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Calavo CEO Lee Cole announces plan to retire in 2020

Lee Cole, president and CEO of Calavo Growers, Santa Paula, Calif., plans to retire in the first quarter of 2020.

Catalytic Converters’ Jack Cain dies

Jack Cain Sr., a long-time employee of Catalytic Generators, Norforlk, Va., died Oct. 17. He was 85.

Packer 25 — John Chamberlain

John Chamberlain has spent well over a decade creating connections that have raised the profile of lemons and raised the profile of Limoneira Co.

United Fresh recognizes Emanuel Lazopoulos with ‘lifetime’ award

The United Fresh Produce Association is honoring Emanuel Lazopoulos with its Lifetime Achievement Award in January.

Packer 25 — Elizabeth Nardi

Elizabeth Nardi brings an enthusiasm for organic agriculture and for people to her role as CEO of Eugene, Ore.-based Organically Grown Co.

Rodolfo Spielmann joins NatureSweet as president and CEO

Rodolfo Spielmann is the new president and CEO of NatureSweet Tomatoes, San Antonio.

Associated Wholesale Grocers announces leadership changes

Kansas City, Kan.-based Associated Wholesale Grocers has made changes to bring wholesale operations, sales, services and subsidiaries under one operating team.

Packer 25 — Andrew Marshall

Growing up in the Queens borough New York City, Andrew Marshall was little aware of the workings of the produce industry, such as the nearby sprawling Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx.

Packer 25 — Mark Klompien

In the words of one industry ally, Mark Klompien is a true professional and the consummate industry insider.

USA Pears names pear pizza winner

Concluding the pear pizza campaign, USA Pears has named Veronica Callaghan the winner of the #pearpizza contest.