Bland Farms, a leading grower-shipper-marketer of sweet onions based in Glennville, GA, announced July 11 that Bruce Peterson has been named chief executive officer, effective July 3. Mr. Peterson joined the Bland Farms board of advisors last January.
Mr. Peterson is best known for his years at Walmart Stores Inc., where he launched its perishable foods division and grew it to become one of the larger produce retailers in the world. He left Walmart in March 2007 and was named president and chief executive officer of Naturipe Farms LLC in August 2007. He left Naturipe in January 2009 to launch his own consultancy, Peterson Insights.
Since its first crop of onions was grown in 1983, Bland Farms has experienced tremendous growth as a grower, packer and shipper of sweet onions. The firm also has diversified into processed foods, fertilizer and distribution services.
According to Delbert Bland, owner and president of Bland Farms, the rapid growth and expansion into the allied categories during the past several years were key reasons to appoint Mr. Peterson as CEO.
“I’m excited about working with Bruce and the leadership he brings,” Mr. Bland said in a July 11 press release. “We have so many growth possibilities ahead. Bruce will be a significant help in making them coming to pass.”
Of his new role at Bland Farms, Mr. Peterson said in the press release, “I’ve known Delbert Bland for a long time and am pleased to help him and the family prepare the company for future growth.”