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Southern Specialties continues expanding sales team

Southern Specialties, a grower, importer, processor and shipper of specialty produce from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America, announced June 10 the hiring of Robert Saake as key account manager.

Saake has eight years experience in the produce industry, most recently in the sales department of Hugh Branch Inc. in Belle Glade, FL.

"Southern Specialties has been on my radar for a long time," said Robert-SaakeRobert SaakeSaake "My hopes were to become associated with a vertically integrated company offering year-round supplies and service with a great reputation in the industry. That is a perfect description of Southern Specialties."

"We are excited to have Robert on board," said Daryl Johnston, vice president of sales at Southern Specialties, which is based in Pompano Beach, FL. "His experience and skills will be a great asset to our company. We are focused on providing the best possible service to our customers. Expanding our sales team is an important part of this initiative. Mr. Saake is the second recent addition to our team."

The company announced the hire of Katie Johnston as key account manager last month.

Southern Specialties markets its "Southern Selects" and "Today's Gourmet" lines of product from distribution facilities in Pompano Beach, FL, McAllen, TX, and Los Angeles.