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Blue Book's Mark Erickson achieves career milestone
Mark Erickson, senior vice president and chief information officer, recently entered rare professional career air: 30 years with Blue Book Services. Since joining the company... Read more
Monterey Mushrooms hires Brian Jenny as VP of sales and business development
Brian Jenny has joined Monterey Mushrooms as vice president of sales and business development. Jenny is replacing Mike O’Brien, who retired after six years with the company. Jenny... Read more
Tom Pease of Vineland was 69
Tom Pease, who spent more than half a century in the produce industry, primarily in the southern New Jersey area, died Friday, April 17, surrounded by his family, following... Read more
Delilah Romo joins Pacific Organic Produce as commodity sales specialist
Delilah Romo is Pacific Organic Produce’s newest commodity sales specialist. “Delilah Romo comes ready to move forward. She has a great background and is perfect for this... Read more
Industry veteran Andy Tudor explores new options
Andy Tudor has departed Rainier Fruit Co, Selah, WA, where he was vice president of business development. Tudor is currently exploring industry options including his new company,... Read more
Michael Manson joins Monterey Mushrooms as LTL sales manager
Monterey Mushrooms hired Michael Manson to manage the less than truckload (LTL) sales territory of the eastern region supporting the company’s Princeton, Loudon, Orlando and... Read more
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

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 ...

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