Loading…

Tom Pease of Vineland was 69

vineTom 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 a battle with cancer. He was 69 years old, and a resident of Vineland, NJ, the hub of the south Jersey produce deal.

Thomas Robert Pease was born in Sea Isle City, NJ, to the late John and Helen (Mounier) Pease. He graduated from Vineland High School in 1969, and then graduated from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, in 1973, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science.

His produce career began in sales at William Consalo & Sons in Vineland, where he spent about 45 years, his wife, Diane, told The Produce News Tuesday, April 21. He joined Marolda Farms, also in Vineland, in 2014, where he worked in sales and logistics, according to Richard Marolda Jr.

Mr. Pease was an active parishioner at St. Isidore the Farmer Church, where he was a member of the parish council and choir, and served as a Eucharistic Minister.

In addition to his wife, Diane, of 40 years, Mr. Pease is survived by sons David (Janine) Gentilini, Thomas A. Pease (Kim) and Michael R. Pease (Grace); grandchildren Madeline, Mackenzie, RaeLynn and Everhett; his sister, Barbara Beckford (John); his sister-in-law Lynn Johnson (Barry); and many nieces and nephews.

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's supermarket delivery via drone
Rouses Markets will test an unmanned grocery delivery pilot program this fall. The grocer has partnered with Deuce Drone to conduct the demonstration with an Aerial Drone Delivery Interface System at the Rouses Market on Airport Boulevard in Mobile, AL. Rouses Markets already offers personal shopping and delivery services that Read More ...
Still time to submit nominations for SEPC's Next Generation Award
The Southeast Produce Council is still accepting nominations for its fourth annual Next Generation Award, but the July 17 deadline to submit nominations is fast approaching. The award honors an SEPC member 39 years or younger who has been employed in the produce industry for at least four years and has made a significant Read More ...
Fresh Direct Produce acquires organic produce distributor
Fresh Direct Produce Ltd. has acquired Mike and Mike’s Inc. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Woodbridge, ON, is a non-grower distributor of fresh certified organic fruits and vegetables sourced from the United States and internationally as well as British Read More ...
Naturipe promotions strengthen executive team
Naturipe has promoted Aribel Aguirre-Beck to chief administrative officer and chief financial officer. Additionally, Andrew Bruno has been promoted to president of Naturipe Avocado Farms. Expanding her current CFO role to include the duties of CAO will allow her to lead the breadth and depth of our business operational Read More ...
United Fresh staying live with year-round virtual events
Due to the pioneering success of United Fresh 2020 LIVE!, the association will transition its new virtual platform to United Fresh LIVE! 365, a year-round online marketplace where buyers seeking to source new products and solutions will discover hundreds of vendors across the platform. In addition, United Fresh LIVE! 365 Read More ...

Market Watch

the source pro-act

Western growing regions getting hit by rain, cooler temps

floral pulse