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Recognition: PACA claims filing champion retires after 40 years at WGA
Tom Oliveri believes he has filed more claims concerning the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act of the U.S. Department of Agriculture than anyone else in history. “Shippers love me; receivers hate me,” he joked, as he guessed that he has filed thousands of claims during his 40 years with Western Growers Association. “Back in the day, we’d open up 30 or 40 cases a month.” For a variety of reasons, the dynamic has changed over the last couple of decades. Currently,... Read more
United Fresh names senior director of government relations
The United Fresh Produce Association hired John Hollay as senior director of government relations. Hollay joins the association staff and the government relations team at United Fresh following successful stints at National Milk Producers Federation and Capitol Hill. “We are very excited that John will be joining our team at United Fresh as I have worked with him for several years now on a number of issues impacting the fresh produce industry,” said Robert Guenther,... Read more
Oppy CEO accepts Canada’s Most Admired Honors
At a gala event in Toronto March 1, one of greater Vancouver’s most-celebrated executives was honored among Canada’s Most Admired CEOs. John Anderson, Oppy’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, was chosen by Waterstone Human Capital and MacKay CEO Forums — leading Canadian executive development firms — from a field of company leaders working throughout Canada. He represents the program’s Enterprise category, for executives of companies that earn annual... Read more
Chuck Yow joins Sbrocco International
Chuck Yow, a veteran of the fresh produce industry with close to 25 years of experience, is now the sales manager at Sbrocco International, a longtime receiver and distributor of imported fruit, headquartered in Mt. Laurel NJ. "We are having a very solid grape season [out of] Chile and Peru," Yow told The Produce News Saturday, March 3, during the Southeast Produce Council's conference and expo in Tampa, FL. "We are starting with our imported apples and pears.... Read more
FullTilt Marketing hires Jodi Hogerton as marketing manager
FullTilt Marketing has hired Jodi Hogerton as marketing manager, focusing on content creation and driving brand engagement for FullTilt Marketing’s client portfolio. “I’ve always been passionate about food, and this position provides the perfect intersection of my talents, passions, and training,” Hogerton said. “I see so much opportunity in sharing food stories and building meaningful connections between consumers, the food we eat, and the people who produce it.... Read more
Eco Farms announces the addition of John Patrick, a multi-year produce veteran and avocado expert, to the Eco Farms sales force. Patrick will be based out of his home in Charlotte, NC, where he will call on retail, foodservice and wholesale accounts generally east of the Mississippi River.  While Patrick will concentrate on selling Eco Farms’ expanding the Mexican avocado program, he will also look for organic California citrus customers, as well as new customers... Read more
Eco Farms announces the addition of John Patrick, a multi-year produce veteran and avocado expert, to the Eco Farms sales force. Patrick will be based out of his home in Charlotte, NC, where he will call on retail, foodservice and wholesale accounts generally east of the Mississippi River.  While Patrick will concentrate on selling Eco Farms’ expanding the Mexican avocado program, he will also look for organic California citrus customers, as well as new customers... Read more
Shuman welcomes Amanda Lott as new marketing coordinator
Shuman Produce has added Amanda Lott as its new marketing coordinator to its Reidsville, GA-based headquarters. Lott joins the organization with seven years of experience in the produce industry, specializing in sweet onion and sweet potato commodities, and offers background in sales and marketing. “Marketing is a key component of our company's focus. With Amanda joining our team, we will continue to bring fresh and innovative programs the industry has come to... Read more
Brittany Vetter joins Good Foods Group as business development manager
Good Foods Group LLC, a manufacturer of its signature Tableside Chunky Guacamole as well as fresh prepared and delicious dips, salads, dressings and cold-pressed juices, announced that Brittany Vetter has been named business development manager, a newly created position. She will report to Kristyn Lawson, vice president of retail sales. Vetter brings an extensive background in retail and fresh value-added foods experience to Good Foods. In her new role, Vetter... Read more
The Wonderful Co. announced that Ryan Bowling will join the company as senior vice president of public relations and corporate communications effective March 5. Bowling will oversee all media relations, executive messaging, nutrition and CSR communications, corporate events and crisis response. In this role, Bowling will also ensure that all business and strategic marketing objectives are met by conceiving and executing engaging public relations campaigns, concepts... Read more
Gunnerson announces NPPGA retirement
Chuck Gunnerson, president of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, announced his upcoming retirement Feb. 20 at the NPPGA Annual Meeting in East Grand Forks, MN. This news was released in Potato Bytes, the newsletter of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association. Eric Halverson, incoming NPPGA board chairman, said Gunnerson would continue in his role as president until the board has found a suitable replacement Gunnerson farmed and operated the... Read more
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