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Tanimura & Antle names director of organics
Tanimura & Antle, based in Salinas, CA, has hired Chris Glynn as director of organics. The move is a continuation of the company’s effort to build its team with leading organic veterans and lays the groundwork for a rollout of organic products. Glynn worked at Earthbound Farm since 2005, most recently as vice president of ag supply, playing a pivotal role in the development and coordination of their network of organic growers. “We worked closely... Read more
Lorelei DiSogra, vice president of nutrition and health at the United Fresh Produce Association, will be the honoree and featured speaker at the Reception Honoring Women in Produce, Wednesday, June 14, at United Fresh 2017 in Chicago. Prior to her decade of service to the industry at United Fresh, DiSogra was the director of the National 5 A Day Program at the National Cancer Institute 2001-05, vice president of nutrition at Dole Food Co. 1991-2001, and the director... Read more
Kroger announces exec changes, hiring event
The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Sukanya Madlinger, senior vice president of retail divisions, and the promotion of Calvin Kaufman to succeed her. Kaufman currently serves as president of Kroger's Louisville division. Ann Reed will succeed Kaufman as president of the Louisville division. Additionally, the company said it will hold open interviews in its stores nationwide on Saturday, May 20. The company announced earlier this year that it will add an... Read more
The United Fresh Produce Association will present its 2017 FreshTEC and FreshMKT Achievement awards to two leaders who have made their mark on the fresh produce industry. Receiving the FreshTEC award for outstanding technical achievements is Peter Quiring, owner and chief executive officer of NatureFresh Farms, whose leadership has helped advance the fresh produce industry through innovation in greenhouse technologies. Receiving the FreshMKT award for outstanding... Read more
Al Murray serving New Jersey again
Al Murray is again serving New Jersey agricultural interests. Both the New Jersey Farm Bureau and the New Jersey Agricultural Society have hired the state's former assistant secretary of agriculture to help their respective organizations, tapping into his experience and expertise during his decades of service with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. The farm bureau hired Murray in early February as a consultant. He is representing that organization "at all... Read more
John Vena’s Emily Kohlhas has packed a lot of experiences into her 29 years
Emily Kohlhas’ first exposure to the produce industry was in 2009 when she worked at Whole Foods Market for a short stint after finishing college. Today she serves as sales and marketing coordinator for John Vena Inc., located in the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market. “Technically, I was in customer service at Whole Foods, but I was most interested in the food, especially farmstead cheeses and fresh produce,” said Kohlhas. “I took advantage... Read more
Nick Pasculli receives Ag Tech Innovator Award
Nick Pasculli, owner of TMD Creative, an international marketing and design firm, was awarded the Ag Tech Innovator Award at the 2017 Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit. The award, presented by the Hartnell College Agriculture Business & Technology Institute, was to honor Pasculli’s continued support of the ag industry, as well as his success in cultivating a deepening relationship between technology and agriculture. The event is hosted by the Agricultural... Read more
Florist Sammie Scott dies at 98
Sammie Scott, believed to be the oldest American florist, died March 29 in Amarillo, TX, at the age of 98. Mr. Scott worked in his shop from 1957 up until two weeks before his death, according to a news release. His daughter, Mary Ruth Albracht, said her father had arranged about 40,000 casket pieces and worked five generations of weddings during his long career. “He shared in that many lives,” Albracht said in the release. “He loved all flowers.... Read more
Stewart Precythe, president and CEO of Southern Produce Distributors, dies at age 68
David Stewart Precythe, president and chief executive officer of Southern Produce Distributors Inc. in Faison, NC, died Thursday, April 20, at his home, surrounded by family and friends. He was 68 years old. Mr. Precythe, a 50-year veteran of the produce industry, laid the foundation for Southern Produce Distributors’ ongoing and continuing success. A native of Duplin County, NC, Mr. Precythe was known as a man of great integrity, loyalty and dedication.... Read more
US Foods Holding Corp. announced that Ty Gent has joined the company as chief supply chain officer, reporting to Pietro Satriano, president and chief executive officer. Gent will oversee all warehousing, transportation and supply chain strategy and operations on behalf of the company, as well as safety programs and real estate. “Ty joins us with more than 30 years of supply chain leadership experience,” Satriano said in a press release. “His reputation... Read more
Brent Harrison returns to Nogales watermelon sales
Having fulfilled two years on the sidelines of the produce industry to fulfill a PACA sanction, Brent Harrison has returned to the watermelon business in Nogales. Harrison was the principal of Al Harrison Co. Distributors, based in Nogales, AZ, which was launched 55 years earlier by his grandfather. In a voluntary petition filed June 9, 2015, in Tucson at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Arizona, Al Harrison Co. declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy.Brent Harrison In... Read more
Tom Nassif wins Agriculturalist of the Year Award
Tom Nassif, Western Growers president and chief executive officer, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Agriculturalist of the Year Award for his extensive contributions to the California agricultural industry. In selecting Nassif for the recognition, the California State Fair Ag Advisory Council considered his role in elevating the immigration reform debate to focus on the need for a reliable and legal workforce for agriculture, establishing a new specialty... Read more
National Mango Board appoints Valda Coryat as new director of marketing
The National Mango Board has named Valda Coryat as the NMB’s new director of marketing. Valda will help strengthen the board’s marketing programs and drive mango consumption and awareness in the United States. As director, Valda will oversee all NMB marketing and public relations initiatives for consumer, nutrition, retail and foodservice programs, as well as lead trade show and website communications. In addition, she will collaborate with the management... Read more
Horticultural therapist honored with Chairman's Award
TRENTON, NJ — Laura DePrado of Branchburg in Somerset County, NJ, and president of Final Touch Plantscaping LLC received the Chairman's Award from the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee of the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly at the State Capitol, here, during celebration of Horticultural Therapy Week New Jersey. The award was presented by Assemblyman Robert Andrzejczak (D-1), chairman of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee,... Read more
Ernandes has expanded role in North America for Monsanto
CULIACAN, SINALOA —  A week after adding U.S. and Canadian sales to his professional responsibilities, Marcelo Ernandes told The Produce News on March 9 that he also will serve as the North America commercial lead for seed sales of Monsanto Co. Ernandes will be moving to the firm’s St. Louis headquarters from Mexico this June. His sales responsibility continues to involve Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean islands. He has been responsible... Read more
Conor Leach joins Oakes Farms as Midwest regional sales specialist and account manager
Immokalee, FL-based Oakes Farms has experienced a year of profound growth and expansion. In its need for qualified staff to help keep the momentum going, the company has hired Conor Leach as its new Midwest regional sales specialist and account manager. He joined the company March 15. Leach previously worked as account manager for Tom Lange Missouri in St. Louis. He joined the company as an intern when he was a sophomore at the University of Missouri studying business... Read more
Jim Allen named VP of marketing at New York Apple Sales
New York Apple Sales Inc. has announced that Jim Allen and Matt Wells have joined the Glenmont, NY-based company. Allen, who served for 17 years as president and chief executive officer of the New York Apple Association, is now vice president of marketing at New York Apple Sales, while Wells, previously a procurement manager for Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, team leader of Cornell’s Lake Ontario fruit team and orchard supervisor for Maple Ridge Fruit Farm, has... Read more
Mann Packing announced the hiring of Tim Short, Jim Rodger and Josh Campo to the positions of senior director of strategic vegetable operations, safety supervisor and crop production manager, respectively. Short will be responsible for maintaining relationships and a flow of communication with grower communities, primarily in California and Arizona, and will also track developments and opportunities in Mexico with Mann’s director of international supply... Read more
California Giant Berry Farms adds to sales team
As California Giant continues to grow in fresh berry volume so does the sales team. The company recently hired Jonathan Sparks bringing strong sales experience to the existing team in preparation for the berry season ahead. Sparks brings almost 20 years of produce industry experience into California Giant and will be managing existing trading partner accounts as well as developing new business relationships for the company. Most recently Sparks was the... Read more
DiPiazza transitioning to senior advisor for Sun Pacific
After nearly 10 years with Sun Pacific, first as managing consultant and then as president of sales and marketing, Bob DiPiazza will be transitioning to a consulting role of senior advisor to Berne Evans, chairman of Sun Pacific, and the company's leadership team, effective April 1.  “I’ve had a very rewarding 40-year career in the retail grocery industry, and working with Berne Evans and the team at Sun Pacific for the past 10 years has been very... Read more