Dole’s Cavallero earns Man for All Seasons honors

05/16/2013 03:19:00 PM
Fred Wilkinson

SAN DIEGO — After a career that began as a retail clerk at Safeway and lead to leadership at Dole Fresh Fruit Co., Mike Cavallero was awarded The Packer’s 2013 Produce Man for All Seasons Award.

Packer Editor Greg Johnson (left), presents Mike Cavallero, president of Dole Fresh Fruit Co.Pamela RiemenschneiderPacker Editor Greg Johnson (left), presents Mike Cavallero, president of Dole Fresh Fruit Co.'s North American tropical fresh fruit, with the paper's Produce Man for All Seasons Award May 16.Editor Greg Johnson presented Cavallero the award May 16 during the morning general session at United Fresh 2013.

Johnson said a peer of Cavallero’s considers him “the epitome of everything good about the produce industry.”

“This is really dedicated to the good people I’ve worked with,” Cavallero said.

The San Francisco native’s career at Dole began working in technical services in the fresh fruit division before being promoted to director of marketing services.

Cavallero then went to sales in Dole’s fresh vegetable division, where he was promoted first to eastern division sales manager and then vice president of sales for fresh vegetables.

Twenty years after joining Dole, he went back to the fresh fruit division as vice president of sales for tropicals and then vice president of sales and marketing for the company.

For the past dozen years, Cavallero has been president of North American tropical fresh fruit, overseeing Dole’s fresh banana, tropical fruit and deciduous sales, port operations and marketing.

His service to the industry includes volunteer posts for the Produce Marketing Association, International Banana Association and United Fresh.

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Dan Lawton    
Los Angeles  |  May, 16, 2013 at 03:57 PM

Congratulation Mr. Cavallero! Mike is a great Leader and a Great Person. I'm not sure if he realizes how many lives he's positively affected in his career, but i can guarantee it's been many. I also started my career in fresh produce 18 years ago as a Technical Service Representative for Dole, and our office was right across the hall from Mike's. Even though we were at the 1st rung on the ladder, he always made us feel like we were as important as anyone else in the organization. He made us realize that anything was possible (since he started his career in the same position). He has been a great inspiration to me throughout my career... Thanks Mike for the Great Start! Dan Lawton Vice President / Partner Vision Produce Company

Chris Avila    
Delano, California  |  May, 16, 2013 at 06:50 PM

Congratulations Mike! It was a privilege to work for you and with you while employed at Dole, You truly bring "Class" to the fresh produce category! Respectully Submitted Chris Avila Quality Control Paramount Citrus's "Cutie" Processing Facility

KEITH (A&P)    
California  |  May, 17, 2013 at 09:14 AM

Mike is a great businessman. He knows how to resolve issues and move forward. He has great integrity and a can-do approach. He is well deserved of this great award.

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