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Crunch Pak adds Jenni James as business analyst
Crunch Pak, a supplier of fresh sliced apples based in Cashmere, WA, announced the hire of Jenni James as its new business analyst. James comes to Crunch Pak with a wealth of analytic experience. Prior to joining the company, she spent the last few years as a professor of agribusiness at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, where she taught classes as well as managed custom research projects. Before that, she was an assistant professor... Read more
Rio Rico, AZ-based Chucho Produce recently added Omar Sanchez to its sales team. Sanchez has been in the produce industry for seven years. Prior to joining Chucho Produce, he worked for Sandia Distributors. Sanchez resides in Nogales, AZ. Outside of work, he enjoys playing racquetball and basketball, as well as road biking. To announce personnel changes at your company, please contact Assistant Editor Maggie Giuffrida at 201/986-7990, ext. 110 or giuffrida@theproducenews.com.... Read more
Dennis Moleta joins Interrupcion
Brooklyn, NY-based Interrupcion recently announced the hire of Dennis Moleta as senior business development manager, effective Oct. 1. In his new position, Moleta will be responsible for spearheading sales to new clients throughout North America. He will also launch marketing programs for key retail accounts for the company’s entire product line. Moleta brings over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the produce industry to Interrupcion. Before joining... Read more
Jeff Niesz joins Chelan Fresh on sales
Chelan Fresh, based in Chelan, WA, announced the addition of Jeff Niesz to its operation’s sales staff. Niesz, a life-long Washington resident, grew up on a family-owned orchard in the Wapato region. He earned a agriculture and economics degree from Washington State Universtiy and has experience in all phases of tree fruit production, including farming, packing and shipping, retail relations and import/export in both conventional and organic categories. Prior... Read more
Capespan North America, based in Gloucester, NJ, announced the addition of Dan Borboa to its Reedly, CA, team. In his new position as senior sales representative, Borboa will be principally responsible for sales of imported and domestic citrus to Capespan North America’s western and southwestern retail and wholesale customers. He will also have responsibility for sales of other imported and domestic products. “The addition of Dan to our sales team working out... Read more
Freshway Foods drivers inducted into Million Mile Club
Freshway Foods announced that three of the its drivers have been inducted into the company’s Million Mile Club, which recognizes drivers who have achieved 1 million safe driving miles with the company. Freshway drivers John Lawrence, Mike Bradley and Herb Donahue were honored at a celebration event for achieving 1 million safe miles, and each received a custom leather bomber jacket, a die cast model of a Freshway truck, a gift card and an engraved plaque. Herb... Read more
Maglio & Co. announces new director of sales and marketing
Maglio & Co. has announced the addition of Paul Schulz, the new director of sales and marketing who joined the company this month. For more than 25 years Schulz has served the food industry as a top-performing sales and marketing professional. His proven track record includes establishing and managing strategic partnerships. Having held several management positions with Sysco Corp. and Reinhart Food Service, Schulz brings great experience to the Maglio &... Read more
Dan Symms of Symms Fruit dies at 52
Daniel Thomas Symms, director of sales and vice president of Symms Fruit Ranch Inc. in Caldwell, ID, died Oct. 7 following a valiant battle with cancer. He was 52. Mr. Symms was born Nov. 4, 1961, in Helena, MT, the first child of former Idaho Sen. Steven Symms and his wife Frances Stockdale Symms. He grew up on Symms Fruit Ranch, which was founded by his great grandfather 100 years ago, until his father was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1972. His father served... Read more
Chiquita Brands International Inc. announced the appointment of Craig Stephen as senior vice oresident of sales and marketing for Fresh Express. Stephen will have responsibility for Fresh Express sales, marketing and customer service operations, as the company continues to provide expanded category offerings in retail value-added and private label salads. “Craig is highly regarded and respected by all stakeholders across the fresh produce industry,” Brian W. Kocher,... Read more
Delhaize Group announced that Maura Abeln Smith, executive vice president, general counsel and general secretary, will leave the company effective Nov. 1. "I am grateful for Maura's service," Frans Muller, president and chief executive officer of Delhaize Group, said in a press release. "She came to Delhaize Group at a time of transition in leadership. She was committed, worked diligently, and made significant contributions and we wish her well in her future... Read more
Oppy’s Anderson honored with BC CEO Award
When the third annual BC CEO Awards were announced last week, Oppy’s John Anderson was chosen as a recipient. Anderson was selected as the 2014 honoree in the major private company category, with award sponsors Business in Vancouver magazine, Deloitte and MacKay CEO Forums naming him among British Columbia’s highly esteemed company leaders. John AndersonThe BC CEO Award is the latest of many industry and business community honors earned by The Oppenheimer Group’s... Read more
Kingston Fresh hires Sandy Gatanio
Sandy Gatanio has joined the Kingston Fresh team as product manager for specialty vegetables and berries, a new position. With over 35 years experience in fresh produce sales and marketing, his immediate focus will be on establishing these new categories and markets to add to Kingston’s expanding product lines. Gatanio previously held key sales and product management roles at other major produce firms in South Florida, including Fru-Veg Marketing, Southern Specialties... Read more
Market Fresh promotes Shanan Cox to senior director of brand strategy
Nixa, MO-based Market Fresh announced the promotion of Shanan Cox to senior director of brand strategy. In her new position, Cox will be responsible for overseeing all procurement and sourcing activities. She will develop and execute strategies to improve best-in-class procurement outcomes throughout the supply chain. In addition, she will also be responsible for all customer service entities regarding designated national accounts and will implement a consistent... Read more
Holtzinger hires new sales manager
Yakima, WA-based Holtzinger Fruit Co. has hired Paul Montmeny, a retail and produce sales veteran, as its sales manager. Montmeny comes to Holtzinger with more than 25 years in the apple and berry industries. "Paul approaches the marketing of Washington state apples with a sense of urgency and intensity that is unmatched and has an exceptional perspective and understanding on meeting the needs of customers and the requirements of growers," Steve Black, Holtzinger... Read more
Andrea Allen joins Monterey Mushrooms
Watsonville, CA-based Monterey Mushrooms announced the hire of Andrea Allen as Southeast regional sales manager. In her new position, Allen will be responsible for managing fresh mushroom sales with both retail and foodservice customers in the seven states surrounding the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Allen has extensive sales experience and has previously represented produce companies such as Paramount Citrus, Paramount Farms and POM Wonderful. Before joining... Read more
Deardorff Family Farms, based in Oxnard, CA, recently hired Tyler Clear to work alongside Luke Patruno in organic sales. “Our focus for the past two years was on building programs that ensure Deardorff Organics has the highest quality organic vegetables every day,” Patruno said in a press release. “With that now in place, we are scaling our programs to meet our customers’ demand for additional supplies of Deardorff Organics.” Clear is a 2007 graduate of Cal Poly-San... Read more
Generation Next: Ark Foods founder unafraid  to break the mold, pursue his dreams
Always exploring. Constantly curious. These are words to live by for Noah Robbins, a self-described “still 26” year-old with a clear vision about his world. Robbins is the founder, chief executive officer and sole proprietor of Ark Foods, a company that was only a concept just four short years ago. The company’s website is a direct reflection of Robbins’ own epicurious style of life. “Ark Foods grows vegetables that make you take a second look. Produce that makes... Read more
SunFed continues to expand sales force
As SunFed gears up for the 2014 season, it continues to add to its sales staff. Kevin Partida joined the team Aug. 25, giving Sunfed its first California office. Partida brings close to 20 years of experience to the team. The SoCal location will allow him to work closely with West Coast retailers, wholesalers and food service operators.  “As Sunfed continues to add new acreage and expand its lineup of Perfect Produce we need two things: to find stellar,... Read more
Benny’s Farm Fresh Distributing hires Brian Weiner
Brian Weiner joined the sales and procurement team at Benny’s Farm Fresh Distributing Co. He will be handling a full-line of commodities for the Chicago-based company. Prior to joining Benny’s, Weiner worked for Get Fresh Produce in Bartlett, IL, for a little over a year. He has been working in the produce industry for 20 years. Weiner resides in the Chicago area with his wife and two daughters, ages 8 and 10. To announce personnel changes at your company, please... Read more
Schnucks taps Steven Mayer to oversee produce and floral
Steven Mayer has joined Schnuck Markets Inc. as vice president of produce and floral reporting to Chief Merchant Steve Harper. Mayer was formerly president of Flavor 1st, a large produce operation spanning 20,000 acers of farmland across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and specializing in growing and packing produce for sale to grocery store chains, wholesalers and farmers markets.Steven Mayer Mayer worked directly with growers and supported... Read more