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Sarah Burns joins T&A as senior manager of organic sales
Veteran organic produce sales pro Sarah Burns is the latest addition to Tanimura & Antle’s growing organic team. She joins the company as senior manager of organic sales. Burns’ deep experience comes from an entire produce career in organic sales, having spent 11 years on the sales team at Earthbound Farm. During her tenure at Earthbound, she developed strong relationships with retail and wholesale accounts in the western United States and Canada. Burns... Read more
SpartanNash has appointed Mark Shamber as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective Sept. 11. Shamber previously served as CFO for United Natural Foods Inc., a specialty and organic food distributor. Following his departure from UNFI at the end of 2015, Shamber has been working as an independent consultant and serving as the vice chairman, board of directors of Day Kimball Healthcare Inc. Earlier in his career, Shamber worked in the audit... Read more
Joe Sbrocchi will assume the general manager role at the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, effective Sept. 18. He has been active in a number of roles in the greenhouse sector for the last eight years. Previously Sbrocchi held management roles with national retailers like Sobeys and Walmart, providing a solid body of work throughout the entire value chain. "We are pleased to have a quality leader join the OGVG at a point where his experience, skills and leadership... Read more
Idaho Potato Commission hires Northeast retail promotion director
Produce industry veteran Dave Rhodes has joined the Idaho Potato Commission as retail promotion director-Northeast, based in Indianapolis, IN. He replaces Ken Tubman, who is retiring after 15 years of service. Rhodes will work with retail produce managers in the northeastern United States and Canada to help drive sales of Idaho potatoes through marketing and promotions, competitive research and point-of-sale materials, in addition to representing the Idaho potato... Read more
Erik Katenkamp has been named vice president of omnichannel and application development. Katenkamp has been instrumental in launching the Publix Delivery online shopping solution, including formalizing Publix’s collaboration with Instacart. In this role, he will focus on the continued development and execution of the company’s omnichannel strategy. “We are proud of the work Erik and his team have accomplished. With dedicated resources, we will... Read more
 Cruickshank’s year at the helm of IOF&VA was one for the books
The 12 months that separated 2016’s and 2017’s Idaho-Oregon Fruit and Vegetable Association’s annual June convention in McCall, ID, might have been just another year for some people, but for the Tiffany Cruickshank, the organization’s president throughout that period, it was time punctuated with a lot of milestones. She was the youngest president to lead the organization, and while she was the second woman president in the history of the... Read more
Albertsons Cos. LLC announced that Kevin Turner, former chief operating officer at Microsoft, has been appointed vice chairman of the board of managers of AB Acquisition LLC, its direct parent, and senior advisor to Bob Miller, chairman and chief executive officer. Turner brings decades of retail and technology experience to his new role with the company, including roles at Walmart and Microsoft. His tenure at Walmart began as a cashier in 1985 and culminated in... Read more
Former TIPA president Bret Erickson joins J&D Produce
Bret Erickson, who resigned as president of the Texas International Produce Association after seeing the group through its third highly successful Viva Fresh Expo, has joined forces with his friend and colleague Jimmy Bassetti, president of J&D Produce in Edinburg, TX, the TIPA chairman who is credited with being the driving force behind the creation of Viva Fresh. Bassetti worked with Erickson at TIPA to create the trade show, which was a platform for North... Read more
Southern Produce Distributors hires marketing director
Southern Produce Distributors Inc., a leading provider of high-quality sweet potatoes based in Faison, NC, has hired Brooke Britt as director of marketing. In her role, Britt will develop and execute marketing strategies as well as oversee promotion and advertising initiatives. She will be based at Southern Produce’s headquarters in Faison, NC. “Southern Produce has a strong family heritage and genuine enthusiasm for pursuing their passion, which immediately... Read more
Nathan Wyrick joins Uesugi Farms as harvest manager
Uesugi Farms, based in Gilroy, CA, announced that Nathan Wyrick has joined the company as harvest manager. Wyrick has an extensive background in all aspects of farming operations, most recently managing the field harvesting activities of a bulk growing operation for a major grower. “Nathan is a fourth-generation farmer, so he understands what it takes to get healthy, flavorful produce to market,” said Pete Aiello, general manager of Uesugi Farms. “Just... Read more
E Foods Inc.'s Manuel Fernandez marks 40 years in produce industry
On July 16, wholesaler and brokerage E Foods Inc., based in Altamonte Springs, FL, celebrated Manuel Fernandez’s 16th anniversary with the company. This year also marks 40 years of service for Fernandez in the produce industry.  During college, Fernandez started working for his father in Puerto Rico at the family produce business, Saturnino Fernandez Inc. There, he began training before eventually taking on roles in sales, management and ownership.... Read more
Crunch Time Apple Growers announced the retirement of Jeffrey Crist from the organization’s board of directors. Crist is the owner and operator of Crist Bros Orchards Inc. in Walden, NY. He is a fourth-generation farmer whose family purchased the original acreage in 1883. Crist operates the farm with his wife, Joy, along with their daughter, Jennifer, and son, Joel. The farm grows apples for the wholesale market on 550 acres of orchard, including 50 acres... Read more
On the eve of Kingdom Fresh’s next tomato season peak, the company named Jaime Garcia as its new general manager. A vet inside Kingdom Fresh, Garcia plans to continue expanding the company’s presence throughout the marketplace as well as its market share. “I am confident Jaime’s leadership will nurture the growth we are looking to have in the upcoming seasons; his market knowledge and industry experience will guide the company in the right... Read more
Produce for Kids has named Lesley Daniels as director of sales and account development where she will oversee retail and vendor partnerships for the organization. Daniels is the newest member of Produce for Kids and brings 13 years of experience with areas of expertise in shopper data, project management, client services, and brand and category management. Daniels experience includes her most-recent position as Own Brands strategic sourcing manager at Giant Eagle... Read more
Tanimura & Antle brings on organic expert
With a focus on assuring organic integrity in its growing organic program, Tanimura & Antle has hired John McKeon as senior manager of organic compliance and sustainability. In this new role, McKeon will direct all compliance activities for the company’s organic program, quality assurance for the company’s organic, commission and consolidation supply chain, research and development for organic materials and new business platforms, customer compliance... Read more
Chris Veillon named to top marketing post at Pure Flavor
Building on consistent year-over-year growth, greenhouse grower and marketer Pure Flavor announced the addition of Chris Veillon to the company’s executive leadership team as chief marketing officer. “As we continue to grow our retail and foodservice business, we needed to strategically evolve our marketing direction to support our premium line of greenhouse vegetables,” said Pure Flavor President Jamie Moracci. “In adding Chris to our executive... Read more
NYAA announces changes to marketing and communications staff
New York Apple Association Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Haskins will direct the association’s activities to market and promote the 2017 New York state apple crop, and has assembled an experienced staff team of both new and familiar faces to assist her. “I am very excited to have our ‘Team 2017’ in place and ready to make the case to retailers, foodservice and consumers alike that New York state is their Big Apple,”... Read more
McGuigan named HAB's director of industry affairs
The Hass Avocado Board has named John B. McGuigan as the new director of industry affairs for the organization. McGuigan has worked with multiple commodities and in various-sized organizations over 30 years, with both domestic and international responsibilities. “Fresh avocado consumption has catapulted in the last decade, and it’s exciting to join an organization whose goals are not only strategic but purpose driven,” McGuigan said in a press... Read more
Keenan Farms names new vice president of sales
Keenan Farms Inc. has welcomed Paul Huckabay as its new vice president of sales. In his role, Huckabay will work to expand domestic and export sales of Keenan pistachios. Huckabay comes to the pistachio industry after serving more than 33 years in fresh produce. Most recently, he worked as a sales manager for Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc. “I look forward to the years of produce experience Paul will bring to the team,” Robert Keenan, president of Keenan... Read more
Chef RJ Harvey has joined Potatoes USA as global foodservice marketing manager, where he will develop and manage the domestic and international marketing programs to increase the demand for U.S. potatoes and potato products with in the fast-growing $845 billion foodservice sector. Harvey is a certified executive chef as well as a registered dietitian/nutritionist who loves to integrate delicious, beautifully presented food that is healthful for the mind, body and... Read more