The Boston Beer Co. has appointed a vice president of operations as it mulls expanding the business.

The US brewer confirmed yesterday (25 January) that Thomas Lance will assume the position, having joined the brewer from Ken's Foods of Marlborough, Massachusetts, where he had been executive vice president for over five years.

"Tom's experience in managing and expanding complex food and beverage operations will be a great addition to the company's management team," said Martin Roper, Boston's president and CEO. "This is particularly important as we consider the prospect of expanding the company's brewery ownership."

Lance, 53, added: "I am delighted that I will be part of the team that develops and implements the company's brewing strategy to support its current and future growth."

Late last year, the Samuel Adams brewer posted a 41% leap in net income for its third quarter, to US$5.9m. The increase came on a 20% climb in sales for the three-month period, to $75.9m.