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Oppy promotes Steve Roosdahl to VP of operations

Steve Roosdahl, who has been with The Oppenheimer Group for 24 years, has been promoted to vice president of operations.

International mango, pineapple groups hire Patrick Kelly

The International Mango Organization and International Pineapple Organization hired Patrick Kelly as the director of innovation, a new role for both groups.

Allie Sirna joins Sirna & Sons Produce

Ravenna, Ohio-based Sirna & Sons Produce has added fourth-generation family member Allie Sirna as the company’s business solutions coordinator.
Nov 12, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #People

Mexico’s Rio Rico Farms stresses social programs for workers

Rio Rico Farms, Hermosillo, Mexico, which supplies Bridges Produce Inc., Portland, Ore., with organic vegetables, views social programs as a way to change workers’ lives on and off the farm.

Packer 25 — John Jackson

When Landec Corp. acquired Guadalupe, Calif.-based Apio Inc. 20 years ago, Apio needed someone with experience in reverse mergers to help with the process.

Ryan Talley starts new role as Western Growers’ board chairman

Ryan Talley, co-owner and farm manager of Talley Farms, Arroyo Grande, Calif., is the new chairman of the board of directors at Western Growers.

Sakata Seed America hires Brian Just as senior plant breeder

Sakata Seed America, Morgan Hill, Calif., has hired Brian Just as sweet pepper lead and senior plant breeder.

Chilean Blueberry Committee names Felipe Silva president

Felipe Silva, general manager of Zurgroup, is the Chilean Blueberry Committee’s new president.

Church Brothers hires Grace Ho as VP of food safety, quality

Church Brothers Farms, Salinas, Calif., has hired Grace Ho as vice president of food safety and quality.

Chuck Ciruli Jr. named Pillar of the FPAA at annual gala

TUBAC, Ariz. — The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas used to be a local organization, dealing with local problems for the importers when it was called the West Mexico Vegetable Distributors.