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Ocean Mist Farms promotes two staff

Ocean Mist Farms, a leading grower of artichokes and other fresh vegetables, recently announced two new staff promotions.

Afreen Malik was promoted to director of technical services, and Arlin Valenzuela will be the company’s quality assurance manager.

In Malik's new role, she will be responsible for Ocean Mist Farms’ food safety, quality assurance and sustainability initiatives

“Afreen has the knowledge and understanding Afreen-MalikAfreen Malikof these important functions and is in a unique position to oversee the alignment of our quality systems across the company,” Joe Pezzini, chief operations officer, said in a press release.

Malik has been with Ocean Mist Farms since 2004. She held previous positions as manager of food safety, directing the company’s food-safety program from “Farm to Fork” as well as enhancing product traceability and recall protocols. She also was responsible for developing the company’s sustainability initiatives program.

Malik has served on various industry committees, including the Produce Marketing Association’s produce safety, science and technology committee, Hartnell College food-safety advisory committee and the Monterey County sustainability working group.

Arlin-ValenzuelaArlin ValenzuelaIn Valenzuela's new role, she will manage the Ocean Mist Farms’ quality assurance program and work closely with various departments.

Prior to this promotion, Valenzuela was a quality assurance in-house trainer. Most recently, she has played an essential role in digitizing the Ocean Mist Farms’ quality assurance program, which will debut at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit this October in New Orleans. She is a graduate of California State University-San Marcos.

“The company joins me in congratulating Afreen and Arlin on their promotions and we support them as they take on these new and challenging roles,” Pezzini said.