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Stuart Smith joins Interfresh Inc.
Orange, CA-based Interfresh Inc., a national supplier of fruits and vegetables, announced the addition of Stuart Smith to its sales staff in San Bruno, CA, effective April 7. “People of Stuart’s caliber don’t come along very often,” said Puentes. “Stuart literally grew up in melon fields, working alongside his brother and dad in the family business, Turlock Fruit Co. Interfresh and Turlock Fruit have a long and valued history of working together in the Los Angeles... Read more
Boskovich Farms names Steve Adams director of growing operations and grower relations
Steve Adams filled the newly created position of director of growing operations and grower relations at Boskovich Farms, based in Oxnard, CA. In his new role, Adams will oversee the scheduling of all plantings and coordinate with the sales and harvesting departments for Boskovich Farms’ California and Arizona operations. He will also coordinate with growers and suppliers for both commodity and fresh-cut vegetables. Prior to joining Boskovich Farms, Adams most... Read more
BRENDAN KEATING joined wholesale grocer Bozzuto’s Inc. April 7 as a perishables account manager. He replaces Kenny Brickel, who has joined Nicholas Markets in Colonia, NJ, as store manager. Keating, a resident of Bergen County, NJ, has many years of experience in the fresh produce industry, including five-and-a-half years at ShopRite Stores Inc. and 24 years at Kings Super Markets (now Kings Food Markets). Keating, 46, will concentrate on the mid-Atlantic territory... Read more
Brian Morris joins Market Fresh corporate staff
Market Fresh, based in Nixa, MO, announced the addition of BRIAN MORRIS to its corporate staff. As a VMI/packaging specialist for Market Fresh Produce, Morris will be in charge of timely and accurate fulfillment of daily replenishment from customers, as well as handling packaging inventories, according to a company press release. Brian Morris“Brian’s role plays an important part in the success of our organization,” said Steve Phipps, chief executive officer and... Read more
Ahold USA appoints Amy Hahn as senior VP of marketing
Ahold USA announced that Amy Hahn has been appointed to the newly created position of senior vice president of marketing, effective April 28. In this role, which will be based in Carlisle, PA, Hahn will lead and drive critical initiatives of strategic marketing, market insights and analytics, advertising, promotion, brand development, corporate communications, innovation, digital strategy and execution. She will also be responsible for developing digital retailing... Read more
Jewel-Osco announced that Scott Hays has been named vice president of operations for the Chicagoland grocery store.  Most recently a district manager with Albertsons LLC’s Southern division, Hays will lead the operations team to support Jewel-Osco’s marketing and merchandising initiatives, including the company’s upcoming remodels and opening its five newly acquired locations. “Scott’s years of experience with Albertsons combined with his vast knowledge of... Read more
Watson to resign as executive director of the National Mango Board
William Watson, who has served as executive director of the National Mango Board since its inception in 2005, will resign from that post at the end of this year, the board announced in an April 10 press release. In his role as executive director, Watson had oversight of the Orlando, FL-based organization's strong marketing, research and industry relations programs, which helped increase consumption 53 percent to 2.87 pounds per capita since 2005.William Watson "It... Read more
Allegiance Retail Services LLC, a retailer-owned cooperative that provides marketing, advertising, technological and operational support as well as a full line of "Foodtown" private-label products, has announced the election of its board of managers at the company’s annual membership meeting, which was held at the Allegiance Headquarters facility, in Iselin, NJ, on March 18. Elected to the Allegiance board of managers were Nicholas D’Agostino III, John Estevez,... Read more
Linda V. Moore joins Marrone Bio Innovations
Davis, CA-based Marrone Bio Innovations, a global provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products, recently hired Linda V. Moore to fill the newly created general counsel position. Moore previously served as general counsel and chief compliance officer for Merix Corp., Phoenix Technologies, and Jabil Circuit, in addition to being co-founder and principal of The Moore Group. Moore has extensive experience in the areas of intellectual property, securities... Read more
Key Food names newest member of its executive team
Key Food Stores Co-operative Inc., a chain of independently owned and operated grocery stores, announced John Durante as the newest member of its executive team. On April 14, Durante will take on the role of vice president of business development, where he will be responsible for member relations and acquiring, opening and on-boarding new stores in an effort to help Key Food achieve its vision of growth.John Durante For the past nine years, Durante acted... Read more
 Naturipe announces two new directors of business development
Naturipe Farms announced the appointment of Jerry Moran as its director of business development-West and the promotion of Kasey Kelley as the director of business development-East. In their roles, Moran and Kelley will contribute to the company’s growth by leading strategic sales and business development activities for Naturipe Farms. “We are excited to welcome Jerry to the Naturipe team and equally pleased to promote from within and see Kasey take on... Read more
Brett Lamar joins Market Fresh Produce
Market Fresh Produce, based in Nixa, MO, announced the addition of Brett Lamar to its corporate staff on March 25. In his new position as VMI/transportation specialist, Lamar will be in charge of timely and accurate fulfillment of daily replenishment from customers. He will also handle logistics for the company. Lamar brings nine years of experience in grocery retail to Market Fresh. Prior to joining the company, he worked for Target and other local grocery stores... Read more
SunFed names Cassius chief innovation officer
SunFed, a Rio Rico, AZ-based distributor and importer of vegetables, has appointed Mark Cassius chief innovation officer. Cassius has a proven track record over the last 20 years of building strong teams and contributing in important ways whatever the challenge. Most recently he served as executive vice president of sales and marketing for EuroFresh. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as vice president of sales with Del Monte.Mark Cassius In his new role, Cassius... Read more
United Fresh Immediate Past Chairman David Krause of Paramount Citrus has announced the slate of new officers and directors nominated to serve on the United Fresh Produce Association board of directors, effective at its April 22 meeting in Santa Barbara, CA. Ascending to chairman of the board is Ron Carkoski, president and chief executive officer of Four Seasons Family of Cos. in Ephrata, PA. Carkoski currently serves as chairman-elect of the board. Nominated... Read more
BEAN LLC announces new president
Indianapolis-based BEAN LLC, a company focused on building food systems and businesses that address Midwest food challenges, announced the hire of its new president, Shane Towne, on March 31. Co-founder and former president Matt Ewer will now serve as chief executive officer. “We are excited to welcome Shane to our team and look forward to the future of our company under his leadership,” said Ewer. “The cornerstones that BEAN is built upon align with Shane’s personal... Read more
Organics Unlimited, based in San Diego, announced Alberto Ramirez Rivera as its new general manager of production at Rancho El Tesoro, the company-owned banana farms in southern Mexico. Rivera is a former GROW scholar who graduated in 2012 from the University of Colima with a major in agronomy. In his new position, he will be responsible for the quality of the fruit, from planting through harvesting. “Throughout my studies, I have had a passion for organic growing... Read more
Richard Ruiz a strong believer in mission of PBH
SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Richard Ruiz sat in a comfortable chair in the grand lobby of the Scottsdale Hilton Resort & Spa. It was March 18 and there was a brief afternoon break in the schedule of the March 17-19 annual conference of the Produce for Better Health Foundation. Ruiz, president of Ruiz Sales, an Edinburg, TX-based distributor of tropical produce items from Mexico and a strong proponent of the Produce for Better Health Foundation’s mission to increase the... Read more
Jim Stewart joins Paramount Export Co.
Paramount Export Co., embarking on its 75th year as a leading importer and exporter of quality fresh produce, announced the addition of Jim Stewart as its domestic sales manager. Stewart has more than 30 years of experience in domestic and international sales of tree fruit, cherries and grapes. He will be developing and expanding the distribution of Paramount Export products throughout North America. These products include fresh produce from California growers... Read more
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Inc. announced that Paul Hertz has been named president and chief executive officer of the company, effective immediately. Since joining A&P in 2010, Hertz has held the role of chief operating officer. In his new role, Hertz will be responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the company, including oversight and implementation of all business and marketing decisions, as well as support of ongoing growth... Read more
Generation Next: Pollack strives to work hard, play hard
Life is one sweet ride for Nick Pollack, a 28-year-old self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades at Coosemans Los Angeles Inc. “I do whatever needs to be done,” he told The Produce News. “I’ll jump in.” The spirit of challenge and innovative thinking is nothing new to Pollack. His father, Alan, was one of the company founders. Nick PollackSourcing unique fruits and vegetables, the dynamic business model employed is best described in a single line found on the website... Read more