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Packer 25 — Bryant Ambelang

Twenty-two years ago, Bryant Ambelang was presented with an opportunity to create a business plan for a small tomato company in San Antonio.

H-E-B’s Joe Don Zetszche leads new PMA board

Joe Don Zetzsche, director of floral and BLOOMS at H-E-B, San Antonio, is the new chairman of the Produce Marketing Association board of directors.
Oct 20, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce (General), #PMA, #People

Don Christopher named 2019 Produce Marketer for All Seasons

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Packer has named garlic giant Don Christopher the 2019 Produce Marketer for All Seasons.

Throwback: From 10 acres of garlic

Don Christopher says he's looked forward to Mondays for his entire life -- he gets to go to work.

Packer 25 — Viraj Puri

At 38, Viraj Puri is aware he is a young, first-time CEO of an agriculture business type that the global, commercial-scale world of fresh produce has only begun to take seriously the past several years.

Renaissance Food Group promotes Raina Nelson to EVP role

Renaissance Food Group has created two new executive vice president positions, promoting Raina Nelson to one of them, the executive vice president of business development.
Oct 17, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce (General), #People, #PMA

Packer 25 — Paul Coronella

Paul Coronella shows up to buy and sell vegetables at 1:30 a.m. six days a week at Peter Condakes Co., nestled in the Chelsea, Mass.-based New England Produce Center.

Jay Pack Award notes Dick Spezzano’s volunteer, mentor work

Retail expert Dick Spezzano has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Center for Growing Talent’s Jay Pack Cultivating our Future Award.
Oct 16, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Retail, #People, #PMA, #Awards

Western Growers selects Dave Puglia as president and CEO

Dave Puglia is succeeding Tom Nassif, who is retiring after 18 years as the president and CEO of Western Growers.

Packer 25 — Jeff Schrett

In an industry rightly proud of its multi-generational heritage, sometimes a new face can be helpful too.