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Dave’s welcomes new hire as domestic operations expand

Dave’s Specialty Imports Inc. hired Tom Rawles to the team as an operations manager focused on grower relations. His extensive expertise across the berry categories is an excellent addition to the Dave’s team. dav

With more than 12 years experience Rawles has touched nearly all aspects of the berry business, including farm development and management, blueberry packing, distribution facility operations, R&D and managing grower partnerships.

“Tom’s experience in berry operations and managing company growth along with his excellent leadership skills make him a great fit for the Dave’s team,” said Vince Ferrante, vice president of new business development. Rawles previously held positions at both Dole Berry Co. and Sunnyridge Farm.

“I’m pleased to be joining an organization that is focused on great relationships and providing excellent results," Rawles said. "I believe Dave’s has the right balance of marketing expertise and providing personal attention.”

Dave’s, a family-owned-and-operated company, began importing berries 26 years ago. The company has focused significantly on increasing its domestic partnerships and its own farming operations over the last 10 years, with an increased focus on organics in the last seven years. Dave’s predominately supplies retail and foodservice operators with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries.