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Indianapolis-based Caito Foods Service Inc., a leading produce distributor that delivers products to more than 10 states on a daily basis, has appointed Tony Mitchell director of procurement.

Mr. Mitchell joined Caito Foods in 1992. His most recent role was account manager. During his tenure, he has gained extensive knowledge about sourcing product, marketing strategies and consumer demands.

Prior to joining Caito Foods, Mr. Mitchell worked for Pick 'N Save Foods in Van Wert, OH.

"Throughout Tony's career in produce distribution, he has focused on delivering practical and effective business solutions to customers and suppliers with a variety of needs," Bob Kirch, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Caito Foods Service, told The Produce News. "His experience, leadership qualities and record of accomplishments are expected to support Caito Foods' long-term goal of being a premier wholesale distributor."

In his new position, Mr. Mitchell will oversee all aspects of the procurement function. His primary responsibilities will be in the development and implementation of effective supply chain strategies and product marketing information.

"I am tremendously excited to have the opportunity to lead the procurement activities at Caito Foods," said Mr. Mitchell. "I look forward to furthering our relationships and continuing our commitment to deliver the most efficient and effective wholesale produce distribution solutions in our industry."

Mr. Kirch added that Caito Foods expects Mr. Mitchell's appointment to enhance the existing relationships it has with its valued supplier partners and customers.