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The Fresh Market holds national hiring event
Specialty grocer The Fresh Market is holding a national holiday hiring event for seasonal and part-time team members. The event will take place at all 159 store locations Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with qualified applicants receiving on-the-spot interviews. The Fresh Market is Read More ...
$1M COVID-19 relief from The Wonderful Company
The Wonderful Company, which is dedicated to harvesting health around the world, has chosen its first 15 nonprofit organizations and schools in California’s Central Valley, including its largest grantees, the California Farmworker Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County, and California State University, Read More ...
G&R Farms celebrates milestone with consumer marketing campaign
G&R Farms is celebrating its 75th Anniversary with a new consumer marketing campaign promoting its family’s legacy along with its sweet onions from Peru.  The campaign will feature G&R’s rich history and heritage along with its focus on sustainability with its recent Rainforest Alliance certification. Set to launch during Read More ...
Ball’s Food takes safety to the next level
Ball’s Food Stores announced the certification of 100 employees by the American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection.  Ball’s Foods employees participated in an intensive, seven-hour training course focused on proper food handling, food preparation and food storage along with food safety and Read More ...
Welcome to Mastronardi Produce's Flavorville
Houston, Orlando, New Orleans, Anaheim, and Atlanta — no matter what city the PMA Fresh Summit is held in, Mastronardi Produce is always known to bring flavor in a big way. This year is no exception. With the PMA Fresh Summit taking to a virtual platform, Mastronardi Produce is inviting the industry to join them in Read More ...
Sev-Rend announces new chief financial officer
Sev-Rend is pleased to announce the addition of Karl Hertel as its new chief financial officer. Adding Karl Hertel to the team as the CFO lines up with Sev-Rend’s goals to further service its clients with high-performance packaging. This move enhances Sev-Rend’s ability to expand their footprint in the ever growing Read More ...
LaBonne's Markets in Prospect, CT, to hold grand opening
LaBonne's Markets, located at 75 Waterbury Road in Prospect, CT, will hold its grand opening celebration Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 pm. The latest of four LaBonne's Markets, all owned by Bob LaBonne Jr. and Robert LaBonne III, boasts an extensive selection of goods including humanely raised meats, fresh Read More ...

 

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John Groh

EDITOR and PUBLISHER

groh@theproducenews.com

John Groh was born and raised in Bergen County, NJ, in the suburbs of New York City. After two decades of dreadful Northeast winters and with a desire to experience life in a different part of the country, he moved to San Diego, CA, in the mid-1980s and attended the University of San Diego, where he majored in English.

While at USD, he developed an interest in oceanography and remained at the university after graduation, working as a researcher on a variety of projects in the field of geological oceanography, including tracking past El Niño weather occurrences and identifying marine organisms that live in and around the hydrothermal vents in the Salton Sea in California's Imperial Valley.

In 1992, John loaded his worldly possessions into his 1972 VW Bug convertible and embarked on his final cross-country journey back east. Soon after his return to New Jersey, he landed a job at a local newspaper as a sports editor and beat writer for the New York Giants of the National Football League. The following year, he joined insurance industry publisher A.M. Best Co. in Whitehouse Station, NJ, as an editor and writer for a number of titles.

Realizing that writing about loss control and risk management was far from his dream job, John responded to an ad about an opening for an assistant editor at The Produce News. As a vegetarian, he was intrigued at the prospect of writing about fruits and vegetables and was excited to join the company in 1995.Among the early challenges of his tenure was helping to implement an electronic desktop publishing system for the newspaper, while at the same time learning the nuances of the produce industry.

In 1997, John was promoted to managing editor of The Produce News, and with that took over the design of the front page of the newspaper, as well as the responsibility of assigning news stories and features. In 2000, he was appointed editor and associate publisher of The Produce News, and his duties were expanded to include day-to-day operations at the company. In July 2006, John was promoted to publisher of the newspaper. He retained his title and responsibilities of editor of the publication, but he now has oversight of all operations of the company.

John and his wife, Mary Anne, an attorney, live in the New York City suburb of Haworth, NJ, with their son, Zane, 16, and daughter, Skyler, 14. Most mornings have John up before the sun to get to the gym or enjoy some solitude before the mayhem of the day begins.

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