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Stevco announces new CEO

Stevco, a California-based table grape grower, has hired Matthew DeCarlo as its new chief executive officer, effective Sept. 23. DeCarlo succeeds Steven L. Gilfenbain, who founded Stevco in 1974 and is retiring as CEO.

“Growing grapes has been my passion," Gilfenbain said in a press release. "The reward is satisfied customers. For 39 years that has been Stevco’s objective. This could not have been accomplished without the loyalty ceoMatthew DeCarloand dedication of the Stevco team. I am sure Matt will continue the Stevco tradition and I wish him all the best.”

DeCarlo joins Stevco from Altar Produce LLC, based in the Imperial Valley, where he had been president since 2002. DeCarlo grew Altar Produce from a seasonal supplier to one of the world’s larger year-round grower-packer-shippers of asparagus and mixed vegetables. During DeCarlo’s 11 years, he helped drive Altar Produce to become a market leader in the domestic U.S., Japan and U.K. asparagus markets.

"I am extremely excited to join Stevco," DeCarlo said in the release. "The company has a fantastic reputation for producing and marketing the best premium quality table-grapes while leading the industry in customer service. Stevco is the best at what they do, which is producing a safe and healthy snack that can be enjoyed by the whole family on any occasion. I look forward to working with this group of high-performing and talented individuals, continuing Stevco’s industry leading position for years to come.”