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New Jersey Department of Agriculture names 2019 Outstanding Young Farmer
James Abma Jr., a Wyckoff vegetable producer, has been chosen as New Jersey’s 2019 Outstanding Young Farmer by the New Jersey State Board of Agriculture. Abma and his wife, Anna, are one of 10 finalists for the National Outstanding Young Farmer Award. He will be recognized for the New Jersey honor at the 2019 New Jersey State Agricultural Convention in Atlantic City, NJ, on Feb. 6.Jimmy and Anna Abma with their three children. “The Abmas have long been known for... Read more
Allen Lund promotes Piccola, Babiarz
Allen Lund Co. announced two key promotions in its Rochester, NY, and Charlotte, NC, offices, Todd Piccola and Greg Babiarz. Piccola has been promoted to manager of the Rochester office following his accomplishments as a transportation broker. He began his career at ALC Rochester in June 2010. Over the years he has spent time in the Los Angeles and Boston offices learning about the brokerage business and gaining experience in both dry and refrigerated goods. Throughout... Read more
Brent Scattini joins Seven Seas as West Coast VP
Seven Seas has brought on industry veteran Brent Scattini as vice president West Coast. Scattini will oversee California operations for both citrus and strawberry categories. Scattini brings 28 years of experience in the produce industry, where he focused on category management and program and marketing development. Prior to joining the Seven Seas team, Scattini served as vice president of sales and marketing at Mission Produce in Oxnard, CA. “We are thrilled... Read more
Raley’s names new corporate leader of human resources
Raley’s announced the promotion of Laura Croff to vice president of people. Croff most recently held the title senior director of human resources, leading Raley’s HR business partners and team member relations groups. In her expanded role, Croff will lead the human resources strategy for the company, including labor relations, team member relations, compensation, benefits and talent acquisition.   “We are fortunate to have Laura, a proven leader in building... Read more
Javier Gonzalez Ebra joins Brooks Tropicals
Brooks Tropicals has hired Javier Gonzalez Ebra as sales manager. Ebra joins Brooks after a two decade career in the produce business working with Del Monte, Frontera and Freedom Fresh. “Building flexible tropical programs that meet our customers' ever expanding needs is what Brooks is known for," said Ebra. “My aim is to take Brooks' know-how and deepen its reach throughout North America.” “We’re excited to have Javier as a part of our management team. His vast... Read more
Logan Brown retiring from NJDA
Logan Brown, who has been with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture for more than 31 years, will retire from the department on Feb. 1. A fixture at trade shows and industry events, Brown was instrumental in the development of the Jersey Fresh marketing program during its formative years, a role that he continued throughout his career. Additionally, Brown guided the department's export development initiatives, securing and enhancing new market opportunities... Read more
The Nunes Co. elects Tom M. Nunes president
The Nunes Co., one of the nation’s largest grower-shippers of conventional and organic fresh produce marketed under the Foxy brand name, has elected Tom M. Nunes president of the company. Since the early 1930s, the Nunes family has been practicing innovative farming methods in California’s Salinas Valley and since that time has expanded its operations to Huron and Oxnard, California, Yuma, Arizona, and Yerington, Nevada. The Foxy brand was born when brothers Bob... Read more
Moxxy Marketing hires Seanie Aceves as account coordinator
Moxxy has hired Seanie Aceves as account coordinator. The company said Aceves brings a diverse and valuable skill set to the Moxxy team, including expertise in marketing, project management, web design, sales and customer service. "Seanie impressed me from the start," said Karen Nardozza, president and chief executive officer of Moxxy. "Though we weren’t recruiting at the time, she contacted me nonetheless and skillfully pitched herself, describing her background... Read more
Retirement prompts exec's promotion at Stater Bros. Markets
Stater Bros. Markets announced the promotion of Michael Reed to the position of senior vice president real estate and development. This promotion is due to the retirement of Stater Bros. Vice President of Construction and Maintenance Scott Limbacher, who recently retired with over 44 years of service with the company. This promotion also reflects Reed’s proven leadership and his outstanding contributions to the company’s expansion efforts. In this new position,... Read more
Campbell names president, CEO and a director of the board
Campbell Soup Co. announced that its board of directors has elected Mark A. Clouse as president and chief executive officer of Campbell, effective Jan. 22. Clouse, who previously served as CEO of Pinnacle Foods Inc., will succeed Campbell’s interim President and CEO Keith McLoughlin, who will remain a director of the company and will work closely with Clouse to ensure a seamless transition. Clouse also has been elected a director. Clouse brings more than 20 years... Read more
Florida Citrus Hall of Fame inductees chosen for 2019
The selection committee for the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame has announced three distinguished leaders — Tim Hurner, of Sebring, FL, Richard J. Kinney (deceased), formerly of Lakeland, FL, and Peter McClure, of Port St. Lucie, FL — who will be inducted into the Hall during the 57th Citrus Celebration Luncheon on Friday, March 8 at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Hurner is a fourth-generation Florida citrus grower who has spent most of his life and career... Read more
Pete Pappas & Sons names director of national accounts
Pete Pappas & Sons Inc., a premium wholesale produce company, has hired Jeremy Galfield as its new director of national accounts. Galfield brings 16 years of experience in the produce industry with specialties of strawberries, watermelon, broccoli and potatoes. The company said Galfield is strongly committed to customer service and building strong personal relationships with both customers and suppliers. He is based in Chicago, where he lives with his fiancée,... Read more
Energy & Ideas: From a young age Joel Crist has been involved in the family apple business
Fifth-generation Crist Bros. Orchards family member Joel Crist grew up on his family’s apple farm in Walden, NY. He joined the company full time in the summer of 2015. Crist brings an impressive agricultural education with him to the company. “I graduated from Cornell University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in applied economics and management, specializing in ag business and strategy,” said Crist. “I then worked outside of the produce business for five years.” Joel... Read more
The Produce News makes changes to Floral, Northwest and Midwest divisions
ORADELL, NJ —  The Produce News has announced key changes to its Floral, Northwest and Midwest divisions. Cindy Hanauer, a well-known and respected leader in the floriculture industry, has been named floral editor and sales manager of The Produce News. Hanauer, who was born into a family lineage of traditional florists who immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1875, has worked for the largest companies in the world encompassing... Read more
Nick Fitzpatrick joins Apeel Sciences as VP of supplier relations
Nick Fitzpatrick, former global commercial sales manager at T&G Global, has joined Apeel Sciences as vice president of supplier relations — the company’s first sales leadership team hire. Fitzpatrick will be the key liaison between Apeel and the grower-supplier community and he will also lead the development and implementation of joint go-to-market strategies for Apeel and supply partners. He has over two decades of experience in horticulture across a broad... Read more
J. Miles Reiter returns as Driscoll's CEO
J. Miles Reiter has reassumed the position of chief executive officer for Driscoll’s as part of planned leadership restructuring aimed to supports the company’s mission to delight berry consumers through alignment of its customers and network of independent growers.   Family-owned-and-operated for more than 100 years, Driscoll’s is positioned for future global brand expansion with this organizational announcement. As a fourth-generation grower and the grandson... Read more
Carl Mastronardi wins Produce Person of the Year Award
During the annual Ontario Produce Marketing Association Gala Nov. 9, Carl Mastronardi, president of DelFrescoPure, was the recipient of the OPMA Cory Clack-Streef Produce Person of the Year Award. Mastronardi received this prestigious award for his diligence and dedication to the greenhouse strawberry program. “This is one of the most unforgettable events of my life. To be recognized by OPMA, my peers and the experts in the produce sector is a highlight that I... Read more
Idaho Potato Commission names new commissioners
During the Idaho Potato Commission’s October meeting two new commissioners were sworn in and one was reappointed. Shipper Todd Cornelison of High Country Potatoes in Rexburg and grower Brett Jensen in the Idaho Falls-Hamer area will each serve a three-year term. Dan Nakamura of Idahoan was reappointed and will serve a second three-year term.  Todd Cornelison, Dan Nakamura and Brett Jensen. “It’s a pleasure for me to welcome Todd and Brett, two well-respected... Read more
Joyner joins Florida Citrus Mutual as director of government relations
Florida Citrus Mutual has named Matt Joyner as its new director of government relations. In this role, Joyner will work on behalf of FCM's grower members and staff in Tallahassee and Washington, DC. Joyner previously served as deputy chief of staff for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services under Commissioner Adam Putnam providing a broad base of policy knowledge at both the state and federal levels. Joyner will officially join Mutual's team... Read more
Recognition: Patricia Rynn, fighting the industry’s legal battles
When Patricia Rynn and the late Lew Janowsky launched their agricultural law practice more than 30 years ago, they set up shop not too far from the Pacific Ocean. That might have been in response to Rynn’s upbringing in Southern California’s not overly picturesque Inland Empire. “My folks came to California from Toledo, OH. They stopped in San Bernardino and that’s where we were raised. We always figured they must have run out of gas,” quipped Rynn. “If they would... Read more