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OVIEDO, FL -- Bob Gray has announced that he will step down as chief executive officer of Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc., effective June 1. He will remain with the company in an advisory capacity through Aug. 1.

Mr. Gray's decision comes at a time when the company is planning to consolidate its diversified business unit leadership teams here.

"This is something I have known about for some time and is also something that I have been reluctant to embrace," Mr. Gray said in an April 30 statement. "I will always cherish and remember the time I have spent with the Duda company, as I truly believe that I have received more from the family and the company than I could ever have given in return."

Mr. Gray's 29-year career with Duda began in 1980 when he joined the company as a salesman and assistant to Gene Jackson, who established the company's west coast operations.

"Gray demonstrated leadership capabilities from early on," Joseph Duda, president and chief executive officer of Duda, said in the statement. From his initial promotions to manage the company's west coast vegetable operations, Mr. Gray ultimately oversaw the entire fresh citrus and vegetable division of the company, serving as CEO of Duda Farm Fresh Foods since 2006.

"We thank Bob for his many contributions to the growth of our fresh operations and for the integrity that he has always displayed," said Mr. Duda. "We wish him well."

Dan Duda will continue to serve as chief operating officer of Duda Farm Fresh Foods. Any changes to Duda Farm Fresh Foods' management structure in light of Mr. Gray's departure will be announced in the coming months.

Duda Farm Fresh Foods is a major grower, shipper and marketer of fresh citrus and fresh and fresh-cut vegetables with primary locations in Florida, Texas, California, Arizona, Georgia and Michigan. Duda Farm Fresh Foods is a wholly owned subsidiary of Duda, a family-owned, diversified land company headquartered in here.