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The New Jersey Agricultural Society announced July 20 its newly enhanced team to launch the 10th class of its New Jersey Agricultural Leadership Development Program in November. The society welcomes two new staff members from the agricultural community to direct and implement the program, and deliver what is expected to be the most dynamic program yet. Jennifer Matthews, of Cape May Court House in Cape May County, will serve as the new program director, and Kurt... Read more
Recognition: Longtime Tom Lange executive Bruce Rubin retiring this summer
A long career with Tom Lange Co. is coming to an end this summer for Bruce Rubin, who will retire from Tom Lange Co. at the end of August. Rubin, who was born, raised and has always worked in St. Louis, was hired by company founder Tom Lange on Dec. 19, 1966 as Lange was just building his company from the headquarters in Springfield, IL, and the branch office in St. Louis.  Bruce Rubin At the Tom Lange Co.’s 25th annual Charity Classic golf outing on June... Read more
Locus Traxx Worldwide names two new executives
Locus Traxx Worldwide has named two new vice presidents. The company promoted Ray Hoffman to vice president of operations and logistics, and Lorraine Woods to vice president of finance, accounting and human resources. “In the years that I have had the pleasure to know and work with Ray, he has always exhibited innovative ideas and a tireless work ethic," David Benjamin, chief executive officer and president, said in a press release.Ray Hoffman "Last year Ray... Read more
Braga Fresh adds Joe Pulido to farming and harvesting operations
Braga Fresh Family Farms has hired Joe Pulido as farming and harvesting manager.  The most recent addition to its expanding team of produce veterans, Pulido will be overseeing planting, farming and harvesting of more than 30 premium-quality organic vegetables growing on geographically diverse ranches Braga Fresh owns or controls from the Salinas Valley throughout California and into western Arizona.Joe Pulido Prior to joining Braga Fresh, Pulido worked at... Read more
Keefer retires from the port of Wilmington
WILMINGTON, DE — Tom Keefer retired June 30 as the deputy executive director of the port of Wilmington, DE. Keefer, age 67, started in his position in June 2002. He retired from the U.S. Navy reserves as a commander in 1990. He was on active duty in the Navy from 1970 until 1980, when he was a lieutenant commander. He was involved in business management prior to taking the port position.Tom Keefer After relaxing through the remainder of this summer, Keefer plans... Read more
Kurt Reichert promoted at Western  Fumigation
Kurt Reichert has been promoted to director of fumigation for Western Fumigation, which is headquartered in Parsippany, NJ. Western Fumigation is one of the major fruit fumigators serving the ports of the Delaware River.Kurt Reichert Reichert has been with Western for 25 years. He started with the company as a technician. He said he is the first person in the company to have made such an internal rise in the ranks. In addition to the fumigation division, Western... Read more
Ed Fitzgerald, the assistant vice president of OHL International, has been elected as president of the Fresh Produce Import Alliance, which is a “virtual group” of importers and customs brokers who are mostly on the Atlantic seaboard. The alliance was formed in 2012. “My responsibility is to be on the forefront in communication with U.S. Customs, USDA and FDA,” Fitzgerald said. Read more
Locus Traxx Worldwide has announced the promotion of Juliette (Jules) Giles to inside sales manager for North America. “Juliette stood out to us for her ability to manage the day-to-day challenges in the sales department while helping us drive the incredible growth of our company,” Michelle Korte, senior vice president of sales for North America, said in a press release. ”Her sales experience and her knowledge of the industry make her a valuable resource for... Read more
Henry Dill elected chairman of the board for Grower-Shipper Association of Central Coast
Henry Dill, sales manager at Pacific International Marketing, has been elected chairman of the board at The Grower-Shipper Association of Central Coast. Dill replaces Ernie Farley of Andrew & Williams, who served as the 2014-15 chairman of the board and who will continue to serve as the board’s immediate past chair. Dill has been in the produce industry for more than 36 years, joining the Grower-Shipper Association in 2012. In addition to being the... Read more
Noel Barboe has joined Allegiance Retail Services as the produce department category manager. He will report directly to Vic Savanello, director of produce and floral at Allegiance. Barboe, a longtime industry veteran, brings to Allegiance a level of skill and accomplishment acquired over his 20 years of experience at the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Inc. He began his career as an inventory control and systems manager and moved to grocery buyer. His most... Read more
In early June, Patricia Foss-Bennie was appointed as the new president of the American Mushroom Institute. She joined the organization in November as executive director. Former AMI president Laura Phelps has transitioned to managing AMI’s legislative and regulatory issues as a consultant based at the Washington, DC, law firm McLeod, Watkinson & Miller. "This is an amazing organization that has accomplished so much under Laura’s leadership," Foss-Bennie said... Read more
CFFA's Marcy Martin named to U.S. agricultural committee
Marcy Martin, California Fresh Fruit Association director of trade, has been appointed to the U.S. Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Fruits & Vegetables. Martin will serve until June 15, 2019. “USDA and [United States Trade Representative] rely on the individuals who serve on these committees to provide their expert advice on U.S. trade policy and priorities,” U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a press release.Marcy... Read more
Vicki Lynn Sbrocco was 64
Vicki Lynn Sbrocco, who was married to Harold Sbrocco for almost 18 years, died July 4 at home, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Ms. Sbrocco, who fought a long battle with brain cancer, was 64 years old and a resident of Voorhees, NJ. A funeral mass was held Tuesday, July 7, at St. Andrews the Apostle Church in Gibbsboro, NJ. Ms. Sbrocco and her husband would have celebrated their 18th anniversary this Aug. 10. Her survivors include her husband, Harold,... Read more
Del Campo expands sales team
Javier Gonzalez has rejoined Del Campo's sales team, where he resumed his role as sales representative. His expertise is in tomatoes and Bell peppers sales. Gonzalez previously worked at Del Campo for over three years. He will be working out of the Nogales, AZ, facility. “We are pleased to have Javier back at Del Campo and believe he will be a great addition to our current sales force," Diego Ley, general manager of Del Campo Supreme, said in a press release.... Read more
Vision Produce promotes Caldwell and Nichols
Vision Produce Co. has promoted John Caldwell to Arizona division manager/vice president and Lance Nichols to Phoenix sales manager. Caldwell had been vice president of sales-Arizona. "John will be instrumental in growing our f.o.b. Nogales sales business as we expand into additional grower direct deals," the company said in a press release.John Caldwell "He will be partnering with Allan Acosta, vice president of operations, as we seek additional grower partners... Read more
Muzzi Family Farms welcomes new members to its sales team
Muzzi Family Farms, headquartered in Salinas, CA, has added three new members to its sales team: Tom Cornwell, Lauren Martinez and Jill Lenz. Cornwell, a Salinas Valley native, has been in the produce business for 25 years and has held various positions throughout his career and is now handling some of Muzzi’s Fresh sales.Cornwell Starting out as a field inspector, his past job titles include purchasing manager for Markon, a buyer for Pro-Act, and sales and... Read more
Allegiance Retail Services names two senior-level managers
Iselin, NJ-based Allegiance Retail Services announced June 22 the appointment of two senior-level managers. Michael Conese has been appointed to vice president-center store. In his new role, Conese will oversee and direct all merchandising, procurement and assortment activities in the grocery, dairy and frozen food departments at Allegiance.Michael Conese Prior to joining Allegiance, Conese served for the past seven years in various management roles at Fairway... Read more
Church Bros. hires Alejandro Tomas-Callejas
Salinas, CA-based Church Bros., a grower-processor-shipper of more than 500 fresh vegetable SKUs, announced the hire of Alejandro Tomas-Callejas. In his new role as research and development manager, Tomas-Callejas will report to Kori Tuggle, vice president of marketing. His responsibilities will include driving product innovation and process development. Prior to joining Church Bros., Tomas-Callejas was a principal research scientist at Chiquita/Fresh Express,... Read more
Potandon Produce adds two to staff
Idaho Falls, ID-based Potandon Produce LLC, a fresh potato marketing company, announced the addition of Rachel Anderson to its sales department and Gabe Boldt to its operations department. Anderson comes to Potandon with more than 17 years of industry experience in packing, shipping, production and sales.Rachel Anderson Prior to joining the company, she worked in sales for SunRiver of Idaho. Anderson will be working in American Falls, ID, for an extended time but... Read more
Ocean Mist Farms, based in Castroville, CA, announced the hire of two employees. Jonelle Wong is now operations controller, bringing to Ocean Mist Farms more than 15 years of accounting, financial and administration experience related to agricultural operations and foodservice. She was most recently the controller at Danna Farms Inc. in Plumas Lake, CA. Gladys Valenzuela-Corzo is the new human resources director at Ocean Mist Farms. Valenzuela-Corzo previously... Read more