Industry veteran Leonard Batti has joined Taylor Fresh Foods Inc. as president of Taylor Farms Florida, based in Orlando, FL.
Founded by Bruce Taylor and others in 1995, Taylor Fresh Foods is the largest processor of fresh fruits and vegetables for the foodservice, retail and deli sector of the industry in North America, Batti told The Produce News.
Before joining Taylor Farms, Batti most recently was executive vice president and a principal at The Mixtec Group, a premier executive search firm for the produce industry, headquartered in Glendale, CA.
"We all only want the best for Leonard and encouraged him to pursue it," The Mixtec Group said in a statement it shared with The Produce News. "This move is great for Taylor, great for Leonard, and strengthens our relationship with Taylor."
Asked why he decided to make this move at this time, Batti noted that he had worked with Bruce Taylor earlier in his career, "so this is kind of a homecoming for me." He added, "This was a very difficult decision, but Taylor Farms is truly one of the leaders in the industry. The opportunity to run [the Florida operation] was too good to pass up."
He added that he felt "very fortunate that The Mixtec Group is considered the best in the industry" in its area of expertise and that his new company "is considered the best" in its area of expertise.
Batti joined Taylor Farms Florida at the beginning of November.