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Belle Glade, FL-based S.M. Jones & Co., a year-round supplier of fresh sweet corn, welcomed MICHAEL BAST to its sales team on Jan. 2.

In his new role as sales account manager, Mr. Bast manages and maintains relationships with retail and wholesale market accounts. Prior to joining S.M. Jones, Mr. Bast worked for Duda Farm Fresh Foods for four years.

Mr. Bast was first introduced to the produce industry by a good friend’s father — his current boss and COO of S.M. Jones, Ted Wanless. “He hired me as a sales trainee with Duda Farm Fresh Foods,” Mr. Bast said.

Outside of work, Mr. Bast enjoys playing music — the drums in particular. He is an Okeechobee, FL, native and still resides there.

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