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Renaissance Food Group adds sales leadership to growing team

rfgggRenaissance Food Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Calavo Growers Inc., is excited to announce the addition of two food industry veterans to its sales team: Edward Redd as senior vice president of sales and Kate Brooks as vice president of sales.

Redd most recently served as president of Dotta Foods International, a global manufacturer and importer of innovative value-added specialty items from Europe and South America. Previously, Redd held executive leadership positions in category management, product development, merchandising and business development with Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets (former U.S. Division of Tesco PLC). He also held various executive leadership positions in sales, marketing, customer development, planning, business development and operations with Contessa Premium Foods, Pepsi Bottling Group, ConAgra Frozen Foods and Nabisco Foods Group. Redd holds a bachelor’s degree from National University, San Diego, where he graduated with honors. He will progressively lead and implement sales strategies that will continue to build a winning culture at Renaissance Food Group.

Brooks returns to RFG, bringing with her 15 years of experience as a solutions provider in the fresh prepared foods category. Brooks previously held roles with Five Star Gourmet Foods and Taylor Farms Illinois Division in procurement, sales, and business development. A Midwest native with an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, Brooks looks forward to this new chapter with RFG to drive continued growth and execution of the company’s fresh foods strategies.

“Renaissance Food Group is thrilled to welcome Edward and Kate to our dynamic sales team,” said Raina Nelson, executive vice president of business development. “The future is bright with exciting initiatives focused on continued growth of our innovative fresh food products in the marketplace. I am confident their progressive leadership contributions will successfully drive our organization forward.”

Redd’s tenure with RFG began June 29; he will be based out of the company’s Riverside, CA, production facility. Brooks’ tenure began July 6, and she will be remotely based in the Midwest.

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