United Fresh announces officers, directors

Brian W Kocher, United Fresh Produce Association immediate past chairman and president and CEO of Castellini Company LLC, Newport KY, has announced the slate of new officers and directors nominated to serve on the United Fresh board of directors, effective at its April 26, 2017 meeting in Hilton Head SC.

Ascending to board chairman is Susan Reimer-Sifford, director, produce and bakery purchasing and distribution for Darden, in Orlando FL. Nominated as chairman-elect is Cindy Jewell, vice-president of marketing, California Giant Berry Farms, Watsonville CA. Nominated as secretary-treasurer is Danny Dumas, vice-president–North American sales and product management, Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc, Coral Gables FL.

Tony Freytag, current United Fresh chairman of the board and senior vice-president, sales and marketing, for Crunch Pak, in Cashmere WA, will move to the position of immediate past chairman and remain on the board and the Executive Committee.

These industry leaders have been nominated to serve as new members of the United Fresh Board for a two-year term beginning April 2017:

•Jeff Cady, director of produce and floral for Tops Friendly Markets in Buffalo NY

•Jerry Callahan, group vice-president, produce and floral for Albertsons Companies in Boise ID

•Michael Castagnetto, vice-president, global sourcing for Robinson Fresh in Eden Prairie MN

•Michael Castagnetto, vice-president, global sourcing for Robinson Fresh in Eden Prairie MN

•Chris Ciruli, chief operations officer, Ciruli Brothers LLC, Tubac AZ

•Michael Cochran, merchandise manager, produce for Walmart Stores Inc in Bentonville AR

•Mark Girardin, president, North Bay Produce Inc, Traverse City MI

•Christian Harris, vice-president–fresh produce, US Foods in Rosemont IL

•Jim Hay, North America regional business director, DuPont Crop Protection, Wilmington DE

•Brian Jenny, vice-president/general manager–value added fresh, Naturipe Farms LLC, Sugar Hill GA

•Drew McDonald, vice-president–quality, food safety, & regulatory, Church Brothers Farms, Salinas CA

•Phil Muir, president and CEO, Muir Copper Canyon Farms, Salt Lake City UT

•Mark Munger, vice-president, sales and marketing, 4Earth Farms, Los Angeles CA

•Raina Nelson, vice-president of sales, Renaissance Food Group, Oldsmar FL

•Mayda Sotomayor-Kirk, CEO, Seald Sweet International/Greenyard USA, Vero Beach FL

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