“Because citrus is now a strength of Fruit Patch, and we’re finding a number of growers who are interested in having their fruit handled here, we wanted to bring in a very seasoned and talented salesperson to ensure we’re going to maximize their return,” Reader said. “Maria fits that bill perfectly.”
Another new face at Fruit Patch is Shawn Corley, director of grower relations. He spent the past 17 years with Supervalu Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn., where he was most recently senior buyer for stone fruit, citrus, pomegranates, kiwifruit and persimmons.
Fruit Patch is marking its 35th anniversary this year.