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Mann Packing adds industry veteran to sales team
Mann Packing recently hired Julie Bowman as the company’s Eastern regional sales manager. She most recently was senior director of private label for Pinnacle Foods, and prior to that she spent more than 20 years in multiple sales and marketing roles at Campbell Soup Co. She is based in New Jersey and reports to Jeff Freeman, vice president of retail sales. “Julie is an accomplished sales and marketing leader with an extensive food Industry background,” Freeman... Read more
Walmart Stores Inc. announced that Judith McKenna has been promoted to chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. McKenna succeeds Gisel Ruiz, who has been appointed executive vice president of Walmart’s International people division. McKenna will assume her responsibilities immediately and will continue to report directly to Greg Foran, Walmart U.S. president and chief executive officer. Ruiz will also assume her responsibilities immediately and will report... Read more
WPVGA appoints executive director
The board of directors of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association named Tamas Houlihan as its executive director. Houlihan has been serving as interim executive director since August of 2014. WPVGA President Larry Alsum of Alsum Farms & Produce said he is pleased to have Houlihan assume the association’s leadership role.Tamas Houlihan “I’m very excited about the future of the WPVGA under the leadership of Tamas Houlihan,” Alsum said in a press... Read more
Maglio & Co. announces addition to sales team
Maglio & Co. has announced the addition of Chris Warosh as its Midwest regional sales manager. For more than 25 years, Warosh has been working in the produce industry, accumulating extensive experience within the foodservice, wholesale and retail sectors. Warosh has a proven track record of establishing and managing strategic partnerships and has held several management positions with Sysco Corp. and US Foods. “Joining Maglio provides me with the opportunity... Read more
Fresno, CA-based Summit Produce recently hired Nolan Quinn as its commercial manager. In his new role, Quinn will focus on developing and managing programs from Summit’s parent company, Gesex,  a grower of premium Chilean stone fruit, grapes, kiwi and citrus. Quinn will connect with Summit’s existing partners while forging new relationships with potential partners. Prior to joining Summit, Quinn worked at Oppenheimer for 19 years, most recently serving as... Read more
AllFresh GPS, the committed group of Michigan apple growers based in Comstock, MI, announced industry veteran Ed Klein as its new sales manager on Nov. 12. Prior to joining AllFresh, Klein was director of sales for Fresh Express (Chiquita) where he worked with retail and distribution partners to build consumer-focused apple programs. Klein began his grocery career with Stouffer Frozen Foods in 1989. He then transitioned to fresh produce with the Chicago company... Read more
Sales veteran Ross Verner has joined Bancroft, WI-based RPE as vice president of sales. In his new role, Verner will oversee the operations of all RPE offices and ensure continuity between the sales offices in Wisconsin, Idaho and Colorado. He will report to Gary Hansen, senior vice president of sales and operations. Verner comes to RPE from Topco Associates LLC, where he served as the director of produce program management, prior to serving as the director of... Read more
Crunch Pak promotes Krista Jones
Crunch Pak has promoted Krista Jones to director of brand marketing and product innovation.   “Krista is an integral part of our marketing program and her role and responsibilities have expanded tremendously since she joined us three years ago,” Tony Freytag, senior vice president of sales and marketing, said in a press release. In her new role, Jones will continue to manage marketing activities, including advertising, public relations, special events and... Read more
The Andrew Smith Co., based in Salinas, CA, announced the addition of industry veteran Dudley Brinan to its sales and customer service department on Nov. 24. Brinan brings over 20 years of experience to his new position as sales and outside procurement manager at the company. “Maximizing efficiency and minimizing customer logistics is my mission,” he said in a company press release. “With freight rates going higher, when you can save the customer multiple stops... Read more
New Jersey Agricultural Society elects officers and board trustees
The New Jersey Agricultural Society has elected new officers plus six trustees to its board. Jerry Verrico of KMT Brrr is the new president; Jack Gallagher, a former chief of operations at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture who is now retired, is the new vice president; and Judi Marino, an owner of Sun Valley Orchards, is the new secretary. Steve Makarevich, branch manager at the Flemington, NJ, office of Farm Credit East, continues as treasurer.Jerry Verrico The... Read more
Guillermo Martinez joins Kingdom Fresh Farms management team
Kingdom Fresh Farms, based in Donna, TX, announced Guillermo (Willy) Martinez as the newest member of its management team on Nov. 24. He will assume his new position as general manager on Dec. 1 and will report to Chief Executive Officer Alberto Gonzalez. Before joining Kingdom Fresh Farms, Martinez worked in a variety of management and supervisory roles in the produce and retail industry, serving most recently as a general manager for Del Campo Supreme. He also... Read more
The United Fresh Produce Association has hired Mary Coppola as its senior director of marketing communications, effective Nov. 24. Coppola will lead the association’s member communications and marketing functions, filling the position formerly held by Ray Gilmer. Coppola was most recently director of marketing and creative services at the Healthcare Distribution Management Association based in Arlington, VA, where she oversaw communication and marketing functions... Read more
Whole Foods names Bill Jordan its Rocky Mountain region president
Whole Foods Market has named Bill Jordan its president of the Rocky Mountain region, effective immediately. “Bill has been an incredible asset to Whole Foods Market for many years, and we’re so glad that he is now leading our Rocky Mountain region,” David Lannon, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market, said in a press release. “He’s the embodiment of everything a Whole Foods Market team member should be, and we know he’ll do a great job growing... Read more
Gabe Reyes joins Awe Sum Organics
Santa Cruz, CA-based Awe Sum Organics announced the addition of Gabe Reyes to its team. In his newly created role as financial controller, Reyes will manage all accounting and financial activities, and develop procedures to position Awe Sum for continued growth. “I’ve worked in organics for years and look forward to getting back into the organic industry,” Reyes said in a company press release. “I’m excited to be a part of the Awe Sum team as we continue to grow... Read more
Holtzinger Fruit Co. hires Paul Montmeny
Yakima, WA-based Holtzinger Fruit Co. recently welcomed retail and produce sales veteran Paul Montmeny to its team as sales manager. Montmeny brings over 25 years of experience in the apple/berry industry to Holtzinger. He has a diverse background of experience in marketing and selling apples, with successes in international and domestic program development. “Paul approaches the marketing of Washington state apples with a sense of urgency and intensity that is... Read more
Gourmet Trading hires Paul Mortanian
Gourmet Trading Co., a year-round distributor of fresh asparagus and blueberries, has hired Paul Mortanian as its newest salesperson. “Paul’s drive and enthusiasm make him an excellent addition to our team here at Gourmet Trading Co.," Kristen Francisco, Gourmet Trading Co.'s vice president of sales and marketing, said in a press release. "His background in operations makes him a well-rounded employee who fully understands the business.” Mortanian grew up in the... Read more
Full Tilt Marketing, based in Cedarburg, WI, announced the hire of Kristin Ziegelbauer as a marketing assistant. In her new role, Ziegelbauer will coordinate marketing projects, assist and develop social media campaigns and capture new digital technologies including video to enhance engagement. “Kristin is fresh out of college and brings a youthful vision,” said Melinda Goodman, managing partner at Full Tilt Marketing. “With a videography and social media background,... Read more
Columbia Marketing International announced the appointment of Shane Marston to the sales team, effective Nov. 10. Marston has accumulated over 20 years of experience in the produce industry specializing in retail, management, buying, and most recently selling produce. As the director of sales for the progressive produce NW Division, Shane handled over 70 percent of yearly sales. Prior to Progressive Produce, Marston was the produce director for Unified Grocers... Read more
Pear Bureau Northwest hires Kathy Stephenson as marketing communications director
Pear Bureau Northwest has hired Kathy Stephenson as the company's marketing communications director. Stephenson brings over 25 years of food experience in marketing communications and product development to the Pear Bureau Northwest team. Most recently, she provided marketing and advertising management support to her food clients, including Oregon Fruit Products LLC and Brucepac Inc. Her marketing experience stretches across consumer, trade and foodservice segments... Read more
Agriculture Secretary Tom J. Vilsack has appointed six members to serve the National Mango Board. The appointees include four new members and two returning members, who will serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1 and ending Dec. 31, 2017. The new board members are domestic producer Philip W. Barton of Pescadero, CA, along with importers Greg Golden of Mullica, NJ, Michael Shawn Allen of Sugar Land, TX, and Joella Shiba of San Diego, CA. Also appointed were foreign... Read more