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PBH elects 2010 executive committee and officers

by | April 15, 2010
Andrea Astrachan of Ahold USA was elected chairman of the Produce for Better Health Foundation's board of trustees at its 2010 annual meeting April 8-10 in Half Moon Bay, CA. Ms. Astrachan most recently served as vice chairman of the foundation.

The board of trustees recognized the service of outgoing 2009 Chairman Paul Klutes of C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. Mr. Klutes will remain on the executive committee as immediate past chairman.

Roger Pepperl of Stemilt Growers Inc. was elected vice chairman, and Paul Palmby of Seneca Foods Corp. was elected secretary-treasurer. Marty Ordman of Dole Food Co. Inc. was elected chairman of the foundation's consumer marketing and communications committee. Mac Riggan of Chelan Fresh Marketing assumed chairmanship of the foundation's donor marketing and outreach committee.

In addition to officers and committee chairs, the following people were elected to serve as at-large members of PBH's executive committee: Rick Bruno of Sun-Maid Growers of California; Gaines Chamberlain of Food Lion Stores Inc.; Dennis Christou of Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc.; Lori Miller of McDonald's Corp.; Heather Mizrahi of the Walt Disney Co.; Jim Sarcletti of Save-A-Lot Food Stores; and Suzanne Wolter of Rainier Fruit Co.

Outgoing executive committee members Terry Humfeld of the Produce Marketing Association, Kim Kirchherr of Jewel-Osco/Supervalu, Mark Munger of Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, Tom Stenzel of the United Fresh Produce Association and Gregg Storey of Bayer CropScience were thanked for their service on the committee.

Outgoing committee chairmen for 2009 were also recognized for their contributions: Kari Bretschger of Integrated MarketingWorks as past consumer marketing and communications committee chairman; Gaines Chamberlain of Food Lion Stores Inc. as past channel marketing sub-committee chairman; Matt Middleton of Ventura Foods as past donor marketing and outreach committee chairman; and Kacie Vieth of FoodSource as past dinner and auction committee chairman.

"I wish new chair Andrea Astrachan all the best," Paul Klutes, immediate past chairman of PBH, said in an April 12 press release. "It has been my pleasure to serve as chairman, and I look forward to continuing to support PBH and spreading the message that eating more fruits and vegetables really does matter to better health."