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People, week of April 9, 2012

Andrew Schultz

DiMare Fresh hired ANDREW SCHULTZ as its new vice president of strategic business development in Arlington, TX.

Prior to joining the team at DiMare Fresh, Mr. Schultz served as vice president of produce for DRS in San Diego, CA, helping to lead procurement and supply chain management for 27,000 Subway restaurants throughout the United States.

“Andrew Schultz has unique industry experience, which we believe will translate to creating additional value for our customers and other stakeholders throughout the supply chain,” an April 2 company press release stated.

In his new position, Mr. Schultz will play an integral role in the continued development of DiMare as a supply chain solutions provider.

“I’m truly grateful to join the DiMare team and look forward to making meaningful contributions for many years to come,” Mr. Schultz said in the press release.


Can-Am Pepper Co. in Bradenton, FL, added JULIE CLARK to its sales administration team in early March.

In her new position at Can-Am Pepper Co., Ms. Clark will be helping with the company’s food-safety program, as well as with sales.

Ms. Clark previously worked in bookkeeping. She is excited about her new position at Can-Am Pepper Co. and said that everything just “fell into place” when she accepted the job.

Ms. Clark currently resides in Myakka City, FL, with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding.


JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ joined Los Angeles-based Tavilla Sales Co. in May of last year, working at the company’s Phoenix office before transferring to its Nogales, AZ, location in October.

Mr. Chavez is a member of Tavilla’s sales team and handles a full line of commodities, including limes, mangos, hot chilis and Bell peppers.

This is Mr. Chavez’s eighth year in the produce industry, having previously worked at Sandia Distributors, also located in Nogales.

“It’s the way of life here in Nogales,” Mr. Chavez said of working in the produce industry. “It’s what we do in this town.”

Mr. Chavez is happily married with four children. In his spare time, he loves to fly airplanes and ride motorcycles. “My mom always called me the ‘rebel’ of the family,” he joked.


Barrett Johnson

Interfresh Inc., a national supplier of fruits and vegetables, announced on April 3 that industry veteran, BARRETT JOHNSON, will be heading up its new field office in La Quinta, CA.

Mr. Johnson has 25 years of experience in the industry, both on the buying and selling side. His most recent position was with SuperValu, where he was Senior Buyer in charge of all domestic table grapes and avocados.

“Barrett brings a unique skill set to Interfresh, which is the ability to understand both the grower side and the retail side of the produce industry,” Interfresh President Chris Puentes said in a company press release.

“Interfresh is a great fit for me,” Mr. Johnson added. “We think that the grower relationships and retail experience I’ve developed over the years will greatly enhance what we can do for both Interfresh’s retail and foodservice customers. I’ll also be developing new business for the company, and we’re excited to get going.”

Mr. Johnson currently resides in Indio, CA, with his wife, Katy, and their three children, Zack, Kacey and Jace.


BRIAN LAPIN was promoted in March to the sales team at Madera, CA-based Stellar Distributing.

Mr. Lapin has worked for the company for the past three years, first starting as a truck driver before working his way up to the sales desk.

As a salesman at Stellar Distributing, Mr. Lapin keeps track of inventory for certain commodities, maintains the company web site and is also beginning to learn the freight ropes as well.

Prior to working in the produce industry, Mr. Lapin was a baseball player for three years. True to form, sports continue to be a huge hobby of his.

In other news at Stellar Distributing, NICK CAPPELLUTI joined the sales team earlier this year.

As a member of the family-owned company, Mr. Cappelluti first started working for Stellar when he was only 12 years old. “I have been around this business all my life,” he said. Mr. Cappelluti has been working as a full-time employee for the past three years, starting off in the shipping office and working his way up to sales.

In his new position, Mr. Cappelluti handles a full line of commodities and does a bit of work on transportation.


HELEN DONATO joined Miami-based Crystal Valley Foods in November.

Ms. Donato has been in the produce industry for the past 17 years. She began working as a receptionist, which led to a job in accounting and ultimately her newest position as a saleswoman for Crystal Valley Foods. Prior to her current job, Ms. Donato worked at Harvest Sensations, also in MiamiL.

As a saleswoman at Crystal Valley Foods, Ms. Donato will be handling the company’s full line of commodities, as well as doing some domestic purchasing.


Dave Santucci

Avondale, PA-based Country Fresh Mushroom Co. announced March 29 that DAVID SANTUCCI is the new regional sales manager for the firm.

Mr. Santucci comes to Country Fresh Mushroom Co. with a great deal of experience in the produce industry, having spent many years working with his family at Elite Mushroom Co. also in Avondale, PA, the company press release stated.

As regional sales manager for the firm, Mr. Santucci will help to better cover the Eastern and Midwest market area.


Santa Maria, CA-based CB Sales hired JUAN ARELLANO as a sales agent on Feb. 24.

Mr. Arellano has seven years of experience in the produce industry, most recently working for Sun Berry Sales, also based in Santa Maria.

He credited his family for getting him involved in the industry. “Working with family is great because you have a vested interest,” he said. “No one can care about you more than your family.”

Mr. Arellano is happily married with two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and coaching girls softball.


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