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Fruit Patch, a Dinuba, CA-based packer and marketer of peaches, plums, nectarines, grapes and specialty citrus, announced Aug. 23 that Sheri Mierau will resign as vice president of sales and marketing, effective Sept. 30.

"Sheri is getting married and relocating to Southern California in early September,"Scott Wallace, chief executive officer of Fruit Patch, said in an Aug. 23 press release. "Everyone at Fruit Patch is happy for her and wishes her the best in her new life."

"I'm proud of what I've accomplished at Fruit Patch this season and I believe the company is well-positioned for the future," Ms. Mierau said in the press release. "In the short term, I need to commit myself to establishing my new family. However, I will re-enter the produce industry shortly and look forward to continuing my career from my new base in Southern California."

Ms. Mierau previously worked at the California Tree Fruit Agreement, first joining the Reedley, CA-based organization in 2004 as vice president of marketing before being named president in 2006 upon the departure of Blair Richardson. She left the agreement last December for the marketing post at Fruit Patch.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Mierau held positions with Ahold Operating Cos. as director of produce, and with Agribuys, New World Marketing, Safeway Inc. and Sunkist Growers.