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California-based fresh produce company Prime Harvest hired Jim Stewart as vice president of sales. Mr. Stewart joins Prime Harvest with more than 30 years of experience in the Californian fresh produce industry, having most recently held the positions of president and sales manager at WesPak.

"I am looking forward to applying my skills to a fresh set of challenges with Prime Harvest,” Mr. Stewart said in a press release. Prime-Harvest Jim-Stewart1Jim Stewart, new vice president of sales for Prime Harvest.“The growth opportunities in front of this business are pretty exciting to consider."

He joins the team at a time of major expansion for the business. Prime Harvest is the Californian arm of the Freshmax Group and is focused on the export of key lines to Canada, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It also provides strategic opportunities for exports out of New Zealand and Australia.

With a substantial presence in table grapes, the company is focused on expanding its footprint in the tree fruit and cherry categories.

"We are very excited welcome Jim into the Prime Harvest team,” Simon Gillett, general manager of global development, said in the press release. “His expertise and reputation is difficult to match. We expect the business to expand quickly from here, especially as we tap into opportunities within the wider Freshmax network."