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Sales and marketing veteran to lead Fruit Patch

by | July 20, 2009
The board of directors of Fruit Patch Inc. announced the appointment of Scott Wallace as president and chief executive officer, effective July 13.

Mr. Wallace, a native of Covina, CA, and a graduate of San Francisco State University, is a sales and marketing veteran with experience in a wide range of well-known consumer brands. Most recently, he served as president of global operations for SVP Worldwide Corp., a consumer products manufacturer owned by KKR. Prior to that, he was president, CEO and chairman of the board of the Gardenburger Corp., where he led the financial and market turnaround of the world's first veggie burger.

Earlier in his career, he worked for Procter & Gamble, Eastman Kodak, and Jacobs Suchard Confections in sales and marketing positions with increasing levels of responsibility. While at Jacob Suchard, he brought the "Brachs Candy" brand into produce departments throughout the United States.

Mr. Wallace became the president and CEO of the Mauna Loa Nut Corp. in 1996, where he worked closely with growers and managed the world's largest macadamia nut processing facility. He also oversaw the brand's expansion into virtually 100 percent of America's retail grocery outlets and a number of countries in Asia.

"Scott Wallace has led the transformation of several of America's best-known brands and has a well established track record of building strong ties with growers and retailers alike," Wil Garland, chairman of the board of Fruit Patch Inc., which is based in Dinuba, CA, said in a press release. "The board is confident Scott will add value for all Fruit Patch key stakeholders including employees, growers and retailers."

Mr. Wallace will remain a member of the board of directors of ML Macadamia Orchards of Hawaii, a leading macadamia nut grower.

Fruit Patch Inc., founded in 1976, specializes in the packing and marketing of peaches, nectarines, plums and a range of specialty items including persimmons, pomegranates and Asian pears.