Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers, Wenatchee, Wash., has hired Paul Newman as the organic category manager.

Newman will oversee the sales of Columbia Valley Fruit, according to a news release.

He has more than 25 years of fruit sales experience. Newman is a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fruit and Vegetable Advisory Committee and has been active with the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Oneonta Starr is looking forward to the new addition to the company.

“We are very excited to have a person of Paul’s experience and expertise,” said Brian Focht, general manager, in the release. “He brings a wealth of knowledge, confidence and personality to our team. We are happy to have him on board.”

Recently, Newman was an organic sales specialist at FirstFruit Marketing of Washington, and he has worked at Hansen Fruit & Cold Storage Co., and Rainier Fruit Sales.