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Lutz to leave PMA, start marketing venture

Industry veteran Steve Lutz plans to leave the Produce Marketing Association Aug. 2 to start his own marketing and communications company. 
Jul 17, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #People

Get Fresh Cos. expands, hires Andy Hamilton as SR VP

Get Fresh Cos. of Las Vegas has completed an expansion of its processing division.

Jasper Trujillo joins Fox Packaging

Fox Packaging, McAllen, Texas, has hired Jasper Trujillo as business development manager.

Jim Gulick, former Del Monte logistics VP, remembered

Jim Gulick, former vice president of logistics-North America for Del Monte Fresh Produce, died on June 30.

Seven Seas adds account manager Steve Kim to California office

Seven Seas, Springfield, Ill., has hired Steve Kim as an account manager in the company’s Visalia, Calif., office.

United Fresh promotes Amanda Griffin to VP

The United Fresh Produce Association has promoted Amanda Griffin to vice president of education and program management.

Rich Dachman joins Brighter Bites as CEO

Rich Dachman, former vice president of produce for Sysco Corp., is now the CEO of the nonprofit Brighter Bites.

Idaho Potato Commission’s Don Odiorne gets CAFÉ Champion Award

Don Odiorne was honored with the first Champion Award from the Annapolis, Md.-based Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education for his help connecting the foodservice industry to culinary educators. 
Jul 12, 2019 by Amy Sowder #People, #Foodservice, #Maryland

Northeast news: QPMA leaders prepare for conference with new events

MONTREAL — The Packer's Northeast editor, Amy Sowder, stopped by the Quebec Produce Marketing Association's offices to meet CEO Sophie Perreault and her staff — and learn about the coming conference in Quebec City.

Letter: A life remembered

When one looks at the development and growth of Chilean fruit exports to the U.S. market, there’s one name that is always mentioned, and that’s John Giumarra Jr.
Jul 12, 2019 by Ronald Bown #Opinion, #People