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Nancy Johnston to succeed Debbie Vest at Renaissance Food Group

Nancy Johnston has joined Renaissance Food Group as vice president of produce procurement. In this role, Johnston will continue to drive the company’s procurement initiatives and lead all aspects of the corporate sourcing and regional procurement teams.IMG 01531

Johnston brings to RFG a wealth of experience and knowledge from her past 30 years in the produce industry. She received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Wichita State University. Her background includes sales management, purchasing, team building and mentoring, budgeting, relationship building, new product development, marketing and brand development.

Prior to RFG, Johnston served as senior sales manager for Sysco Corp., where she launched and managed the new Sysco/FreshPoint brand revitalization. She also held various other roles within Sysco, The Richard Kaiser Co. and TKO Farms Inc.

In addition, Johnston is committed to making a positive impact on the industry through PMA programs such as Center for Growing Talent Women’s Fresh Perspectives. She mentors students each year PMA Fresh Connections: Retail and PMA Foodservice Expo, taking care to maintain relationships with students after their graduation. Johnston also actively participates with Produce for Better Health Foundation and Southeast Produce Council.

“RFG is excited to have Nancy join our team,” said Raina Nelson, senior vice president of supply chain. “She is a well-respected industry professional and we look forward to her contributions in leadership, expertise and knowledge. We also express our gratitude to Debbie Vest for her years of service to RFG and celebrate her devotion to this industry. We wish her a wonderful retirement.”

Johnston will assume Vest’s position as she is retiring effective June 30.