Investors wrote off Menu Foods after a 2007 scare that saw the company recall 60 million cans of potentially tainted pet food. But thanks to CEO Paul Henderson, the brand has been making a quiet comeback. He and other executives took hefty pay cuts to keep the company afloat, then rebuilt their tattered customer base by supplying retailers with private label wet pet food, as well as cheaper versions of leading brand products. With the recession boosting demand for budget brands, Menu Foods is thriving again.

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