Matt Mandel promoted to COO at SunFed
RIO RICO, AZ — Matt Mandel has been promoted to chief operating officer of SunFed Produce LLC. He previously served as vice president of sales and marketing for the family-owned firm. Mandel said his new role will focus on SunFed’s day-to-day operations. That emphasis is maintaining a consistency in corporate performance so the company will continue to thrive as it has. Mandel is also chairman of the Fresh Produce Association... Read more

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Ocean Mist names Joe Pezzini incoming president and CEO
Ocean Mist Farms has named Joe Pezzini as the successor to Ed Boutonnet, the company's current president and chief executive officer. The transition in leadership will occur over the next 12 months. Pezzini joined Ocean Mist Farms in June of 1983. In 2001 he was promoted to vice president of operations, where he was responsible for cooling operations, food safety,... Read more

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Cody Rose, commodity manager for Country Sweet Produce, said this year’s sweet potato crop is promising. “The crop is looking really good,” he told The Produce News in late September, adding that yields and quality are just where they should be. Rose said he expects sizing to increase as the season progresses. The company is located in Bakersfield, CA, growing... Read more


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Generation Next: Tom Consalo chooses fruit over finance
Like so many others who chose the fresh produce industry as their career, Tom Consalo began that journey at a very early age. “I was probably 9 years old, my first year working” at Wm. Consalo & Sons Farms, his family’s produce company in Vineland, NJ, he recalled. “I remember — this is kind of... Read more