Nixa, Mo.-based Market Fresh Produce hired Steve Ford as director of business development.

“I’m excited to have a person with Steve’s background to help in leading and building our business development team,” Mike Kemp, business analyst at Market Fresh, said.

Ford has 10 years of experience at Frito-Lay and Sara Lee.

“Market Fresh Produce continues to grow nationally, through new retail and foodservice customers, but also through our five year strategic acquisition plan,” Steve Phipps, owner of Market Fresh, said in a news release.