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Southern Specialties Inc., headquartered in Pompano Beach, FL, announced Feb. 16 that Tim Meissner has been hired as chief operating officer.

Mr. Meissner has a broad range of experience in the produce industry. His career has included positions in retail, foodservice, produce distribution and grower applications management. He most recently held the position of vice president of sales at River Ranch Fresh Foods in Salinas, CA.

"The board of directors and management of Southern Specialties join me in welcoming Tim aboard," said Robert Colescott, president and chief executive officer of Southern Specialties. "His experience in many sectors of the produce supply chain and professional management style make him an excellent fit for our team."

Mr. Colescott said that Mr. Meissner's role will be focused on implementing the plans and strategies of the divisions of Southern Specialties.

The company is a grower, importer, processor and shipper of specialty produce from the United States, Canada, Central America and South America. Besides Pompano Beach, the company markets its "Southern Selects," "Paradise Tropicals," "Fiesta Fresh" and "Today's Gourmet" line of products from distribution facilities in McAllen, TX, and Los Angeles.