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JOH mourns Tom Fisher
Tom Fisher, JOH's former chief executive officer and 31-year veteran of the company, died from complications of pneumonia on March 1 in Estero, FL, surrounded by his wife,... Read more
Cindy Jewell, former VP of marketing at California Giant, launches Jewell Marketing
Cindy Jewell has had an illustrious career in the produce industry, first with the California Strawberry Commission and then with California Giant Berry Farms, but always... Read more
Apeel welcomes new director of foodservice
Apeel Sciences, a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and one of TIME magazine's 50 Genius Companies, appointed Taylor Sokol as the company’s director of foodservice.... Read more
Nature Fresh Farms' Matt Quiring transitions to director of sales
Nature Fresh Farms announced Matt Quiring’s recent role transition from executive retail sales accounts manager to director of sales. Quiring, son of Nature Fresh Farms President... Read more
Longtime organic expert joins Viva Tierra Organic
Longtime organic expert Chris Ford has joined Viva Tierra Organic, a leading grower and marketer of organic apples and pears, in the role of business development and marketing... Read more
Ocean Mist Farms hires Tom Botelho
Ocean Mist Farms has hired Tom Botelho as a sales representative. In this role, Botelho will work closely with Sales Manager Joe Angelo to build Ocean Mist Farms business... Read more
Cristie Mather joins FLM Harvest as VP of food
FLM Harvest hired Cristie Mather as vice president of food. Mather brings more than 10 years of food industry experience to the 90-plus member FLM Harvest team, a strategic... Read more
 Industry veteran Mike Browne joins Mission Produce as COO
Mission Produce Inc. has hired industry executive leader Mike Browne as its chief operating officer, reporting to Steve Barnard, Mission Produce’s president and chief executive... Read more
Tom Nassif: A job well done
When Tom Nassif was hired by Western Growers Association in 2002 as president and chief executive officer, he had the perfect skill set for the job. Longtime board member... Read more
Organics Unlimited expands organic produce team
Organics Unlimited, a San Diego-based grower and distributor of organic tropical fruit, recently added Jose Miguel Naranjo to the company as its logistics and operations assistant.... Read more
Texas produce industry leaders inducted into Hall of Fame
Jimmy Santos of Santos International, Charles La Grange of J&D Produce, Aquiles J. Garza of Bebo Distributing, Kathy Reavis of Reavis Farms, Lawrence Kroman of I. Kunik... Read more
Hamburg Süd chief to retire
Frank Smet, chief commercial officer of Hamburg Süd, will be going into retirement at the end of March after roughly 27 years with the company. Smet, who has been working... Read more
Michel Picandet named head of TOMRA Food
Michel Picandet has been appointed executive vice president and head of TOMRA Food. He joined the company Jan. 1 and will be based at the TOMRA Food headquarters in Leuven,... Read more
South Carolina's Martin Eubanks has died
Martin L. Eubanks, who spent almost his entire career with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, died late Saturday evening Jan. 18, at Augusta University Medical... Read more
Art Vega joins Sev-Rend as VP of business development
Sev-Rend has hired Art Vega as its new vice president of business development. Bringing Vega on lines up with Sev-Rend’s goals to further service its clients in key industries... Read more
California Giant Berry Farms expands executive team
California Giant Berry Farms kicked off the new year by adding a new member to its executive team, welcoming Sean Martin as chief financial officer to the growing company. Martin... Read more
With 40 years of retail experience, Terry Cook joins Trucco
Produce executives never underestimate the value of people who have decades of experience in the field. Terry Cook, who joined Hunts Point Terminal Market-based Trucco as... Read more
Varcode continues growth with new business development hires
Varcode, maker of patented digital, time and temperature sensitive supply chain solutions, has hired two new supply chain industry veterans to focus on business sales and... Read more
Marketing veteran joins Ten Acre Marketing
Erin Dickson, with over 20 years of experience in agriculture and marketing, has joined Ten Acre marketing as senior vice president of strategy. “I am absolutely thrilled... Read more
Wisconsin native elected president of National Onion Association
Wisconsin native Doug Bulgrin has been elected president of the National Onion Association and will serve as the nationwide organization’s chief for the next two years.The... Read more

Sun Basket gets uptick but growth limited
All across the country Americans are sheltering in place with trips out filled with trepidation. As such, it is no surprise that meal delivery companies, like Blue Apron, Home Chef and HelloFresh are reporting an uptick in business and fielding many more calls and hits on their websites. Sun Basket Inc., a Read More ...
Produce sales during COVID-19 by the numbers
Nobody in the produce industry wants to increase sales at the cost of people falling ill, but the simple fact is that the COVID-19 pandemic has produce sales on the rise. According to IRI, for the week ended March 22, fresh produce sales were up 29.7 percent compared to the prior week. It’s pretty much a universal belief Read More ...
Drastic retail shift for Stemilt’s Apple Lover bags
Retailers are shifting their apple categories to bags now that the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping Americans at home most of the time. Limited trips to shop for groceries, a desire for a grab-and-go pack, and an increase in buying groceries online are all factors causing retailers to mix up their apple strategy and lean into Read More ...
Duda engages with consumers during unique National Celery Month
For the month of March, Duda Farm Fresh Foods shared its National Celery Month promotion with consumers to elevate the versatility of celery and position it as the “It-gredient.” Despite the shift in tone throughout the industry as well as the world, Duda Farm Fresh Foods continued to engage with shoppers in an effort to Read More ...
Strong Georgia peach crop in the works
Georgia peach growers are anxiously awaiting first harvest of what is shaping up to be the best crop in years. Harvest is expected to begin around the May 15 and continue through the Aug. 15.   Following last year’s bumper crop, consumers are eagerly awaiting the quintessential summertime fruit. With the current situation Read More ...

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