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San Miguel’s new vice president of sales and marketing
San Miguel Produce Inc. announced a new member of the San Miguel family, Bob Cummings as vice president of sales and marketing. “We have known Bob from the industry for many years and are excited to bring him aboard,” said Jan Berk, chief operating officer for San Miguel Produce. “His passion is a great fit for our company culture and we believe that his leadership and experience will help our family farm reach its strategic goals.” Cummings comes to San Miguel... Read more
In addition to its annual Hall of Fame inductions, the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) presented several other annual industry awards at a banquet held February 7, 2018, in Stevens Point.                                           ... Read more
J&D Produce hires veteran food-safety director
J&D Produce announced the hiring of Eduardo De la Fuente as the director of food safety. He has over 35 years of international food industry experience in food safety, auditing, employee training, and quality control processes. “We are thrilled to have someone of Eduardo’s caliber join the J&D family,” said Jimmy Bassetti, president of J&D Produce. “Eduardo’s experience and skill set will allow us to further strengthen our food safety systems and continue... Read more
Dallas Fresh Food Association first board is elected
The Dallas Fresh Foods Association has established its first board of directors. Dale Long of the North Texas Food Bank is the association’s first-ever president; Lucian LaBarba of Ben E Keith Co., is the philanthropy chair; Steve Monson of Robinson Fresh is the membership chair; and Beth Keeton of DMA Solutions is the marketing chair. Two chair positions are occupied by members of The Grinstead Group from Dallas: Bobby Grinstead is the technology chair and Michael... Read more
The National Onion Association announced that Kim Reddin has resigned from her position as director of public and industry relations. “I have truly loved working for the NOA,” said Reddin.  “My decision to leave did not come easy. Since day one, in 2004, when I boarded the plane for New Orleans where NOA’s Annual Convention was being held, the ride has been extraordinary! I am proud of the accomplishments made during my 13-year tenure and deeply grateful for... Read more
Sunview names Wetzel vice president of sales
Sunview Vineyards of California Inc., based in Delano, announced the appointment of industry veteran Mitchell Wetzel as vice president of sales at Sunview Marketing International. Wetzel joined the company on Jan. 16. Wetzel has a vast background in agricultural sales management, including 16 years as general manager for Alliance International. He has also previously held positions with, Periccone Citrus and Sun World International. Read more
WP Rawl continues leafy greens partnership with leading nutrition expert
As a grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens, WP Rawl maintains its commitment to educate consumers on getting back to eating fresh, wholesome ingredients in 2018 by continuing its partnership with registered dietitian and three-time New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Sass. The partnership began in 2016 with the launch of WP Rawl’s Back to Fresh campaign that aimed to encourage and educate consumers to eat a more balanced and fresh diet. In 2018,... Read more
Recognition: Linda Karos’ summer  job turned into a lifetime at E. Armata
Linda Karos started working at E. Armata Inc. on July 6, 1966, when the company was still located at the Washington market at Washington and Chambers streets in Manhattan. Fifty one- plus years later, she decided it was time to leave. “It was supposed to be a summer job. I had plans to go back to Pace College to finish my education that fall,” said Karos. “I never made it back to college because my grades weren’t up to par. Peter J. Armata, the president at the... Read more
PMA’s Gorny tapped to fill new role at FDA
James Gorny, vice president of food safety and technology at the Produce Marketing Association, is stepping down to serve as senior science adviser for produce safety at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, where he will be developing and coordinating implementation strategies for the Food Safety Modernization Act produce safety standards. In this newly created position, Gorny will facilitate, coordinate and advise FDA senior leadership regarding policies,... Read more
Titan Farms expands team
Titan Farms, a premier grower-packer-shipper of peaches, has expanded its sales team with the promotion of Tonya Conaway and addition of Tammy Condrey in preparation for the 2018 peach season. In 2015, Titan Farms brought its sales team in-house in order to become a fully vertically integrated company that handles all aspects of its business from its Ridge Spring, SC, headquarters. From growing and packing to sales and marketing, Titan Farms is a one-stop shop... Read more
North Carolina SweetPotato Commission mourns George Massengill
George Massengill, secretary and treasurer for the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission, died Jan. 25 at his home in Four Oaks, NC, with his family by his side. Mr. Massengill served five terms on the board of directors, one year as vice president and 12 years as secretary and treasurer of the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission. "Not only did he serve the industry by being heavily involved with our board but served on many other agricultural boards as... Read more
Potato growers select 2018 NPC leadership
At the National Potato Council’s 2018 Annual Meeting Jan. 12-13 in Orlando, CA, Cully Easterday of Easterday Farms in Pasco, WA, was elected to serve as NPC’s 2018 president and to lead the council’s executive committee. As president, Easterday will host the 2018 NPC Summer Meeting in Leavenworth, WA, July 18-20. The executive committee holds office for one calendar year.The 2018 NPC executive committee: (front row) R.J. Andrus, Britt Raybould, Cully Easterday and... Read more
Zespri's new operations manager for North America
Zespri continues to staff its North America office to meet the growing demand of its successful SunGold kiwifruit, which has revolutionized the kiwi category with its tropical-sweet taste and longer shelf life. Jason Donaldson has been hired to oversee Zespri operations of the Americas. “I’m excited to join the Zespri team and take on this new role as Zespri expands throughout the Americas. We are building our team to become a 12-month brand in this region so that... Read more
Mission Produce taps Hector Soltero as director of sales planning
Oxnard, CA-based Mission Produce has hired Hector Soltero as director of sales planning. This marks Soltero’s second stint with Mission, after initially working for the company in a sales capacity and as the wholesale manager from 2008 to 2015. Subsequent to that, Soltero worked in avocado sales, most recently for Westfalia Fruit. “I am very excited to be back at Mission," Soltero said. "The company continues to mature, and the opportunity... Read more
Tammy Wiard to lead National Mango Board's retail marketing program
The National Mango Board has named Tammy Wiard as its new retail program manager. She succeeds Wendy McManus, who has been with the NMB since 2006. Wiard comes to the NMB with a strong background in retail and consumer marketing. She will oversee the retail account team and all the retail marketing support programs that contribute to year-round consumption and growth of the mango category at retail. Most recently, Wiard served as director of retail marketing for... Read more
Catherine Gipe-Stewart takes Domex Superfresh Growers to new heights
As an avid hiker who is always on the search for the next mountain to climb, 29-year-old Catherine Gipe-Stewart is constantly soaring to new heights — both in her personal and professional life. “We’re in the wonderful Yakima Valley, which is right next to the Cascade Mountains,” Gipe-Stewart told The Produce News. “I try to get out to the mountains as much as possible, which is never as much as I want,” she laughed.Catherine Gipe-Stewart, with husband, John Stewart,... Read more
Longtime produce industry veteran retires from Duncan Family Farms
Duncan Family Farms, a grower of organic baby lettuces and greens, kales and herbs with operations in Arizona, California, Oregon and New York, has announced the retirement of Grower Relations Manager Jimmy Tadano. Tadano’s career in agriculture spans his entire adult life, and as an employee at Duncan Family Farms for more than a decade, he was highly respected by all who worked with him at the company. "In his time at Duncan Family Farms, Jimmy was unique in... Read more
Daily Harvest names chief marketing officer
Daily Harvest has hired Patrick Yee as its chief marketing officer. Yee was most recently the chief executive officer of Laird + Partners, a leading branding and creative agency in fashion, beauty and luxury. "Patrick has a proven ability to bring brands to life in innovative ways and build community in the process," said Rachel Drori, founder and chief executive officer of Daily Harvest. "We couldn't be more excited to have him join the Daily Harvest... Read more
NGA announces staff promotions and new hires
The National Grocers Association the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, announced key staff promotions and new additions to its team intended to help the organization expand its member benefits and advocate policies to better serve America’s independent grocers. “The grocery business is changing faster than ever and we’re devoting significantly more resources to ensure independent supermarket operators thrive in today’s... Read more
Moxxy Marketing names director of digital media
Moxxy Marketing, a leading full-service marketing agency in the agriculture and food and beverage industries, has named marketing veteran Roger Smith director of digital media. A member of the Moxxy team since 2014, Smith’s expertise in front- and back-end web development, and deep understanding of digital platforms, will enable him to enhance the firm’s digital media strategy offering. "Roger joined Moxxy three years ago as a web developer, and we thought we were... Read more