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Produce companies squeezed by tight labor market

CHICAGO — Produce companies are competing for scarce talent in a tight economy, and that is translating to more generous benefits and higher compensation compared with a few years ago.

PMA’s Bob Whitaker plans January retirement

After 11 years as chief science and technology officer for the Produce Marketing Association, Bob Whitaker plans to retire in January.

Jill Overdorf to lead foodservice expansion at Naturipe

Naturipe Farms, Salinas, Calif., has appointed Jill Overdorf as director of business development for foodservice.

Pennsylvania’s ‘Sonny’ Scheid, of Scheid Produce, remembered

Paul “Sonny” H. Scheid Jr., former president of Scheid Produce Inc., a company founded by his father, died June 3. He was 89.

Pretty Lady’s George Galloway retiring

George Galloway, the senior account manager for Pretty Lady Vineyards for 15 years, is retiring after four decades in the industry.

Peak of the Market hires director of business development

Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Peak of the Market has hired David Busby team as director of business development.

Syngenta promotes Chris Davison to sustainability role

Syngenta has appointed Chris Davison as head of business sustainability for North America.

Coastline hires Ryan Laughton as VP of crop production

Coastline Family Farms, Salinas, Calif., has hired Ryan Laughton as vice president of crop production and grower relations.

Howard Nager leaves Sun Pacific 'to pursue opportunities’

Howard Nager, vice president of business development for Sun Pacific, Pasadena, Calif., has left the company “to pursue other business opportunities.”

FPAA names tomato division chairman as Member of the Year

Jimmy Munguia, the chairman of the tomato division for the FPAA, has been busy in recent months supporting the group’s position in favor of keeping a tomato suspension agreement in place.