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Produce managers receive recognition at United Fresh show

Of the 25 finalists in the United Fresh Produce Association’s Retail Produce Manager Awards program, five received extra recognition during the Retail-Foodservice Celebration.

National blueberry promotion groups hire new leader

The North American Blueberry Council and the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council have hired Kasey Cronquist as president of the groups.

Stop & Shop president leaving; Ahold Delhaize names successor

Stop & Shop president Mark McGowan has elected to leave the company, and Giant Food president Gordon Reid will succeed him.

Jennifer Parkhill named executive director of apple co-op

The Next Big Thing Growers’ Cooperative, Wenatchee, Wash., has hired Jennifer Parkhill as executive director.

Allen Lund promotes Morgan Underwood in San Francisco

The Allen Lund Co. has promoted Morgan Underwood to assistant manager of the company’s San Francisco office.

United Apple Sales hires Frank Davis, opens West Coast office

Lyndonville, N.Y.-based United Apples Sales opened a West Coast division based in Yakima, Wash., and hired Frank Davis as vice president of national business development.

Jan Berk: Find your own way, together

CHICAGO — Jan Berk’s path can be divided into two main careers: media and agriculture.

Sunkist CEO Russ Hanlin plans to retire

Russ Hanlin, who has been with Sunkist Growers Inc. since 1978, plans to retire as president and CEO Oct. 31, and Jim Phillips, president of Porterville Citrus, will succeed him.

Longtime Four Seasons buyer Bob Becker Sr. remembered

Robert “Bob” Becker Sr., who worked for Four Seasons Produce Inc. for 41 years, has died after a battle with cancer.

EPC Leadership class continues hands-on experiences

Members of the Eastern Produce Council’s Leadership Program spent a day at the Rutgers University’s Snyder Research and Extension Farm, Pittstown, touring the farm and learning communication and leadership skills.