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Bobalu Berries expands sales team

Ryan Baird has joined the Bobalu Berries sales team, which is led by Anthony Gallino, vice president of sales. Baird has been in the produce industry for 20 years on the buy side previously with C.H. Robinson and Foodsource providing a strong base of industry knowledge and allowing him to complement the team already in place.

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Ryan Baird

 

“We are excited about adding Ryan to our team as a sales account manager before we finish out our fall season and begin building our 2022 program with key customers.  The timing is perfect for him to be in on strategic meetings with our trading partners as we finalize our program next year,” said Gallino. “We have been very particular about building on this team as we continue to elevate our program and align with buyers.”

“We are coming off a couple of challenging seasons with the Pandemic that has created labor shortages and rising costs throughout the industry, and the future is still uncertain,” said Bobby Jones, managing partner.  “What we do know is that our berries are in demand due to the quality and service we provide every day.  Our professional sales team and strong retail partners are critical to our continued success and growth moving forward.”

“I am excited to be working for a grower with a history of farming high-quality California berries. My passion for produce sales, history of building relationships, and my integrity will complement a sales team that has set goals for strategic growth based on operational success,” said Baird.

Baird brings a strong base of industry knowledge to the team.  At C.H. Robinson he worked on an import supply program and was an account manager for customers in retail, whole sale and foodservice in the Monterey office after graduating from California State University Monterey Bay.  Baird began at Bobalu Berries Oct. 18 and will be working from the Salinas area.  Bobalu is headquartered in Oxnard, CA, but currently its fall crop is coming from the Santa Maria region.

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