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Chris Jones joins Market Fresh Produce as category manager

Market Fresh has added Chris Jones to its corporate staff, where he will take on the role of category manager. Jones will oversee many of the products that Market Fresh currently offers. He will be responsible for negotiating a competitive cost of goods as well as developing and maintaining rapport with growers, shippers and other vendors.

Jones has been in the produce world since 1995. He started as a produce stocker at a Walmart store in Springfield, MO. From there, he continued to advance within the Walmart organization, becoming assistant produce manager and then produce manager.

In 2002, Jones joined the team at Associated Wholesalers Grocers in Springfield. At AWG, he held a variety of positions, including produce quality insurance inspector, banana ripener and produce buyer. In his most recent position with AWG, he was a produce specialist.

“Chris’ background and vast knowledge of the industry will help in our day-to-day operations as well as the future growth and development of our company," Steve Phipps, Market Fresh chief executive officer and owner, said in a press release. "We look forward to the added value and expertise he will bring to our organization.”

“I am enthusiastic to join the MFP team," Jone said in the release. "The business model at Market Fresh creates some exciting opportunities to go to market selling fresh tomatoes, sweet onions, etc. The possibilities for promotions are exciting and I look forward to working with supply partners I have worked with before and meeting and working with new suppliers.”

Market Fresh offers full-line procurement and category management in tomatoes, potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, peppers, avocados and kiwifruit. Through its national network of distribution centers, state-of-the-art vendor managed inventory program, and a proven track record of customer service, Market Fresh continues to help its customers eliminate supply-side problems and grow in store categories.