Keyes Packaging hires Wolter as VP of sales and marketing

Wenatchee, WA-based Keyes Packaging Group welcomes produce industry veteran Suzanne Wolter as the vice president of sales and marketing. Suzanne Wolter

Keyes' core business is serving the apple and pear industries. “Suzanne’s breadth of industry knowledge and extensive relationships will allow for a smooth transition into this executive role focused on our core accounts,” said Ted Kozikowski, chief executive officer of Keyes Packaging Group.  “We are well positioned now to explore additional emerging markets.”

Significant facility investments over the last few years have led to increased capacity, new product development and enhanced quality control systems.  With a solid team in place, the company is focusing attention on growing existing segments and new market development. Rising demand for responsible food and beverage packaging is driving interest in environmentally friendly products produced by Keyes.  

“I’m excited to join a company with a long history producing socially responsible products.  I’m confident our industry has reached a tipping point for packaging and thrilled to help bring new solutions to market,” said Wolter.  “It’s especially gratifying to know, with Keyes support, I’ll continue to serve industry organizations in various volunteer capacities.”

Working between the company’s Wenatchee headquarters and Yakima facilities, Wolter’s vast experience in sales and marketing for growers offers Keyes Packaging a unique perspective to help them best service the production side of agriculture.

Ayco reports jump in bagged asparagus sales
Ayco Farms is experiencing a substantial increase in bagged asparagus sales to some of its largest retail customers as consumer trends are changing in today's economy. “Bagged asparagus grabbed attention and seems to have kept traction due to consumer trends and the convenience of packaged produce,” said Avi Nir, Ayco Read More ...
Natural Grocers announces new director
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc. announced that David C. Rooney was unanimously elected to the company's board of directors on Aug. 5. Rooney's election filled the vacant seat on the board created by the previously announced retirement of Michael T. Campbell, which was effective Aug. 5.  Rooney will serve an initial Read More ...
New cold storage and cross-docking operation Glacier Peak opens in Washington
Randy Hartmann, co-owner of Glacier Peak, a new cold storage, packing and cross-docking operation in Wapato, WA, announced its acquisition of the 55,000-square-foot cold storage warehouse Washington Harvest. Hartmann shared that "the purchase of this cold storage and packing operation is intended to provide for greater capacity and Read More ...
Keep on organic summer fruit for September success
Summer is cruising by and Stemilt’s Artisan Organics peach and nectarine season is doing the same. Now is the time to plan and push sales starting Labor Day and through the remainder of September, according to Brianna Shales, Stemilt’s senior marketing manager. Retailers should plan ads and focus on creative displays to show off Read More ...
Kroger launches contactless payments pilot in QFC division
The Kroger Co. launched a contactless payments pilot across the QFC division, located in Seattle, WA, allowing customers to use their mobile device for a more seamless checkout experience. The pilot includes the acceptance of Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay, mobile banking apps and contactless chip cards, Read More ...

Market Watch

the source pro-act

Western growing regions getting hit by rain, cooler temps

floral pulse