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Michael Schrader, floral director for Schnuck Markets Inc., St. Louis, Mo., received Produce Marketing Association’s 2016 Floral Marketer of the Year award on Saturday evening, Oct. 15, at the annual floral reception, which took place during PMA’s Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in Orlando, FL. Established in 1981, this year marks the 36th anniversary of the Floral Marketer of the Year award. It recognizes a floral professional, outstanding in leadership... Read more
Marolda family welcomes new baby
Valentina Randall May MaroldaValentina Randall May Marolda was born Sept. 27 at Instira Hospital in Vineland, NJ. She weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Parents are Lauren Marolda, a nurse at Atlantic Care Hospital in Galloway, NJ, and her husband, Rich Marolda Jr., production manager at Marolda Farms who also spearheads the company's organic program. This is the second child for the couple, who live in Minotola, NJ, and the second grandchild... Read more
Al Murray, a great friend to New Jersey
When officials and staff of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture go to work Thursday morning, Dec. 1, one of their longtime colleagues will not be there. That colleague, Alfred W. Murray, is set to retire Wednesday, Nov. 30, from the department he joined more than 33 years ago and where he has served with distinction ever since. As Murray previously told The Produce News, “I absolutely love this industry and I love what I do. I’ve accomplished all... Read more
Generation Farms names new president
Generation Farms, a leading producer of fresh fruits and vegetables in the Southeast, based in Lake Park, GA, announced the appointment of agricultural industry veteran Jim Gallagher to the newly created position of president. Gallagher assumed the role on Sept. 1. GallagherIn overseeing continued growth of the business, Gallagher will work closely with Generation Farms╒ existing management team, including Vince Stanley, general manager of onion operations; Mike... Read more
Southeast Produce Council welcomes its first female president
MILLEN, GA — The Southeast Produce Council has officially appointed its new board of directors' president for 2016-17: Teri Miller of The Fresh Market. The introduction of the council's first female president was made on Sept. 29 at the general session luncheon hosted at the council's recent Southern Innovations Symposium conference in Williamsburg, VA.Teri Miller During the announcement, the council raved about having Miller as council president for the... Read more
Generation Next: From baseball to produce, Trey Allen enjoying the industry at Wayne E. Bailey
The most common reason young people choose the produce industry as a career is older family members are involved in it. Many grew up on their family farms, or melded into the family’s distribution or packing business. Some feel that entering the industry was a perfectly natural transition. That’s not the case with 27-year-old Trey Allen, who joined Wayne E. Bailey Produce Co., a leading producer of sweet potatoes in Chadbourn, NC, just over a year ago.... Read more
Wendy Brannen shifts from produce to wine
The Lodi Winegrape Commission, which represents more than 750 winegrape growers and 85 wineries in the Lodi American Viticulture Area, announced the appointment of Wendy Brannen as executive director. Brannen will assume her new role Oct. 24. She replaces Camron King, who left in May to become president of the National Grape & Wine Initiative. The Lodi AVA, comprising 110,000 acres, is farmed by many growers whose families have produced grapes for a century... Read more
JOH executive to retire  in early 2017
JOH has announced that after 37 years in the food industry, Gary Larkin, executive vice president of JOH Mid-Atlantic, will be retiring at the end of January. Larkin, along with his team from Mid-Atlantic Impact, joined JOH in 2010 and immediately propelled JOH to success along the East Coast. “When we reflect back on why JOH is thriving and celebrating its 60th anniversary, it comes down to our people,” John Saidnawey, president and chief operating... Read more
Sierra Produce names John Lazopoulos citrus category manager
Sierra Produce, an importer, marketer and shipper of globally sourced fresh fruit, with offices in Tustin, CA, and Sewell, NJ, recently announced the appointment of John Lazopoulos Jr. to citrus category manager. Lazopoulos will be based in the New Jersey office with Vice President Jim Hohman and the rest of the Sierra Produce team. “We’re happy to have John on board with us,” said Roland Berndt, owner of Sierra Produce. Lazopoulos brings extensive... Read more
KB Holding Inc. announced the hire of Joel Chace as vice president of real estate. In his new role, Chace will spearhead the growth of Kings Super Markets and Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market. “We are delighted to welcome Joel to our team,” Judy Spires, president and chief executive officer of KB Holding Inc., said in a press release. “The expansion of our Kings and Balducci’s brands remains a top priority for us and Joel will... Read more
International Blueberry Organization announces new president
During the International Blueberry Organization Summit in Argentina and Uruguay the group announced Peter McPherson would take the reigns as the new president, succeeding Chilean Blueberry Committee president Andres Armstrong in the role. McPherson, who is general manager–berry international at Costa Group, one of Australia’s larger integrated fresh produce companies, said his election was unexpected but certainly an honor.Peter McPherson “I... Read more
Teri Miller joins The Fresh Market
Teri Miller joined The Fresh Market on Monday, Sept. 19, as senior category manager. She will be based in Greensboro, NC, the city where the company is headquartered. "I'm just getting my feet wet, but I am very excited to be here," Miller told The Produce News Tuesday, Sept. 20. "They've got a great reputation. I have a lot to learn here, but I [also] have a lot to contribute." The Fresh Market has 177 stores in 24 states around the country, primarily in Florida,... Read more
Alpine Fresh welcomes new food-safety director
Alpine Fresh Inc., grower, packer, and shipper of fresh fruits and vegetables headquartered in Doral, FL, has named Lilia Rivera as its new food-safety director. “We are very excited to have Lilia Rivera join our team,” Walter Yager, chief executive officer, said in a press release. With a degree in public health and having led the compliance department in a fresh-cut processing facility for the past five years, Rivera is well versed in all things... Read more
Recognition: Jim Allen, top advocate for the U.S. apple industry, set for retirement in January
Anyone who has called Jim Allen and reached his voice mailbox will recognize this: “Crunch, chew, slurp, swallow … Ah, excuse me. Hi, this is Jim Allen. I’m sorry. I just bit into a delicious New York state apple, and boy it’s good. Leave me a message and I’ll call you back. If I don’t call you right back it’s probably because I’m eating another apple. And you should too. Thanks for calling. Bye.” It’s... Read more
Vida Fresh welcomes new team members
Vida Fresh Inc., a grower-packer-shipper of fine culinary fresh herbs, both organic and conventional, and an extensive range of organic vegetables, expanded its sales desk in Morro Bay, CA, with the addition of three staff members. Alex Duvall has been on the sales team for eight months, offering great service to Vida Fresh’s customers. A business owner for 10 years and sales manager for five years, he brings an array of sales and business experience with... Read more
California Rep. Farr honored at United FreshPAC event
WASHINGTON — Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) called United Fresh Produce Association members “first responders” in the war on poverty in rural areas as he was honored by the group at the Sept. 13 FreshPAC reception. Farr, who is retiring after 23 years in Congress, has been one of the strongest voices on Capitol Hill for fresh produce and has been able to balance the needs of agriculture with the needs of people in the district, said Tom Stenzel, president... Read more
Produce packaging pioneer Jim Kelly Sr. dies at 86
James Patrick Kelly, a pioneer in the produce packaging industry who co-founded Emerald Packaging Inc., died Aug. 31 after a long battle with Melanoma. He was 86 and a resident of Orinda, CA.  Born in Brooklyn, NY, to native Irish parents. Mr. Kelly graduated from St. John’s University in 1952 following a stint in the U.S. Army. He went on to earn an MBA in 1955 from New York University, and then blazed a trail into the burgeoning plastics industry,... Read more
Category Partners, based in Aurora, CO, announced the promotion of Tom Barnes to the position of chief executive officer. He places Mac Johnson, the founding president and CEO, who is stepping back and refocusing his efforts on driving value and growth for our clients in the retail grocery channel. “As Category Partners has deepened its relationships with national and regional retailers, my focus, time and energy has evolved,” Johnson said in a statement.... Read more
Southern California produce veteran Jane Clark-Paino dies at 65
Longtime Southern California produce veteran Jane Clark-Paino died Aug. 19 at the age of 65. Born Aug. 11, 1951, Ms. Clark-Paino was the daughter and niece of the late Jim and Ed Miller, two produce brokers that worked for many years in Los Angeles. Janie, as she was called, first worked for her father’s firm, the Jim Miller Co., and then transitioned to the Ed Miller Co. when Jim retired from the industry. She eventually launched Clark Brokerage Co. and... Read more
The North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission announced that Jerome Langdon, husband of former Executive Director Sue Langdon and a farmer for the better part of six decades, died Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Liberty Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Benson, NC. He was 72. Mr. Langdon was born in Harnett County on Nov. 5, 1943 to the late Norwood and Ruby Parrish Langdon. He graduated from Benson High School and has been a well-known Johnston County farmer... Read more