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Coborn’s hires produce leader as director of produce and floral merchandising
Coborn’s Inc., a St. Cloud, MN-based retailer with 54 stores, has hired Tom Williams as director of produce and floral merchandising, reporting to Emily Coborn, vice president of fresh merchandising. Williams most recently served as manager of corporate retail produce and floral at SpartanNash Co. Prior to his role at SpartanNash, Williams spent 35 years in leadership positions with Supervalu northern region, Cub Foods Corporate, H. Brooks & Co.,... Read more
Lineage Logistics LLC, a temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics company backed by Bay Grove Capital LLC, has named Greg Bryan as its senior vice president of transportation solutions. In this position, Bryan will assume responsibility for all aspects of Lineage’s transportation and international logistics operations and will report directly to Greg Lehmkuhl, president and chief executive officer. Prior to joining Lineage, Bryan served as senior vice president... Read more
Mark Seay: From Super Bowl record book to Stater Bros.’ PR department
In celebration of Super Bowl 50, Stater Bros. family member and former NFL wide receiver Mark Seay presented the National Football League’s golden football to San Bernardino High School as part of the NFL’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll. The presentation took place Tuesday, Jan. 26, during an assembly in the school’s auditorium.Mark Seay The Super Bowl High School Honor Roll recognizes high schools and communities that have contributed to Super Bowl history... Read more
Rivermaid Trading Co. hires pear industry veteran Kyle Persky as sales manager
Rivermaid Trading Co. has hired Kyle Persky to fill the role of sales manager for its fresh pear and cherry business. Persky will be based in Rivermaid’s Lodi, CA, office and began his role as sales manager on Feb. 1.Kyle Persky Prior to joining Rivermaid, Persky was employed at Scully Packing Co., one of California’s larger pear grower-packer-shippers. Persky managed domestic and international sales for Scully Packing 2008-15, focusing his efforts primarily on... Read more
Fresh Fruit Cuts appoints Melissa Blake as director of sales and marketing
Fresh Fruit Cuts, processors of stone fruit, pears and grapes under the Woot Froot label, has named Melissa Blake as director of sales and marketing. Blake will be responsible for marketing, external communications and for driving sales of Woot Froot by adding diversity and variety into the value-added segment. Blake previously served as the value-added buyer for Fresno, CA-based wholesale distributor OK Produce. Melissa Blake “I have witnessed incredible growth... Read more
Hollandia taps industry veteran as VP of sales
Hollandia Produce L.P., a leading purveyor of hydroponically greenhouse grown lettuce and leafy greens, announced that veteran produce executive Brian Cook has joined the company as vice president of sales. Cook, who brings more than 15 years of experience across all facets of the supply chain, will oversee the day-to day sales, customer service and marketing operations and will serve as a member of the company’s executive committee.Brian Cook Cook’s appointment... Read more
Mann Packing adds to marketing department
Mann Packing has hired Loree Dowse, Jacob Shafer and Monica Infelise, who will join the Mann’s team as foodservice marketing assistant, marketing and communications coordinator, and content marketing specialist, respectively. They will be working from the Mann Packing corporate headquarters in Salinas, CA. Within these roles, Mann’s marketing team will expand its focus on the development of advertising campaigns, public relations and community outreach, and further... Read more
Texas produce industry names five to hall of fame
The Texas International Produce Association named five produce industry leaders to its Hall of Fame this week. The TIPA Hall of Fame has been a “proud tradition since 1988, recognizing people who have made exceptional contributions to the industry,” Bret Erickson, TIPA president and chief executive officer, said in a press release. Among those recognized were Bill Burns (posthumously) of Lamar Farms in McAllen; Wallace Martin of Dixondale Farms in Carrizo... Read more
SunFed promotes three executives
RIO RICO, AZ — Three executives of SunFed Produce LLC have recently been promoted: Mark Cassius, Brett Burdsal and Craig Slate. Working in the Rio Rico headquarters, Cassius has been named executive vice president and general manager. He was previously the firm’s chief innovation officer. In December, Burdsal was named vice president of marketing for SunFed. He was previously director of marketing. Recently promoted executives Mark Cassius, Craig... Read more
Adam Brady joins Golden Sun Marketing
Golden Sun Marketing, based in Minnetrista, MN, announced that Adam Brady, a seasoned produce marketing professional, is now a member of its marketing team. Brady joins Jennifer Velasquez in the role of senior marketing manager. Brady brings over five years of produce marketing experience to the Golden Sun team. He began as a marketing coordinator with Shuman Produce, working his way up to director of marketing. Brady brings his expertise in several aspects of... Read more
Tim Beerup joins NMB’s retail team
The National Mango Board has added Tim Beerup to its retail team. Beerup comes to the NMB with a strong background in retail and wholesale produce, and a willingness to learn and help grow the mango business. “Tim comes to the NMB with a wealth of experience and retail knowledge, making him a great addition to our retail team,” Rachel Muñoz, NMB’s director of marketing, said in a press release. “We are confident that Tim will play a key role in strengthening our... Read more
Polymer Logistics names North American VP
Polymer Logistics, a leader in retail-ready packaging, announced that Tony Mosco has joined the company as North American vice president of sales. Mosco reports to Gideon Feiner, chief executive officer, and is responsible for all commercial activity in the United States, Canada and Mexico.Tony Mosco "Tony Mosco brings decades of experience to his new role," Feiner said in a press release. "His expertise in the pooling industry, the grower community, and with... Read more
Seald Sweet adds citrus industry veteran to sales team
Seald Sweet International, based in Vero Beach, FL, announced that Stu Monaghan has joined the company as sales director, effective Jan. 18. He will focus on growing the company’s fresh fruit sales and marketing programs. During his 26-year career in the produce industry, Monaghan has become well-established in Florida and imported citrus programs, with key retail and wholesale accounts. He has also been instrumental in developing Australian citrus programs for... Read more
Generation Next: Produce industry and  technology tightly linked for young staffer at Exp Group
When 23-year-old Anthony Serafino graduated from Michigan State University in May, he went directly to join his family’s business, the Exp Group LLC in North Bergen, NJ. The company is owned by his father, Emil Serafino. The younger Serafino now serves as the company’s vice president of public relations.Anthony Serafino at the Exp Group facility in North Bergen, NJ. The 23-year-old son of company owner Emil Serafino is excited about working in the family business... Read more
Houweling’s expands account management team
Houweling’s U.S. account management team has grown with the hiring of Nic Vallejo. Additionally, Jeremiah Hunsaker has been promoted; the two join industry veteran RJ Deakins. Reporting to Bill Wilber, Houweling’s group vice president of sales, the team’s focus is on delivering gold standard service to Houweling’s customer base.Nic Vallejo Vallejo is no stranger to Houweling’s, having worked with the company previously as a greenhouse category coordinator for The... Read more
E. Armata, Hunts Point mourn Ralph Comunale
Ralph Comunale, a 48-year veteran of the produce industry and a well-respected figure on the Hunts Point Terminal Market, died Dec. 25. Mr. Comunale started his career at R&C Comunale, his family’s watermelon and wine grape business over 48 years ago at the age of 14. He worked side by side with his father and mentor, Cono Comunale, and became a full-time partner at the age of 18. Ralph Comunale “Ralph was a true market personality with a gift for sales and... Read more
David Duvall joins Western Growers
Western Growers announced the recent hire of David Duvall, who will join the insurance services team as program development director. In this role, Duvall will be responsible for developing association-based property and casualty solutions for our members. “We are thrilled to bring someone of David’s caliber to the Western Growers’ team,” Jeff Gullickson, senior vice president of Western Growers insurance services, said in a press release. “David’s 30-year track... Read more
Sara Reisinger crowned  2016 Michigan Apple Queen
Sara Reisinger of Freeland, MI, has been crowned the 2016 Michigan Apple Queen. Hannah Rasch of Conklin was First Runner-Up. Contestants for Michigan Apple Queen must have a connection to the Michigan apple industry in order to serve as its ambassador. The Michigan Apple Committee, based in Lansing, MI, sponsors the annual contest. 2016 Michigan Apple Queen Sara Reisinger with first runner up Hannah Rasch. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Apple Committee. “The... Read more
Chile Country Council Chairman Miguel Allamand recognized at council meeting
Outgoing Produce Marketing Association Chile Country Council Chairman Miguel Allamand of Exportadora Subsole was recognized Dec. 3 at the council meeting in Santiago. In a press release, PMA stated that the council and incoming Chairman Christian Corssen of Compania Frutera Santa Maria S.A. praised Allamand for his role and contribution as chairman over the past four years. Nancy Tucker, PMA vice president of global business development, outgoing PMA Chile... Read more
JOH honors Melissa Passalaqua with 2015 Harry O’Hare Award
JOH announced that Melissa Passalaqua has been awarded its Harry O'Hare Award for 2015. The honor is presented to the person who most personifies the values and qualities that marked the life and career of Harry O'Hare Sr., who founded Johnson O'Hare in 1956. John Saidnawey, Billy Passalaqua, Melissa Passalaqua, Bobbie O’Hare, Matt O’Hare and Chip O’Hare. Hard work, integrity, passion, a positive attitude and team spirit are all part of O’Hare’s personal and professional... Read more