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Southern Specialties Inc., headquartered in Pompano Beach, FL, named Dana Giacone manager of the company's West Coast operations.

Ms. Giacone has extensive experience in the produce industry. Prior to joining Southern Specialties, she worked with growers, processors and foodservice distributors as regional business manager for River Ranch Fresh Foods in Salinas, CA. Her position with Southern Specialties will be focused on expanding the company's customer base and on developing product lines.

Ms. Giacone, a graduate of the Cornell University Produce Executive Development Program, earned a bachelor's degree in agribusiness from California Polytechnic State University.

"I have had the pleasure of working with Dana in the past," Tim Meissner, chief operating officer of Southern Specialties, told The Produce News April 6. "Her industry knowledge, agricultural background and ability to establish a rapport with customers are great assets that will be valuable as we expand the company's West Coast operations."