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Generation Next: CAC’s Monica Arnett enters NYC Marathon
On Nov. 4, Monica Arnett, director of finance and accounting for the California Avocado Commission, will attempt to break the very-respectable four-hour mark in the New York City Marathon. That is the goal she has set for herself in an attempt to best her previous fastest time. While Arnett wants to reach her goal, she admitted that she is going to run the race like a tourist would with an iPhone in tow looking for the perfect picture. “I’m going to take advantage... Read more
Lundstrom joins Divine Flavor sales staff
David Lundstrom has become the national sales manager for the vegetable category of Divine Flavor LLC. He is a native of Nogales and will be working from the firm’s Nogales sales office. Pedro Batiz Sr., vice president of sales, told The Produce News that he has known Lundstrom for 40 years. Their varied relationships included school, work, family and family-business relationships.David Lundstrom and his wife, Bobbie Lundstrom. “He has a good track record,” in... Read more
Naturipe's new value-added fresh VP and general manager
Produce industry veteran Steven Ware has joined Naturipe as vice president and general manager of Value-Added Fresh. In this role, Ware will be responsible for pursuing growth and business expansion opportunities, as well as leading the development and management of the value-added fresh division. “I am excited to join an organization with a remarkable history, business model and strong core company vales,” said Ware. “The prospect to steward the value-added fresh... Read more
Marketing VP Jessie Gunn leaves Wholesum
Jessie Gunn, the dynamic and enthusiastic vice president of marketing for Wholesum Family Farms Inc., is leaving the firm. Ricardo Crisantes Sr., chief commercial officer for the Nogales-based firm, told The Produce News that Gunn had been very helpful in conveying Wholesum’s message on organic produce, “and we wish her the best.” Gunn said her responsibilities will be assumed by “Joanna Jaramillo, an amazing recent addition to Wholesum, our marketing coordinator.”... Read more
C.H. Robinson's Stenderup Scales K2
At 6:40 a.m. on July 22, John Stenderup became the 21st American to step foot atop K2, the second-tallest mountain in the world behind Mount Everest, which he scaled last year. Stenderup, manager of cold chain solutions for C.H. Robinson in its Robinson Fresh office in Monterey, CA, had been in training for the ambitious mountain climb for many months. He officially began the assault on June 20 with a flight from California to Islamabad, Pakistan. Eleven days later,... Read more
Apeel Sciences hires new director of trade and retail marketing
California-based Apeel Sciences — the company that’s using food to preserve food with its thin “peel” of edible plant material applied to the surface of fruits and vegetables, thereby slowing down spoilage and increasing shelf life — has hired Natalie Shuman as its director of trade and retail marketing. Shuman’s appointment comes as Apeel, which was recently named as one of Time magazine’s 50 Most Genius Companies of 2018, accelerates its industry talent acquisition... Read more
Sunkist welcomes Christina Ward as director of communications
Sunkist Growers announced that Christina Ward has joined the marketing team as director of communications. “We are thrilled for Christina to join the Sunkist family and lead our global communications efforts,” said Mark Madden, vice president of marketing and global licensing. “Her 15 years of communications experience on the agency side and in-house — along with more than a decade working directly on lifestyle and foodservice brands across the U.S. — is a tremendous... Read more
Pacific AgPak promotes two, hires sales manager
Pacific AgPak has made some changes to its staff: Brian Harris was hired as its new sales manager; Sara Gillogley has been promoted to finance director/sales; and Maria Anaya will be handling customer service as well as heading up sales for the Southwest. Harris comes over from Peninsula Packaging/Sonoco Packaging handling various accounts.Brian Harris "His knowledge and experience in the packaging industry will help in discussing and explaining the company’s newest... Read more
Scott Kosnik joins Wilson Produce sales team
To support Wilson Produce’s previously announced growth plans; the fourth generation family farm announced today the appointment of industry veteran, Scott Kosnik. With more than 20 years of experience, Kosnik joins the Wilson sales team with responsibilities including developing and deepening relationships with buyers as the farm rolls out tools for new and existing commodities. Scott Kosnik“We have known Scott for many years, and we’re thrilled that he’s agreed... Read more
Lou Scagnelli joins Alpha 1 Marketing
Retail produce veteran Louis D. Scagnelli Sr. joined Alpha 1 Marketing/Krasdale Foods on Monday, Oct. 1, as director of produce and floral. He will be responsible "for all merchandising and negotiations in relation to produce and floral for our C-Town, Bravo and AIM banners," Gus Lebiak, the company's chief marketing officer, told The Produce News Tuesday, Oct. 2. Scagnelli replaces Josue (Josh) Padilla, who left Alpha 1/Krasdale in mid-September. Scagnelli, 52,... Read more
Holger Brandt joins Fall Creek Farm & Nursery
Holger Brandt has joined Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc. as licensing manager, responsible for the ongoing growth and development of Fall Creek’s proprietary and third-party blueberry genetics licensing business. Brandt will lead the development of both traditional and innovative licensing programs for the company, and work closely with the sales and business development teams in the expansion of commercial partnerships around the world. Brandt comes to Fall... Read more
Michigan Apple Committee hires retail, wholesale vet
LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Apple Committee welcomed Marty Head as the new regional manager covering the southern region of the United States. Head replaces Cam Harrington, who will retire once the staff transition is complete. “Marty will be a great addition to our team, having had several years of experience as produce category manager for Save-A-Lot,” said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. “His experience and knowledge of the... Read more
Doug Kling to develop initiatives for growth at J&J Family of Farms
J&J Family of Farms has retained Doug Kling, chief executive officer of Kling Strategic Partners LLC, to expand its business development initiatives, increase its value-added packaged sales, and enhance company-wide marketing efforts. Kling and Kling Strategic Partners will be assisting the senior management team in developing strategy, expanding relationships with targeted customers and approaching top retail accounts that are currently underserved by J&J’s... Read more
Church Bros. hires GM for Mexico operations
Church Bros. Farms and grower-owned processor True Leaf Farms hired Jonathan Harmon to direct the company’s Mexico efforts as general manager. Harmon will be the general manager of all CBF Mexico operations. His previous experience includes work with Pricewaterhouse Cooper in the supply chain consultant group. Harmon was previously director of operations and was involved in supply chain operations at Mission Produce in California and Latin America. “We are expanding... Read more
Emily Watson Libsack joins J.C. Watson Packing Co.
With more than a decade’s experience in domestic and international produce and ag-related operations, Emily Watson Libsack joined J.C. Watson Packing Co. as vice president of marketing. As the fourth generation of Watsons at the Parma, ID-based company, she now works alongside her father, Jon, who is corporate president; mother, Margie, secretary/treasurer; and brother, Bradley, vice president of operations. Also her husband, Colbie Libsack, is farm manager, and... Read more
Fall Creek Farm & Nursery hires Matt Kramer
Matt Kramer, a 33-year veteran of the horticulture industry, has joined Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc. as director of product development and commercialization. In this newly created position, he is responsible for the company’s intellectual property business, including its blueberry breeding and variety development programs. Kramer will lead the advancement of commercialization strategies for a complete blueberry variety portfolio, including licensing platforms.... Read more
Mergers and acquisitions expert joins FreshXperts
FreshXperts has added Eric Bosveld as its newest team member. Bosveld has expertise in food and agribusiness mergers and acquisitions, agribusiness finance and operations, and private equity.  "FreshXperts is thrilled to have Eric join the team; his expertise and experience in the industry is going to be nothing but beneficial," the company said in a statement. Bosveld is the director of food and agribusiness at SDR Ventures and leads the firm's M&A... Read more
Mike Stuart steps down after 40 years
When Mike Stuart was a young man, he approached his future father-in-law to ask for Karen Moffett’s hand in marriage.   “He asked me how I was going to support her and my idea wasn’t good enough,” said Stuart.  “I made a deal that I would work full-time while Karen finished her degree and then after that I would go back to college and get my degree.” Stuart did just that and unwittingly launched a career at the same time.  While his wife was finishing... Read more
Tom Lange announces three retirements and four promotions
The Tom Lange Family of Cos., headquartered in Springfield, IL, recently celebrated several veteran careers as they entered retirement and announced the promotions of four into leadership roles. AtlantaEric Hoffmann, vice president of sales and a Tom Lange board member, retired from the company after 42 years. Hoffmann started his career in Indianapolis and transferred to Atlanta in 1982 to expand the Tom Lange presence and was instrumental in building the... Read more
Javier Usabiaga, Mexico ag leader, dies at age 79
Javier Bernardo Usabiaga, a leader in Mexican agriculture, died Sept. 9 after a long battle with cancer. From December 2000 to September 2005 he served as Mexico’s national secretary of agriculture under President Vincente Fox. He was the president of the Guanajuato vegetable grower-packer-exporter Comercializadora GAB. The firm is best-known for its Mr. Lucky label. Mr. Lucky is based in Irapuato, Guanajuato.Javier Bernardo Usabiaga Mr. Usabiaga was a businessman... Read more