The New York Apple Association announced Nov. 2 that David McClurg, the longtime vice president of marketing for the association, will be leaving the organization this month.
Mr. McClurg, who joined the association in 2001, will be taking a management position with IFCO Systems, which operates a pool of more than 125 million reusable plastic containers to transport fresh produce from producers to leading grocery retailers.
During his tenure at the association, Mr. McClurg helped expand retail markets, made tremendous inroads in the foodservice area and opened up new avenues to include more New York apples in more New York state schools.
“Dave has been an excellent Apple Ambassador of New York state apples, and has gained the respect of his colleagues throughout the industry,” Jim Allen, president of the association, said in a Nov. 2 press release. “His service and dedication will be missed.”
The association, which represents the state’s 695 apple growers, will be conducting a search in the coming months for a replacement.