Changes in Management at California Packinghouse

Sun World International, LLC has restructured its Coachella Valley packinghouse, a Bakersfield, Calif.-based facility that packs lemons, grapefruit and specialty varieties of citrus. Glen Scheer has assumed the role of packinghouse manager and is responsible for developing citrus grower relations and streamlining packing operations through automation and efficiencies.  He has been in the business 35 years, beginning with Nash De Camp and Riverbend and most recently manager of the DiMare Fresh Citrus facility in Coachella for over 15 years. Mike Whalen has been promoted to facilities manager and will oversee the packing, cooling and shipping operations. Former facilities manager Felix Mercado has stepped into the new citrus field manager position and will be focusing on field citrus operations with the major goal of increasing citrus volume in the Coachella facility.  

Almond Board Election Results

The Almond Board of California has released nomination results for positions on the board of directors. Results are as follows: independent grower, member position one, one-year term, David Arakelian, Livingston; alternate position one, Brad Klump, Escalon; independent handler, member position one, three-year term, Dave Phippen, Ripon; alternate position one, Ron Fisher, Modesto; independent handler member position three, one-year term, Keith Rigg, LeGrand; alternate position three, Dean Nelson, Kerman; cooperative grower, member, three-year term, John Thorning, Tracy; cooperative grower alternate, George Goshgarian, Fresno; cooperative handler, member, three-year term, Doug Youngdahl, Sacramento; and alternate cooperative handler, Susan Brauner, Sacramento. Additionally, Bill Brush is nominated for the cooperative grower member position vacated by Dan Cummings. Cummings is nominated for the cooperative grower alternate position. Terms of office began March 1, 2008.

New U.S. Sales Manager at MOI

 Marrone Organic Innovations (MOI) has appointed David Warman as its U.S. sales manager. Warman will oversee sales to all markets including agriculture, specialty, and turf and ornamentals. Particular attention will be given to current and new distribution partners to effectively launch new compounds. Prior to MOI, Warman was responsible for the development of AgraQuest, Inc.’s professional biological products line. He has also worked for Griffin LLC as regional manager and with Ciba/Geigy (Novartis) where he spent 21 years in various sales, marketing and sales management positions. A native of Oregon and a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in agronomy, Warman now resides in Ocala, Fla.

New Quality Monitoring Program for Growers

The USDA has established a new service that was developed in response to the processed and fresh fruit and vegetable industry’s need to supplement internal quality control programs. The new Quality Monitoring Program (QMP) permits companies to submit specific processed produce samples for review to graders from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Chicago-based U.S. Foodservice is the first company to sign an agreement with AMS to provide QMP services at several of its distribution centers. After an AMS inspection, products that do not conform to assigned specifications are immediately reported back to the company. For more information, e-mail Terry.Bane@usda.gov or call 202-720-4693.

Kiefer Joins ACI

Agri-Cover, Inc.  (ACI) has expanded its sales team with the addition of Russ Kiefer. In his new role as national sales manager for ACI’s ag division, Kiefer is responsible for growing accounts in the U.S. market. He brings six years of experience building dealer networks in the U.S. and international markets and over 20 years of sales and marketing experience.