Gourmet Food businesses entail ten consumer food brands, including Cheryl’s gourmet cookies, Fannie May Fine Chocolates, Harry & David, Harry London, Design Pac Gifts and The Popcorn Factory. These brands and businesses include more than 3,000 permanent employees ramping to more than 10,000 seasonally and include ten manufacturing plants and distribution facilities across the United States. 1-800-Flowers.com, Inc. was named in Candy Industry Magazine’s “North American Sweet 60” as a top confectionery provider in 2015.
Taiclet assumed his current position after serving as co-owner and co-founder of Alpine Confections, Inc. and being the ceo of Fannie May Confections Brands, Inc., a multi-branded retailer, wholesaler and manufacturer of confectionery products under the Fannie May, Fanny Farmer and Harry London brands.
With a passion for the food industry, Taiclet co-founded Alpine Confections, Inc. with business partner Taz Murray in 1995, growing sales from $12 million to $120 million within the first ten years, transforming the company into one of the top 15 confectionery manufacturers and wholesalers in North America.
In May 2006, 1-800-Flowers.com, Inc. purchased the holding company, Alpine Confections, Inc. and two of the five Alpine subsidiaries, Fannie May Confections, Inc. and Harry London Candies, Inc., the company’s largest acquisition at the time.
Taiclet began his professional career in the Strategy and Business Development Group of Cargill, a $165-billion international marketer, processor and distributor of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products. He spent almost four years with the Strategy and Business Development Group at Cargill developing worldwide growth strategies for business units and the overall corporation.
In addition, Taiclet has held several industry leadership positions, including board membership on the National Chocolate Council and Executive Board of the National Confectioners’ Association. Taiclet is a 15-year member of Young President’s Organization (YPO) and World President’s Organization (WPO).
Taiclet has a BBA in finance and economics from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA, with Second Year Honors, from Harvard University. Prior to his employment with Cargill and graduate school, he proudly served four years of active military duty, rising to the rank of Captain in the 4th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army.
David and his wife, Kathey of 28 years, live in St. Louis, Missouri where they raised their four children.