(UPDATED COVERAGE, July 20) Pacific Tomato Growers Ltd., Palmetto, Fla., has added Robert Meade to its sales and marketing staff.

UPDATED: Pacific Tomato Growers adds to sales staffThe addition is an element of company’s expansion of its North American product lines, operating partner Jon Esformes said in a news release.

Meade, 45, will work out of the Palmetto office for most of the year  and will travel to the eastern shore of Virginia during the summer growing season. He has 16 years of sales and marketing experience including East Coast Brokers and Packers Inc., Mulberry, Fla., and Ag-Mart Produce Inc., which does business as Santa Sweets Inc., Plant City, Fla.

The company is a fourth-generation, family-owned, grower-packer-shipper of fresh tomatoes in the U.S. and Mexico. It has distribution facilities in Arizona, California, Florida, Texas and Virginia.