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Organic Produce Summit names Susan Canales as president
Susan Canales has been named president of the Organic Produce Summit, the annual produce event dedicated exclusively to the $15 billion organic fresh produce industry. Canales who has served as director of operations for the past two years will be responsible for overseeing all exhibitor and sponsor activities, while supporting the various educational components associated with OPS, including a series of field tours with some of the world’s most prominent organic... Read more
Roland Paul Blaser, president of Moody Creek Produce, a potato grower in Sugar City, ID, died Nov. 6 at his home in Plano, ID. He was 87. Mr. Blaser was born Aug. 19, 1930, to Ernest and Margaret Grosnick Blaser. A lifelong resident of Plano, he attended school in Plano, graduating in 1948 as the last senior class from Edmunds High School. After serving a 36-month LDS mission to Switzerland and Austria from 1950 to 1953, Mr. Blaser married his high school sweetheart,... Read more
Recognition: Roger Schroeder retires from Stater Bros.
When Roger Schroeder began his produce industry career Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House, Chubby Checker had everyone twisting, a postage stamp cost 4 cents and Los Angeles County still had its fair share of agricultural fields. On Jan. 12, 2018, Schroeder is calling it quits after a 58-year career that took him from box boy to produce industry statesman, working for three of Southern California’s finest produce retailers along the way. Each of those other... Read more
Carolyn Chang to expand Interfresh berry program
Interfresh, Inc., a national marketer of fruits and vegetables, announced Dec. 11 that industry veteran Carolyn Chang has joined the company in the position of director of berry operations. Chang brings a wealth of industry experience to her role, including positions in the grower/shipper community, retail, and as a berry marketer. In the new position of director of berry operations, Carolyn will be tasked with expanding both the grower and customer base for the... Read more
Capespan North America creates general manager — USA position
Capespan North America has appointed Erin Meder to the newly-created position of general manager — USA. The new position is a senior executive post with general management responsibilities for all of Capespan North America’s U.S. sales and operations. Meder will report directly to the company president and continue to work out of the company’s Gloucester City, NJ, sales office. “Linking sales and operations through this new position and reporting structure represents... Read more
Four Seasons bidding farewell to two industry veterans
Four Seasons Produce, a full-service wholesale distributor of organic, local and conventional fresh fruits and vegetables based in Ephrata, PA, has announced that two longtime produce industry veterans, Wendell Hahn and Ray Taglialatela, will retire from the company at the end of 2017. Hahn started his career with Four Seasons Produce in 1992 following successful stretches in produce leadership at supermarket chains Grand Union and Food-a-Rama in the Baltimore-Washington,... Read more
Naturipe announces new division president
Naturipe Brands has announced the appointment of Chris Coffman as president, effective Nov. 13. In this newly created role, Coffman will report to the Naturipe Brands board of directors and be responsible for pursuing strategic partnerships, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, investment opportunities, licensing and brand extension opportunities. "I am humbled at the opportunity to join an organization with a remarkable business model, extended history of... Read more
Industry veteran RJ Deakins retires from Houweling’s
With 39 years of service to the fresh produce industry, Houweling’s Group is pleased to congratulate and announce the retirement of RJ Deakins after a long, accomplished produce career in sales management. An integral member of Houweling’s sales team since December 2011, Deakins’ history in the produce industry extends back to September of 1979 with Sunkist. Over the next 39 years his career saw him spend time at Perricone, Genova & Associates, Eco Farms, Oceanside... Read more
Oppy's Anderson one of Canada’s most-admired CEOs
Adding to an impressive list of accolades, Oppy’s top executive John Anderson has been named to the elite roll of Canada’s Most Admired CEOs of 2017. Anderson, Oppy's chairman, president and chief executive officer, was chosen by Waterstone Human Capital and MacKay CEO Forums — leading Canadian executive development firms — from a field of company leaders working throughout Canada. Anderson was specifically selected for fostering a culture at Oppy that enhances... Read more
Giumarra Vineyards adds three team members
Giumarra Vineyards has recently hired Michael Walsh, Alex Giumarra and Mark Forrest. Walsh has accepted the position of sales representative, Giumarra joined as a junior sales representative and Forrest joined the Giumarra production team as viticulturist/ranch superintendent.Michael Walsh Walsh's responsibilities will be to develop new business and to expand sales with current customers in the North American market. He will be based at Giumarra’s port of Wilmington... Read more
John Mackey of Whole Foods named keynote speaker for Southern Exposure
The Southeast Produce Council has announced that John Mackey, co-founder and chief executive officer of Whole Foods Market, will present the keynote address March 3 at Southern Exposure in Tampa, FL. "We are honored this year to have John Mackey share his insights on how the landscape will change and remain the same with the Whole Foods and Amazon merger," said SEPC President and CEO David Sherrod. "This exciting keynote session should provide relevant information... Read more
Generation Next: It takes a Village to be successful, says Krysten DeGiglio
Growing up, Krysten DeGiglio was admittedly not a huge fan of tomatoes, but oh, how the times have changed now that the 30-year-old Holmdel, NJ, resident works as a regional sales manager for Village Farms — the oldest greenhouse grower in the United States, specializing in exclusive varieties of tomatoes, as well as cucumbers and peppers. “I pop a Cherry No. 9 tomato like candy!” DeGiglio laughed. “The Heavenly Villagio Marzano is also... Read more
J&J Family of Farms names director of grower development for its western division
J&J Family of Farms recently hired Mark Konstan as the director of grower development for its western division. Konstan brings more than 34 years of experience in the produce industry and 26 years of experience with national fresh produce company. For over 20 years, he worked at The Produce Exchange, where he gained significant experience working with growers to help them develop their programs to increase volume and quality of their commodities. Konstan... Read more
Stemilt’s food-safety manager given SQFI Distinguished Service Award
Stemilt’s food-safety and scheduling manager, Eva Lauve, has been recognized by the Safe Quality Food Institute with its Quality Achievement Award. Lauve, who has spent her entire 40-year career with Stemilt, was named recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, which is given to an individual who has freely shared time and expertise throughout the industry in the areas of food safety. The awards were given out at the 2017 SQFI International Conference,... Read more
Whole Foods' John Mackey joins The Students For Liberty board
John Mackey, Whole Foods Market chief executive officer and co-founder, joined the Students For Liberty board of directors. Mackey is a strong supporter of free markets and author of “Conscious Capitalism.” He was recognized as the SFL alumnus of the year in 2013. Mackey said that he's excited to work closely with SFL on spreading liberty across the globe. "When I co-founded Conscious Capitalism, few thought the term could be reclaimed. However, thanks... Read more
Rayne Thompson promoted at Sunkist, FGS
As part of the recently announced shared management structure of Sunkist Growers and Fruit Growers Supply Co., Rayne Thompson has been promoted to vice president of government relations and public policy. In this role, Thompson will oversee both Sunkist and Fruit Growers Supply interests relative to state, federal and trade policies.Rayne Thompson “Rayne has been pivotal in helping Sunkist navigate the ever-changing statutory and regulatory requirements that... Read more
Lisa Cork joins PMA's board of directors
With a career spanning more than 30 years in fresh produce, former Californian and now New Zealander Lisa Cork of Fresh Produce Marketing Ltd. accepted a nomination to join this year’s Produce Marketing Association board of directors. Most recently a member of both the PMA’s global development committee and demand creation strategic planning task force, her global experience, ability to think strategically and ask questions that challenge the status... Read more
Fresh fruit sales changes at Sunkist
Sunkist is beginning this year’s citrus season with a new sales management structure, promoting Chris Gordon to managing director of fresh fruit sales and Jose Fu to director of sales operations. “Chris Gordon joined Sunkist in 2000 after more than a decade working on the packinghouse/exchange side of the business,” said Sunkist and FGS President and Chief Executive Officer Russell Hanlin.Chris Gordon “His in-depth knowledge of all Sunkist’s... Read more
Chamberlains named 2017 Pillars of the FPAA
TUBAC, AZ — Jimmy and Sylvia Chamberlain were recognized as the 2017 Pillars of the FPAA Nov. 3 for their long and distinguished leadership within the industry and FPAA. According to FPAA, the annual award is “given to those who have volunteered their time and effort to the industry, as well as demonstrated innovation and integrity throughout their career.”2017 winners of the Pillars of the FPAA award, Jimmy and Sylvia Chamberlain, are flanked... Read more
Recognition: Mike Aiton leaves legacy of 50 years of service
Like so many before him, Mike Aiton entered his food industry career rather inconspicuously as a box boy at his hometown grocer. But more than 50 years later, he has retired after leaving his mark on several different facets of the industry. He begins his story as one of the first baby boomers to come into this world. “I was born nine months and one week after my father returned from World War II,” he said. He calls his childhood uneventful, as his... Read more