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US Foods announces changes to board of directors

US Foods Holding Corp. announced that Timothy R. McLevish has resigned effective immediately from his position on the board of directors after it was announced that he will become the executive chairman of Lamb Weston Holdings Inc. upon the completion of its planned spinoff. Because Lamb Weston is a significant supplier to US Foods, McLevish would no longer qualify as an independent director.

The company also announced the election of two new members of the board of directors

David Tehle retired in 2015 as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Dollar General Corp., a role he had held since 2004. Prior to Dollar General, he was chief financial officer of Haggar Corp. He is currently on the board of directors for Genesco and serves on the board of directors of Jack in the Box as an audit committee member and finance committee chair. Tehle will serve as the new chairman of the audit committee for US Foods.

Court Carruthers spent 13 years in senior leadership roles at W. W. Grainger Inc., most recently as group president, Americas, where he was responsible for the company’s operations in the Americas, as well as eCommerce and technology innovation globally. He is currently a director and audit committee member of Ryerson Holding Corp. and serves on the board of multiple private companies, including Follett Corp. Carruthers is a CPA, CMA (Canada).

“We wish Tim all of the best in his new endeavor,” Pietro Satriano, president and chief executive officer of US Foods, said in a press release. “I’m pleased to welcome David and Court to the Board. Both bring public company and audit experience, as well as a wealth of business and finance expertise.”

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Directors reiterate call to end Market Basket spat

Independent directors of Demoulas Super Markets on Wednesday said they have still received no response to their offer last week to put ousted Market Basket president Arthur T. Demoulas and protesting associates back to work, saying the nearly month-long job action was “a no-win situation.”

The statement also applauded Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who in a press event Wednesday reportedly encouraged workers to return to work as soon as possible.

The directors last Friday said they had invited Arthur T. Demoulas and his senior staff to return to the company to work collaboratively with current management while he completes negotiations to acquire shares in the chain from majority shareholders. Demoulas has so far rebuffed that offer while employees — who have demanded his return to office — have continued staying away from jobs at Market Basket’s headquarters and warehouse.

That job action, along with an associated consumer boycott, has crippled sales at the chain.

Separately, new management has told some 200 employees to report to work by Friday or they would be considered to have abandoned their jobs and removed from the company. Such messages went out with a Monday deadline to additional workers Wednesday, reports said. 

“Today, we applaud Governor Patrick’s statement encouraging all associates to return to work as soon as possible,” the independent board member statement said. “We, as independent board members, cannot force any shareholders to buy or to sell, nor can we control the timing of their decisions. All we seek is to get our Associates back to work earning a steady income so our customers can go back to shopping. In return, we can’t offer a resolution to the deal negotiations, but have and will continue to offer a way to return to normal while negotiations continue. Playing with fire that will hurt us all – associates, customers, and communities – is a no-win situation, and we all need it to end.


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“It’s well past the time when anyone can frame the crisis as ‘us vs. them,’ or a ‘family feud.’ There are too many families being impacted by this. Rather, for good or ill, many are being asked to sacrifice their pay, their jobs, and their ability to shop at affordable prices in their own neighborhoods, against the hope that it will help one side achieve a preferred business deal rather than another. No one should ever hold 25,000 associates, 2 million shoppers and our local economies as leverage in a business negotiation.

“It is time to get everyone back to work. It’s been five days since we last proposed a solution that would work toward getting everyone back and bring the crisis to an end. That’s five days too long, and now time is running out.”

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Directors reiterate call to end Market Basket spat

Independent directors of Demoulas Super Markets on Wednesday said they have still received no response to their offer last week to put ousted Market Basket president Arthur T. Demoulas and protesting associates back to work, saying the nearly month-long job action was “a no-win situation.”

The statement also applauded Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who in a press event Wednesday reportedly encouraged workers to return to work as soon as possible.

The directors last Friday said they had invited Arthur T. Demoulas and his senior staff to return to the company to work collaboratively with current management while he completes negotiations to acquire shares in the chain from majority shareholders. Demoulas has so far rebuffed that offer while employees — who have demanded his return to office — have continued staying away from jobs at Market Basket’s headquarters and warehouse.

That job action, along with an associated consumer boycott, has crippled sales at the chain.

Separately, new management has told some 200 employees to report to work by Friday or they would be considered to have abandoned their jobs and removed from the company. Such messages went out with a Monday deadline to additional workers Wednesday, reports said. 

“Today, we applaud Governor Patrick’s statement encouraging all associates to return to work as soon as possible,” the independent board member statement said. “We, as independent board members, cannot force any shareholders to buy or to sell, nor can we control the timing of their decisions. All we seek is to get our Associates back to work earning a steady income so our customers can go back to shopping. In return, we can’t offer a resolution to the deal negotiations, but have and will continue to offer a way to return to normal while negotiations continue. Playing with fire that will hurt us all – associates, customers, and communities – is a no-win situation, and we all need it to end.


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“It’s well past the time when anyone can frame the crisis as ‘us vs. them,’ or a ‘family feud.’ There are too many families being impacted by this. Rather, for good or ill, many are being asked to sacrifice their pay, their jobs, and their ability to shop at affordable prices in their own neighborhoods, against the hope that it will help one side achieve a preferred business deal rather than another. No one should ever hold 25,000 associates, 2 million shoppers and our local economies as leverage in a business negotiation.

“It is time to get everyone back to work. It’s been five days since we last proposed a solution that would work toward getting everyone back and bring the crisis to an end. That’s five days too long, and now time is running out.”

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Directors reiterate call to end Market Basket spat

Independent directors of Demoulas Super Markets on Wednesday said they have still received no response to their offer last week to put ousted Market Basket president Arthur T. Demoulas and protesting associates back to work, saying the nearly month-long job action was “a no-win situation.”

The statement also applauded Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who in a press event Wednesday reportedly encouraged workers to return to work as soon as possible.

The directors last Friday said they had invited Arthur T. Demoulas and his senior staff to return to the company to work collaboratively with current management while he completes negotiations to acquire shares in the chain from majority shareholders. Demoulas has so far rebuffed that offer while employees — who have demanded his return to office — have continued staying away from jobs at Market Basket’s headquarters and warehouse.

That job action, along with an associated consumer boycott, has crippled sales at the chain.

Separately, new management has told some 200 employees to report to work by Friday or they would be considered to have abandoned their jobs and removed from the company. Such messages went out with a Monday deadline to additional workers Wednesday, reports said. 

“Today, we applaud Governor Patrick’s statement encouraging all associates to return to work as soon as possible,” the independent board member statement said. “We, as independent board members, cannot force any shareholders to buy or to sell, nor can we control the timing of their decisions. All we seek is to get our Associates back to work earning a steady income so our customers can go back to shopping. In return, we can’t offer a resolution to the deal negotiations, but have and will continue to offer a way to return to normal while negotiations continue. Playing with fire that will hurt us all – associates, customers, and communities – is a no-win situation, and we all need it to end.


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“It’s well past the time when anyone can frame the crisis as ‘us vs. them,’ or a ‘family feud.’ There are too many families being impacted by this. Rather, for good or ill, many are being asked to sacrifice their pay, their jobs, and their ability to shop at affordable prices in their own neighborhoods, against the hope that it will help one side achieve a preferred business deal rather than another. No one should ever hold 25,000 associates, 2 million shoppers and our local economies as leverage in a business negotiation.

“It is time to get everyone back to work. It’s been five days since we last proposed a solution that would work toward getting everyone back and bring the crisis to an end. That’s five days too long, and now time is running out.”

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Directors reiterate call to end Market Basket spat

Independent directors of Demoulas Super Markets on Wednesday said they have still received no response to their offer last week to put ousted Market Basket president Arthur T. Demoulas and protesting associates back to work, saying the nearly month-long job action was “a no-win situation.”

The statement also applauded Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who in a press event Wednesday reportedly encouraged workers to return to work as soon as possible.

The directors last Friday said they had invited Arthur T. Demoulas and his senior staff to return to the company to work collaboratively with current management while he completes negotiations to acquire shares in the chain from majority shareholders. Demoulas has so far rebuffed that offer while employees — who have demanded his return to office — have continued staying away from jobs at Market Basket’s headquarters and warehouse.

That job action, along with an associated consumer boycott, has crippled sales at the chain.

Separately, new management has told some 200 employees to report to work by Friday or they would be considered to have abandoned their jobs and removed from the company. Such messages went out with a Monday deadline to additional workers Wednesday, reports said. 

“Today, we applaud Governor Patrick’s statement encouraging all associates to return to work as soon as possible,” the independent board member statement said. “We, as independent board members, cannot force any shareholders to buy or to sell, nor can we control the timing of their decisions. All we seek is to get our Associates back to work earning a steady income so our customers can go back to shopping. In return, we can’t offer a resolution to the deal negotiations, but have and will continue to offer a way to return to normal while negotiations continue. Playing with fire that will hurt us all – associates, customers, and communities – is a no-win situation, and we all need it to end.


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“It’s well past the time when anyone can frame the crisis as ‘us vs. them,’ or a ‘family feud.’ There are too many families being impacted by this. Rather, for good or ill, many are being asked to sacrifice their pay, their jobs, and their ability to shop at affordable prices in their own neighborhoods, against the hope that it will help one side achieve a preferred business deal rather than another. No one should ever hold 25,000 associates, 2 million shoppers and our local economies as leverage in a business negotiation.

“It is time to get everyone back to work. It’s been five days since we last proposed a solution that would work toward getting everyone back and bring the crisis to an end. That’s five days too long, and now time is running out.”

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Naturipe announces two new directors of business development

Naturipe Farms announced the appointment of Jerry Moran as its director of business development-West and the promotion of Kasey Kelley as the director of business development-East. In their roles, Moran and Kelley will contribute to the company’s growth by leading strategic sales and business development activities for Naturipe Farms.

“We are excited to welcome Jerry to the Naturipe team and equally pleased to promote from within and see Kasey take on this new role,” Jerry1Jerry MoranDwight Ferguson, chief executive officer of Naturipe Farms, said in a press release. “Jerry and Kasey are both experienced and talented berry experts who are respected and trusted throughout our industry.”

Naturipe has seen consistent double-digit growth, driven in part by the demand for its proprietary varieties, expanded production base and the growing consumer demand for premium-quality berries.

Prior to joining Naturipe Farms, Moran was the bush berry category manager at California Giant Berry Farms for seven years, and he previously held several positions at Driscoll Strawberry Associates over a five-year period. Moran will be based out of the Naturipe Farms headquarters in Salinas, CA, office and will report to Vince Lopes, vice president of sales-West.KaseyKasey Kelley

“I am excited to join the Naturipe Farms team,” Moran said in the release. “It’s motivating to see their commitment to building upon the proprietary variety program and drive to expand the customer base. I am looking forward to be a part of it.”

Kelley joined Naturipe in 1998 and has been an integral part of the company’s growth. “Kasey has been a great role model in living and breathing our mission, vision and values and will be a valuable asset in his new role,” the company said in the release. Kelley will continue to be based out of the Grand Junction, MI, office and will report to Jim Roberts, vice president of sales-East.

Naturipe Farms is a grower-owned producer and international marketer of healthy, premium berries. With production primarily from multi-generation family farms, located in the prime berry growing regions throughout North and South America. The diverse grower base ensures year-round availability of “locally grown” and “in-season global” conventional and organic berries.

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Naturipe announces two new directors of business development

Naturipe Farms announced the appointment of Jerry Moran as its director of business development-West and the promotion of Kasey Kelley as the director of business development-East. In their roles, Moran and Kelley will contribute to the company’s growth by leading strategic sales and business development activities for Naturipe Farms.

“We are excited to welcome Jerry to the Naturipe team and equally pleased to promote from within and see Kasey take on this new role,” Jerry1Jerry MoranDwight Ferguson, chief executive officer of Naturipe Farms, said in a press release. “Jerry and Kasey are both experienced and talented berry experts who are respected and trusted throughout our industry.”

Naturipe has seen consistent double-digit growth, driven in part by the demand for its proprietary varieties, expanded production base and the growing consumer demand for premium-quality berries.

Prior to joining Naturipe Farms, Moran was the bush berry category manager at California Giant Berry Farms for seven years, and he previously held several positions at Driscoll Strawberry Associates over a five-year period. Moran will be based out of the Naturipe Farms headquarters in Salinas, CA, office and will report to Vince Lopes, vice president of sales-West.KaseyKasey Kelley

“I am excited to join the Naturipe Farms team,” Moran said in the release. “It’s motivating to see their commitment to building upon the proprietary variety program and drive to expand the customer base. I am looking forward to be a part of it.”

Kelley joined Naturipe in 1998 and has been an integral part of the company’s growth. “Kasey has been a great role model in living and breathing our mission, vision and values and will be a valuable asset in his new role,” the company said in the release. Kelley will continue to be based out of the Grand Junction, MI, office and will report to Jim Roberts, vice president of sales-East.

Naturipe Farms is a grower-owned producer and international marketer of healthy, premium berries. With production primarily from multi-generation family farms, located in the prime berry growing regions throughout North and South America. The diverse grower base ensures year-round availability of “locally grown” and “in-season global” conventional and organic berries.

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Naturipe announces two new directors of business development

Naturipe Farms announced the appointment of Jerry Moran as its director of business development-West and the promotion of Kasey Kelley as the director of business development-East. In their roles, Moran and Kelley will contribute to the company’s growth by leading strategic sales and business development activities for Naturipe Farms.

“We are excited to welcome Jerry to the Naturipe team and equally pleased to promote from within and see Kasey take on this new role,” Jerry1Jerry MoranDwight Ferguson, chief executive officer of Naturipe Farms, said in a press release. “Jerry and Kasey are both experienced and talented berry experts who are respected and trusted throughout our industry.”

Naturipe has seen consistent double-digit growth, driven in part by the demand for its proprietary varieties, expanded production base and the growing consumer demand for premium-quality berries.

Prior to joining Naturipe Farms, Moran was the bush berry category manager at California Giant Berry Farms for seven years, and he previously held several positions at Driscoll Strawberry Associates over a five-year period. Moran will be based out of the Naturipe Farms headquarters in Salinas, CA, office and will report to Vince Lopes, vice president of sales-West.KaseyKasey Kelley

“I am excited to join the Naturipe Farms team,” Moran said in the release. “It’s motivating to see their commitment to building upon the proprietary variety program and drive to expand the customer base. I am looking forward to be a part of it.”

Kelley joined Naturipe in 1998 and has been an integral part of the company’s growth. “Kasey has been a great role model in living and breathing our mission, vision and values and will be a valuable asset in his new role,” the company said in the release. Kelley will continue to be based out of the Grand Junction, MI, office and will report to Jim Roberts, vice president of sales-East.

Naturipe Farms is a grower-owned producer and international marketer of healthy, premium berries. With production primarily from multi-generation family farms, located in the prime berry growing regions throughout North and South America. The diverse grower base ensures year-round availability of “locally grown” and “in-season global” conventional and organic berries.

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Market Basket directors file countersuit

As threatened, the Class B directors of Demoulas Super Markets filed their own suit against the board, saying they were marginalized and kept in the dark by the majority Class A directors, leading to their decision to boycott meetings.


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The suit comes only days after the Class A board sued the B directors, seeking a court order compelling members to attend the next board meeting.

In the complaint, Class B directors William Shea and Terence Carleton say a new system of board committees has been used as a means to withhold information from them, saying they were denied opportunities to attend meetings of committees they did not serve on and that they were not granted access to minutes of their meetings and other documents detailing engagement of various consultants. They further allege that the board has systematically ignored items that Shea and Carelton have attempted to add to the agenda.

The Class B directors, aligned with Market Basket president Arthur T. Demoulas, have opposed actions of the Class A faction including the introduction of dividend for shareholders, changes to the profit-sharing plans and the engagement of executive recruiters. They are seeking an order that would permit them to inspect and copy such records and observe all board committee meetings.

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Market Basket directors file countersuit

As threatened, the Class B directors of Demoulas Super Markets filed their own suit against the board, saying they were marginalized and kept in the dark by the majority Class A directors, leading to their decision to boycott meetings.


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The suit comes only days after the Class A board sued the B directors, seeking a court order compelling members to attend the next board meeting.

In the complaint, Class B directors William Shea and Terence Carleton say a new system of board committees has been used as a means to withhold information from them, saying they were denied opportunities to attend meetings of committees they did not serve on and that they were not granted access to minutes of their meetings and other documents detailing engagement of various consultants. They further allege that the board has systematically ignored items that Shea and Carelton have attempted to add to the agenda.

The Class B directors, aligned with Market Basket president Arthur T. Demoulas, have opposed actions of the Class A faction including the introduction of dividend for shareholders, changes to the profit-sharing plans and the engagement of executive recruiters. They are seeking an order that would permit them to inspect and copy such records and observe all board committee meetings.

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Market Basket directors file countersuit

As threatened, the Class B directors of Demoulas Super Markets filed their own suit against the board, saying they were marginalized and kept in the dark by the majority Class A directors, leading to their decision to boycott meetings.


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The suit comes only days after the Class A board sued the B directors, seeking a court order compelling members to attend the next board meeting.

In the complaint, Class B directors William Shea and Terence Carleton say a new system of board committees has been used as a means to withhold information from them, saying they were denied opportunities to attend meetings of committees they did not serve on and that they were not granted access to minutes of their meetings and other documents detailing engagement of various consultants. They further allege that the board has systematically ignored items that Shea and Carelton have attempted to add to the agenda.

The Class B directors, aligned with Market Basket president Arthur T. Demoulas, have opposed actions of the Class A faction including the introduction of dividend for shareholders, changes to the profit-sharing plans and the engagement of executive recruiters. They are seeking an order that would permit them to inspect and copy such records and observe all board committee meetings.

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Two Supervalu directors resign after Safeway-Albertsons deal

TGF-FruitImageSupervalu said two of its directors, Mark Neporent and Lenerd Tessler, have resigned from the board because of their ties to Cerbrus Captial Management, which announced Thursday that it is buying Safeway, a Supervalu competitor, through its AB Acquisition holdings.


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Neporent is COO and general counsel for Cerberus Capital Management, and Tessler is the co-head of global private equity and senior managing director of Cerberus Capital Management. The two had joined the board following the Cerberus-led acquisition of Supervalu’s Albertsons assets and its investment in Supervalu.

The Cerberus-led investment group, Symphony Investors, owns approximately 20.9% of Supervalu’s stock. Symphony also has the right to designate replacement directors for Neporent and Tessler, Supervalu said.

“I would like to thank Mark and Lenard for serving on Supervalu’s board of directors and for their important contributions during the transition period following the banner sale,” said Gerald Storch, Supervalu’s non-executive chairman. “We look forward to working with Cerberus to identify two new, highly-qualified director designees to replace Mark and Lenard, and who will help to lead our organization into the future.”

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NGA Names Replacement Directors

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Grocers Association here said Thursday it has named new board members to fill four vacancies from unexpired terms.


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The new directors are Christine Curtis, senior vice president, account management, for C&S Wholesale Grocers, Keene, N.H.; Jake Fontenot, senior vice president, sales and merchandising, for Grocers Supply Co., Houston; Omar Khalaf, vice president, industry development, for Kraft Foods Global, Deerfield, Ill.; and Bob McTeir, president, Merchant Distributors Inc., Hickory, N.C.

They succeed Richard Wykoff, C&S; Dave D’Arezzo, GSC; Regenia Stein, Kraft; and Steve Hall, MDI, each of whom has left those companies.

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State Ag Directors Want Congress to Give FDA More Time on FSMA Rules

State agricultural officials say that when it comes to writing rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, the U.S, Food and Drug Administration needs to take a mulligan and Congress should give the agency time for a do-over.

The ever-so-gentle pushback on FDA’s work on the FSMA took shape a few days ago at the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) when members voted unanimously to go back to Congress “to assure adequate due process for the promulgation of FSMA rules.”

To get there, the state agricultural directors want Congress to give FDA more time and it wants FDA to produce a second draft of rules for more public input. The state ag bosses are mostly concerned with rules on produce safety and preventive controls.

“We have appreciated FDA’s willingness to meet one-on-one to hear many states’ concerns,” says North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler, the outgoing NASDA president who hosted this year’s annual meeting in Asheville.

“It is important that we continue these conversations so the FDA can hear concerns from real farmers across the country,” Troxler added. “Postponing these rules will allow needed time for FDA and the states to make progress on state-federal partnership on food safety. This partnership must be in place before implementation begins.”

The incoming NASDA president, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross, plans to make food safety a priority for the association during the year ahead.

“NASDA is fully committed to food safety and the successful implementation of FSMA,” Ross said. “We must take the time to get this right for the sake of our producers, processors and consumers. I look forward to working with our partners and consumers groups to engage Congress and FDA in developing an implementable food-safety program.”

Some of the groups NASDA hopes to work with, such as the Center for Food Safety, went to federal court to get FDA to move faster, not slower. In response, Judge Phyllis Hamilton of the U.S. District Court for Northern California has FDA on a schedule to complete the work by June 30, 2015, roughly three years later than Congress mandated in the 2011 law. Congress, however, could override the judge.

Bob Ehart, a senior policy advisor for NASDA, penned an editorial for the association on Tuesday that further explained where the state ag officials are coming from. He said it’s more important for FDA to “get the rules right” than to do it fast.

“Two concerns are primary to NASDA members: FDA has little experience inspecting farms, and, while anyone seeking to sell products to the U.S. will have to adhere to the ‘Produce Safety’ and the ‘Preventive Control’ rules, producers are questioning whether a process that allows food brokers to verify food coming into the U.S. is a level playing field,” Ehart wrote.

The NASDA resolution covers the Animal Feed, Import, and Third-Party Verification rules being drafted by FDA, in addition to those on Produce Safety and Preventive Controls.

The FSMA was signed into law in early January 2011 after being passed in 2010 by bipartisan majorities in Congress. It is the first major change in U.S. food-safety law in almost 60 years.

NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association representing the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries and directors of departments of agriculture in all 50 states and four U.S. territories.

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Jeff Gargiulo joins Lipman board of directors

Lipman, a leading open field tomato grower, has elected Jeff Gargiulo to its board of directors. A produce industry veteran, Gargiulo currently owns and operates Gargiulo Vineyards, a Napa Valley winery, and is the chairman of Greenleaf Produce, a produce foodservice distributor in San Francisco.

Gargiulo and his family owned Gargiulo Tomato for decades before selling the company, which still bears his name. He served as president Jeff-GargiuloJeff Gargiuloand chief executive officer for Sunkist Growers, and is a past chairman of the Produce Marketing Association.

“Jeff grew up growing and packing tomatoes, surrounded by Florida agriculture”, Kent Shoemaker, chief executive officer of Lipman, said in a press release. “We’re thrilled to have him join our board of directors and look forward to his insight as he returns to the tomato business.”

Gargiulo is on the Oakville Wine Growers board of directors and a member of the Florida Council of 100. He also supports an array of charitable organizations throughout the United States. His is a graduate of Florida State University.

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