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George Haggar joins Monterey Mushrooms as president of Monterey Fresh

Monterey Mushrooms announced that George Haggar has been appointed president of Monterey Fresh. He will work alongside Monterey Mushrooms’ founder and CEO Shah Kazemi. Haggar will relocate from Australia to the U.S. to lead the fresh mushroom production business, which operates eight growing sites throughout North America.

Over its 50-plus year history, Kazemi and the Monterey Mushrooms team have built the company to become a leading platform in the global mushroom industry — the highest volume producer of fresh mushrooms in North America, a global leader in the development and commercialization of mushroom genetics, and a pioneer in the expanding mushroom nutraceuticals category, supported by an in-house logistics and distribution capability.  The arrival of Haggar furthers Kazemi’s commitment to the future of Monterey Mushrooms as a technology-enabled industry leader and innovator in fresh mushroom production.  Together, Haggar and Kazemi will work to drive sustainable, profitable growth for the business.

The appointment of Haggar to this new role is a significant piece of a broader strategic restructuring being implemented to drive sustainable growth across Monterey’s core business segments — fresh mushrooms, genetics/biotechnology and nutraceuticals. 

Haggar brings extensive experience across industrial and fresh produce sectors. Over the course of his career, he has been recognized for his expertise in the fresh produce supply chain, and track-record of top line growth, customer engagement and operational excellence.

“George is an accomplished executive in the fresh produce sector, and we are pleased to appoint him as the president of Monterey Fresh Mushrooms,” said Kazemi. “George has deep experience in the fresh produce industry and has been connected with Monterey Mushrooms indirectly for many years, originally through his role as COO of the Costa Group, the leading mushroom grower in Australia.  We believe George has the experience, capability, and energy to lead our fresh mushroom business into the future, at an exciting time for growth and innovation in the industry.”

“I am thrilled to become the President of Monterey Fresh Mushrooms,” said Haggar. “I have long viewed Monterey Mushrooms as a global leader in the mushroom industry, and I look forward to working closely with my new teammates to build on the company’s strong foundation and to drive sustainable growth in fresh mushroom production, while continuing to provide our customers the quality and consistency that they expect from Monterey Mushrooms.”

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