“I look most forward to being part of a vertically integrated system with large volume capabilities to fulfill apple and cherry needs across America and globally,” said Zeutenhorst. “FirstFruits Farms is home to a great group of individuals who make up an incredible team that get you excited to go to work every day.”
Niesz, sales account manager, brings over 20 years of experience in domestic fresh produce sales and account management. He specializes in the development of retail accounts for apples, cherries and pears, and prides himself on his ability to grow and maintain long-term partnerships. Niesz’s focus on customer-centric solutions and his commitment to delivering exceptional service resonate deeply with FirstFruits Farms’ values, making him an ideal addition to the team.
“I am excited to join the hard-working and creative team at FirstFruits Farms,” said Niesz. “I admire their ethics and commitment to providing their customers with outstanding service.”
“The addition of Jake and Jeff to our team marks an exciting time for FirstFruits Farms," said Chuck Zeutenhorst, vice president of FirstFruits Marketing. "Their extensive industry experience and commitment to excellence align perfectly with our mission to deliver the highest quality produce to our customers.”
With the acquisition of Applewood Fresh Growers, FirstFruits Farms is not only expanding its product portfolio but also its geographical reach. This move strategically places the company in a prime position to establish a stronger presence in the mid-western and eastern markets. By leveraging the expanded sales team’s combined expertise, FirstFruits Farms aims to penetrate new territories, offering its premium apples, cherries and pears to a wider customer base.
By harnessing the collective expertise of its sales team, FirstFruits Farms is poised to capitalize on the growing demand for high-quality produce. With a strong commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction, the company looks forward to forging lasting relationships and bringing its exceptional fruit offerings to even more households across the country.