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Heptinstall named CEO-North America for Polymer Logistics
Polymer Logistics, a global leader in retail-ready packaging, has named industry veteran Fred Heptinstall as chief executive officer of North America business, effective July 1. He will report to Gideon Feiner, CEO of Polymer Logistics. "The RPC business in the United States is a very strategic part of Polymer Logistics and its growth plans over the next several years. The addition of Fred Heptinstall is another sign of our continued commitment to our growing business,"... Read more
Moxxy Marketing names Laura Stenvick director of operations
Moxxy Marketing, based in Salinas, CA, announced that Laura Stenvick has been named director of operations, with responsibility for day-to-day operations, workflow, management, accounting, human resources and general office administration. “With double-digit growth year-over-year for more than four years, our recent move into space three-times larger, plus a few additional new positions being created and filled, this was the time to bring on a director of... Read more
Sabrina Hallman named FPAA Member of the Year
During the annual meeting of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, Lance Jungmeyer, the association’s president, presented the FPAA Member of the Year Award to Sabrina Hallman, president and chief executive officer of Sierra Seed Co., an agricultural seed distributing company and greenhouse operation providing services to commercial growers in North America. The Member of the Year is nominated by FPAA members and is someone who goes above and beyond... Read more
Monterey Mushrooms names Tom McMunn gourmet sales manager
Tom McMunn has joined Monterey Mushrooms Inc. as gourmet sales manager, reporting to Mike O’Brien, vice president of sales and marketing.   McMunn comes to Monterey Mushrooms from Schnuck markets, where he was a category leader and director of private brands development. At Monterey Mushrooms, he will oversee the company’s current processed foods business with existing customers and prospective customers in retail, foodservice and processor sectors.... Read more
Mission's Bryan Garibay expands foodservice role
Oxnard, CA-based Mission Produce announced that Bryan Garibay has been promoted to foodservice sales manager. In this role he will be responsible for managing top-level client relationships, developing new business as well as overseeing day-to-day sales activities. Garibay has been with Mission Produce for nearly 10 years, most recently in foodservice sales, and has been a valued contributor to the Mission sales team. According to Patrick Cortes, Mission’s... Read more
Hole-in-one highlights golf tourney
In late April, Jason Day of Kirschenman Fruit Sales in Visalia, CA, received a $5,000 check for a great golf shot he had taken more than a month earlier. On March 11, Day and 126 other produce industry members braved inclement weather while taking part in the 45th annual California Fresh Fruit Association Golf Tournament, held at Kings River Golf & Country Club in Kingsburg, CA.Nick Buratovich Jr., Jason Day, CFFA President Barry Bedwell, Austin Brock... Read more
D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California, based in Salinas, announced the hiring of two in the sales, marketing and business development departments. Cody Hontalas began working for D’Arrigo Bros. this spring as a business assistant, assisting with developing customer relationships, providing assistance with accounts and commodity managing responsibilities. He will be making sure daily commodity estimations and information are accurately updated and that supply... Read more
Next generation Procacci learning the business from the ground up
Witnessing the next generation entering into a successful family business is always reason to celebrate. And while some may think incoming generations are quickly put into high-level positions because of their family ties, it’s not typically the case. Savvy business owners today want their children to have a good education and often as much experience as possible, and in every aspect of the business, before they are assigned major titles. Joseph (Joe) Procacci... Read more
Titan Farms expands in-house sales team
Leading into the start of South Carolina’s peach season, Titan Farms, a premier grower, packer and processor of peaches in the eastern United States, announced the expansion of its sales force with the hiring of Sandra White and Michael Lacey to its in-house sales team. The new team members took on their roles in April and May, respectively.Sandra White White brings 11 years of experience in the produce industry to her new position at Titan Farms. She began... Read more
Market Fresh welcomes senior director of sales
Market Fresh Produce announced the addition of industry veteran Craig Fields as its senior director of sales. Fields will be based at the Market Fresh Tampa, FL, facility, where he will play a lead role in Market Fresh’s national sales efforts. His responsibilities will include expanding existing business, while pursuing additional growth opportunities nationwide. Fields brings a strong background in sales, vendor management and communications. His 21-plus... Read more
Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers names new COO
Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers in Wenatchee, WA, recently named Shahin Ashraf to the position of chief operating officer, effective May 2. As the new COO, Ashraf oversees financial, marketing and sales activities and reports directly to Dalton Thomas, Oneonta president and chief executive officer. In announcing the creation of the position and the appointment, Thomas said, “We are pleased that Shahin has agreed to take on a critical managerial and leadership... Read more
Merriann Metz has been promoted to assistant general counsel and assistant secretary of Publix. Metz began her career at the company in 2006 as an attorney in the corporate legal department. She was promoted to senior attorney in 2010 and to her current position of assistant general counsel in 2011. Her primary areas of legal expertise are in real estate and regulatory law. Metz earned a juris doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law and a bachelor’s... Read more
Nunes Co. names new marketing assistant
The Nunes Co. Inc., marketers of Foxy brand fresh produce, has named Laura Hastie as the new marketing assistant. Hastie will be responsible for social media and digital marketing efforts for the Foxy brand, and representing the company at industry events. Hastie, who was born and raised in Salinas, CA, received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies and marketing from California State University-Long Beach. While completing her undergraduate degree, she... Read more
LinkFresh names new CEO
Fresh food supply chain software specialist LinkFresh has appointed a new chief executive officer to lead its U.K. and global operations. Andy Makeham brings vast experience to the Cambridge-based firm, having previously spent 13 years as founder and CEO of K3 Business Technology Group plc.Andy Makeham Over the course of his 40-year career, Makeham also founded and developed several successful software businesses, including Sheffield Micro and BEC Group. He has... Read more
New generation of D’Arrigo Bros.; a perfect trifecta
It’s always exciting when a new generation member joins a family-owned company, but three coming on board within a few years is really something to applaud. That is exactly what has happened at D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York Inc., located at the Hunts Point Produce Market. Next generation members Kevin D’Arrigo, Brian D’Arrigo and Peter D’Arrigo have all joined the family business over the past few years. Kevin D’Arrigo, Peter D’Arrigo and Brian D’Arrigo.Kevin... Read more
RBest Produce announces appointment of James Bonaro as senior vice president
James Bonaro has served RBest Produce for 30 years. He was recently appointed senior vice president with a partnership interest in the company. Bonaro began his career in the produce industry as an assistant buyer for RBest in 1979, when the company was located at Hunts Point in the Bronx, NY. He left for a few years to start his own business, but rejoined the company in 1985 as warehouse supervisor. Soon promoted to quality control and warehouse operations... Read more
Century mark approaches for Central American Produce founder
Many notable events occurred in 1916. Woodrow Wilson was elected to his second term as president. The Chicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park (now Wrigley Field). A bill was passed incorporating the Boy Scouts of America. The Professional Golfer Association, or PGA, met for the first time in New York City. Coca-Cola brought its current formula to the market. The cost of a first-class stamp was two cents. The first supermarket,... Read more
Former Giant Eagle exec joins Supervalu board
Supervalu Inc. announced that Mary Winston, an experienced financial executive and corporate board member, has been appointed to Supervalu’s board of directors effective today. Winston joins the board having most recently served from 2012 through August 2015 as the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Family Dollar Stores Inc., a discount retailer with more than 8,300 stores and nearly $11 billion in revenues prior to its acquisition... Read more
T&A’s patriarch George Tanimura dies at 100
On April 15, George Tanimura, the founding co-chairman of the board of Tanimura & Antle, one of the premier West Coast lettuce and vegetable companies, died at the age of 100. Mr. Tanimura was the eldest of 12 children of Eijiro Tanimura, who began farming in the San Juan Bautista area of California about a century ago. Eijiro moved the family farming business to Watsonville and Salinas before he died an untimely death at the age of 46 in 1935. Oldest son George,... Read more
John R. Norton III, a tireless advocate for the fresh produce industry largely credited with establishing the all-important Trust provision of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, died on Sunday, April 17, at the age of 87 at his home in Arizona. Mr. Norton was a third-generation Arizonan whose father was also a well-known farmer and pioneer in the lettuce business.  John Norton III was active in many industry organizations over the years and also... Read more