Mann Packing Co. recently hired two experienced produce industry professionals in sales and marketing roles to help manage the company’s continued growth. Lori Bigras joined the company as a marketing manager, and Larry Narwold joined as Southeast regional sales manager, foodservice.
A native New Englander and long-time California resident, Bigras has 20 years of experience in marketing communications and project management, with the majorityof her career at berry grower-shipper Driscoll’s and McDill Associates, a full-service marketing and package design company specializing in serving the produce industry.
“Lori’s background working with industry-leading companies and experience serving on several boards gives her a unique set of skills and experience in everything from destination and brand marketing, to hard goods and fresh produce that complements our marketing team,” Kim St. George, director of marketing and innovation, said in a press release. Bigras studied marketing and design at Vermont College and the University of California-Santa Cruz.
During his career, Narwold has gained experience in all facets of the produce industry, working on the supplier side as well as the customer side at companies such as River Ranch Fresh Foods, Green Giant Fresh/Sholl Group, Tanimura & Antle Inc., Fleming Cos. and SUPERVALU. In his role at Mann Packing he will report to Rick Russo and provide sales support to the company’s foodservice customers in the Southeast.
Russo said, “We’re thrilled to bring someone onboard with Larry’s experience and industry relationships. He’s well respected, knowledgeable and involved with industry leadership.”
Narwold has served on several produce industry organization boards, including the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Board and the United Fresh Membership Committee; he is a past president of the Southeast Produce Council.