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L&M’s Washington state team announced the hire of Craig Barnes as sales specialist and the promotion of Donna Feltrup to the position of sales manager on Sept. 9. Barnes brings experience in wholesale and domestic retail sales, along with specific expertise in export sales to the L&M team. He was previously with Rainier Fruit and has been in the produce industry since 2010. Feltrup has been with L&M for 10 years and has helped expand the company’s... Read more
Molly Briseño joins Moxxy Marketing
Moxxy Marketing, based in Salinas, CA, announced the hire of Molly Briseño as director of client services on Sept. 16. In her new senior-level leadership position, Briseño will be responsible for managing client relationships, overseeing projects, including branding, graphic design, website/new media, video, trade show and others, and ensuring clients always receive exemplary service and project quality. Prior to joining Moxxy, Briseño worked at Full Steam Marketing... Read more
Mather leaving post at Pear Bureau Northwest
Cristie Mather is leaving her post as communications director at Pear Bureau Northwest, based in Portland, OR, to take the role of managing director at The Fiction Tribe, a creative agency with offices in Portland and Santa Clara, CA. Mather has led the marketing communications programs for Pear Bureau Northwest since 2006. During her eight-year tenure, she directed numerous successful public relations, marketing and advertising activities targeting trade and consumer... Read more
Terence Billingsley joins Mann Packing
Salinas, CA-based Mann Packing announced the addition of Terence Billingsley to its sales team. Prior to joining Mann Packing, Billingsley worked for Unilever, where he served as the Safeway customer business manager. Before that, he was the vice president of sales at Promoworks, where he worked with the Safeway marketing team to shape the in-store experience for all its stores. He also led the business for Kraft Foods and its family of brands at Safeway. “Terence... Read more
Jack Brown Produce recently added three new members to its professional staff: Maria Rivera has been named export sales manager; Tom Labbe has been appointed domestic sales manager; and Scott VanHouten will be responsible for logistics. Rivera brings a wealth of experience from the Spanish language publishing industry. For the last 11 years, she has been in charge of the Mexican, Latin America and Hispanic market in the United States. she hails from Puerto... Read more
Allegiance Retail Services LLC announced the expansion of its supermarket base with the Sept. 5 grand opening of two new supermarkets. Allegiance's newest members are Miguel Garcia, who celebrated the grand opening of Big Deal Food Markets in the Bronx, NY, and David Rosa, who along with Garcia celebrated the grand opening of Orchard Fine Foods in Forest Hills, NY. Both will cater to the specific customer base situated within their current markets. “Having Miguel... Read more
Generation Next: Alex Sheppard finishes Ironman Louisville with support from his produce family
Alex Sheppard is the resident engineer, round balers, for Case New Holland Industrial, commonly referred to as CNH, headquartered in New Holland, PA. The 27-year-old is also the son of Tom Sheppard, president of Eastern Fresh Growers Inc., in Cedarville, NJ. “My job description is that I directly help build round balers, such as hay balers that come in square and the large round ones that are commonly found lying in farming fields,” Sheppard explained.After finishing... Read more
Braga Fresh announces two promotions
Braga Fresh, based in Soledad, CA, announced the promotions of two of its team members. Abelardo (Lalo) Pamatz will now take on the responsibilities of production analyst, working closely with the harvesting and sales teams. Pamatz will provide critical trend information and demand forecasts to maximize yields and assure farming operations meet increasing sales volumes across Braga’s more than 25 fresh commodities, according to the company press release. Ashleigh... Read more
Former Kroger exec Claude Allen Moldenhauer dies at 76
Claude Allen Moldenhauer, a 38-year veteran of the Kroger Co. who rose to vice president of produce and floral before retiring in 1999, died Sept. 6. He was 76. Mr. Moldenhauer, a resident of Greensboro, GA, earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree from the University of Toledo. Following his long career at Kroger, he remained active in his community serving on the University of Georgia Agriculture Board, as president of... Read more
Mi Pueblo Foods, the San Jose, CA-based family-grown Hispanic grocery chain, announced that effective immediately industry veteran Martin Cortes will oversee the company’s financial and accounting operations, risk management and technology as its chief financial officer. "As we continue to find the best ways to serve our communities in the short- and long-term, it was important for our organization to have a strong financial leader who would look beyond just the... Read more
Ready Pac names new sales executive
Ready Pac Foods Inc. announced that Jay Ellis has been named chief sales officer. Ellis will be responsible for utilizing best practices to establish and meet sales targets and ensure the best possible service and effective communications with Ready Pac customers. Along with building and developing the Ready Pac sales team, he will manage and direct the execution of sales plans and initiatives across all sales channels. "Jay Jay Ellisis an accomplished sales professional... Read more
Maglio & Co. names regional sales manager
Maglio & Co., based in Glendale, WI, announced the addition of Robert Wilkinson as regional sales manager. Wilkinson has over 15 years of experience in the produce industry. In his new position at Maglio & Co., Wilkinson will help to build customer bases and provide training to strengthen the sales team. “Robert will be a great addition to our team as regional sales manager,” said Sam Maglio, president of the company. “His vast experience in the produce... Read more
In early August, Wade Whitfield, who had a distinguished career in the agricultural promotion industry, died peacefully after several years of failing health. Mr. Whitfield was born Sept. 8, 1931, in Newellton, LA, but grew up in Hughson, CA, in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. He graduated from Hughson High School, and joined the Navy in 1951, serving for four years during the Korean War. He was discharged in 1955 and came back to the San Joaquin Valley where... Read more
LaGrange, GA-based Durand-Wayland Inc. announced Mark Adamczyk as vice president of business development. In his new role, Adamczyk will primarily be responsible for supporting the Durand sales team and the company's desire to grow the business through the introduction of technology offerings, assistance on packinghouse and dealer initiatives and the identification of new market opportunities for Durand's broad line of proven packinghouse equipment. "Mark has... Read more
Lindsay Martinez joins Houweling’s marketing department
Houweling’s Tomatoes has added Lindsay Martinez to its marketing department in the newly created position of brand manager. Martinez brings 20 years of experience in the produce industry to the job. She was previously the director of marketing for Boskovich Farms in Oxnard, CA. “Lindsay is a produce marketing veteran, having spent the last 20 years at Boskovich Farms in Ventura County," David Bell, chief marketing officer for Houweling’s Tomatoes, said in... Read more
Augie Consalo, N.J. produce veteran, dies at 81
Augustus (Augie) Consalo of Vineland, NJ, died Aug. 21 at Kennedy Stratford Hospital. He was 81. Mr. Consalo was former vice president of William Consalo & Sons Farms Inc. and past president of W.C.S. Trucking Inc. He was a member and former two-term president of the United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association for the state of New Jersey and a member of the Produce Marketing Association. Augustus (Augie) ConsaloIn 1995 he was named Produce Man of the... Read more
Former Fowler & Huntting owner dies at 71
William (Bill) Yandow, a former owner and executive of Fowler & Huntting in Hartford, CT, died May 25 at his home in Florida. He was 71 years old. William (Bill) YandowA long-time resident of Avon, FL, Mr. Yandow spent his entire produce career at Fowler & Huntting, a company that he and his brother acquired from their father in 1972, where he served as vice president and controller during his tenure. The brothers sold their business to their nephews Kenneth,... Read more
Vice president of Shipping Point Marketing dies at 54
Mark Dirrigl, vice president and partner of Shipping Point Marketing, Inc., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 16 after complications from surgery. He was at 54 years old. Originally from Rochester, NY, Mr. Dirrigl worked at Louis Fishgold, Inc. from the late 1970s to early 1980s. He later joined Louis J. Decarlo & Sons in Buffalo, NY. At Decarlo, Mr. Dirrigl became a partner and dramatically increased sales, especially with fresh strawberries and tomatoes. In... Read more
Cherie C. Watte named new chair at CA GROWN
Cherie C. Watte, executive director of the California Asparagus Commission, is the new chair at CA GROWN, a partnership between the California Department of Food & Agriculture and commodity groups representing the state’s agriculture industry. Watte follows former chair Kasey Cronquist, chief executive officer and ambassador for the California fresh-cut flower industry, who guided CA GROWN through a newly revamped promotions program and membership expansion. “We... Read more
Donald Slot joins The Oppenheimer Group
Donald Slot recently joined The Oppenheimer Group as it’s new Toronto-based sales representative where he will market the company’s full assortment to Eastern Canadian customers. With over a decade of fresh produce experience, Slot most recently worked for four years as a key account executive at Westrow Food Group, a leading Canadian food broker.  “Donald’s skills and experience are a great fit,” said Walt Breeden, director of sales for Canada at Oppy. “His... Read more