While the fresh produce industry is steeped in tradition and filled with longtime leaders and legends, The Packer feels it’s equally important to note that continued success depends on the next generation of leadership.
That’s why a group of The Packer staff members met a few months ago to discuss a long list of industry up-and-comers whose early-career contributions and potential put them among consideration for acknowledgement in this Profiles in Produce: Rising Stars special section.
When we met, the hardest thing seemed to be figuring out how to whittle down the list — a good sign for the industry because it proves business outlook should be bright with so many brilliant, young leaders coming to the forefront.
We did our best to choose six individuals to profile who we felt were deserving for inclusion in this section. Call it a snapshot — albeit far from a complete listing — of produce industry people who should help keep fresh produce business thriving in decades to come.
We hope you enjoy their stories about how they got started in the industry, what they have accomplished so far and how they hope to serve the industry in the future.