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Rainier Fruit Co. announced the addition of Andy Tudor to its sales and marketing staff, creating a new position as director of business development.

“We’re thrilled to have Andy join the team at Rainier and certain his 30 years of industry experience will assist our efforts in driving customer and company initiatives,” Suzanne Wolter, director of marketing, said in a press release. “We recognize our customers are facing increased Andy-TudorAndy Tudorchallenges and pressures, so we’re positioning ourselves to better assist them in meeting their ever-changing goals.”

Raised in the Yakima Valley, Mr. Tudor grew up in a farming family, earning his degree in agricultural economics from Washington State University and later developing a solid standards background while working for the Washington State Department of Agriculture. He’s spent the last 25 years in the sales and marketing of Washington apples.

“Joining Rainier is a once-in-a-career opportunity,” Mr. Tudor said. “Excellent farming practices, cutting-edge packing technology, attention to detail and vision toward the future have Rainier at the top of the industry. I am excited to be a part of this team.”