Village Farms hires new EVP of sales and marketing
Village Farms Greenhouse Grown hired Eric Janke as its executive vice president of sales and marketing, effective June 1, 2021. Janke will be responsible for the overall productivity and effectiveness of the company’s produce business’ sales, marketing and fulfillment teams, working in the company’s Lake Mary, FL, corporate offices.
Janke will be concentrating on both short- and longer-term initiatives, including the strategy for the company’s future opportunities within the evolving Controlled Environment Agriculture sphere.
“Village Farms welcomes Eric’s vast experience as a senior leader among the many facets of the produce industry," said Michael DeGiglio, president and CEO of Village Farms International Inc. "Eric has a proven track record of success with some of the largest and most respected organizations in the industry, including Albertson’s, Sysco Food Service, Kraft Food Service, and Fresh America. The expertise he has gained across these core components of the produce and grocery supply chain will provide Village Farms with a solid knowledge base to benefit the company in navigating the future demand of a changing business model.”
Janke brings to Village Farms a tremendous breadth and depth of knowledge gained over more than four decades of experience in the fresh produce and grocery industries, including over 20 years of which he has held in executive level positions. Most recently, Janke had served for 15 years as the vice president and chief operating officer for DiMare Fresh Inc., a vertically integrated grower and shipper of citrus and tomatoes, and distributor of fruit and vegetables.