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Ed Treacy to take on leadership for PMA’s sustainability work
The Produce Marketing Association announced that PMA Vice President of Supply Chain and Sustainability Ed Treacy will take on leadership for PMA’s sustainability work in 2019. PMA announced in 2018 that it would be focusing on sustainability as a focus area for their work supporting the industry to grow a healthier world. The fresh produce and floral industry has need for a shared definition of sustainability, to help people understand trends, information, resources... Read more
Generation Next: Tenley Fitzgerald spreads her  reach for produce and for people
During college Tenley Fitzgerald had two internships. One was in Cuernavaca, Mexico, working with Grupo PM, and the other with the Food Marketing Institute in Washington, DC. While at FMI, she also worked with Red Jacket Orchards sampling its juices in Whole Foods and Wegmans. She later continued with Red Jacket sampling their juices in Western New York. In her very young years, Fitzgerald also worked as a customer operations manager for Giant Food Stores in the... Read more
Ocean Mist promotes Joe Angelo
Ocean Mist Farms announced the promotion of Joe Angelo from organic sales manager to sales manager for both Ocean Mist Farms and Ocean Mist Organic brands. In his new role, Angelo will be focused on both daily sales activities and account management. Angelo is a 12-year veteran of the fresh produce industry and joined Ocean Mist Farms in 2015, with prior experience as the district sales and commodity manager for Dole Fresh Vegetables and Dole Berry Co.  Over... Read more
Marc Kirby takes on executive role at Coastline
Coastline Family Farms announced that Marc Kirby has joined the company as the vice president of finance and accounting, a newly created position. “I am excited to have Marc join the Coastline Family Farms organization as we continue to expand our production base and explore new avenues to best serve our clients,” said Robert Verloop, chief operating officer and general manager. “We recently announced a new joint venture for dry onion production in Oregon, when... Read more
Allegiance Retail Services’ Kelly Davis joins EPC’s executive team
The Eastern Produce Council has announced the addition of Kelly Davis, director of produce and floral for Allegiance Retail Services, to its executive board. Davis has taken on the role of first vice president. Other members of the EPC’s executive team are Marianne Santo of Wakefern Food Corp., (president), George Moskal of GVM Consulting (second vice president), Mike Maxwell of Procacci Bros. (secretary), Rob Goldstein of GenPro Inc. (treasurer) and Susan McAleavey... Read more
Key additions to Duncan Family Farms' executive team
Duncan Family Farms, a leading family-owned, multi-regional grower of over 7,000 acres of certified organic produce, announced that Will Feliz has returned to the firm as president and Ryan Borer has joined as chief financial officer. Arnott Duncan, co-founder and chief executive officer, said the appointments will accelerate the company’s growth and help it achieve its strategic objectives. "Will and Ryan bring significant experience and talent to the Duncan team... Read more
Kowalewski named NYAA account manager
The New York Apple Association has named Cailin Kowalewski as account manager. Kowalewski joined NYAA last year as assistant account manager. NYAA’s retail team is led by President Cynthia Haskins and includes Northeast Account Manager Susan McAleavey Sarlund. In her new role, Kowalewski will work directly with retail and foodservice accounts across the country. “Cailin is a wonderful addition to our organization,” said Haskins. “Over the last several months, she... Read more
Fruit World Co. grows with organic superstar
Fruit World Co., a grower-shipper of organic and conventional fruit owned and operated by third- and fourth-generation family farmers CJ Buxman and Bianca Kaprielian in Reedley, CA, announced Cindy Richter has joined the company as director of business development. Richter, who spent the prior 21 years at Pacific Organic Produce, has broad experience and a rich ag background that began with farm operations and included managing grower relationships, exports, sales... Read more
BCfresh adds Dawn Gray to board
BCfresh has appointed produce veteran Dawn Gray to its board of directors.Dawn Gray This year marks Gray’s 40th year in the global produce industry and she joins the existing board members to bring a fresh perspective to the company. Gray has worked with some of the top produce companies in the world including; The Oppenheimer Group, Turners and Growers ENZA International, Frieda's Inc., Vanguard International, The Autenrieth Co., World Wide Fruit (UK), BC Hot... Read more
Co-founder and matriarch of Hronis Inc. mourned
Sophia Hronis, who along with her late husband, Jim, founded grape shipper Hronis Inc. in Delano, CA, died April 19 at the age of 90.Sophia Hronis Mrs. Hronis was born Feb. 26, 1929 in Pasadena, CA. She graduated from Pasadena City College and the University of Southern California with a degree in accounting and business administration. Following graduation, she worked at General Motors GMAC as head bookkeeper for several years. She met the love of her life, Jim... Read more
The Marketing Department continues to grow its team
The Salinas, CA-based marketing and creative firm The Marketing Department Inc. has welcomed two new members to its growing web and design teams: Thalia Villalobos and Cristina Cachux, both graduates from California State University-Monterey Bay.Thalia Villalobos and Cristina Cachux Villalobos joined TMD's web team as a web developer. She will work closely with the senior and lead web developers to help clients build beautiful websites that provide a pleasant experience... Read more
Jim Bogart retiring  from Grower-Shipper  Association after 40 years
After 40 years of service, which included never missing a scheduled workday, Jim Bogart is stepping down from his position as president and general counsel of the Salinas, CA-based Grower-Shipper Association of Central California. Bogart began his career during turbulent times featuring Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers movement and is ending it leaving an association stronger than ever with many more members than in those early days and with a long list... Read more
Sun-Glo of Idaho adds veteran to sales team
Potato industry veteran Tron Crumley has joined the sales team at Sun-Glo of Idaho, effective April 15. “My career has been single-mindedly focused on the potato industry,” said Crumley. “I am also the grandson of Idaho potato farmers, so selling potatoes is in my blood.” Crumley’s dedication to his own family led him to Sun-Glo, where the tight-knit Crapo family’s reputation as a quality grower, packer and shipper is admired throughout the industry. “Sun-Glo’s... Read more
Kim St. George joins Renaissance Food Group as VP of business development
Renaissance Food Group announced that Kim St. George has joined the company as vice president business development. In this role, St. George will work to develop a strategic plan to support existing business channels while focusing on new growth opportunities as they align with overall company goals and initiatives. St. George comes to RFG with over 25 years of experience in the produce industry within the Salinas Valley. She received her bachelor's degree in agricultural... Read more
BC Tree Fruits names new CEO
BC Tree Fruits Cooperative has named two new senior executives — Todd McMyn as chief executive officer and Ross Dwhytie as chief financial officer. McMyn joined the cooperative effective April 1 and Dwhytie April 8. “We are extremely excited to welcome two solid leaders to the cooperative,” said Chairman of the Board Jeet Dukhia. “The board of directors went through an extensive search for the past number of months to ensure we find the right individuals that will... Read more
FiveStar Gourmet Foods continues expansion into retail
FiveStar Gourmet Foods, producers of the Simply Fresh brand, announced the addition of Kate Brooks as vice president of sales-East. Brooks will report to Kristyn Lawson, who was recently named senior vice president of sales. In her new position, Brooks will be responsible for developing strategic sales plans and programs in collaboration with customer partners. She will promote revenue growth and exceed customer satisfaction and ultimately help customers provide... Read more
CPMA announces 2019-20 board of directors
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association announced its board of directors for 2019-20. Elections took place last week, during the 2019 CPMA Annual General Meeting, happening concurrently with the 2019 CPMA Convention & Trade Show. The CPMA board of directors represents a wealth of industry talent from across all stages of the supply chain. The following directors were elected to the CPMA Board of Directors: Joe Sbrocchi, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Raffi... Read more
Wendy McManus bringing unique perspective to PMA’s Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference
Good leaders employ a diverse set of skills, including coaching, mentoring and training. Knowing when to use each of these for the greatest impact can take their leadership prowess to the next level. Wendy McManus is bringing her unique perspective on this topic to the Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference speaker lineup. Her session, “Amplify Your Impact -- Add Coaching Skills to Your Leadership Toolbox,” will clear the fog about how to employ coaching skills... Read more
Good FoodsGroup, based in Pleasant Prairie, WI, announced the hiring of Jay Guzman as its new key account manager. Drawing on more than ten years of experience in business development leadership roles, Guzman will offer new vision and insight for the Good Foods team. Most recently, Guzman was vice president of business development for the Fresh Produce & Floral Council. Prior to that, he was an account executive at The Packer. As part of the Good Foods team,... Read more
Good Foods adds new key account manager
Good Foods Group, based in Pleasant Prairie, WI, announced the hiring of Jay Guzman as its new key account manager. Drawing on more than ten years of experience in business development leadership roles, Guzman will offer new vision and insight for the Good Foods team.  Most recently, Guzman was vice president of business development for the Fresh Produce & Floral Council. Prior to that, he was an account executive at The Packer. As part of the Good Foods... Read more