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Braga Fresh adds Greg McAlister to sales team
Braga Fresh Family Farms has hired Greg McAlister as its vice president of retail accounts. In his new position McAlister will be responsible for developing key customer relationships with a focus on continuing to expand distribution of the Josie’s Organics line of fresh organic vegetables into major retailers and distributors throughout North America. McAlister has more than 30 years of experience in the fresh produce industry, including nearly 25 years of... Read more
Tyler Cottrell joins Interfresh sales staff
Interfresh Inc., a national supplier of fruits and vegetables, announced that Tyler Cottrell has joined the company’s sales team at its La Quinta, CA, office. Cottrell brings several years of produce sales experience to the company, most recently with Driscoll Strawberry Associates. He also spent several seasons marketing grapes with his dad at Richard Cottrell Marketing in Bakersfield, CA. “Tyler’s experience with berries and grapes will be a real plus for us,”... Read more
Allen Lund Co. promotes Kelly Miller
The Los Angeles sales office of Allen Lund Co. announced the promotion of Kelly Miller to operations manager on Feb. 9. “I am excited to take on my new role and proud to work for such a great company,” Miller said in a company press release. “I look forward to continuing to build the Los Angeles office with the support of a great team.” Tracey Lewin, manager of the Los Angeles office, added, “In the 13 years that I have had the pleasure to know and work with Kelly,... Read more
NPPGA elects new chairman, honors industry veteran
Last week the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association held its banquet, which was attended by 249 people. The event included the passing of the chairman's gavel from Rick Vivatson of Cavalier, ND, to Don Suda, a chip and frozen processing potato grower from Grafton, ND. Additionally, Ron Norman was honored with the Meritorious Service Award. Don Suda Grafton potato grower and North Dakota State Senator Tom Campbell presented the award to Norman, who spent nearly... Read more
Mark Griffin joins Food Safety Net Services
Food Safety Net Services, based in San Antonio, TX, announced the appointment of Mark Griffin as vice president of sales and marketing on Feb. 12. In his new role, Griffin will leverage his diverse experience in corporate leadership to increase customer service and assist with market development. As part of his new role, Griffin will lead the sales team and oversee customer service and marketing. “Griffin is a talented individual who brings a broad range of experience... Read more
Country Fresh Mushroom’s Lisa Mace promoted to sales and customer service manager
Bob Besix, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Country Fresh Mushroom Co., headquartered in Avondale, PA, said that Lisa Mace, who joined its transportation team in July of 2013, has been promoted to sales and customer service manager. Country Fresh Mushroom Farms’ Lisa Mace, was recently promoted to sales and customer service manager.“Last September Lisa moved into our sales and customer service department,” said Besix. “To continue our recent momentum... Read more
Potandon Produce LLC, an industry leader in fresh potato marketing, hired Glen Reynolds as a director of business development. Reynolds comes to Potandon bringing a wealth of experience in both the fresh potato industry and retail sales and marketing. Additionally he has extensive experience in strategic planning, merchandising and is focused on logistics and supply chain efficiencies. “We are excited to have Glen join the Potandon team," Dick Thomas, senior... Read more
Vega Produce hires Don Hood
Vega Produce LLC announced the hire of Don Hood as its national retail business development manager. Prior to joining Vega Produce, Hood was most recently the lead account manager for the DSD program with J&J Family of Farms. Before that, he spent more than 20 years in multiple sales and marketing roles with Sysco Corp., US food service and Inland Seafood. “Don brings a new energy to the sales team,” Joseph Gunter, sales manager at Vega Produce, said in the... Read more
Allen I. Bildner, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Kings Super Markets (now Kings Food Market), died Feb. 5. He was 91. The Bildner family owned and operated the supermarket chain for 52 years until 1988, when it was sold to Marks & Spencer. Kings was founded in 1936 in Long Island, NY, and was originally a value format, employing the slogan “Never Undersold.” The focus was broadened to include good customer service when Mr. Bildner took over... Read more
Pennsylvania retail pioneer dies at 91
Raymond Bartolacci Sr., a founder of the Laneco supermarket chain in eastern Pennsylvania, died Feb. 2 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was 91. Mr. Bartolacci founded the Laneco chain in the late 1940s with his brother, Guy, and during its peak time in the 1970s and 1980s, the chain had 25 Laneco and Food Lane locations in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. The Bartolacci brothers were considered pioneers in the retailing arena, being among the first to offer... Read more
Bill Zentner named director of ratings at Blue Book Services
Bill Zentner has been promoted to director of ratings at Blue Book Services, succeeding Ken Schultz as the leader of Blue Book’s ratings division. He will report to Jim Carr, chief executive officer and president. Zentner, who has more than 14 years of experience in the produce industry, most recently served as manager of Blue Book’s ratings team. He is responsible for leading a team of seven associates, with over 60 years of experience, who compile and report... Read more
The Produce News has named Southeastern Editor Chip Carter to head up the company’s newly established in-house video production program, which will launch in late February from the upcoming Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure trade show in Orlando, FL, in late February. Over the past three decades, Carter has periodically worked in broadcast, commercial and Internet video for PBS, CBS, AOL, MovieFone, Nintendo, SEGA, the St. Pete/Clearwater Convention &... Read more
North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission director honored
Sue Johnson-Langdon, executive director of the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission, was awarded with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at the commission's annual meeting Jan. 15. In addition to her role with the commission, she also serves as the treasurer and manager of the American Sweet Potato Marketing Institute, which is devoted to expanding exports. Steve Troxler, North Carolina commissioner of agriculture, and Sue Johnson-Langdon, executive director... Read more
Building on the momentum of its new facility opening and the launch of the "Crystal Cove Berry" label, Veg-Fresh Farms has added Jeff Davis to its national restaurant solutions division. Davis joins the team as a sales manager in the growing division. He is a 15-year fresh produce industry veteran based in California's Salinas Valley. He brings extensive packing, distribution, and client-side foodservice experience to the Veg-Fresh Farms team. Davis joins... Read more
Interfresh welcomes Shonna Williams to sales staff
Interfresh Inc., a national supplier of fruits and vegetables, announced that Shonna Williams has joined the company’s sales team at its Orange, CA, headquarters. Williams’ produce career began in 1995 when she was a produce manager for Stater Bros. Markets in San Bernadino, CA. She has also held procurement posts at Safeway, Restaurant Depot and Fresh Concepts. “Shonna brings a well-rounded view of the produce industry to our team,” Chris Puentes, Interfresh... Read more
Market Fresh hires Janelle Haik as director of marketing
Market Fresh Produce recently announced the addition of Janelle Haik to the corporate staff. As the new director of marketing, she will be responsible for designing, implementing, and facilitating the company’s marketing strategy while promoting the brand to discovering new market segments for Market Fresh.Janelle Haik She will be working closely with procurement to drive the "Market Fresh" brand to current and potential partners and customers to meet their produce... Read more
Golden Sun Marketing expands team
Golden Sun Marketing has announced a new marketing coordinator, Marcela Fabbri, to support an expanding client roster. Fabbri brings over four years of experience in developing and executing strategies that grow sales and brand strength. She has an affinity for technology and its applicability, which will help her look for new tools that could prove beneficial for Golden Sun Marketing and its partners.Marcela Fabbri “We are very excited to have Marcela join... Read more
Mucci Farms, based in Kingsville, ON, announced the addition of Stephen Cowan to its sales and marketing department on Jan. 26. Cowan brings over 14 years of experience in the produce industry to his new position as key account manager. Some of his previous positions have included retail produce manager, category manager produce procurement, and multiple sales and key account manager positions. "Stephen is a well-rounded individual, he is enthusiastic and a goal-oriented... Read more
G.O. Fresh, a processor of fresh fruits and vegetables to the food service industry based in Minneapolis, MN, announced Scott Johnson as its vice president of sales and marketing. Johnson brings over 35 years of industry experience to G.O. Fresh, most recently serving as regional sales manager at Fresh Connect. “His customer relations, industry knowledge and unique experience in fresh cuts to the foodservice industry, makes him the perfect choice to head the G.O.... Read more
Steven Garza takes on sales role at Andrew Smith Co.
Andrew Smith Co. recently announced Steven Garza as the newest member of its sales division. Garza comes to the position having previously served in sales support, logistics, and marketing with Andrew Smith Co. affiliate, Colorful Harvest. “Steven brings a new energy to the sales team,” said Dave Robinson, general manager of Andrew Smith Co. To announce personnel changes at your company, please contact Assistant Editor Maggie Giuffrida at 201.986.7990, ext. 110,... Read more