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BOSTON -- Pierre Dolbec, vice president of sales and marketing for HydroSerre Mirabel Inc., announced that he would be leaving the Mirabel, QC-based firm that has employed him since January 2003.

Mr. Dolbec, who has worked in the produce industry for nearly 30 years -- 20 of which were on the retail side of the trade -- told The Produce News here at the New England Produce Council's Produce & Floral Expo that his last day at the firm, which is known for its premium hydroponic lettuce that is grown using floating-raft technology, would be May 7.

"I feel that the time has come to seek other adventures," Mr. Dolbec said. "I fully intend to remain in the produce industry, but I want to focus on leaving properly and making sure that the transition is as smooth as possible and not worrying about the next steps. It's a very good company, and I respect the people there enormously."

Mr. Dolbec said that he was proud of the company's growth and evolution since he joined the firm.

"It was a great ride," he said of his time at HydroSerre Mirabel. "We offer a very good product, and we've managed to open several new markets in the U.S. over the years. Our products are available in the Midwest and the southeastern United States, and I'm very proud of that. I'm also proud of our new products - the Mache that's been introduced at retail and our foodservice products. I appreciate the support I got from the retailers and the customers I've worked with in the industry."

Sylvain Terrault, HydroSerre Mirabel's president and general manager, said in a statement that he "would like to emphasize Mr. Dolbec's level of professionalism, expertise and dedication. I would also like to thank Pierre for his contribution to the development of the company and wish him all the best in his future projects."

Daniel Terrault, the firm's vice president of business development and Sylvain's brother, will assume Mr. Dolbec's responsibilities in the interim, Mr. Terrault said in the statement.