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Vic Smith, others join Brighter Bites board

Brighter Bites, Houston, recently elected three new board members.

PBH announces new awards to showcase produce consumption efforts

The Produce for Better Health Foundation has new awards to honor industry leaders, dieticians, influencers and promoters of the group’s new Have a Plant consumptions campaign.
Jan 22, 2020 by Chris Koger #Produce Retail, #PBH, #Awards, #People

Tomra Food names new leader

Michel Picandet is the new executive vice president and head of Tomra Food, which designs and makes fresh produce sorting and grading equipment.

Sev-Rend hires Art Vega as VP of business development

Packaging company Sev-Rend, Collinsville, Ill., has hired Art Vega as vice president of business development.

Watsonville Coast Produce names VP of operations, sales manager

Watsonville Coast Produce Inc., Watsonville, Calif., has promoted Jerud Manfre to vice president of operations and Adrian Contreras to sales manager.

Progressive Produce founder Nace Brian Cohen dies

Nace Brian Cohen, who founded Progressive Produce in Los Angeles in 1967 with Charles Gilb, as a potato and onion company, has died.

UPDATED: Industry pioneer Frieda Rapoport Caplan dies

(UPDATED, Jan. 21) Produce industry pioneer Frieda Rapoport Caplan, 96, has died.

First woman president for NPC in 2020

LAS VEGAS — Britt Raybould of Rexburg, Idaho, is the 2020 president of the National Potato Council.

Lesley Ma joins NSF International as information-improvement officer

NSF International, Ann Abor, Mich., has hired Lesley Ma as new chief information and continuous improvement officer.

United Fresh presents Lazopoulos with Lifetime Achievement Award

Longtime industry leader Emanuel Lazopoulos received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United Fresh Produce Association at the FreshStart Conference gala Jan. 15.