Mike Kemp named COO at Market FreshMike Kemp named COO at Market Fresh
by | January 03, 2011
Nixa, MO-based Market Fresh Produce LLC has appointed Mike Kemp its new
chief operations officer. He brings a wealth of experience to Market Fresh that
includes over 26 years in the produce industry.
Mr. Kemp's most recent position was vice president of perishable
procurement for Save-A-Lot Ltd. in St. Louis.
Prior to that position, he was director of produce and floral for Supervalu Inc.
He has also served in numerous board positions including on the advisory
committee to the U.S. secretary of agriculture, the United Fresh Fruit &
Vegetable board and the Produce Marketing Association retail committees. He
was also chairman of the board for the Produce for Better Health Foundation.
In his new role with Market Fresh, Mr. Kemp will report to Steve Phipps, the
firm’s chief executive officer.
Mr. Kemp will oversee the company’s national campaign, aiming to become
the leading produce trade brand in the industry.
Market Fresh currently ships products to 42 states and has created a national
footprint for premium-quality products, best-in-class packaging and
outstanding service levels. The company has developed a national supply
network that provides both retail and foodservice clients with an array of
premium products, traceability, contract pricing, vendor-managed inventory
and category-management consulting.
Mr. Kemp will play a leading role in introducing the national supply network
Market Fresh has assembled to an array of new clients in both retail and