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 scary — stamping boxes with an ink pad. We were sorting Moroccan clementines. I remember because I was covered with little ‘Moroccan’ stickers.”Consalo surfing in Ocean... Read more
Smart & Final Stores Inc. has announced the elections of Paul N. Hopkins and Kenneth I. Tuchman to its board of directors. "I'm pleased that Paul and Ken are joining our board of directors, adding extensive and diverse strategic expertise that will complement our current board and support the Smart & Final leadership team," Dave Hirz, president and chief executive officer, said in a press release. "We look forward to their insights and contributions as... Read more
Church Bros. names director of food safety and sustainability
Church Bros. has promoted Megan Chedwick to director of food safety and sustainability. She has been with the company since 2007 and her previous titles include food-safety coordinator and director of food safety.  In her new role, Chedwick will continue to report to Drew McDonald, vice president of quality food safety and regulatory affairs. She will manage the in-house sustainability program that was customized by the Measure to Improve team over the... Read more
IPC names James Hoff as new commissioner
The Idaho Potato Commission announced the recent appointment of James Hoff as a new commissioner who will a serve three-year term. Hoff, of Idaho Falls, ID-based Hoff Farms, will be formally sworn in at the IPC’s October meeting. Dan Nakamura and Lynn Wilcox, who have already served one term, will be sworn in for second three-year terms.James Hoff (second from left) and Bob Hoff with their wives, Darla and Jane. (Photo courtesy of the Hoff family) The commissioners... Read more
Litehouse names Brent Carr to lead sales and marketing
Litehouse Foods, a top-selling brand in the refrigerated salad dressing category, has named Brent Carr to the executive role of senior vice president of sales and marketing. In his new role, Carr will report directly to Jim Frank, president and chief executive officer, and lead the company’s fast-paced growth in the dressings, dips, cheese and herbs categories.Brent Carr A graduate of Boise State University with a degree in marketing, Carr is a 30-year industry... Read more
Procacci Bros. promotes Carlos Rodriguez to tropical produce sales team
Procacci Bros. Sales Corp. has promoted Carlos Rodriquez to a director of sales position in its tropical produce department. Rodriguez first joined Procacci Bros. in the spring of 2012 as a cooperative education student through Saint Joseph’s University’s food marketing program. During his time as a co-op, Rodriguez demonstrated exemplary performance in various production, customer service, sales and management roles. Carlos Rodriquez George Binck, executive vice... Read more
Kristina Guttadora named newest New Jersey Hero
Kristina Guttadora, executive director for the New Jersey Agricultural Society, was recently named the 36th New Jersey Hero by New Jersey first lady Mary Pat Christie's New Jersey Heroes Foundation for her work directing New Jersey Farmers Against Hunger. An online public poll was conducted throughout the month of August to select the New Jersey Hero. Adam Lowy of Move for Hunger and Gary Oppenheimer of Ample Harvest were also selected as candidates for their outstanding... Read more
Jay Holland joins Nickey Gregory Co. in Atlanta in sales and procurement
Jay Holland, most recently with Del Monte Fresh’s Florida tomato operation, has joined Atlanta’s Nickey Gregory Co. in sales and procurement effective Sept. 22. Holland started his career in the produce industry with West Coast Tomato in Palmetto, FL, working on the farm the summer he was 16. He spent four more summers working in operations at Palmetto’s Taylor & Fulton.Jay Holland By the time he graduated with a degree in food and resource economics from... Read more
Calavo expanding tomato program, appoints new leadership
Calavo Growers Inc. has announced Brian Bernauer as its director of Nogales operations. Bernauer assumed his leadership responsibilities Sept. 1 and will be based at Calavo’s Nogales, AZ, operations. Bernauer assumed the newly created position and will direct all aspects of Calavo’s tomato program, including sales, grower relations and the company’s Nogales and McAllen, TX, shipping operations. He brings over 25 years of grower-shipper experience, primarily from... Read more
Produce Alliance announces two strategic hires
Produce Alliance, a produce management, procurement and consulting company, recently announced two new additions to its culinary and food-safety teams. Kimberly Jamer has joined Produce Alliance as the director of food safety and quality assurance and Stephanie Goldfarb has been appointed corporate chef.Kimberly Jamer Jamer's role will be to provide 24/7 farm to fork oversight and protection for the safest and highest quality produce. She received her master's... Read more
Golden Sun Marketing promotes two
Golden Sun Marketing, based in Minnetrista, MN, announced two internal promotions on Sept. 14. Jennifer Velasquez and Paj Ann Herr, previously marketing managers, have both been appointed to senior marketing managers to position the company for continued growth.Jennifer Velasquez Velasquez has been with the company since August 2011 and Herr joined in November 2011.Paj Ann Herr Both Velasquez and Herr have played integral roles in developing effective marketing... Read more
Generation Next: John Stenderup of C.H. Robinson  on the ascent in more ways than one
Twenty-nine-year-old John Stenderup grew up on a farm in Arvin, CA, earned a degree in international agricultural business from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and found a dream job with C.H. Robinson right out of college. Today he is effusive about the roads he has traveled and the opportunities they have afforded him. But when asked about his career, he states there are a lot of mountains to climb and he’s just not sure what direction he’ll go.Kent and John Stenderup... Read more
Gregg Nuessly, who has served as interim director of the University of Florida’s Everglades Research & Education Center in Belle Glade, FL, since November 2013, has now been named to that post permanently. “Gregg is an accomplished researcher in serving the industry in southeast Florida and has done an exceptional job as the interim director,” said Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida. Nuessly... Read more
Mann adds two employees to its team
Mann Packing announced the hire of two new employees to its sales and marketing department on Sept. 9. GABRIEL GONZALEZ filled a newly created position as data systems specialist for sales operations, reporting to Craig Grantham, director of sales operations. In this new role, Gonzalez will support Mann’s business through product information management, data governance, category management, and data analytics. Gabriel Gonzalez Kane Palacios He will also be responsible... Read more
Jimmy Nardelli living out his childhood dream by working in the family business
Jimmy Nardelli was just knee-high to a grasshopper, as the saying goes, but he already knew the career path he would take as an adult. Hanging around the company’s farm, Nardelli Lakeview Farms in Cedarville, NJ, with his father, Bill Nardelli, company president, and his grandfather, James Nardelli, Jimmy Nardelli knew from a very early age that he wanted to be a farmer. “I started working in the company when I was 16, during weekends and during school recesses,”... Read more
Natalia Gamarra Joins PMA as global business development manager
Natalia Gamarra joined the Produce Marketing Association Aug. 3 as the new global business development manager. Gamarra holds eight years of international business experience and possesses proficiency in several languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Her knowledge and impressive background will be essential to her new role at PMA, a global fresh produce and floral association with members from more than 45 countries.Natalia Gamarra As the... Read more
Limex Sicar expands sales team
Limex Sicar & Ltd Co., a Colima, Mexico-based grower, packer and shipper of fruit and greenhouse commodities, announced that Dan Edmeier and Eduardo Herbst have joined its staff. Now vice president of sales, Edmeier will manage the company’s tomato program and sales operations based in Mission, TX. He brings over 32 years of leadership experience to his new position at Limex.Dan Edmeier and Eduardo Herbst. Edmeier has served in previous strategic sales and... Read more
Adam Brohimer joins Category Partners as vice president
Adam Brohimer, a seasoned retail produce marketing executive, has joined Category Partners LLC of Aurora, CO, as vice president. Most recently, Brohimer had been vice president of Fusion Marketing, and prior to Fusion he was an account manager for the Perishables Group Inc. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Adam at his previous position, and more recently competed against him,” Mac Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Category Partners,... Read more
Erin Meder to join Capespan North America
Capespan North America announced that on Sept. 28, Erin Meder will join the company in the position of sales and category director for grapes. In this position, Meder will lead Capespan North America’s table grape sales and marketing effort for imported grapes from Peru, Brazil, Chile, South Africa and Mexico as well as its domestic California table grape program. Meder has been in the business of fresh produce sales and marketing for over 20 years and... Read more
Oppy strengthens Canadian sales
Produce industry veteran Todd Plaxton joined Oppy’s Calgary sales team in July, bringing more than 10 years of fresh produce experience and about three decades of expertise in food marketing and distribution to his sales representative role. Plaxton came to the produce industry in 2003, following a dozen years in sales for Nestle Canada Inc. and the previous eight years with his family’s company, Prairie Brokers Ltd., both in Saskatoon, SK.Todd Plaxton Plaxton... Read more