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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
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
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
Rene Millburn named PR director of King Fresh
King Fresh Produce LLC, based in Dinuba, CA, recently announced Rene Millburn as its new public relations director. Millburn will be based in the company’s Midwest office, located just outside Kansas City, MO. Millburn brings over eight years of experience in social media management and communications to her new position at King Fresh, where she will be responsible for public relations, social media, website development and maintenance, electronic marketing, and... Read more
The Nunes Co. hires Kristin Shafer
Kristin Shafer recently joined the sales team at Salinas, CA-based The Nunes Co. She will be handling the company’s full line of organic sales. Shafer has been working in the produce industry for nearly 11 years. Prior to joining The Nunes Co., she worked for New Star Fresh Foods/Organic Girl, also based in Salinas, for six years. Originally from Riverside, CA, Shafer now resides in Salinas with her boyfriend of four years. In her free time, she loves to work... Read more
Tony Godinez recently joined McAllen, TX-based Loop Cold Storage as director of business development. Godinez has more than 20 years of experience in U.S. Customs brokerage, freight forwarding and third-party handling and logistics of fresh produce from Mexico. He started a U.S. Customs brokerage operation in 1994 and operated a 30,000-square-foot refrigerated warehouse, Godinez International, in Hidalgo, TX, for 18 years. In 2012, he took over the operations of... Read more
Walt Breeden reflects  on year as CPMA Chair
The April CPMA Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, BC, will mark the end of Walt Breeden’s term as chair of the Association, and he’s proud of the accomplishments of his team. Breeden, director of Canadian sales for The Oppenheimer Group, reflected back on the highlights of his year in the spotlight as he prepares to hand the torch over to Metro’s Bernadette Hamel. “It’s been an outstanding opportunity to be CPMA chair. You don’t realize unless you travel across... Read more
Market Fresh has added Chris Jones to its corporate staff, where he will take on the role of category manager. Jones will oversee many of the products that Market Fresh currently offers. He will be responsible for negotiating a competitive cost of goods as well as developing and maintaining rapport with growers, shippers and other vendors. Jones has been in the produce world since 1995. He started as a produce stocker at a Walmart store in Springfield, MO. From... Read more
Potandon Produce LLC has promoted several key employees as part of a sales reorganization. Bernie Pavlock was promoted to director of business development, responsible for growing the category with existing customers and bringing new business on board. Pavlock is a 1993 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, holding a bachelor's degree in business management, and he has compiled 20 years of industry experience. His former position was sales manager... Read more
Weis Markets announced the promotion of Kurt Schertle to chief operating officer. Prior to his promotion, he was the company’s executive vice president.  Schertle will continue to oversee all aspects of the company’s marketing, merchandising, procurement and advertising for its center store, perishable and pharmacy departments; store operations; and the company’s supply chain, including its distribution and transportation teams. “Kurt has taken on increasingly... Read more
Ready Pac's Tristan Simpson takes on executive role
Ready Pac Foods Inc. promoted Tristan Simpson to vice president of corporate communications. In this newly created position, Simpson joins the Ready Pac executive leadership team and will lead the company’s communications efforts. Her responsibilities include executive messaging, stakeholder outreach, public and media relations, digital media and internal associate engagement. Tristan SimpsonSimpson will report directly to Tony Sarsam, Ready Pac’s chief executive... Read more
Art Salazar recently joined Commerce, CA-based Unified Grocers. In his new position as manager of the produce department for the Southern California region, Salazar is responsible for managing the purchasing and sales team, as well as overlooking merchandising and store deliveries to maximize quality and reduce the cost of doing business. “My goal is to cut the line shorter for our members between the tree and the store,” Salazar told The Produce News. “We will... Read more
After 40 years of dedicated service, Publix Super Markets Vice President of Distribution Richard Schuler announced his decision to retire, effective May 2. Casey Suarez will take over the position effective May 3. Schuler began his Publix career in 1973 as an unloader in the company’s Miami distribution center. In 1979, he was promoted to grocery supervisor, fresh pack supervisor in 1982 and produce department head in 1987. He moved to the Deerfield distribution... Read more