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Okanagan adds to management team as co-founder retires
Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., the developer of nonbrowning Arctic apple varieties, has made several significant hires that will be key to the company’s continued growth.  JF Gamelin joined OSF’s senior management team as director of sales and is responsible for leading sales operations for Arctic apples and ApBitz dried apple snacks. Gamelin’s keen vision to drive sales while strategically aligning with OSF’s innovative product development and rapidly expanding... Read more
Lusk pumpkin expansion brings new staff
A large pumpkin acreage increase over the past several years has led Lusk Onion Co. to expand its sales and marketing staff. Angela Lusk, the daughter-in-law of owner-partner Terry Lusk, is now working on the firm’s sales desk. In the last 10 years, Lusk’s pumpkin acreage has expanded from 240 acres to 1,335 acres. This fall it has added pie pumpkins as well as a few other edible varieties. They are expected to be harvested a few days after Halloween. Lusk Onion... Read more
Pete’s Living Greens names new president
Pete’s Living Greens, a leading grower of hydroponically grown greenhouse lettuce and leafy greens, announced Brian Cook as its new president. “I feel very blessed and excited about this new opportunity. I hold our board members in high regard, so to get the nod from them was very humbling,” said Cook. “We have a wonderful team dedicated to giving consumers what they want. Pair that with great partners in the sales channels we serve, and the future is bright for... Read more
Honeybear Brands selects Pazazz brand manager
Honeybear Brands has appointed the company’s first Pazazz-specific brand manager, following runaway sales success of the variety across North American retailers. Kristi Harris, a produce industry veteran, joins the company’s Eden Prairie, MN-based marketing team, effective immediately. “Sales of Pazazz grew by around 300 percent in the 2017-2018 sales season,” said Don Roper, vice president, sales and marketing for Honeybear Brands. “As a brand we’re entering more... Read more
Produce for Better Health Foundation's new chair of the board
Produce for Better Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase Americans’ daily consumption of fruits and vegetables for better health, announced Patricia (Trish) Zecca will take over as chair of the board of directors. Zecca leads global nutrition for the Americas business of the Campbell Soup Co. She brings more than 20 years of experience in nutrition science, influencer engagement and consumer education to this role. Zecca and the... Read more
Kayla Dome joins Potatoes USA as a global marketing manager
Potatoes USA has hired Kayla Dome as its staff as a global marketing manager for itss retail sector. Dome comes to Potatoes USA with a background in merchandising and sales. She spent the last several years working in the produce industry for Grimmway Farms where she managed sales and merchandising for the fresh produce category. Most recently she was the regional manager at Grimmway Farms responsible for developing integrated programs in the U.S. and Canada to... Read more
United Fresh Leadership Class 24 kicks off in Ohio
The 12 new members of United Fresh’s Produce Industry Leadership Class 24 kicked off their yearlong program in Ohio this week. Throughout the week, the class has engaged in leadership development opportunities and meetings with industry members throughout different facilities in Ohio, Michigan and Canada, including DNO Inc.; Buurma Farms; Wiers Farm/Dutch Maid Logistics; Holthouse Farms; Detroit Produce Terminal; Fair Food Network; Mucci Farms; Red Sun Farms and... Read more
Sun World promotes three executives in sales, marketing and operations
Grape category leader Sun World International has promoted three executives within the company. Jason Fuller has been promoted to vice president of domestic sales and grower relations, Julie Escobar has been promoted to vice president of international sales and marketing, and Kris Long has been promoted to vice president of operations and technology. “These promotions reflect our commitment to empower our people and accelerate innovation,” Sun World... Read more
Earthbound elevates company veterans to leadership roles
A resurgent Earthbound Farm has named two longtime veterans of the company to lead its sales team. Dave Moore has been named division vice president, west sales, and Glenn Daniels has rejoined the team as division vice president, east sales. Moore and Daniels have dedicated the bulk of their very successful careers to Earthbound Farm, playing key roles in the company’s dynamic growth over the years, as well as the expansion of organic in retail. Moore joined Earthbound... Read more
Castellini Group of Cos. hires two new executives
The Castellini Group of Cos. has announced the addition of two executives critical to the growth strategies of the group. Brian Jenny joins CC Kitchens LLC as vice president and general manager in charge of both plant locations in Sharonville, OH, and Atlanta. He will have total P&L responsibilities including operations and sales.Brian Jenny "We are fortunate to have Brian Jenny become a leader at the Castellini Group of Companies," said Brian Kocher, president... Read more
Moxxy Marketing hires art director and account coordinator
Moxxy Marketing has  Art Director Renée Balducci and Account Coordinator Katianna Tron. "Moxxy is in an exciting stage of growth," said Karen Nardozza, president and chief executive officer of Moxxy. "These two outstanding hires are evidence of that. Renée is an incredible design professional, and she knows the ag industry in a way few other art directors do. Katianna brings contagious energy and creativity to the agency. She has a rare skill set that combines... Read more
Ron Cardey joins Kwik Lok as VP of sales
Kwik Lok Corp. announced that Ron Cardey has joined the company's executive team as the new vice president of sales and marketing.  Cardey is a seasoned leader with a proven track record and more than 30 years of domestic and international experience.  He comes to Kwik Lok from Dakota Blenders LLC, in St. Louis, MO, where, as director of sales, he delivered a growth in sales of nearly 30 percent. In his new position, Cardey will work with Kwik Lok’s... Read more
True Organic Products' new hires to lead R&D
True Organic Products Inc., one of the larger manufacturers of organic fertilizer in the United States, announced that three highly accomplished and respected scientists have joined its technical department, bringing years of experience and research. The research and development department will expand while focusing on assisting customers with their growing needs: troubleshooting issues, customer consultations and answering questions.Mike Menes, vice president of... Read more
Valley Fruit & Produce mourns Art La Londe Jr.
Valley Fruit & Produce Co.'s Arthur Francis La Londe Jr., fondly known as Art, died peacefully on Thursday, July 19, in Miami. He was 92. The son of the late Arthur F. La Londe Sr. and Aurelia La Londe, Mr. La Londe was born June 5, 1926 in Los Angeles. In 1945, at the age of 19, he served in the U.S. Navy. He retired shortly after the end of World War II to attend college and went on to obtain a business degree from Loyola Marymount. As a young boy, he eagerly... Read more
Vincent L. Consalo was 87
Vincent L. Consalo Sr., a longtime member of the fresh produce industry in southern New Jersey, died July 18 of cancer at his home in Landisville, NJ. He was born July 20, 1930, so he died just two days shy of his 88th birthday, his son Bobby Consalo told The Produce News. Mr. Consalo's father, William Consalo Sr., founded Wm. Consalo & Sons Farms in 1927. The founder had four sons: Bill, Augie, Andy and Vincent, all of whom worked at the company. Vincent,... Read more
Mann Packing bolsters operations, foodservice and retail sales staff
Mann Packing Co. has hired Lawrence Henrard, Bob Licker and Jeff Hutterer to the positions of vice president of operations, regional sales manager and regional business manager, respectively. Henrard brings over 15 years of expertise to his new role as vice president of operations. He most recently held the position of commercial director/president for the Morning Star Co., a vertically integrated grower/processor of industrial tomato paste, dice and ingredients.... Read more
Michigan Apple Committee welcomes new staff member
The Michigan Apple Committee welcomed John Woodall as regional manager covering the northern region of the United States. Woodall replaces Mike Bardon, who retired in June. Cam Harrington remains on staff covering the southern region. “John comes to us with a great deal of experience in the retail arena,” said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. “We welcome his energy and enthusiasm, as well as his strong work ethic. I am confident... Read more
Michèle McMillan joins Thomas Fresh
Thomas Fresh is welcoming retail industry veteran Michèle McMillan to the newly created role of director of national accounts as the company continues to expand and evolve. “I am honored and excited to be joining the Thomas Fresh Team as we strive to grow the business across Canada. I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead of me as I embark on the next stage of my career with this great Canadian company,” said McMillan. With 37 years of industry experience,... Read more
New York Apple Sales once again expands its growing team
Glenmont, NY-based New York Apple Sales Inc. continues to grow exponentially. And along with its strong growth it’s having to increase its staff. On July 25, the company proudly announced that Gianna Pennacchia is joining the experienced sales team at the company. Gianna PennacchiaPennacchia earned her Bachelor degree at State University of New York, Plattsburg, majoring in marketing with a minor in graphic design. Her previous positions have included working... Read more
Bonipak promotes longtime employee to director of sales
Bonipak Produce Inc., a California-based, family-owned-and-operated grower and shipper of quality vegetables, promoted Stan Otremba to the role of director of sales. The company said Otremba has been a valued and trusted employee for more than 20 years and brings a unique blend of farming expertise, leadership capabilities and interpersonal skills to his new role. Otremba began his career at Bonipak as a harvesting manager before transitioning into sales. There,... Read more