Farmer’s Best’s Wagner retires - The Packer

Farmer’s Best’s Wagner retires

08/14/2013 03:56:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Jerry WagnerWagnerJerry Wagner, director of sales and marketing for Nogales-based grower-shipper Farmer’s Best, has retired.

Wagner retired the week of Aug. 5, according to a company official. Steve Yubeta, Farmer’s Best’s vice president of sales, is the company’s new director of sales and marketing.

Wagner began working for Farmer’s Best in 1987. He began his produce career as a quality control inspector at Wagner Distributing, a brokerage owned by his father, Jack.

Wagner then worked for Nogales-based Western Fruit Sales, a division of Florida-based A. Duda & Sons Inc., and later for San Luis Distributors.

Yubeta began working in the produce industry in the late 1980s. He joined Farmer’s Best’s sales desk in 2002.

Yubeta also has worked for Nogales-based Bionova Produce, Nogales-based RB Packing Inc., Los Angeles-based Tanimura Distributing Inc., Nogales-based Lange Trading Co. Inc. and Fresno, Calif.-based W.K. Tawa.



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john pandol    
Delano,CA  |  August, 14, 2013 at 04:23 PM

Good luck and Best wishes. The produce industry is a better place because of Jerry Wagner. And congrats to Steve!

J. Oliver Nogales Fruit & Recycling    
Nogales Az.  |  August, 14, 2013 at 07:01 PM

Congratulations Jerry. Jerry was old school in Nogales with integrity. Best of luck in the future Jerry

Sean    
Nogales Az.  |  August, 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Congratulations to Jerry and Steve what do you know about integrity Mr. Oliver?

Allison Moore    
Nogales, AZ  |  August, 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Congratulations to Jerry and to Steve. Jerry Wagner has been a great mentor and produce industry visionary for a lot of people in this business. Steve will do well in filling some very big shoes. The FPAA will miss Jerry's advice, guidance, and feedback. We have certainly been better able to help our industry because of his generosity and support.

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