IPC names Stanley Trout to foodservice team
Stanley Trout joined the Idaho Potato Commission foodservice marketing team as promotions director for the Southeast, effective Dec. 1. He will be based in Nashville, TN. Working closely with Don Odiorne, IPC’s vice president of foodservice, and the other regional foodservice promotion directors, Trout will lead the marketing outreach to distributors and produce specialists in his territory, as well as conduct Idaho potato product seminars and educational sessions,... Read more
Albertsons names newest executive vice president
Albertsons has named Anuj Dhanda as its executive vice president and chief information officer. Dhanda will start Dec. 7. He was most recently with the Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle supermarket chain, where he served as CIO and senior vice president of digital commerce. “Anuj is an innovative, results-oriented leader who fits our culture and brings extensive background in merger integration, digital marketing and commerce, systems modernization, and data security,"... Read more
Director of export sales joins Sun World
As part of its efforts to expand the availability and distribution of Sun World branded grapes worldwide, Sun World International LLC has appointed Juliana Escobar to the position of director of export sales. Escobar will be responsible for the company’s export go-to-market strategy, overseeing export sales planning, pricing and prioritization. Escobar joins the company from C.H. Robinson Worldwide, where she was formerly an international business developer. She... Read more
John Silva brings 25 years of experience to Pacific AgPak
Pacific AgPak has made several business moves as of late. John Silva, the company's newest hire, will be serving as vice president of sales and manager of new business development. Pacific AgPak will be relying on his knowledge and experience in the industry to help propel it to big developments. John Silva Silva has over 25 years of agricultural experience in operations, sales, distribution and management. In his general management role at Silva... Read more
Vision's Vogel and Cohen end NMB involvement
Bill Vogel, president of The Vision Cos., and Ronnie Cohen, vice president and partner of Vision Import Group, have ended their run of involvement with the National Mango Board.  Both Vogel and Cohen had tenures as the chairman of the board in addition to serving as members after the appointment ended.  "Witnessing this diverse board rise to the acclaimed success that the industry proclaims has been a true joy," said Vogel. "Good friends and great... Read more
Braga adds Chris Devan to its sales team
Braga Fresh Family Farms announced that Chris Devan has joined its sales team. Devan is responsible for managing and expanding upon key customer relationships and contributing to the continued growth of the Josie’s Organics line of premium-quality, organic fresh vegetables. Devan has more than 26 years of experience in the produce industry, most recently as account manager for Grimmway Farms, where he serviced major, national accounts. Previously he worked at Melissa’s/World... Read more
A Day in the Life of Allegiance’s Vic Savanello
ISELIN, NJ — The Produce News had a rare opportunity in mid-October to spend the entire day with Victor Savanello, director of produce and floral at Allegiance Retail Services LLC, a retailer-owned cooperative headquartered here in central New Jersey. Allegiance has served communities at more than 95 locations in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania for more than 50 years under the name Foodtown Inc.At Allegiance Retail Services headquarters in Iselin, NJ: Vic... Read more
Vision sponsoring employee in L.A. Marathon
Eddie Portillo of the Vision Cos.The Vision Cos. is sponsoring employee Eddie Portillo’s attempt at the 2016 Los Angeles Marathon. “As a company, we are constantly looking for new ways to promote a healthy lifestyle, increase consumption of fruits and vegetables and support our employees endeavors,” said Donald Souther, vice president of sales and marketing at Vision. “When Eddie approached us with the idea, we saw it as an opportunity and jumped on board. But,... Read more
The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers announced that Todd Graham has joined OGVG in the capacity of interim science coordinator, effective November 2015 through November 2016. Graham is acting in this position while Niki Bennet, current science coordinator, is on leave. Graham will be responsible for coordinating all of Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers’ research, pest management and education initiatives during this time. Graham obtained... Read more
Leading Peruvian grower-exporter Camposol Holding Ltd. has named Manuel Salazar as its chief executive officer. He succeeds Samuel Dyer Coriat, who will temporarily remain executive chairman in order to support Salazar during the transition. Ultimately Coriat will continue as chairman of the board of directors, delegating all CEO duties to Salazar. "We are very pleased to have Manuel in our team, as he not only has the experience but also has the... Read more
Lipman names Drew Yurko as its new CFO
Lipman, one of North America’s larger open-field tomato growers, recently announced Drew Yurko as its new chief financial officer. Most recently CFO of FreshPoint, Yurko brings nearly 20 years of financial management experience, and an abundance of industry knowledge and executive expertise to his role. He currently serves on the Produce Marketing Association board of directors as treasurer. “We are fortunate to have someone of Drew’s caliber join our team,” Kent... Read more
EFI names Jennifer Pelayo manager of business development
Equitable Food Initiative has named Jennifer Pelayo as its manager of business development. Pelayo has managed sales and marketing in the produce industry for 15 years. Most recently serving as a business development manager at Advantage Sales & Marketing, Pelayo has also served as a business manager at Edge Sales & Marketing and Acosta Sales & Marketing. She is also actively engaged as a volunteer for a number of industry organizations,... Read more
Nogales legend George Gotsis dies at 89
RIO RICO, AZ — George Gotsis, a well-known veteran of the Nogales produce industry, died Oct. 31 at the age of 89. Mr. Gotsis remained active in his firm, Omega Produce Co. Inc., until recently despite battling cancer for several years. Mr. Gotsis was buried Nov. 7 with military honors at the Nogales City Cemetery. In an interview with The Produce News this spring, Mr. Gotsis humbly acknowledged that he participated in a few of the historic battles of the... Read more
Village Farms adds produce veteran as director of strategic business and sales development
Village Farms, a leading producer, marketer and distributor of premium-quality greenhouse-grown vegetables, appointed Lyra Vance as director of strategic business and sales development, a newly created position. Vance was previously with The Oppenheimer Group, where she managed business development for national produce accounts and brands for the last 14 years. She was also the regional merchandiser for Transfresh Corp., where she was responsible for the maintenance... Read more
Braga Fresh Family Farms celebrates 45 years with David Cardenas
Braga Fresh Family Farms and the Braga family are celebrating 45 years working with Gavino (David) Cardenas, a respected employee. Cardenas began working at the Braga Fresh home ranch in August of 1970 — just one month before Chris Braga was born.  Cardenas started as an irrigator and then became a tractor driver. He eventually became farm supervisor and currently oversees all of the company drip tape crews. Having been with the Braga family of companies... Read more
Village Farms names national field marketing manager
Village Farms recently appointed Michael Carr as the company’s national field marketing manager. In this new role for the company Carr will be responsible for driving the tactical execution of strategic marketing initiatives. He will report directly to Doug Kling, the company’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer.   Carr brings approximately 20 years of experience in both sales and marketing with well known CPG organizations such as Quaker Oats,... Read more
Chris Horrell joins Love Beets
Love Beets USA, the brand of premium, all natural, ready-to-eat beet products, has hired Chris Horrell to its sales team. Horrell brings six years of commodity produce sales experience to the Bala Cynwyd, PA-based company from Ayco Farms. Horrell will be based in the Western region and will be actively managing the “Love Beets” brand in all channels of distribution, including both retail and foodservice. “We are excited to have Chris on board with Love Beets,”... Read more
John Jerue Cos. promotes two key staff members
Satellite Beach, FL-based John Jerue Cos., a leading company in produce transportation, announced the promotion of two key staff members in continued expansion of LTL services. Doris Arias has been promoted to LTL division manager in the Jerue Satellite Beach office.Doris Arias A talented freight broker, Arias has more than a decade of experience in the transportation and logistics industry. Toni Thayer“Doris brings creativity and efficiency to our fast-growing... Read more
Michael Reagan Joins JOH as regional manager of produce and floral
JOH announced that Michael Reagan has joined the company as regional manager of produce and floral in Grand Rapids, MI. “Mike brings expertise and 27 years of experience to JOH and provides thorough knowledge of the produce and floral business in this region,” John Saidnawey, president and chief operating officer, said in a press release. Reagan has worked with Pearson Foods, Wonderful Brands and Chiquita Brands, having varied levels of responsibilities,... Read more
Produce for Kids strengthens team
As healthy eating continues to be a top-priority among families, Produce for Kids is strengthening its team by welcoming Shannon Cloversettle as the sales and account development manager and promoting Amber Bloom to digital marketing manager. Cloversettle is the newest member of Produce for Kids and brings 19 years of sales experience with areas of expertise in store marketing programs, client services, and brand and category management. Previous roles include... Read more