Vision Produce Co. has hired Allan Acosta as its vice president of operations for the Los Angeles company’s Phoenix branch.

For the past eight years, he was senior crop manager for tropical fruits at Ready Pac Produce. Acosta’s earlier experience included stints as a production manager for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s medfly program, and a production manager assistant for Central American Produce Inc.

At Vision Produce, he will work with vice president of sales and procurement John Caldwell. He started April 14 in the company’s Phoenix offices.

“We are excited about the next chapter in the growth of our grower partners and operations under his leadership,” Caldwell said in a news release.

“I look forward to contribute in expanding Vision’s strategic produce sourcing, logistic capabilities and its organizational foundation,” Acosta said in the release.