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Albert Ramirez joins New Limeco as director of sales
Albert Ramirez has been named New Limeco's director of sales. He joins the company with more 25 years of produce experience already under his belt. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our New Limeco team and we are excited to have him here," the company said in a press release.Albert Ramirez After college Ramirez worked for the family business as a grocery wholesaler in Chicago and Miami. He then went on to work as an inside sales coordinator... Read more
Stemilt promotes Mathison, Howell to director positions
Stemilt Growers has promoted Tate Mathison to director of sales and Dennis Howell to director of planning. The newly created positions are a continuation of the company’s strategic goals centered on sales planning and process development. “Tate has shown an ability to excel and lead," Mike Taylor, Stemilt’s vice president of sales and marketing, said in a press release.Tate Mathison "His incredible people skills and passion for this business will serve him well... Read more
Generation Next: Ruiz Sales’ Rick Salinas strives  to provide top-notch service
As the grandson of a farmer and son of two teachers, a strong sense of service was instilled in 25-year-old Ricardo (Rick) Salinas at a very young age — and it’s a quality he brings with him to the workplace every day. Although Salinas admits he “accidentally” fell into the produce industry, he is certainly thankful he did. As the food-safety and technical coordinator at Pharr, TX-based Ruiz Sales, Salinas has found his passion and purpose through providing customers... Read more
Earlier this month, the National Mango Board named Manuel Michel to be the next executive director of the marketing and research commodity group. By any measure, he has big shoes to fill. Michel, who most recently provided regulatory oversight to several federal government commodity programs as a marketing order specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Marketing Order & Agreement Division, will become the board’s second executive director, replacing... Read more
C.H. Robinson recently announced the opening of a new office in Hamburg, Germany, as well as the promotion of two office managers. Oliver Schmidt, who joined C.H. Robinson in April 2014, will now manage the new road transportation office in Hamburg, which focuses on new customer sales and executing road transport services. Schmidt has been working in the produce industry since 1994, developing a comprehensive background in road transport, air, ocean, project cargo,... Read more
Tribute: Remembering what Terry Vorhees  meant to the Southeast Produce Council
The Southeast Produce Council will hold its annual fall conference Sept. 25-27 at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in Young Harris, GA, a beautiful venue located in the north Georgia mountains. As always at the fall conference, attendees will enjoy delicious food, lively receptions, thought-provoking workshops on timely topics, high-profile speakers, the State-of-the-Council address, the President’s Dinner Dance and the annual Ken Lanhardt Memorial Golf Tournament,... Read more
L&M’s Washington state team announced the hire of Craig Barnes as sales specialist and the promotion of Donna Feltrup to the position of sales manager on Sept. 9. Barnes brings experience in wholesale and domestic retail sales, along with specific expertise in export sales to the L&M team. He was previously with Rainier Fruit and has been in the produce industry since 2010. Feltrup has been with L&M for 10 years and has helped expand the company’s... Read more
Molly Briseño joins Moxxy Marketing
Moxxy Marketing, based in Salinas, CA, announced the hire of Molly Briseño as director of client services on Sept. 16. In her new senior-level leadership position, Briseño will be responsible for managing client relationships, overseeing projects, including branding, graphic design, website/new media, video, trade show and others, and ensuring clients always receive exemplary service and project quality. Prior to joining Moxxy, Briseño worked at Full Steam Marketing... Read more
Mather leaving post at Pear Bureau Northwest
Cristie Mather is leaving her post as communications director at Pear Bureau Northwest, based in Portland, OR, to take the role of managing director at The Fiction Tribe, a creative agency with offices in Portland and Santa Clara, CA. Mather has led the marketing communications programs for Pear Bureau Northwest since 2006. During her eight-year tenure, she directed numerous successful public relations, marketing and advertising activities targeting trade and consumer... Read more
Terence Billingsley joins Mann Packing
Salinas, CA-based Mann Packing announced the addition of Terence Billingsley to its sales team. Prior to joining Mann Packing, Billingsley worked for Unilever, where he served as the Safeway customer business manager. Before that, he was the vice president of sales at Promoworks, where he worked with the Safeway marketing team to shape the in-store experience for all its stores. He also led the business for Kraft Foods and its family of brands at Safeway. “Terence... Read more
Jack Brown Produce recently added three new members to its professional staff: Maria Rivera has been named export sales manager; Tom Labbe has been appointed domestic sales manager; and Scott VanHouten will be responsible for logistics. Rivera brings a wealth of experience from the Spanish language publishing industry. For the last 11 years, she has been in charge of the Mexican, Latin America and Hispanic market in the United States. she hails from Puerto... Read more
Allegiance Retail Services LLC announced the expansion of its supermarket base with the Sept. 5 grand opening of two new supermarkets. Allegiance's newest members are Miguel Garcia, who celebrated the grand opening of Big Deal Food Markets in the Bronx, NY, and David Rosa, who along with Garcia celebrated the grand opening of Orchard Fine Foods in Forest Hills, NY. Both will cater to the specific customer base situated within their current markets. “Having Miguel... Read more
Generation Next: Alex Sheppard finishes Ironman Louisville with support from his produce family
Alex Sheppard is the resident engineer, round balers, for Case New Holland Industrial, commonly referred to as CNH, headquartered in New Holland, PA. The 27-year-old is also the son of Tom Sheppard, president of Eastern Fresh Growers Inc., in Cedarville, NJ. “My job description is that I directly help build round balers, such as hay balers that come in square and the large round ones that are commonly found lying in farming fields,” Sheppard explained.After finishing... Read more
Braga Fresh announces two promotions
Braga Fresh, based in Soledad, CA, announced the promotions of two of its team members. Abelardo (Lalo) Pamatz will now take on the responsibilities of production analyst, working closely with the harvesting and sales teams. Pamatz will provide critical trend information and demand forecasts to maximize yields and assure farming operations meet increasing sales volumes across Braga’s more than 25 fresh commodities, according to the company press release. Ashleigh... Read more
Former Kroger exec Claude Allen Moldenhauer dies at 76
Claude Allen Moldenhauer, a 38-year veteran of the Kroger Co. who rose to vice president of produce and floral before retiring in 1999, died Sept. 6. He was 76. Mr. Moldenhauer, a resident of Greensboro, GA, earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree from the University of Toledo. Following his long career at Kroger, he remained active in his community serving on the University of Georgia Agriculture Board, as president of... Read more
Mi Pueblo Foods, the San Jose, CA-based family-grown Hispanic grocery chain, announced that effective immediately industry veteran Martin Cortes will oversee the company’s financial and accounting operations, risk management and technology as its chief financial officer. "As we continue to find the best ways to serve our communities in the short- and long-term, it was important for our organization to have a strong financial leader who would look beyond just the... Read more
Ready Pac names new sales executive
Ready Pac Foods Inc. announced that Jay Ellis has been named chief sales officer. Ellis will be responsible for utilizing best practices to establish and meet sales targets and ensure the best possible service and effective communications with Ready Pac customers. Along with building and developing the Ready Pac sales team, he will manage and direct the execution of sales plans and initiatives across all sales channels. "Jay Jay Ellisis an accomplished sales professional... Read more
Maglio & Co. names regional sales manager
Maglio & Co., based in Glendale, WI, announced the addition of Robert Wilkinson as regional sales manager. Wilkinson has over 15 years of experience in the produce industry. In his new position at Maglio & Co., Wilkinson will help to build customer bases and provide training to strengthen the sales team. “Robert will be a great addition to our team as regional sales manager,” said Sam Maglio, president of the company. “His vast experience in the produce... Read more
In early August, Wade Whitfield, who had a distinguished career in the agricultural promotion industry, died peacefully after several years of failing health. Mr. Whitfield was born Sept. 8, 1931, in Newellton, LA, but grew up in Hughson, CA, in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. He graduated from Hughson High School, and joined the Navy in 1951, serving for four years during the Korean War. He was discharged in 1955 and came back to the San Joaquin Valley where... Read more
LaGrange, GA-based Durand-Wayland Inc. announced Mark Adamczyk as vice president of business development. In his new role, Adamczyk will primarily be responsible for supporting the Durand sales team and the company's desire to grow the business through the introduction of technology offerings, assistance on packinghouse and dealer initiatives and the identification of new market opportunities for Durand's broad line of proven packinghouse equipment. "Mark has... Read more