Alisha Albinder Camac appointed to USApple board of directors
Hudson River Fruit Distributors headquartered in Milton, NY, announced that fourth-generation owner-operator family member Alisha Albinder Camac was appointed to the USApple board of directors at the 2018 Apple Crop Outlook & Marketing Conference Aug. 23-24 in Chicago.
Albinder Camac is a recent graduate from the United Fresh Leadership Program, Class 23. She also sits on the board of the New York Apple Association and the New York State Horticultural Society board.
“I am extremely excited to be a part of the USApple board, and I hope to bring a young fresh perspective to some of the issues that we face as an industry,” said Albinder Camac. “It’s important for our legislatures and politicians to hear from active young growers, and I look forward to working with other like-minded people.”
Growing up on her family’s apple farm in Milton, Albinder Camac said she always knew she wanted to be a part of her family’s legacy. After receiving her bachelor's degree in business and family business management at Northeastern University, she got her first job in the industry as a buyer for Fresh Direct.
“I learned so much about the produce industry while working at Fresh Direct,” she noted. “I met so many great people. It’s an amazing company that is really the pioneer of home delivery services.”
Taking the experience and knowledge she gained from Fresh Direct with her, she returned to her family business in 2013.
Hudson River Fruit Distributors is one of the largest eastern apple growers, packers and shippers in New York. It was established in 1963 by Isadore (Izzy) Albinder and his son, Harold Albinder. Together, they purchased a packing house, which is still in operation more than 50 years later. In 1967 — in order to provide better control of the apples they were selling — they bought their first orchard. By 1972, with the purchase of their eighth orchard, they owned and operated over 1,000 acres of cultivated land. In February of this year, it added yet another 50-acre farm to its portfolio.
In 1980, Danny Albinder, Albinder Camac’s father, joined the business, learning every detail from the ground up. Both Harold and Danny continue to work in the company today. Another new generation family member, Kevin Albinder, joined the company this year in sales and logistics.
Hudson River Fruit Distributors’ rapid growth in recent years is largely attributed to Albinder Camac’s energy, insight and care for her family’s apple legacy.
In the past five years she has had significant impact on the business by building business systems and efficiencies, creating innovative marketing strategies, and fostering sales relationships.
Her friends and colleagues describe her as “an enthusiastic person, who has a visible passion for what she does.”