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FiveStar Gourmet Foods continues expansion into retail
FiveStar Gourmet Foods, producers of the Simply Fresh brand, announced the addition of Kate Brooks as vice president of sales-East. Brooks will report to Kristyn Lawson, who was recently named senior vice president of sales. In her new position, Brooks will be responsible for developing strategic sales plans and programs in collaboration with customer partners. She will promote revenue growth and exceed customer satisfaction and ultimately help customers provide... Read more
CPMA announces 2019-20 board of directors
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association announced its board of directors for 2019-20. Elections took place last week, during the 2019 CPMA Annual General Meeting, happening concurrently with the 2019 CPMA Convention & Trade Show. The CPMA board of directors represents a wealth of industry talent from across all stages of the supply chain. The following directors were elected to the CPMA Board of Directors: Joe Sbrocchi, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Raffi... Read more
Wendy McManus bringing unique perspective to PMA’s Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference
Good leaders employ a diverse set of skills, including coaching, mentoring and training. Knowing when to use each of these for the greatest impact can take their leadership prowess to the next level. Wendy McManus is bringing her unique perspective on this topic to the Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference speaker lineup. Her session, “Amplify Your Impact -- Add Coaching Skills to Your Leadership Toolbox,” will clear the fog about how to employ coaching skills... Read more
Good FoodsGroup, based in Pleasant Prairie, WI, announced the hiring of Jay Guzman as its new key account manager. Drawing on more than ten years of experience in business development leadership roles, Guzman will offer new vision and insight for the Good Foods team. Most recently, Guzman was vice president of business development for the Fresh Produce & Floral Council. Prior to that, he was an account executive at The Packer. As part of the Good Foods team,... Read more
Good Foods adds new key account manager
Good Foods Group, based in Pleasant Prairie, WI, announced the hiring of Jay Guzman as its new key account manager. Drawing on more than ten years of experience in business development leadership roles, Guzman will offer new vision and insight for the Good Foods team.  Most recently, Guzman was vice president of business development for the Fresh Produce & Floral Council. Prior to that, he was an account executive at The Packer. As part of the Good Foods... Read more
Blue Apron names new president and CEO
Blue Apron Holdings Inc. has appointed Linda Findley Kozlowski as president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors, effective April 8. Kozlowski brings a proven record of success at innovative, consumer-focused companies, having most recently served as chief operating officer of Etsy Inc. and prior to that as COO of Evernote Corp. Brad Dickerson, who joined Blue Apron as chief financial officer in February 2016 and was appointed as president,... Read more
Renaissance Food Group announces retirement of Phil Fendyan
Renaissance Food Group has announced senior vice president of produce sales, Phil Fendyan, will retire in April, after more than 15 years with the company. During his tenure with RFG, Fendyan worked as vice president of sales and marketing before being promoted to his most recent position, senior vice president of sales, produce. He was instrumental in establishing and growing RFG’s customer base and has influenced many successful product line creations and evolutions.Phil... Read more
Applewood Fresh Growers hires new director of business development
Applewood Fresh Growers LLC, a grower, packer, shipper and marketer of Michigan apples, announced that produce expert Brian Coates has joined its growing team as director of business development. Prior to joining Applewood Fresh, Coates spent over 36 years working for some of the largest companies within the produce industry, working in procurement, business development and most recently sales and marketing. For over 32 years he served various roles with Meijer.... Read more
Naturipe Farms has announced the appointment of Janis McIntosh as director of marketing innovation and sustainability. In her new role, McIntosh will be responsible for overseeing Naturipe’s ongoing and future sustainability initiatives, including its Cultivate with Care program, which she helped develop.  A 14-year Naturipe veteran, McIntosh’s expertise in the design and development of innovative and sustainable packaging made her a clear fit to take on this... Read more
The Apprentice committee and the board of directors of the Fresh Produce & Floral Council selected participants for the 2019 FPFC Apprentice Program. They are: Julie Boland, Bonduelle Fresh Americas, home of Ready Pac Destiny Dulaney, Sunkist Growers Inc. Jeffrey Fish, Western Mixers Produce & Nuts Inc. Jessica Garcia, Veg Fresh Farms Briana Giampaoli, Live Oak Farms Denise Gonzalez, Charlie’s Produce Esmeralda Mejia, Westlake Produce Co. Jose... Read more
NJ Peach Promotion Council names three new directors
The New Jersey Peach Promotion Council named Erica Shiles, Bonnie Lundblad and Matt Duffield as its new board members.  Shiles is a fourth-generation family farmer on F&R Grasso, in Mullica Hill, purchased in 1953. The farm harvests several peach varieties throughout the season, including white and yellow peaches, white and yellow donut peaches and nectarines, selling them retail at their farm markets. “Our most popular are donut peaches,” said Shiles.... Read more
Tasteful Selections expands corporate team
Tasteful Selections has added Celeste Porter to its team as chief financial officer. In this role, Porter is accountable for the administrative, financial and risk management operations of the company, including development of financial and operational strategies and metrics, enhancement and monitoring of control systems, and reporting of accurate financial results. Porter will directly oversee the accounting, finance, human resources, and information technology... Read more
Jeff Cook joins Misionero as new CFO
Misionero, a leading grower and pioneer in the organic leafy greens category, hired Jeff Cook as its new chief financial officer. Cook brings more than three decades of industry experience and an extensive background in financial management, sales forecasting and risk management. “We are thrilled to have someone of Jeff’s caliber join our team,” said Joe Merenda, president of Misionero. “His deep understanding of the fresh produce industry, alongside his exceptional... Read more
Multivac names Cem Yildirim national sales manager
Cem Yildirim has been named the national sales sanager for MULTIVAC and will spearhead the company’s push into the produce industry. The 26 year veteran with MULTIVAC has held various positions in regional and key account sales of packaging, printing and labelling, inspection and automation systems, as well as U.S. corporate marketing. In 2016, as the market development sales manager, Yildirim began looking deeper into the produce industry and became an active... Read more
Keyes Packaging hires Wolter as VP of sales and marketing
Wenatchee, WA-based Keyes Packaging Group welcomes produce industry veteran Suzanne Wolter as the vice president of sales and marketing. Keyes' core business is serving the apple and pear industries. “Suzanne’s breadth of industry knowledge and extensive relationships will allow for a smooth transition into this executive role focused on our core accounts,” said Ted Kozikowski, chief executive officer of Keyes Packaging Group.  “We are well positioned now... Read more
Crystal Valley Foods has hired Anthony Leombruno as retail sales associate. Leombruno has over 18 years of experience in the produce industry. Most recently he was East Coast Sales Manager at Altar Produce. Going into its 25th year of business, Crystal Valley continues to grow and diversify to meet customer demands and needs. Leombruno will have a role in expanding and developing the company’s growing national retail sales. “I am looking forward to being part... Read more
Monica Johnson joins Bonduelle U.S. leadership team
Bonduelle Fresh Americas, formerly Ready Pac Foods, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bonduelle, recently announced the appointment of Monica Johnson, general counsel, to its executive committee, the business unit’s senior leadership team. Monica JohnsonJohnson joined the company in October 2018 and was appointed to the senior leadership team in January. She is responsible for providing professional legal advice and representation for all legal, regulatory and... Read more
Sunwest Fruit Co. promotes two and hires one
SunWest Fruit Co., a leader in the California citrus and stone fruit industries, has promoted Gino DiBuduo to director of sales and John Senn to senior sales representative. Jared Murray has also joined SunWest’s sale’s team as a sales representative. Jared MurrayDiBuduo joined the company in 2013 bringing with him vast experience in the citrus and stone fruit commodities. He has taken an active role in creating new partnerships with the retail trade in SunWest’s... Read more
Sun Pacific names Dave Medders VP of sales
Sun Pacific has hired citrus veteran, Dave Medders, as its vice president of sales. Medders took on his new role Feb. 25 and will oversee sales for Sun Pacific’s citrus portfolio which includes: Cuties America’s original mandarin brand, Mighties kiwifruit, Sun Pacific navels, Vintage Sweets Heirloom navels, Cara Caras, minneolas and lemons.Dave Medders “Dave has built an impressive track record in the citrus industry over the past 20 years. His vast citrus sales... Read more
California Giant welcomes Helena Beckett to team
California Giant welcomedHelena Beckett sales veteran, Helena Beckett, to its team as retail sales account manager. Beckett’s addition to the staff rounds out the department and strengthens the company’s experienced sales team, said company officials. Beckett has 15 years of sales and category management experience servicing top retailers in the United States. She is working with the retail team led by Nick Chappell, director of retail sales, along with Jonathan... Read more