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Stemilt’s food-safety manager given SQFI Distinguished Service Award
Stemilt’s food-safety and scheduling manager, Eva Lauve, has been recognized by the Safe Quality Food Institute with its Quality Achievement Award. Lauve, who has spent her entire 40-year career with Stemilt, was named recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, which is given to an individual who has freely shared time and expertise throughout the industry in the areas of food safety. The awards were given out at the 2017 SQFI International Conference,... Read more
Whole Foods' John Mackey joins The Students For Liberty board
John Mackey, Whole Foods Market chief executive officer and co-founder, joined the Students For Liberty board of directors. Mackey is a strong supporter of free markets and author of “Conscious Capitalism.” He was recognized as the SFL alumnus of the year in 2013. Mackey said that he's excited to work closely with SFL on spreading liberty across the globe. "When I co-founded Conscious Capitalism, few thought the term could be reclaimed. However, thanks... Read more
Rayne Thompson promoted at Sunkist, FGS
As part of the recently announced shared management structure of Sunkist Growers and Fruit Growers Supply Co., Rayne Thompson has been promoted to vice president of government relations and public policy. In this role, Thompson will oversee both Sunkist and Fruit Growers Supply interests relative to state, federal and trade policies.Rayne Thompson “Rayne has been pivotal in helping Sunkist navigate the ever-changing statutory and regulatory requirements that... Read more
Lisa Cork joins PMA's board of directors
With a career spanning more than 30 years in fresh produce, former Californian and now New Zealander Lisa Cork of Fresh Produce Marketing Ltd. accepted a nomination to join this year’s Produce Marketing Association board of directors. Most recently a member of both the PMA’s global development committee and demand creation strategic planning task force, her global experience, ability to think strategically and ask questions that challenge the status... Read more
Fresh fruit sales changes at Sunkist
Sunkist is beginning this year’s citrus season with a new sales management structure, promoting Chris Gordon to managing director of fresh fruit sales and Jose Fu to director of sales operations. “Chris Gordon joined Sunkist in 2000 after more than a decade working on the packinghouse/exchange side of the business,” said Sunkist and FGS President and Chief Executive Officer Russell Hanlin.Chris Gordon “His in-depth knowledge of all Sunkist’s... Read more
Chamberlains named 2017 Pillars of the FPAA
TUBAC, AZ — Jimmy and Sylvia Chamberlain were recognized as the 2017 Pillars of the FPAA Nov. 3 for their long and distinguished leadership within the industry and FPAA. According to FPAA, the annual award is “given to those who have volunteered their time and effort to the industry, as well as demonstrated innovation and integrity throughout their career.”2017 winners of the Pillars of the FPAA award, Jimmy and Sylvia Chamberlain, are flanked... Read more
Recognition: Mike Aiton leaves legacy of 50 years of service
Like so many before him, Mike Aiton entered his food industry career rather inconspicuously as a box boy at his hometown grocer. But more than 50 years later, he has retired after leaving his mark on several different facets of the industry. He begins his story as one of the first baby boomers to come into this world. “I was born nine months and one week after my father returned from World War II,” he said. He calls his childhood uneventful, as his... Read more
The new generation at E. Armata wants to be just like generations prior
E. Armata Inc. has operated in the produce industry for more than a century. In recent years the company has completely renovated its facility, located on the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market in Bronx, NY, to near-futuristic conditions — not the least of which are its elegant offices — under the guidance of company President Chris Armata and his brother, Paul Armata, who is vice president and secretary. The renovated facility is not the only move... Read more
Ann E. Ziegler, senior vice president and chief financial officer of CDW Corp., has been appointed to join US Foods Holding Corp.'s board of directors effective Jan. 1, 2018. “Ann is a highly accomplished senior executive with nearly 30 years of leadership experience across multiple industries, including technology, consumer packaged goods, and the food industry,” said Pietro Satriano, president and chief executive officer of US Foods. “Her background... Read more
Kyla Oberman joins Tanimura & Antle as director of marketing
With a continued commitment to growth and innovation, Tanimura & Antle has announced Kyla Oberman as its director of marketing.  Oberman takes on this new role from her most recent position of director of marketing at Naturipe Farms where she has worked since 2010.  At Tanimura & Antle, Oberman will oversee and manage the company’s brand identity, marketing initiatives and communications program, working closely with Jeffrey Jackson, chief... Read more
The Eastern Produce Council has announced the addition of Mike Maxwell, president of Procacci Bros. Sales of Philadelphia, to its executive board. Maxwell has taken on the role of secretary, which was previously held by Sal Zacchia, who passed away this spring. Other members of the EPC’s executive team are Vic Savanello of Allegiance Retail Services, president; Marianne Santo of Wakefern Food Corp., first vice president; George Moskal of GVM Consulting,... Read more
Giorgio's Threlfall to retire, successor named
Brian Threlfall, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Giorgio Fresh Co., will retire at the end of the year. Greg Sagan, current vice president of sales and marketing, has been appointed to succeed Threlfall beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Threlfall, who joined Giorgio in 1987, was instrumental in establishing Giorgio as a major player in the fresh mushroom business. When Threlfall joined Giorgio, the company had no involvement in the fresh mushroom market... Read more
Kevin Leap joins GreenFruit Avocados as director of sales and marketing
Mexican avocado marketer GreenFruit Avocados announced that industry veteran Kevin Leap has been appointed director of sales and marketing. Leap has 27 years of experience in the produce industry, working in a variety of sales and marketing roles at well-known companies like WestPak Avocados, Dulcinea and Ready Pac. Most recently, he was director of business development at Frieda’s Specialty Produce, based in Los Alamitos, where he continued to oversee its... Read more
Ippolito International has added John Landa to its growing sales team. Landa, most recently with Dole in Salinas, CA, brings 20 years of produce industry experience to Ippolito. He began his career working on the brokerage side with Fresh Network, and also worked stints at New Star (sales/leaf commodity manager) and Tanimura & Antle, (cauliflower and broccoli commodity manager). At Dole he handled vegetable sales before moving sales covering the full line of... Read more
Jewel-Osco's Michael Vesely named Mango Retailer of the Year
The National Mango Board named Michael Vesely of Jewel-Osco as the 2017 Mango Retailer of the Year. The award was announced during the NMB’s Annual Mango Industry Reception on Oct. 20 during PMA’s Fresh Summit Convention & Expo. Present at the award ceremony were mango industry leaders, including many of Jewel-Osco suppliers and several NMB board members.Paul Calas, Michael Vesely, Scott Bennett and Eric Haacker of Jewel-Osco. The Mango Retailer... Read more
Prime Time's Mike Aiton to retire after 40-plus years in the produce industry
After nearly five decades in the produce industry, Mike Aiton, director of marketing at Prime Time International, will retire Nov. 1. He has been a valued member of the Prime Time team since 2009 and will be missed by many in the industry. “Mike is very well liked in the agriculture community and he’s known throughout the produce industry as a true professional,” said Mike Way, managing partner of Prime Time International. Aiton’s expansive... Read more
Erik Carrillo joins Exp Group as director of foreign affairs
North Bergen, NJ-based Exp Group LLC continues to evolve along with the strong and growing demand for tropical produce. The growth phenomenon is obvious in produce aisles and on foodservice menus across the nation. Anthony Serafino, vice president of public relations, and a second-generation family member, said, “We absolutely feel that tropical items have and continue to become regular within the typical A to Z produce items.” Exp Group’s newly... Read more
Two key sales hires at J&J Family of Farms
J&J Family of Farms recently hired David Guzi as senior vice president of sales and Mike Strickland as director of sales for its Western division. Guzi brings 35 years of experience in the produce industry to J&J Family of Farms. He has been the senior leader of sales teams at Del Monte Fresh Produce Inc., Central American Produce and at Rosemont Farms. His most recent role in his career provided him the opportunity to be the general manager, responsible... Read more
Brothers Produce Houston makes executive changes
Brent Erenwert of Brothers Produce Houston has stepped away from his role as president of the company to become its chief innovation officer. Rick Sanders is now the president and general manager and Don Governale is the vice president of sales and operations. Erenwert is a 19-year produce industry veteran. In his new role he will focus on the future avenues of growth for the company. One of the early projects he has created is a new procurement division focusing... Read more
Procacci promotes three employees
Procacci Holdings LLC has announced the promotions of George Binck to chief operating officer, John Hagan to chief financial officer and Lou Struble to director of business development and special projects. Binck was hired by Procacci Bros. in 1993 as a human resources manager. The company said Binck has driven operational excellence throughout Procacci’s vertically integrated businesses during his career with Procacci in roles that have included special... Read more