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Two produce industry veterans join Mann Packing

Mann Packing is expanding its staff with two new hires. Denise Takakjian joins the sales staff to replace Bixby Ramsey, who is moving to field operations, and Brian Bengard is the new regional sales manager for the company's foodservice division in the Western United States.

"As Denise-TakakjianDenise Takakjianpart of our succession planning, Bixby Ramsey is moving into field operations where he will work alongside his father, Dick, who has been with the company for 38 years,” Mike Jarrard, company president and chief operating officer, said in a press release. “Dick's father, Bill, ran our field operations before him so we are thrilled to have a third-generation family member becoming an integral part of our sourcing operations. Grower relations are a high priority for us and Bixby will do a great job managing our grower base and our back to the ranch performance."

Ms. Takakjian is well known in the produce business and worked previously for Growers Express, Ready Pac Produce Inc., The Sholl Group/Green Giant Fresh and Tanimura & Antle. 

Mr. BengardBrianBengardBrian Bengard joins Mann from Nunhems, a division of Bayer CropScience, in Paso Robles, CA. He held previous positions at Tanimura & Antle, Madison Cellars/Parkfield Vineyards and was the owner and operator of Solid Gold Produce, a wholesale produce company with distribution in three central California coastal counties.

Mr. Bengard will report to Rick Russo, director of sales for foodservice and commodity, and Ms. Takakjian to Scott Wise, director of sales and customer solutions.

"This is a time of tremendous growth and innovation at Mann Packing,” John Haydock, senior vice president of sales, said in the press release. “We are pleased to have these experienced professionals join our team so we can continue to meet market needs moving forward in retail and foodservice."