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Howard Nager joins Progressive Produce as VP of business development and marketing
Progressive Produce has hired Howard Nager as its vice president of business development and marketing.  “We are excited to have someone of Howard Nager’s caliber and experience joining the company," said Marty Kamer, president of Progressive Produce. "Howard is an excellent fit with Progressive’s core values. He is an excellent collaborator and has remained customer focused throughout his career in fresh produce. His leadership will play a significant role... Read more
EHY names new creative chief
EvansHardy+Young, a Santa Barbara, CA-based marketing communications agency rooted in the food, restaurant, wine and spirit, and casino categories, has announced KT Thayer as its new chief creative officer. Thayer is joining the agency following the retirement of longtime agency partner and Executive Creative Director Scott Young. “KT has an outstanding track record of success in creating breakthrough solutions that build brands and achieve client KPI’s,” said... Read more
Hudson River Fruit Distributors celebrates addition of fifth generation
On July 24, Milton, NY-based Hudson River Fruit Distributors welcomed its fifth-generation family member when fourth-generation Alisha Albinder-Camac and her husband, Jesse Camac, welcomed their son, Cayden Joseph Camac, into the world. The infant arrived weighing eight-pounds, six-ounces. A photo announcing his birth came with the quote, “The Cutest Apple in the Orchards” printed on his onesie baby outfit. Hudson River Fruit distributed two-million boxes of apples... Read more
Sales leadership changing at Lone Star Citrus Growers
Trent Bishop, vice president of sales and sales manager, will be transitioning out of his roles at Lone Star Citrus Growers. “I have enjoyed my time here at Lone Star Citrus, and I look forward to watching their future growth and continued success,” said Bishop. “Trent will be pursuing a new opportunity in produce, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Our friendship remains undiminished, and we’re thankful that he has been a part of the Lone Star... Read more
Onions Etc. and Modi Apple USA, divisions of JJB Farms, have announced Bob Freeman as director of sales. With more than 18 years of experience managing produce accounts throughout the United States, Freeman has a solid background managing retail and wholesale clients. Freeman's extensive professional background includes management positions with Yorkshire Foods (Del Monte Dried Fruit), Mariani Packing, Fresh Gourmet and most recently Fresh Express. He is an established... Read more
Allen Lund's Scott Fletcher joins TIPA board of directors
The Texas International Produce Association announced that Scott Fletcher has joined TIPA's board of directors. Fletcher joined the Allen Lund Co. in 2008 as manager of the Dallas office and has been working on building the ALC presence in Texas for over 11 years. "I'm excited and looking forward to working with Dante Galeazzi and the team in any way that will grow Texas as a top choice for fresh produce both within Texas and internationally," said Fletcher. Fletcher... Read more
Sunkist names Cassie Howard director of category management
Every citrus variety has a story to tell, from the groves to the grocery store, and Sunkist Growers is translating that story into strategy for its partners nationwide. As the leader in category management solutions in the citrus space, the cooperative recently announced the promotion of Cassie Howard to director of category management. “Cassie has been a key player in developing fact-based business solutions for our retail and foodservice partners,” said Christian... Read more
Former independent grocer, current NGA exec to take reins
Following an extensive national search, the National Grocers Association board of directors has appointed Greg Ferrara as the next president and chief executive officer of the NGA, effective Sept. 1. Ferrara succeeds Peter Larkin, who announced in the fall of 2018 his retirement. “As a former independent grocer, Greg’s passion for our industry is second to none and his leadership over the years as NGA’s chief lobbyist, among other roles, has prepared him well to... Read more
Good Foods expands marketing team
Good Foods has hired Maria Nakasone as brand manager. With more than 15 years of experience in brand and category management, Nakasone will bring added efficiency and creative perspective to the Good Foods team. Nakasone’s extensive professional background includes having established herself as a dynamic leader with deep understanding of product and brand development, launch strategy, marketing and merchandising. She prioritizes education and collaboration to best... Read more
Ocean Mist Farms hires new VP of production
Ocean Mist Farms hired Paul Scheid as vice president of production for Ocean Mist Farms. Scheid will work closely with Jeff Percy, vice president of production South, on year-round supply for both the Ocean Mist Farms and Ocean Mist Organic brands. He will manage and coordinate the supply of conventional and organic produce for the Salinas Valley, Huron and Oxnard production regions in California.  Scheid joins Ocean Mist Farms with over 25 years of farming... Read more
C&S exec announces retirement
Asad Husain, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, will retire from C&S, effective Dec. 31. The company said Husain has been an important member of the executive leadership team at C&S, driving numerous people and culture initiatives. Within the HR organization, Husain has transformed the function into a best-practice model. Husain joined C&S from Big Hearts Pet Brands (formerly Del Monte Foods Pet Products),... Read more
NatureFresh Farms introduces new procurement manager
Paul Hulsbos has joined NatureFresh Farms' sales team as procurement manager based in Mexico. With over 21 years of experience in the agriculture industry, Hulsbos will be taking on the role of procurement manager at NatureFresh Farms in Mexico. Among his new responsibilities, Hulsbos will be aligning growers to support NatureFresh Farms winter programs as well as set up yearly commitments. Originally from the Netherlands, Hulsbos began his career in agriculture... Read more
Organically Grown Co. welcomes new innovative leadership
Northwest-based organic produce distributor Organically Grown Company has recently promoted Mike Boyle to vice president of sales and sourcing and welcomed Bryce White as vice president of business operations.Mike Boyle Boyle brings an exceptionally strong and diverse background in produce retail, wholesale distribution, commodity procurement, sales and team leadership. He joined OGC in 2013 and has served in multiple roles, most recently as the director of sales... Read more
Executive Chef Christopher Vacca joining Ocean Mist Farms at PMA Foodservice
Ocean Mist Farms, premier grower of fresh artichokes and over 30 other vegetable varieties, is bringing Executive Chef Christopher Vacca of the renowned Hyatt Carmel Highlands to this year’s PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo where he will prepare and sample Tuscan Style Braised Baby Artichokes. Chef Christopher has extensive experience in the restaurant industry as a culinary consultant, menu developer, owner and executive chef. He has served in a wide variety... Read more
Reusable Packaging Association introduces new leadership team
The Reusable Packaging Association announced that Michael Wasson, chief operating officer of Tosca, is the new chairman of the board of directors. The RPA board appointed Wasson to the role of chairman following his service to the organization as vice chairman. Wasson first joined the RPA board in 2018 and was appointed secretary-treasurer of the association later that year. He chaired the RPA’s Operations & Logistics Committee in 2017.Michael Wasson Wasson’s... Read more
United Fresh promotes Griffin to VP of education and program management
The United Fresh Produce Association has promoted Amanda Griffin to vice president of education and program management. Griffin joined the association in the fall of 2013 to support the organization’s meetings and member programs. “Amanda has proved herself a dedicated leader, creative advocate for enhancing our programs, and committed organizer who sweats the small details while understanding the big picture,” said Tom Stenzel, president and chief executive officer... Read more
Fox Packaging adds business development manager
Fox Packaging, an industry leader in packaging innovation based in McAllen, TX, announced that it has hired Jasper Trujillo as business development manager. Trujillo joins the Fox Packaging team with a background in economics and business consulting where he helped to create standard operating procedures and measured competitive analyses for previous clients. In his new role, he will be responsible for the development of an effective marketing and sales strategy... Read more
New hire strengthens Seven Seas' California exports
Seven Seas, a grower, shipper and importer/exporter of a variety of produce grown in the United States, South America, South Africa, Mexico and the Caribbean, has added Steve Kim as an account manager in its Visalia, CA, office. Kim brings nine years of perishable logistics and Asia market trading experience to the Seven Seas team. Kim, born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Salinas, CA, was first introduced to the produce industry during his time of service... Read more
Former Sysco exec named CEO of Brighter Bites
Brighter Bites, a nonprofit organization that is changing behavior among children and their families to prevent obesity and achieve long-term health, announced that Rich Dachman is the Houston, TX-based nonprofit’s new chief executive officer.   Dachman comes to Brighter Bites with more than 40 years of experience in the produce industry, 28 of them at Sysco, one of the world’s largest broadline food distributors. Dachman retired from Sysco last month as vice... Read more
River Fresh expansion continues as David Martinez joins leadership team
Veteran produce industry sales executive David Martinez has joined River Fresh Farms as senior vice president of business development. "I’ve known and admired Dave for most of the more than 25 years he’s been leading produce sales and executive teams in the Salinas Valley," said Vince Ballesteros, River Fresh chief executive officer and founder. "We’re thrilled to now have his experience, energy and customer relationship focus on the River Fresh team." Since 2011,... Read more