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Marshall Sherman rejoins WP Rawl
WP Rawl, a grower, shipper and processor of leafy greens in the United States, announced Marshall Sherman as its new director of food safety and quality assurance on July 7. Sherman has an extensive background in produce distribution and farming operations, as well as plant and operations management. He previously worked for WP Rawl as general manager from 2001 to 2008. Most recently, he was the director of operations at a Jacksonville, FL, produce distribution... Read more
Pacific Organic Produce, based in San Francisco recently announced Allen Bernklau as senior commodity development and sales specialist. Bernklau has been working in the organic industry for over 30 years. He has experience in all areas of the industry, including retail, wholesale, mail order, and working directly with growers. Prior to joining Pacific Organic Produce, Bernklau led the sales team at Del Cabo for the past 11 years, helping them to develop into one... Read more
Dan LeClair joins Awe Sum Organics
Santa Cruz, CA-based Awe Sum Organics recently announced the hire of Dan LeClair as logistics manager. In this newly created position, LeClair will focus on bringing more structure and enhancement to the supply chain process and network. Prior to joining Awe Sum Organics, LeClair spent the last nine years working with Sun Opta, a natural and organic foods company, managing their global supply chain platform. His experience and skills in the logistics area include... Read more
Chuck Sinks, senior produce specialist at Associated Wholesale Grocers in Kansas City, KS, married Caitlin Prentiss June 28 in St. Charles, IL, just west of Chicago. Sinks, 28, started working for AWG in August 2013; his wife is a third grade school teacher. The couple, who live in Overland Park, KS, honeymooned on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. To announce personnel changes at your company, please contact Assistant Editor Maggie Giuffrida at 201.986.7990, ext.... Read more
Farm Fresh Produce Inc. hires Dennis Sever
Farm Fresh Produce Inc., based in Faison, NC, hired Dennis Sever on June 26. As part of the company’s sales and procurement team, Sever will be handling tropicals from South Florida, as well as imports from South America and Central America and the Caribbean. Sever specializes in Asian, Indian and Latin fruits and vegetables, and also handles sales of watermelons, vegetables and sweet potatoes from North Carolina. Sever began his career in the produce industry... Read more
Jodi Carkner joins Awe Sum Organics
Santa Cruz, CA-based Awe Sum Organics announced that Jodi Carkner joined its team on July 21. Prior to joining Awe Sum Organics, Carkner worked with CF Fresh for 10 years where she focused on export sales of organic produce. Most recently, she worked for Northwest Farm Credit Service helping farmers secure funding. “Jodi’s passion for organic produce, furthering the organic food movement, paired with her extensive knowledge of the import produce business and love... Read more
Atlanta’s Nickey Gregory Co. hires industry veteran Andrew Scott
Produce industry veteran Andrew Scott has joined The Nickey Gregory Co. LLC, headquartered in Forest Park, GA, as vice president of marketing and business development. Nickey Gregory Co. has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years, adding a second warehouse in Miami, a dedicated tomato operation in College Park, GA, and multiple expansions of its headquarters on the Atlanta State Farmers Market. The addition of Scott “is going to be a big stepping stone... Read more
DeVaney to head new tree fruit association
Jon DeVaney, who has served as the executive director of the Yakima Growers-Shippers Association since 2009, has been named as president of the newly formed Washington State Tree Fruit Association, effective Sept. 1. The new association represents a merger of four industry organizations in Washington state: Yakima Growers-Shippers Association, Wenatchee Valley Traffic Association, Washington State Horticultural Association and Washington Growers Clearing House... Read more
Fusion Marketing, based in Los Angeles, announced the promotion of Jennifer Anazawa to senior category analyst and Matt Schraut to category analyst. “Our goal is to help our clients increase the retail sales of their key items,” Steven Muro, president and founder of Fusion Marketing, said in a press release announcing the promotions. “It has always been my belief that when our clients are successful and growing, we’ll grow along with them. It has proven true with... Read more
‘Retired’ Bob Sakata maintains schedule
BRIGHTON, CO — Any news of Bob Sakata’s retirement is vastly exaggerated, with the veteran grower-shipper continuing his decades-long office routine with trademark energy. Mid-June found the elder Sakata, who turned management of Sakata Farms over to his son, Robert T. Sakata, last year, at his desk and ready with updates on the farm’s onions, sweet corn and cabbage. Bob Sakata“We’re split more or less evenly among those three items,” Sakata said, adding that... Read more
Pamela Sweeten joins BioSafe Systems
BioSafe Systems welcomed Pamela Sweeten to its team in early July. In her new position as food-safety technical representative, Sweeten will focus on developing BioSafe Systems’ post-harvest and food-safety opportunities with distribution partners, growers, packers and processors, in addition to working with the BioSafe Systems agriculture sales team on field-to-fork opportunities. “I believe that joining the BioSafe family is the best way for me to help growers... Read more
Boris Manz joins Curry Fruit Chile SA
Curry Fruit Chile SA, based in Santiago, Chile, announced Boris Manz as its new general manager on June 30. Prior to joining the company, Manz most recently worked for Vitaberry Marketing in Chile where he helped establish and develop retail and wholesale programs for blueberries and cherries in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Peru and the United Kingdom. “I like produce because it is very dynamic and the industry continues to grow worldwide,” Manz said... Read more
Steinbeck Essay Contest winner to cover Carolinas for The Produce News
Veteran newsman John Niblock of Charleston, SC, has been named Carolinas Editor & Sales Manager for The Produce News. Niblock has written for The Produce News since 2005, serving most recently as Floral Editor and Sales Manager. John S. Niblock“John did a terrific job for us directing our floral mass marketing to supermarkets effort, Floral Marketing. He was also involved in covering produce shippers and suppliers in the Carolinas and John has a thorough understanding... Read more
George Tanimura celebrates milestone 100th birthday
George Tanimura of Tanimura & Antle celebrated his milestone centennial birthday this weekend. Family, business partners and friends joined together to honor the highly regarded Salinas family farmer and patriarch of the Tanimura family. The event commemorated his extraordinary life journey, including his dedication to the California and Arizona farming industry. To celebrate the family’s first centenarian, a gala dinner was held at the Tanimura & Antle... Read more
Michael Lacey named Market Fresh's national director of business development
Nixa, MO-based Market Fresh announced Michael Lacey as its national director of business development. In this role, Lacey will oversee retail clients and develop relations both existing and new. He will also be responsible for managing and leading other sales staff in Market Fresh sales and objectives, as well as supporting the ongoing implementation of the Market Fresh produce strategic marketing plan. Prior to joining Market Fresh, Lacey was the director of... Read more
Alison Bos joins Market Fresh's corporate staff
Market Fresh announced the addition of Alison Bos to its corporate staff on June 16. In her new role as marketing manager, Bos’ primary responsibilities will be overseeing marketing and promotion efforts of the company, developing and maintaining good rapport with the client base and supporting ongoing implantation of Market Fresh’s strategic marketing plan. “I am very excited to be a part of the Market Fresh team,” Bos said in a company press release. “It is... Read more
The Garden Produce, based in Jacksonville, FL, recently named Michael Anthony as vice president of operations. Before joining The Garden Produce, Anthony held the position of director of operations at Indianapolis Fruit Co. in Indianapolis, where he was responsible for a startup fresh-cut processing and distribution facility. Prior to that, he was general manager of Redi-Cut/Fresh Express in Kansas City, MO, for six years and also held a long tenure with C&S... Read more
Garrett Joeckel named CMI's production and sales analyst
Columbia Marketing International, based in Wenatchee, WA, announced Garrett Joeckel as production and sales analyst on June 11. In his new role, Joeckel will be working with CMI’s sales and marketing staff as well as its member warehouse to maximize grower returns and effectively meet customer needs. He will also be working closely with the CMI warehouses to provide a more in-depth forecast for the company’s sales and marketing teams with an emphasis on improving... Read more
Clarence Piepkorn dies at 81
Clarence (Kelly) Piepkorn of Moorhead, MN, died surrounded by his family June 9 after a long battle with cancer. He was 81. Mr. Piepkorn was born on October 9, 1932 in Stanley, ND, to Herman and Olga (Hoaas) Piepkorn. He grew up farming and graduated from Stanley High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1952 until 1954, after which he worked in the oil fields of Colorado and North Dakota as well as for the railroad. He used the G.I. Bill to attend... Read more
Sean Kelley replaces his late father as manager of the St. Louis Market
ST. LOUIS — Sean Kelley is in his first year as market manager of the St. Louis Produce Market Inc., having taken the position held by his late father, Pat Kelley. Pat Kelley passed away in January 2014 after losing a battle with colon cancer. Sean Kelley said he had worked on the market for five years with his father, so he is very well-acquainted with the market operators and their needs. Pat Kelley worked on the St. Louis market for 25 years.Sean Kelley An ongoing... Read more