“People of Stuart’s caliber don’t come along very often,” said Chris Puentes, Interfresh president. “Stuart literally grew up in melon fields, working alongside his brother and dad in the family business, Turlock Fruit Co.
“Interfresh and Turlock Fruit have a long and valued history of working together in the Los Angeles area, and we’re very pleased to have Stuart on board.”
Smith’s primary responsibility will be to expand the company’s melon sales on a year-round basis. Smith will focus on expanding the reach of melons from Turlock Fruit, Turlock, Calif., into the Bay Area, according to an Interfresh news release.
“I’m excited to start serving Interfresh’s diverse customer base, and look forward to growing the category for the company in the years to come,” Smith said in the release.