Church Bros., a fresh produce shipper based in Salinas, CA, announced that Kori Tuggle will join the company as vice president of marketing.
Tuggle was most recently the director of marketing and business development for Ocean Mist Farms, where she managed the marketing program for the trade and consumer markets for 10 years. At Church Bros., Tuggle will report to Chief Executive Officer Steve Church and work closely with the sales and new business development team as well as have responsibilities for marketing and other corporate priorities.
Tuggle started her produce career as a produce buyer at Safeway in 1996 after graduating from California Poly-San Luis Obispo with a degree in agribusiness. From Safeway she joined Church Bros. for four years during which she completed the MBA program at Pepperdine University.
"We are excited to have Kori rejoin Church Brothers, as she has over 12 years of marketing experience in our industry," Steve Church said in a press release. "Kori has a great work ethic, marketing skills and character that will help Church Brothers and True Leaf Farms with our continued plan for growth."
Tuggle said Church Brothers is a different farming company than it was 10 years ago, vertically integrated with a focus on innovation from field-to-plant processing.
"I'm anxious to return to the Church Brothers team and work for Tom and Steve, who have always believed in me and taught me so much in the earlier years of my career," Tuggle said in the press release. "I'm looking forward to being part of the relentless entrepreneurial vision that drives their businesses forward."
Tuggle will transition into the new job in the latter half of November.