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Dole makes changes to marketing teams

Dole Fresh Fruit and Dole Fresh Vegetables, subsidiaries of Dole Food Co. Inc., announced enhancements to their marketing operations.

Yvonne Rentmeester has been promoted to the position of marketing services manager for Dole Fresh Fruit. In this position, Ms. Rentmeester will expand her role currently managing the technical services department to encompass banana ripening and product handling from warehouse all the way through the retail store. She will assume direct responsibility for Dole Fresh Fruit's marketing representatives and the merchandising program.

Ms. Rentmeester began her career with Dole Fresh Fruit as a technical service representative in November 1997 and has managed the department since January 2000. She holds a bachlor's degree in agricultural business management from Cal Poly-Pomona with an emphasis on citrus and avocado production.

Also joining the fresh fruit marketing team is Odalis Hawit-Rivera, brand manager. Ms. Hawit-Rivera will leverage market research and lead Dole's marketing efforts to deliver value for customers and drive long-term sales through message positioning and new product development.

Prior to joining Dole, Ms. Hawit-Rivera held various positions of escalating responsibility at Pharmavite LLC, most recently as associate brand manager, where she successfully led her cross-functional team in launching a five-SKU line of products.

In the Dole Fresh Vegetables group, Keith Kelley has been hired as marketing manager-new products and will be responsible for leading the group's efforts in new product development planning, specifically focusing the company's cross-functional resources against top-priority new product segments and co-managing the innovation process to drive long-term sales and profit growth for Dole Fresh's value-added business.

Mr. Kelley possesses extensive packaged consumer goods experience in the areas of brand outreach, product development, strategic planning, sales support and forecasting analysis for products including Columbia Crest Winery and Eight O'Clock Coffee.

Mr. Kelley earned his MBA in both marketing and organizational development from Indiana University.