Charlie Eagle, vice president of business development for Southern Specialties
Inc. in Pompano Beach, FL, told The Produce News in early December that the
company hired Daryl Johnston to fill its newly created vice president of sales
"Daryl's responsibilities in the new position include creating strategies to
drive profitable growth for our company, our customers and suppliers, and to
provide input for new-product initiatives and maintain relationships with new
and existing customers," said Mr. Eagle.
Mr. Johnston’s strong produce background includes 11 years in various
management positions at Dole Fresh Vegetables. He also served as executive
vice president of sales and marketing for B&W Quality Growers in Fellsmere,
FL. His most recent position was vice president of sales and marketing for
Greenline Foods in Perrysburg, OH. Mr. Johnson will work from the company’s
Pompano Beach headquarters.
“I have long admired Southern Specialties,” Mr. Johnston said in a Dec. 7 press
release announcing his appointment. “The company’s reputation for excellent
products, innovation and corporate culture are outstanding. I look forward to
being a valuable part of a great team.”
Tim Meissner, chief operating officer of Southern Specialties, noted in the
press release, “Daryl’s knowledge and experience in our industry are well
suited for the new position Southern Specialties has created. We look forward
to having him as an integral part of our management team.”
Southern Specialties is a grower, importer, processor and shipper of specialty
produce from the United States, Canada, Central America and South America.
The company markets its “Southern Selects,” “Paradise Tropicals,” “Fiesta
Fresh” and “Today’s Gourmet” line of products from distribution facilities in
Pompano Beach; McAllen, TX; and Los Angeles.