LINDSAY, CA -- LoBue Citrus announced in late September that it has hired
Rick Osterhues as vice president of sales and marketing, a newly created
position. Effective Oct. 4, Mr. Osterhues will provide leadership on key sales
and marketing initiatives as identified in LoBue's recently completed strategic
Mr. Osterhues brings nearly 20 years of experience in business-process
improvement in the produce industry. He previously worked as a division
manager at Chiquita Brands International and as marketing director at the
David Oppenheimer Group. Most recently, he served as director of marketing
for Growers Express, one of the nation's larger suppliers of fresh vegetables.
"We're excited to welcome Rick to the LoBue team," Joe LoBue, managing
partner at LoBue Citrus, said in a Sept. 27 press release. "He is joining us
during a critical period in our evolution. His expertise will help us as we
pursue continuous improvements in quality and customer service while
renewing our focus on innovation."
Mr. Osterhues is enthusiastic about the opportunity. "It is great honor to be
joining a family company with such a long-term commitment to the fresh
produce industry," he said in the release. "I am looking forward to
contributing to their relentless efforts to reinforce a leadership position in the
citrus industry by developing creative and comprehensive solutions across the
growing, packing and shipping areas of the business."
Mr. Osterhues will be relocating from Ohio to California with his family.
Founded in 1934, LoBue Citrus (formerly LoBue Bros.) is a third-generation,
full-service grower, shipper and packer of citrus products, including navel
oranges, specialty citrus, lemons and juice.